big_sdy,
Brown ‘22
B.A., Economics
Presidential Scholar @ Brown - Econ Major (with Politics, Philosophy & French)
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15
Essays
15
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3
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Advice
7
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Sports

Background

Hometown Abu Dhabi, Sudan
GenderMale
EthnicityBlack / African American
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • King's College London (London, England)
  • University of Warwick (Coventry, England)
  • Ohio State University - Columbus (Columbus, Oh)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
My hand began to twitch as it brought itself closer to my lips. I knew this wasn’t right, yet I couldn’t resist. I mustered all the willpower embedded into every cell of my anatomy in an attempt to distance my fingertips from my mouth, but to no avail. It was inevitable. After days of self-restraint, I would relapse yet again. I abstained for so long, but no amount of strength in this universe was able to hold me...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
665 Words
Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)
Having once contemplated the many injustices in today's society, I questioned why there was not more effort being put into improving the situation. I was then treated with this answer: ‘It does not matter a person's circumstance now, for he or she will be rewarded in the afterlife for any suffering undergone during this life’. I found this response to be lazy and insufficient. I viewed it as an example of flawed-thinking, perhaps an excuse to allow for the evils...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
256 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?
I spent a portion of my summer in Kisii, Kenya, teaching micro-finance to self-help groups. Although it was one of the more enjoyable experiences of my life, I felt that something was missing: cultural diversity. Having grown up in the international hub that is Abu Dhabi, it seems that I took multiculturalism for granted, something I hadn’t realized until my exposure to the relatively mono-ethnic environment of Kisii. Being part of such a culturally diverse community remains the most...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
184 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
An appropriate study of the realm of modern politics necessitates more than the pursuit of a typical bachelor’s degree. The political decision-making process draws heavily from numerous fields, such as economics, philosophy and psychology, and thus to study one of these disciplines without considering the others would be an intellectual nightmare! Thankfully, Brown provides a solution, as its curriculum encourages students to undertake a multi-disciplinary approach in regards to their academics, a prospect I find extremely appealing due to...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
302 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
I spent a portion of my summer in Kisii, Kenya, teaching micro-finance to self-help groups. Although it was one of the more enjoyable experiences of my life, I felt that something was missing: cultural diversity. Having grown up in the international hub that is Abu Dhabi, it seems that I took multiculturalism for granted, something I hadn’t realized until my exposure to the relatively mono-ethnic environment of Kisii. Being part of such a culturally diverse community remains the most...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
104 Words
While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ''It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!'' As you seek admission to the Class of 2022, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest?
Unique to Dartmouth is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, a feature aligning perfectly with my academic interests. Through its Public Policy minor and internship opportunities, I would receive exposure to the world of politics within weeks of turning eighteen! I would be given ample opportunity to pursue my intellectual curiosities, gaining insight into the ways in which political decision-making is influenced by factors such as ethics and the economy. The existence of this center indicates that there resides a community...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
669 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)
Having once contemplated the many injustices in today's society, I questioned why not more was being done to improve the situation. I was then treated with this answer: ‘It does not matter a person's circumstance now, for he or she will be rewarded in the afterlife for any suffering undergone during this life’. I found this response to be insufficient. I viewed it as an example of flawed-thinking, perhaps an excuse to allow for the evils of this world to...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
128 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or less)
Whilst scrolling through Yale's website in an effort to explore the institution’s countless opportunities, I stumbled upon a page titled 'Advice on Choosing Where to Apply'. I was taken aback by this finding: the article was dedicated solely to helping students find the university that was best suited to their individual requirements. It contrasted strongly to the stereotypical propaganda seen on the majority of university websites, professing the ways in which their individual school is the greatest. The very...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
756 Words
In your view, is the appeal of populism a necessary and positive corrective to the challenges of globalization, an unrealistic or inadequate response to the current age, or some combination of both? Is it an example of democracy at its best or a danger to democratic institutions?
Some have described the worldwide appeal of populism–a grass-roots force associated with a distrust of political and cultural elites, the attraction to common-sense solutions, and an upsurge in ethnic, religious, or national pride–as a response to the upheavals of globalization. Over the past decades, technology and global trade have cost jobs and emptied cities, income inequality has grown exponentially, and, for many, the values of community and identity seem more threatened today than ever before. In your view,...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
101 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places.
Moving from the sparsely populated island-nation of Bahrain to the commotion of a rapidly developing UAE, was indeed an arduous experience. Many a tantrum were thrown in an effort to impede the process, but to no avail. Fortunately, that reaction was nothing more than the delusional fears of an eleven year old boy being made to adjust to a new environment. Within weeks of my arrival to Abu Dhabi, I begun to appreciate the blend of culture and modernity. This...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
309 Words
Twenty years ago, the world met Harry Potter and his companions. One of the more memorable lines from the J.K. Rowling series was spoken by Albus Dumbledore: ''Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.'' What ideas or experiences bring you joy
It is unfortunate that such an overwhelming emphasis is placed on standardized examinations during the final years of British secondary education. A student spends this crucial stage of his or her life becoming accustomed to countless acronyms such as ‘GCSE’ and ‘UMS’, memorizing mark schemes word for word and scrutinizing past grading curves in an attempt to predict the following exam session’s grade boundaries. Amidst our struggle for success, we develop a tendency to neglect the things that bring...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
883 Words
Tell us about yourself
It is unfortunate that such an overwhelming emphasis is placed on standardized examinations during the final years of British secondary education. A student spends this crucial stage of his or her life becoming accustomed to countless acronyms such as ‘GCSE’ and ‘UMS’, memorizing mark schemes word for word, and scrutinizing past result curves in an attempt to predict the following exam session’s grade boundaries. Amidst this struggle for success, we tend to forget about the things that bring us...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
361 Words
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Towards the end of 9th grade, IGCSE French students were given the choice to follow the regular two-year curriculum, or to sit the exam a year early. This would allow them to then spend 10th grade preparing for the DELF B2, a rigorous qualification where if one is to pass, he or she is considered a fluent speaker. I felt that the IGCSE was neither adequate nor fulfilling. Being passionate about the French language, I craved the ability to utilize...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
344 Words
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
It is unfortunate that such an overwhelming emphasis is placed on standardized examinations during the final four years of British secondary school. A student spends this crucial stage of his or her life becoming accustomed to countless acronyms such as 'GCSE' and 'UMS', memorizing mark schemes word for word, and scrutinizing grading curves in an attempt to predict the following exam session's grade boundaries. Amidst this struggle to excel, we have forgotten that there is more to school than just...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
358 Words
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
During the first week of 10th Grade English, Mrs. Houlihan treated us to a short movie for all of the work we'd done. Before pressing play, she shut the blinds and asked a student to turn the lights off. Momentarily after, a group of boys stood up and yelled, 'Oh no, where's Shady gone? It's too dark to see him!', and followed these words with cruel laughter. As wonderful as she was, Mrs. Houlihan never acknowledged the hateful words...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to approach transferring schools
275 Words
Here's my Essay on why I switched schools mid-High School: ""The main reason I left my previous school was due to a lack of opportunity. I felt that there was too much of an emphasis on ensuring that students were to pass all of their subjects and move on to the next stage of education, which unfortunately left gaps elsewhere. For example, this desire to ensure that all students pass caused many restrictions in the number of subjects that a...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
62 Words
For the personal statement, I know this cliche but, just sit and WRITE. Give yourself a few hours,...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
100 Words
Ahh, the "well-rounded" approach... I'm sure you've heard it time and time again, the best schools are looking for 'well-rounded' students. I'm sorry but it's just not true! ...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Highest SAT
1520
 
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