B.S., Neuroscience
Harvard Medical School MD student | Emory alum
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Class of2022
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Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroscience

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The barrage of reciprocative outcries coming from downstairs woke me up violently. Oh no, not again. I clambered out of bed and stumbled towards the family room. Sprinting down the stairs, I found my mom screaming desperately at my frenzied dad, the beer bottles scattered across the floor decidedly confirming my suspicions. I rushed in, straining with what little might I had to push them apart and lead my mom away. At ten years old, I learned to associate dad...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
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What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film, book, TV show, album, poem, or play)? Why? (150 words)
The process of defining or, in Linkin Park’s case, redefining one’s identity is riddled with self-doubt and angst. Hearing insensitive fans disparage them for “selling out” pains me because I understand how unbelievably difficult it is to make a change of that magnitude, especially in the face of condemnation. For most of my life, I was the one kid at school who was gung-ho about both sports and academics. My “jock” friends ridiculed me for being a “nerd”,...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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What motivates you to learn? (150 words)
“How is 0.5x speed still too fast?!” “Shoot, I missed that thing he did with his fingers.” That’s a pretty accurate rendition of my train of thought as I learned to dance for the first time. As I grooved along awkwardly with Matt Steffanina's dance tutorial video, I quickly found that footwork and arm movements were only the very basics; you had to make exaggerated facial expressions, shake your hips, shimmy your shoulders, and somehow put everything together in...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
245 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections (250 words).
Several of my relatives—both young and old—suffer from neurological disorders, and developing effective treatments for them has been a goal that I’ve aspired to accomplish all my life. As a Neuroscience major, I will explore the physiology behind what makes our bodies tick and our minds think to deepen my understanding of the mechanisms underlying these debilitating diseases. Specifically, I plan to conduct research at the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute at Keck to contribute to the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
104 Words
USC Short Takes
USC Short Takes Describe yourself in three words. First Word: Compassionate Second Word: Tireless Third Word: Cheeky What is your favorite snack? Andy Capp’s Cheddar Fries BIG Bag Favorite app/website: The Onion Best movie of all time: Interstellar Hashtag to describe yourself: #existential Dream job: Making videos with Michael Stevens from Vsauce What is your theme song?: “Sharp Edges” by Linkin Park Dream trip: Tour of the Universe (with VIP, meet-and-greet alien passes) What TV show will you...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
148 Words
If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (150 words)
I walk with Professor Sherwood from my Biology of Nervous System Diseases class to The Commons for FLUNCH, discussing the legitimacy of the cholinergic hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease and using the effectiveness of cholinesterase inhibitors in delaying symptoms to support my argument. Between mouthfuls of lump crab cake, she argues that the genetic heritability of AD suggests that the amyloid hypothesis is stronger. After lunch, I head over to the Sheffield Tennis Center for club tennis practice to burn...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
262 Words
Starting with the petite soup dumplings, I was greeted with a savory blend of minced pork and warm soup. I moved onto the bok choy and shrimp to lighten things up. Hmm… bold but not particularly tasty. I took a sip of water to cleanse my palate, and for the first time since I entered the potluck party, I became conscious of the sheer number of dishes on the table. I remembered explaining to my friends the beauty in the...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
410 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences (150-400 words)
Blue scrubs, check. Hairnet, check. Face mask, check. Booties, check. As an intern at [hospital name], I had the opportunity to observe the resection of a spinal tumor in the operating room. Opening the door to the OR, I was presented with as profound of a juxtaposition as one could imagine—a menacing array of surgical instruments stared down the cheeky radio, which was playing “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, while the patient was being anesthetized. I suppressed...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
461 Words
CORNELIUS VANDERBILT SCHOLARSHIP: The College of Arts and Science is a liberal arts school committed to introducing every student to a broad range of subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. How will you embrace the breadth of courses offered by the College of Arts and Science? How will this fit into your academic journey or life's passions? (500 words)
I cowered almost visibly as a patient shouted an endless stream of obscenities at the doctor I was shadowing and stubbornly refused every treatment option he offered her. Yet somehow he remained perfectly calm, patiently explaining to her the importance of receiving treatment. After 30 minutes of, more or less, the same interaction, the patient slouched back into her chair, having acquiesced to the doctor’s persistent yet gentle requests. As we exited the room, he flashed a tired smile and...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
74 Words
Emory is a very progressive school; they want to build their class with students who are tolerant, empathetic, and unafraid of change....
Why I declined other schools
314 Words
Ultimately, I found myself deciding between USC, Case, Vanderbilt, and Emory, so I'll share a bit of insight on how I came to decide on Emory. I want to note that all three of these schools have excellent science departments and treat their pre-meds well, so I relied primarily on non-academic factors to make my decision. USC has an enormous undergrad (and graduate) population, and I'm not much of a partygoer nor do I like football that much. The more I looked into the school, the more I realized that I didn't belong in the community there. There also aren't...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
204 Words
If you are waitlisted at Vanderbilt, DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE. You may have heard that many top schools don't maintain active waitlists, and that is indeed true; I researched waitlist acceptance statistics for Duke and Rice, and I found that they take 0 people from the waitlist some years. HOWEVER, Vanderbilt is one of the few top schools that consistently uses...
What are opportunities unique to my school
109 Words
If you are CERTAIN you want to go to medical school, these 3 schools have excellent BS/MD programs, which offer you guaranteed admission to their medical school (if you maintain a certain GPA)...

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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Summer experiences have immense potential to not only foster personal growth but to boost the quality of your application....
My advice about getting recommenders
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BE EARLY. My recommender had to write over 70 letters of recommendation (my high school is huge, and this guy is super popular). I was one of the first ones to...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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Knock your standardized tests our early. Don't wait until senior year to take the SAT/ACT, because you'll have more than enough on...

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