B.S., Public Policy Analysis
Aristotle said, "A friend to all is a friend to none." I disagree.
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Hometown Rye Brook, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

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Duke University (Durham, NC)

Applied for a B.S. in Public Policy Analysis

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

When I was five, I learned a valuable lesson: make sure the toilet seat is down before sitting on it. I only realized my embarrassing mistake when I stood up and my pajamas were soaked. Although both the babysitter and my brother were home, I could not muster up the confidence to ask them for help with my drenched onesie. Growing up, the same juvenile attitude about not asking for help would often manifest itself. Whether it was having to...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
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Passover is both a celebration of freedom and eight long days of unleavened bread. Yet, it is an annual reminder of the importance of perseverance and empathy. From the suffering of my people, I’ve not only learned how to overcome adversity, but also how to help others overcome their challenges. Every year, I stomach down Matzoh during the eight days of Passover even though it tastes like cardboard. Matzoh represents the pain that Jews endured in Egypt under the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Duke is a great match for me because of the collaborative spirit the university propagates. At Duke, students are not driven by selfish motives, but rather a yearning to forge change together. I witnessed this firsthand when I visited my brother at Duke. Staying up until four in the morning with him while he worked on a group computer science project was eye opening for me because I saw how well the group of individuals worked as a unit. I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Growing up, whenever I would talk back to my parents, I’d hear something along the lines of, “You’ve got some chutzpah to say that young man!” Chutzpah, my favorite word, is a testament to my heritage. Jews like myself learn from a very young age the power of generational teaching. Whether it was the Pogroms or the Holocaust, we have been subjugated throughout history, but what has helped us to endure until today is our capacity to remember...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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No work of literature is as impressive to me as the Federalist Papers. Providing an explanation of the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, were one of the main reasons why the Constitution was popular among the people of the 13 colonies. However, my fascination with the Federalist Papers draws not from being impressed with their popularity, but from a feeling of awe that the Founding Fathers were able to foresee the many effects of American democracy. Written by Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 10 outlines...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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I used to believe marijuana was the bane of our collective existence. As a child in health class, I was always taught that marijuana was a veritable sin, and I believed it without question. However, after taking note of the current national debate, I investigated the positive aspects of legalization including tax revenue generation, utilization for medical treatments, and addressing a component of America’s national prison problem. I now view marijuana’s historical prohibition differently and am now a...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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As an American University Eagle, I will be part of a community that fosters tolerance, diversity, and intellectual curiosity. In my opinion, one of the most important skills to have is awareness, which is evident at American University as a vast majority of students believe that seeing the world from different perspectives is valuable. Being an American University Eagle means that I value civic engagement as a means to elicit social, political, and economic change. Being an Eagle means that...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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At the University of Michigan, I plan on taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the flexibility of the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts (LSA). As a student planning on majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, the malleable coursework requirements of the major, specifically in regards to being able to pick a theme, appeal to me. I firmly believe that an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to education is integral to providing students with the resources, abilities and...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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In May 2015, I was competitively selected to take part in Write On for Israel, a two-year advocacy program which teaches students to fight anti-Israel sentiments on college campuses through journalism. The program, in which participants meet one Sunday a month, brings in experts in media and political outreach to teach tactics and techniques to fix the negative image of Israel. While Write On is a powerful resource for me, it is only one small part of a much bigger community...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Northwestern will not only fulfill my academic desires but also provide vital career preparation for future success. At Northwestern, I plan on majoring in Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy because I believe public policy is the most effective conduit for positive change. The resources provided by Northwestern, specifically placement into valuable internships and a curriculum based on flexible coursework, will make my Northwestern experience invaluable. I have long been a believer that in order to...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
311 Words
I had my first college interview with an alumnus of WashU in October of my freshman year. Immediately after that one, I had an interview with Georgetown. Lastly, I had an interview with Duke. I followed the same sort of plan for all three interviews. 1. Look professional and put-together. The WashU alumnus actually commented that she appreciated my effort to look nice. She said many kids don't do it, and it doesn't help or hurt them, but she appreciated it. 2. Answer the questions, but don't feel that you need...
How to increase chances at my school
47 Words
For the prompt about your favorite word, don't waste it away by talking about...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
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I wasn't waitlisted or deferred, but many of my friends were for a variety of schools. I can definitely say that maintaining a relationship with your admissions officers is extremely important. Put yourself in their...
My favorite course thus far, and why
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I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the vast majority of the courses I have taken here so far, but there are several that stand out. In the fall of 2017, my first semester, I took Ethics of War, a political science elective that really changed my perspective on war and politics in general. I became much more interested in...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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I have been a part of many extra-curricular experiences at Duke but I will share two of the most meaningful ones. I am interested in national security and politics, but specifically, I am really interested in space. I've always been really passionate, so it was an incredible experience when I was offered a position in my freshman year to be a part of a NASA research study that focused on nuclear generator development. I worked...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
182 Words
If I could go back and change one thing about the college application process, it would be that I took advice from too many people. After consulting parents, friends, and teachers, I was constantly told that my essays weren't good enough or were lacking in any which way. Then, my middle school guidance counselors, who...
Post-college plans
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After speaking with several grad students, their greatest regrets were not taking the GRE as a high school senior. Yes, that is as daunting as it sounds. However, remember that much of the GRE is material learned in high school; it is essentially a glorified SAT/ACT. The...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Travel, travel, travel. When you travel, you learn lifelong lessons and truly grow as a person. It doesn't have...

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