College Admissions Info

elewal
elewal
Brown University ‘20
BS, Chemical Engineering

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 supplemental essays
  • 13 advice topics

Student Background

Hi! I'm a sophomore at Brown University studying Biochemistry and English. I love writing, baking, hiking, and music.
From: Centerport , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Cornell, CMU, Wesleyan, William & Mary, Case, Villanova, Binghamton, RPI, WPI
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2190
SAT
35
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1510
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 5%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Softball
Extracurricular Activities: Animal Foster Care Provider / Animal Rescue Volunteer, Boy/Girl Scouts, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Marching Band, Math Team, National Honor Society, School Band, School theater/plays, Science Club/Team, Spanish Club
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Brown, Cornell, CMU, Wesleyan, William & Mary, Villanova, RPI, WPI, WashU, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, Columbia, UChicago, CalTech, Tufts: Art/acting/singing, Creative personal story, Embarrassing mistake, Failure experience, Interest in fine arts, Overcoming personal struggle, Reaching a goal, Story central to identity
643 Words
It was always a dream of mine to perform in a musical. After I saw my first Broadway production, Hairspray, I knew I just had to perform on stage one day. I bought countless soundtracks, my favorite being Les Miserables. I would sit in my room listening to all thirty-one songs performed by the original London cast over and over. I decided I would someday be Eponine, and soon I knew every word to every song. Phrases such as “a...









Supplemental Essay for William & Mary: Unique question posed by school
137 Words
The love we share could span across the earth And our bond does put all others to shame For I have never loved with such pure mirth As this love, the brightest of all life’s flames; Thou art the most beautiful creation God hath e’er used his divine hands to make: Thou hast curves that drive men to damnation And taste so pleasant that ones heart will ache. We have been together for near two scores And I...



Supplemental Essay for Brown: “Why us” school essay
93 Words
I believe that Brown University is the best school for me because of the Open Curriculum. My interests vary from Chemistry to Politics to English to Computer Science and probably to subjects I've never been exposed to. With the open curriculum, I would be able to explore classes a variety of subjects during the “shopping period” which is definitely something I never got to do in high school. The passion of Brown student activists really draws me to the university...



Supplemental Essay for CMU: “Why us” school essay
587 Words
My grandfather was the first person that introduced the idea of engineering to me. When I was younger, he would show me his sketchbooks from when he worked as an aeronautical engineer. I could always tell that he loved his job and this passion is what led me to consider engineering. Last year when I took AP Chemistry, I realized that engineering was the right field for me. My teacher was a chemical engineer that loved everything about science. I...









Supplemental Essay for Villanova: Unique question posed by school
671 Words
One relationship that has helped me know myself better is my relationship with my best friend. I first met Angela when I was in eighth grade during a middle school softball tryout. We paired up during the throwing drills and we’re still partners to this day. I’ve never met someone that was so similar to me in my whole life. Meeting her was a revelation, because I had always felt different when I was younger. I was confused...









Supplemental Essay for Brown: “Why us” school essay
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1. I would be interested in Environmental Engineering because I could combine my passion for sustainability with my love of environmental, biological, and chemical sciences. 2. A few years ago, my grandfather showed me some of his old reports from when he worked at Grumman as an aerospace engineer. When I first looked at the reports I thought to myself, “That looks awfully boring”. However, as my grandfather explained the testing he did on airplane wings and how he worked on projects...





College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
475 Words
After I was deferred from Brown Early Decision, this is the email that I sent: Happy New Year! I'm very grateful that I still have a chance to be a part of the class of 2020. I would love to receive an education from Brown because of the open curriculum and the ability to study humanities while concentrating in engineering. I intend to study engineering in college, specifically chemical, environmental, or computer engineering. I would love to be able to study under Dr. Kulaots as he is known for his research in energy and biomass and I did a science fair...









