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rubisco22
rubisco22
Stanford University ‘21
BS, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

A Questbridge Match and an aspiring engineer who plans to solve global issues using business, law, politics, and, of course, science.
From: Chicago , Illinois
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, Native American, White Non-Hispanic
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Test Scores

32
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High School Performance

4.50
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Top 10%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Table Tennis (Ping Pong)
Extracurricular Activities: Community Cleanup / Service, Community or summer theater/plays, Junior Classical League / Latin Club, National Honor Society, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Salty orbs of water swell and trickle from the lower margins of my nine-year-old eyes as I listen to the pounding thuds on the back door. Terror dictates my heart to race, palms to sweat, and knees to jerk. Miraculously, I summon enough strength to run to my...











Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
849 Words
We are interested in learning more about you and the context in which you have grown up, formed your aspirations, and accomplished your academic successes. Please describe the factors and challenges that have most shaped your personal life and aspirations. How have these factors helped you to grow? The laughs bubbled out slowly. My eyes crinkled around the edges in anticipation of her next move. The stealthy, wrinkled hand attacked again, this time targeting the nape of my neck. Erupting...













Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
161 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. The three pound mystery inside our skulls has always baffled me. How do emotions, memories, personalities, and dreams arise from layers of communicating nerve cells? Can subtle acting choices, such as a perfectly timed blink or a twitch of the hand, subconsciously induce the audience into viewing my performance as more believable? Training for the Brain Bee ultimately improved my acting abilities and the way I taught theater to...



Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
292 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better. (100 to 250 words) Hello roommate, Did you know that ‘anopisthography’ is the act of writing on one side of a piece of paper? Or that ‘mytacism’ is the incorrect or excessive use of the letter M? If not, this will probably be the last time you see these...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
266 Words
What matters to you, and why? (100 to 250 words) Home sweet home. I kick off the wet snow from my boots and enter the foyer, grinning from ear to ear. In just two seconds, the children have swarmed around me. Some pull on my jeans, others tug on my shirt. When a few start calling me by my alias, “Robot (my name)!”, the others jump for joy and wait for me to do my act. “Scanning...scanning. Human children in the...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
271 Words
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development. (100 to 250 words) Tangled webs of knotted muscle unravel beneath my deft hands. I survey the landscape for more epithelial incongruities, pressing and rolling until I strike gold. Waves of discomfort dissipate from my grandma’s sore back, and I beam at hearing her well-deserved sighs of relief. She had waited a week for this massage. She had waited for the...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
64 Words
Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or artists. (50 word limit) The God of Small Things (writing a book is like creating a universe), The Catcher in the Rye, The Harry Potter series, Hatchet. Snowpiercer, Happy Gilmore, Cooked (elements of fire, air, water, and earth can be found in food) Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline Du Pre, Dmitri Shostakovich

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
64 Words
What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy? (50 word limit) The New York Times, Listverse, Forbes, National Geographic, Society for Neuroscience, Killerspin (table tennis website), TENNIS.com, Creepypasta (for late night scary stories), BBC.com, Science Mag, Allrecipes, Mayo Clinic, headneckbrainspine.com (interactive MRI used to study for Brain Bee), YouTube, American Platform Tennis Association, Google, Padel International, Netflix, Wikipedia, The Parselmouth

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
63 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit) The diminishing creativity of children as technology becomes more accessible at an early age. Toddlers who are occupied by bright tablets are less likely to play make-believe with friends. Without using their imagination from the start, how will our youth grow to be innovative leaders with solutions to global issues?

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
62 Words
How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit) Worked for the Museum of Science and Industry as an intern to teach children in libraries how to build rockets and astronaut gloves. Wanting to help find a cure to my grandmother’s condition, did muscular dystrophy research at University Illinois Chicago last summer and presented my findings at a conference.

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
67 Words
What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, competitions, conferences, etc.) in recent years? (50 word limit) STEP-UP conference: Met other underrepresented teen researchers from all over the globe doing amazing work ranging from Parkinson's, diabetes, horse science, and computer science research. Was inspired to continue doing research. USA National Brain Bee: Had a chance to talk with Dr. Myslinksi and meet other up-and-coming neuroscientists.

