B.S., Environmental Engineering
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Hometown Troy, Michigan
Class of2022
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Results, Essays, and Advice

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  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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Duke University (Durham, NC)

Applied for a B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Prompt: 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. Everyone has a happy place. I ran to my closet and slid down the wall. My sweat coagulated with dust as I closed the door and found myself in darkness.  I heard a faint, wood-splintering invasion at my door and a pounding in my heart.   Inhale. One,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Growing up in central Ohio, the University of Michigan had always been painted an enemy in my community. This all-in-good-fun sports rivalry had an insidious result: for years, I let Ann Arbor lay in my peripheral. It wasn’t until I moved north of state borders did I begin to recognize the vibrant experience a Michigan education would provide me. At age 12, I would spend summer afternoons designing and making (and tearing apart, only to redesign and rebuild) tissue-box race...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
717 Words
Prompt: Cornell Engineering celebrates innovative problem solving that helps people, communities…the world. Consider your ideas and aspirations and describe how a Cornell Engineering education would allow you to leverage technological problem-solving to improve the world we live in. When I heard the front door open, then close again, I knew I was done for. My mother, the ultimate prosecutor in our house, had just come home. Here I was, in the summer of ‘07, sitting in a pile of pillow...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
493 Words
Prompts: 1) Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
365 Words
I was born into disorientation. I blinked and found myself in a kindergarten classroom stocked with crayons and a toy kitchenette. I was in a religiously aligned private school. My home was a single dark room, shared with my mother and rented from our family friend. Across state borders and among polarized circumstances, my brothers attended a secular public school and lived with my father in a 6-bedroom-house. I blinked again—a few months later—and found myself there. I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
312 Words
I passed a ball of dough to my right and watched in awe as my dad smoothed it into a perfect circle, primed for a meat filling and a gentle, maternal folding. Behind me, my brother dropped a new plate of dumplings into the boiling water. It was rare that my family members were ever simultaneously unoccupied, let alone harmoniously gathered for a meal. These seldom assembly-line dinner preps were what brought my family closer than any fir tree ever...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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“Screw morals. Don’t you want to be ahead of the curve?” Cheating has benefits. Clearly, not so much in the adulterous or academic way—but it has value nevertheless. That’s what engineering is: cheating. It’s creating new technologies and redefining long-accepted principles. It’s questioning all underlying assumptions. It’s cheating (ethically). Biomedical engineering cheats nature; environmental engineering cheats nurture. With Duke’s dual major program between BME and EnvE, I can have it all. The sense...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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PROMPT: 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? Roughly 4,310 students. That’s 4,310 stories to be shared over meals in ‘53 Commons. That’s colorful anecdotes at House gatherings. That’s tips...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
607 Words
MICHIGAN ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS:Choose a current event or issue in your community and discuss the business implications. Propose a solution that incorporates business principles or practices. The review panel will look for creativity, drawing connections, and originality.* Please limit this response to approximately 500 words.
My eyes glazed over at the trite image of brake lights in front of me in the drive-thru. Having not eaten for 8 hours, I was looking for any quick fix I could get. My eyes nearly watered as I took my first bite into a golden fry, licking the salt off my fingertips afterward. 15 minutes later, though, I felt physically nauseous from the heavy smell of fry oil circulating my car and the 6pc McNuggets box I devoured. It’s...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
192 Words
Interviews are honestly such a crap-shoot. AND BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY: THEY DO NOT MATTER. I thought my Northwestern interview was a best-case scenario; my interviewer took at least five pages of notes on me, we clicked really well, she called me inspiring, etc. I got rejected. My Cornell interview was terrible. I was...
How important school spirit is around athletics at my school
24 Words
Very important. That's something I looked for:...
How I would rate the diversity of the student body
22 Words
Very, very, very diverse! One of the...
Why I ultimately chose my school
69 Words
Duke felt like home. I wanted a balance of academic competitiveness in that I feel pressure to work hard, but never...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Here's a little insight into what I did in my high school summers, extracted straight from my resume: "Perry Outreach Initiative (summer 2016) attended this program with a focus on biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery attended 6 mock surgery rotations and 2 lectures Research (summer 2016) studied the Potassium Ferricyanide molecule, derived benzimidazole ferricyanide from it, and the possibility of using it to study the hydroxyl radical (results inconclusive and paper ultimately unpublished) worked along with two peers, supervised by Prof. Palomino at Wayne State University lab facilities Society of Women Engineers GREAT Day (spring 2016) participated in and won interactive design and building seminars...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
150 Words
During the spring/summer, I thought of some formative experiences in my life. They don't have to be monumental; in fact, it's probably going to be more original if you hit your admissions officer with an unexpected angle. Keep a list going of things you...
What set me apart from other applicants
83 Words
I was genuine! Throughout high school, I'd always felt inferior. My peers always had the top test scores, highest academic accolades, took uber-advanced courses, and...
How to approach transferring schools
56 Words
I've gone to 8 different schools from kindergarten until senior year. What I can speak to about that...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
66 Words
There are a ton of things to keep straight: what you like about each school, deadlines, recommenders, required essays, servers...

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