List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
399 Words
Here are schools I interviewed with: Brown- Very laid-back, we talked about engineering (my interviewer was a graduate of the engineering school), her experience with the college process (she has daughters that had gone through it), vegetarianism, some current events, and any questions that I had. Overall, an excellent experience. One question that I remember was "if you could be any color what would you be?" Columbia- My interviewer talked about his experience at Columbia, especially with regards to his academic experience. We discussed subjects I enjoyed and did not enjoy in college, and my extracurriculars. He was very informative,...









5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Students at Brown are creative (willing to think outside the box and take risks even if it might not work out),...





My advice about getting recommenders
149 Words
For my recommenders, I chose teachers with whom I had good relationships. I would recommend asking teachers from junior year because they knew they you that is closest to the application you (regarding maturity and intelligence). I would also recommend choosing teachers that are from...





How I chose schools to apply to
332 Words
Before I started looking at schools, I focused on studying for standardized tests. Even though test grades don't define you, they can be a difficult obstacle to overcome if they are not the right for schools you are thinking about. After taking my tests, the first school I visited was Brown (it was on our way to Boston where I would look at MIT and Tufts). When I got to Brown's campus, I fell in love. Even though there was about to be a record snowfall in Providence, the atmosphere, friendliness of students, and open curriculum appealed to me. I...







How to increase chances at my school
430 Words
How to increase your chances at Brown (or any college really): 1. If you know Brown is the college for you, apply Early Decision. I would recommend applying somewhere ED. When I was applying, I was considering either going Brown, Dartmouth, or Cornell early. Brown was the biggest stretch for me and in a last minute decision, I decided to try Brown. I asked myself if I would regret applying somewhere else early, and truthfully, I said yes. I would say take a chance, go for your reach school because there is no better way to demonstrate interest than applying binding...









What I’d change about my application process
140 Words
Honestly, I wouldn't change too much. I think the schools that accepted me were the ones that were right for me. When I think about it, I didn't want to be at a school that strictly focused on engineering. I think my...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
400 Words
(Note: This essay is about answering the "Why Us" for any school) Every school that you are applying to has incredible academics. They all have diversity, an excellent location, interesting students, and engaging professors. Columbia knows that it is an Ivy League institution in New York City. Brown knows that they offer the Open Curriculum. All of these schools know why they are impressive and unique in everyone's mind. What they want to know is why it is impressive to you. Personally, I think a "Why Us" essay about a particular event that stuck with you featuring the school is...









Why I ultimately chose my school
256 Words
In the end, I was deciding between Brown and Cornell. Though I liked Cornell's campus and the quality of their engineering program, I realized it wasn't for me. Cornell's School of Engineering seemed to be too intense for me (this opinion is just from what I heard from other people and the feeling I got when I was visiting for Cornell Days). I wasn't even sure if I wanted to study engineering, and honestly, I'm still not...







What I like about my school’s location and culture (Brown)
192 Words
Providence is a great location. Though we are not right in the city, it does not feel isolated at all. Downtown Providence is only about a mile away, a short walk down the hill, while the stores and restaurants on Thayer Street (the street running right next to campus) mean that there is always going to be a...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Brown)
69 Words
Students at Brown are creative (willing to think outside the box and take risks even if it might not work out),...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Brown)
475 Words
After I was deferred from Brown Early Decision this is the email that I sent: Happy New Year! I'm very grateful that I still have a chance to be a part of the class of 2020. I would love to receive an education from Brown because of the open curriculum and the ability to study humanities while concentrating in engineering. I intend to study engineering in college, specifically chemical, environmental, or computer engineering. I would love to be able to study under Dr. Kulaots as he is known for his research in energy and biomass and I did a science fair...









How to increase chances at my school (Brown)
432 Words
How to increase your chances at Brown (or any college really): 1. If you know Brown is the college for you, apply Early Decision. I would recommend applying somewhere ED. When I was applying, I was considering either going Brown, Dartmouth, or Cornell early. Brown was the biggest stretch for me and in a last minute decision, I decided to try Brown. I asked myself if I would regret applying somewhere else early, and truthfully, I said yes. I would say take a chance, go for your reach school because there is no better way to demonstrate interest than applying binding...