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
64 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit) Jacqueline Du Pre's live rendition of Elgar's Cello Concerto! Listening to this piece online can never compare to actually being in the concert to witness her play. Her interpretation of the concerto is the best I've listened to, and it's a shame she isn't alive today to play it.

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
21 Words
What five words best describe you? Autodidactic Resilient Sponge-like (in absorbing knowledge) Perfervid Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian (long-word lover!)

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
243 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part I - Tell us about a concept, theory, or subject that has piqued your intellectual curiosity. What steps have you taken or do you want to take to further explore that interest? (200 words) What better way to make adhesives, suspension bridge cables, and self-healing materials than to copy the master of it all - nature? Biomimicry is a field I am astounded by. I believe humans are at a critical point in history where we are...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
233 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part I - If you could meet a character from a book or a historical figure, who would it be and what would you ask them? (200) I would ask my idol and world-famous chef, Julia Child, what she thinks about the modern surge in obesity and what that means for traditional cooking. Back in the 1960s, around 15% of Americans were obese. Due to increased portion sizes served at restaurants and sedentary lifestyles, the number of obese Americans...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
51 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - What are your favorite books and/or movies? Books: The Catcher in the Rye, Lolita, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Giver, Oh the Places You'll Go! (by Dr. Seuss), The Harry Potter series Movies: Snowpiercer, Hugo, Pay it Forward, Happy, Matilda, Happy Gilmore

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
55 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - What is your favorite source of inspiration? Going home from school and listening to cello concertos on my computer. Hearing the deep, resonating sounds of the cello and seeing the faces of Yo-Yo Ma and Sol Gabetta as they play with love inspire me to live life that way

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
50 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - How do you spend a typical weekend? Every other weekend, I help my grandmother. During the other weekends, I enjoy playing tennis with my friends and perfecting the tweener: a between-the-legs-shot! I also like gazing at the sky while lying down in the grass.

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
69 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - What is the compliment that you have been paid that you are most proud of? Who gave you the compliment? My research mentor, Dr. Heydemann, told me that I am an old soul and she hasn't met such a remarkable young man, and that the fields of research need people like me to take the place of retired professors. I was very happy!

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
59 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - After a challenging experience, how do you rejuvenate? I take time for myself. Even though I have very little privacy at home, I try my best to make the most out of walks to school so that I can reassemble my thoughts and ponder the reasons for my actions and how they've improved

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
58 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - If you could change one thing about your high school, what would it be and why? The stress from overworked students. I believe high schools should emulate colleges in that students can set schedules and manage when they take classes during the week. This gives students a hand in their own learning.

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
56 Words
Questbridge Short Answers Part II - What would you contribute to your future college campus community? Diversity and a new way of looking at things, bringing my ideas and spirit. I would conduct research while being outspoken and happy to educate others about it. I would be a leader and innovator, never afraid to take chances.

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
852 Words
Questbridge Essay I: We are interested in learning more about you and the context in which you have grown up, formed your aspirations, and accomplished your academic successes. Please describe the factors and challenges that have most shaped your personal life and aspirations. How have these factors helped you to grow? The laughs bubbled out slowly. My eyes crinkled around the edges in anticipation of her next move. The stealthy, wrinkled hand attacked again, this time targeting the nape of...













Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
518 Words
Questbridge Essay II: Tell us about one of your proudest achievements or moments and what it says about you. (500) The butterflies in my stomach metamorphosed into hornets as I rocked maniacally in the red, padded chair. I gazed at Dr. Norbert Myslinski as he read the names of the people who I had grown to call friends but were indeed fellow competitors. Did I have what it took to be in the top 20, or even 30? I scanned the room and...







College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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How to increase chances at my school (Stanford)
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First of all, be yourself. I know this sounds cliche, but many applicants use overly complicated language and flowery composition that makes them sound phony. Show that you are amazing by talking in your voice (still use proper grammar). Without even trying, following this step will definitely reveal the compelling attributes of your personality. Stanford students are special because they are smart and cool! You need to strike the perfect balance of showing that you love your subjects or activities while not going overboard on it. Show your quirky side! The admissions council wants to hear about the little things...