B.A., Sociology
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Hometown Hewlett, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Binghamton University - SUNY (Binghamton, NY)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Sociology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
“Oh no, Michelle! Can you even eat those?” Celia’s mother exclaimed, seeing the two cheeseburgers on my plate. The beef patties and slices of cheddar cheese stacked between two tiny buns were definitely not kosher. Yet, they definitely looked delicious. I was at an impasse. My family ate only kosher foods in our household and my friend’s mother knew of my dietary restrictions. After years of following the scientific method in school, I deduced there was no solid...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why Brown and why the Brown curriculum?
“You’re a budding polymath,” my counselor remarked as she perused my transcript. Art history, Spanish, computer programming…Unable to label myself strictly a “science” or “humanities” kid, I am an aspiring Renaissance woman. As a Brunonian, I’ll continue to research the relationship between negotiation and the gender wage gap with support from the Pembroke Center and Professor Kenneth Chay’s expertise in labor economics. Keeping my love for teaching and language alive, I’ll tutor English language learners ...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
157 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?
My interest in Duke began with Professor Ariely’s books. Using them, I taught myself economics for an educational start-up and digitally traced students’ investment strategies, becoming fascinated with the ripple effect of decisions. Incorporating the mathematical analysis afforded by data science and technology that brings sense to human agency, Duke’s Decision Science Certificate would satiate my curiosity. I’ve already started my research, studying adolescents’ alignment with gender-normative behaviors in negotiation scenarios; hopefully, I can continue through the...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
253 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
At 7:26 a.m., I prepare the library table. My energy jump-starts when Juan greets me. We converse, he in English, while I butcher Spanish with my accent. “Casi, casi,” he says when my grammar falters. More students filter in as the session progresses, joining our symbiotic language exchange. Native-Spanish speakers like Juan are an unseen majority within my high school. Noticing their presence in the halls and absence in advanced classes, I expressed concern to my guidance counselor. She explained...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
259 Words
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
Inspired by my school’s ESL students, I was researching racial education achievement gaps. “We don’t have a big enough sample size,” Dr. Nardi said. “How about a gender-focused project?” Nodding half-heartedly, I blamed my disinterest on my passion for the other topic. Unbeknownst to me, my abnegation to analyze a different demographic stemmed from my female identity. Distanced from the effects of racial inequality, analyzing stereotypes apart from my own meant analysis from afar. Being catcalled as I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
98 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.
Riding my Barbie scooter around my neighborhood, I discovered pill-bugs, lilacs, and crab apples with real and imaginary friends. My childhood in Rochester, NY was idyllic, filled with outdoor adventures. When I was 12, I moved to Long Island. Surrounded by a sudden saturation of wealth in the form of mansions and iPhones, my insecurities pushed me to create wealth in academic accolades. Disheartened by newfound anxiety, I found release in the oasis of NYC: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There, I...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
666 Words
Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests.
My favorite courses are sociology and statistics. I discovered my passion for sociology during my sophomore year in high school, when I took a dual enrollment class on the topic through Syracuse University. What appeals to me about sociology is the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research to understand seemingly random trends among people. Importantly, this subject combines my passion for the humanities and mathematical analysis. After taking AP Statistics during my junior year, my appreciation for sociology intensified as...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
268 Words
Note to future roommate
Hey, I’ll admit it: I am the person you’ll want to strangle for snoring too loudly. I am also the person who will make up for it by memorizing your favorite takeout order and staying up until 3 a.m. hypothesizing the secret lives of our professors. Or, I’ll get you a pair of Crocs to match mine. Your phone will be filled with invitations to join me in DIY-ing (have you heard of cloud lamps?), passing a...

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
119 Words
Start your commonapp essays earlyyyy but don't be afraid to edit them right before the deadline. Honestly, the more time you have to reflect, the more time you can craft a piece of writing that reflects...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
248 Words
CONSTRUCT A STORY. Your achievements and hard work will mean almost nothing if you can't make your application summarize it cohesively. Pick up on the common themes of your life. for example, say you have done all the debate/argument heavy extracurriculars, play the flute amazingly, and are deeply into STEM. highlight those things so the AOs can sell you to their colleagues (a possible quote from an essay could be: "To take a...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
118 Words
MAKE SURE YOU WOULD BE HAPPY AT YOUR SAFETY!!! for about three weeks in march (until the last week), i had to deal with the fact i had one acceptance from only my state school...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Volunteer or work in your community! You don't need a...

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