Yale ‘21
B.A., Philosophy
veni, vidi, vici.
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Hometown Rye Brook, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Binghamton University - SUNY (Binghamton, NY)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Philosophy

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

“Be a man,” I told myself as I gulped back tears, “don’t you dare cry.” When I was younger, my idea of manhood consisted of strutting around with my chin in the air and with my chest pushed out. Being a man meant “catch me if you can,” it meant “me against the world,” but it also meant never letting anyone see my weaknesses. To put this in perspective, I am the only child of a father who is...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
101 Words
I had just finished Anna Karenina when I first visited Yale. My heightened interest in Russian literature led me to Dr. Vladimir Alexandrov's mind-blowing lecture on Dostoevsky. Dr. Alexandrov spent nearly the entire class on the first page of Crime and Punishment, conducting a character analysis of Raskolnikov. I was taken with the class because I was pushed to think about concepts in totally new ways, and because I saw Yalies delighting in doing the same. This spirit of intellectualism,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
232 Words
"What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left. (You may define community and footprint in any way you like.)" Last summer, I went alone to the city of Trieste. While there, I worked helping refugees from the Middle East. I both entered into the community of Italian service workers who were helping refugees, and I experienced a fractured community of people who were isolated in a culture that was completely foreign to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
210 Words
"Write about something that you love to do." I learned what “catharsis” meant after hearing an interview of Scarlett Johansson on The Daily Show. I saw what a catharsis was after watching DeNiro in Raging Bull. And I felt what a catharsis was after my first theatre performance. Being an only child, I never knew what being part of a large family was like. This is partly what spawned such a deep love of theatre in me. The theatre family...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
220 Words
I think the most important piece of advice that I can impart (and the aspect that gave me the most worry) is to just be genuine. Many people try and game the system by writing contrived essays that they believe colleges "want" to see. There isn't a set formula for getting into college and I learned that through the crucible of my own college process. I'll...
My advice about getting recommenders
150 Words
Get recommenders that truly know and love you. The best way to do this is to have a big personality and develop really great long lasting relationships with your teachers. But caveat emptor! don't make it contrived! If you're just trying to form relationships...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
208 Words
This is sort of a different topic, but along the lines of the prompt nonetheless. Yale's financial aid package is notoriously bad amongst the institutions of higher learning. They count home equity in one's taxable assets which means that the loans they give out take into account your home as part of your total assets. This screws most of those in the...
Post-college plans
145 Words
I was really daunted with the idea of what to do post college. At first I wanted to take a gap year, then I wanted to do a lot of traveling, then I wanted to go into politics, then I wanted to be...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
217 Words
Do summer things that you're passionate about! I'd also recommend giving back to your communities in some way. I flew to Italy alone and lived in a youth hostel on my own for 6 weeks working in a church to help arab muslim refugees. I love the Italian language, it was a great way for me to get in touch with my Italian heritage, and it...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
66 Words
I tried using a counselor who was professional but it didn't end up working out too well and for the...

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Converted SAT Score1540
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SportsFootball, Track & Field


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