B.S., Molecular Biology
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Hometown Waterford, Michigan
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)

Applied for a B.S. in Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
As an eight-year-old with an incurable love of adventure, I spent much of my time pondering out-of-the-box methods of flight. At one point, I read an article about a man who tied enough balloons to his lawn chair to propel himself into the sky. I found this concept ridiculously satisfying— how could it be so simple? It amazed me to think that a person could fly using everyday objects, and I aspired to do the same. After a bit of...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
150 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
As a girl whose interests lie within the field of engineering, I have always struggled to find resources. The hardest part has been finding female role models to learn from; I have largely had to carve my own path. I don’t want young girls to face this struggle that I— along with many other young women in STEM fields— have faced. Because of this, G. I. STEM is by far the most meaningful of my extracurricular activities. I started...
Supplemental Essay: Other
263 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
As junior year was coming to a close, I began searching for ways to stimulate my curiosity over the summer. I quickly stumbled upon the application for MITES, E2, and MOSTEC, the free-of-charge summer programs put forth by MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, and decided to apply. Two months later, I was emailed an acceptance to the six-month long MOSTEC (MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community); at that moment, I became part of a thriving, diverse intellectual...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
426 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
Between the well-taught courses, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and the Center for Entrepreneurship, the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan would provide me with the perfect tools to support and foster my interests. In terms of my intellectual desires— my longing to expand my knowledge of science and engineering— the college would suit my every need. My passion for cutting edge technology would be fueled by classes such as “Electronic Sensing Systems” and “Introduction to Machine Learning”—...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
257 Words
Please explain your interest in your first-choice major/undecided status and your second-choice major, should you opt to list one (250 words maximum).
“One wire… two wires… three wires…” I counted to myself as I examined the inside of my broken calculator. As a twelve-year-old with an incurable fascination with computers— the machines I used constantly to copy and paste sparkly html widgets to my blog and perform seemingly-complex math calculations— I took every opportunity to examine their inner-workings. As I’ve grown older and learned how these pieces function and how to make them do my bidding, my interests have evolved; I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
100 Words
Why are you interested in Rensselaer? (100 words or less)
Rensselaer is home to an intellectual community that I would love to be immersed in. The students at this school come from all different backgrounds, with different experiences to share. A Rensselaer education would not only enable me to think critically and innovate, but also to collaborate with peers from across the globe. This is just one of the many things I have come to love about Rensselaer. From the spacious dorms, to the immersive CLASS philosophy, to the outstanding...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
101 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why?
“One wire… two wires… three wires…” I counted to myself as I examined the inside of my broken calculator. As an eight-year-old with an incurable fascination with computers-- the machines I used constantly to copy and paste sparkly html widgets to my blog and perform seemingly-complex math calculations-- I took every opportunity to examine their inner-workings. As I’ve grown older and learned how these pieces function and how to make them do my bidding, my interests have evolved; I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
237 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations?
I took a sip of my ginger ale as she paused for a moment, looking for the right words. Ms. Helen, my 87-year-old neighbor, was telling me yet another story about her late husband as we sat on the worn-out loveseats of her living room. It was the third that day-- not that I minded, of course; her tales never failed to fill me with awe at the eloquence and vivacity with which she told them. Each of her vibrant...

School Specific Advice

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
150 Words
University of Michigan is right in the heart of Ann Arbor, which is -- if you don't already know -- a quirky, fun, and beautiful mid-size city. There are so many things to do here; whether you want to go to an art museum, go...
How I would rate the alumni network at my school
69 Words
University of Michigan has THE largest alumni network of any school in the country. It's extremely advantageous for finding jobs -...
My schedule on a typical weekday
208 Words
First off, I almost always eat breakfast - it really gives you the energy you need to get through a busy day of walking all over the university's sprawling campus. I might study for an hour or two before class, depending on when my first class starts that day. Then I go to my classes. I typically get around 5,000+ steps a day...
Why I ultimately chose my school
176 Words
There are several reasons I chose my school over Bucknell (which offered me one of their very prestigious and generous Bucknell Women in Science and Engineering scholarships - they only hand out around 10 each year). First of all, even with the very generous scholarship from Bucknell, UMich was still the cheaper option. Although...
My favorite course thus far, and why
168 Words
Although it's widely renowned as one of the most brutal courses here, organic chemistry (Chem 210) holds a special place in my heart. It was the perfect balance of challenging and fun. While I did have to spend a lot of time studying, I really liked that this class places a...

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General Admissions Advice

What I wish I had known as a first generation applicant
130 Words
Applying to college as a first-gen college student can be extremely stressful. Neither of my parents knew much about the college application and financial aid processes, and since I'm the oldest child in my family, I didn't have any...
How I made up for low grades in high school
256 Words
In the second semester of my sophomore year, I got a C+ in AP United States History, as well as B's in a few other classes. I hadn't cared much about college at that point. When junior year rolled around, I realized that I wanted to go to a good college to pursue my career goals; suddenly, that C+ in APUSH haunted me. I thought that I would never be able to get into a top tech...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
295 Words
Although I didn't realize the benefit of summer activities until I really started caring about my education in junior year, I've learned that there are so many opportunities out there. There are summer programs offered through colleges (such as RSI, Carnegie Mellon SAMS, MIT MOSTEC and MITES, and Yale Young Global Scholars) and organizations (such as TASP, Girls Who Code Summer Immersion, and Google CSSI) that give you the ability to explore your interests, learn new things, and make new friends. You can also find internships that...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
137 Words
Let's face it: applying to college is an extremely stressful process. Although it might want to make you rip your hair out sometimes, you should seriously remember to take care of yourself, eat well, exercise, and -- of course -- keep...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
317 Words
One big misconception I had about college - that I think almost everyone can relate to - is believing that you need to have your major set in stone and a post-college path planned out by the end of your freshman year. This is absolutely not true; in fact, I would actually recommend waiting to declare your major until your sophomore year (if this is possible at your school). This gives you more time to explore your options and figure out what you're really good at and what you're passionate about, and helps to ensure that you don't go down...

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(equivalent to 3.87 unweighted)
Top 5%
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