MarinePeanut
MarinePeanut,
GA Tech ‘23
B.S., Civil Engineering
I'm an incoming Civil Engineering major at Georgia Tech.
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10
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8
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4
Advice
7
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Sports

Background

Hometown Athens, Georgia
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

Applied for a B.S. in Civil Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Grandparent

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
I don’t know what it is about courthouses. They always feel so cold, empty, unwelcoming; despair seemingly lingers within their hallowed walls. When I walked into the Oconee County Courthouse one cold mid-January afternoon, such a sense of despair overcame me, although the building itself wasn’t entirely at fault. As a sophomore member of my school’s mock trial team, I planned a morning dress rehearsal in a real courthouse in preparation for the regional competition the next...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
265 Words
Why do you want to study your chosen major at Georgia Tech, and how do you think Georgia Tech will prepare you to pursue opportunities in that field after graduation?
John Portman’s architectural masterpieces such as the Westin Peachtree or Marriott Marquis make their mark on the Atlanta skyline, and they’ve always caught my interest from the glimpses I’d get of them while driving to the airport or my grandparents’ house. Over time, that interest has turned into a fascination for large buildings, from Portman’s skyscrapers to Georgia’s football stadiums. The idea of planning and constructing such huge structures, helping an architect’s dreams become...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
260 Words
Georgia Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family, and what evidence have you seen of your impact on them?
As the oldest child in the family, I’ve always been the first to “test run” new situations. From the first day of school to the first driver’s ed lesson, I’ve been frequently thrown into scenarios new not just to me, but to my parents as well. Being the first kid, the “experimental one,” taught me to adapt and be flexible to the present; I learned not just to accept what’s new, but to fully embrace it....
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
153 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
Acting is a way for me to lose myself in the world of theater, and participating in the fall and spring plays has been wonderful for me to de-stress after school by becoming another person altogether. The drama department has had its highs and lows, but I’ve met many incredible people through drama, and love collaborating with them to produce something beautiful for our whole school to see. I’ve played many roles over the years, ranging from Doody...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
310 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
Athens, Georgia’s history is defined by the University of Georgia, our town’s largest employer and cultural institution. Without UGA, Athens would probably only be known for high school football and Confederate landmarks. Students arrive each fall, enjoy our downtown restaurants and music scene, party at Greek houses on Milledge Avenue, watch Bulldog football at Sanford Stadium, and ultimately leave for somewhere else to live. Unfortunately, these students rarely stay long enough to see the persistent inequality that faces...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
558 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
The architectural masterpieces of Atlanta’s skyline have always caught my interest from the glimpses I’d get of them while driving to the airport or my grandparents’ house. Over time, that interest has turned into a fascination for large buildings, from massive skyscrapers to Georgia’s football stadiums. The idea of planning and constructing such huge structures, helping an architect’s dreams become reality, sounds incredibly rewarding, and has drawn me towards looking into civil engineering as a career....
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
297 Words
Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore & why?
“Welcome to Streets, everyone! Today, we’ll be discussing the history of the roads and freeways which form the racial boundaries of our country’s cities.” Browsing UVA’s fascinating Racial Dot Map, which diagrams the demographic makeup of our country, I was humbled by how easy it was to see the continuing divides in our nation’s urban areas, even after fifty years of desegregation. The division between a city’s white and minority neighborhoods is often no more...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
296 Words
If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make everyday life better for one friend or family member, what would you design?
One of the most vivid memories I have of my dad is at a Perkins in Sandusky, Ohio, just days after botox was injected into his vocal cords. As the waitress took our breakfast orders, I saw him struggle to speak up, straining to reach a normal volume. Reluctantly, he stopped trying, opting to type out his order and show the screen to the waitress instead. He looked at me, tired and frustrated, as he always is in the days...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
123 Words
Virginia Tech’s motto is “Ut Prosim” which means ‘That I May Serve’. We are interested in learning more about your interests and how you have been involved and/or served. Briefly describe a group, organization, or community that you have been involved with. Is this a special area of interest for you, and why? What role did you play? What contributions have you made to this group? Were you able to influence others and/or influence decisions for the good of the group?
I’ve been heavily involved in drama since freshman year, acting in six plays playing everything from ensemble to lead roles. Being able to relax after a stressful day at school by becoming someone else on stage is cathartic, and the rush of adrenaline I feel standing backstage before opening night never gets old. With each passing year, my responsibilities in the department have grown, culminating this year with leading an entire company in an energetic rendition of Amazing Grace,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
125 Words
Describe a situation where you were involved or witness to an act of discrimination. How, or did, you respond? Do you wish you would have responded differently? Did this situation cause any change to happen based on this event and did you have a role in that change? What did you learn from this experience?
While leaving a school [Sadie Hawkins] dance two years ago [2017], I saw a student dressed in drag being harassed by other students. People were calling them all kinds of slurs, even throwing toilet paper at them while the student ran to their car. Not knowing the student well back then, I didn’t act at the time. I talked to the student’s friends and those I knew about how messed up the situation was, but I came to regret...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
124 Words
Describe an example of a situation where you have significantly influenced others, took on a leadership role, helped resolve a dispute, or contributed to a group’s goals. What was your role, what responsibilities did you take on? Did you encounter any obstacles, and if so how did you respond, were you able to overcome them? What would you do differently?
Two years ago, the mock trial team I’ve been a part of since freshman year was disbanded, as we didn’t have enough participants to attend our region’s competition. That next year, my junior year, I was determined to bring the team back, developing a plan to recruit new members with the one returning senior. I contacted whoever I could and asked them to join, and worked with them to ensure rehearsals wouldn’t conflict with their schedules....
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
123 Words
Briefly describe a personal goal you have set for yourself. Why this goal, what is your timeline to achieve this goal, what precipitated this goal? Have you turned to anyone for advice or help, what was their role, what did you learn about yourself, are you still working toward this goal?
My goal this year is to become more physically fit, and make up for my lack of exercise due to not participating in sports or weight training during the school year. I’ve become interested in mountain biking within the last year or so, and with that has come a renewed desire to get in shape, partially due to wanting to ride more trails on my bike before collapsing in sheer exhaustion. So far, I’ve relied heavily on my...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
307 Words
Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. Help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.
Civil engineering is a broad discipline, covering topics ranging from environmental management to the infrastructure powering America’s major cities. As an aspiring civil engineer, I value McCormick’s holistic education of the person and the engineer, providing me with a broad knowledge foundation which could prove useful in solving engineering problems. At Northwestern, the focus on a strong liberal arts background, as well as the flexibility of the quarter system, gives numerous opportunities for me to pursue classes such...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
257 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
At a small warehouse across the street from a Dairy Queen, I’ve spent my past two summers cleaning frames, patching tires, and oiling chains. I volunteer at BikeAthens, a local nonprofit which repairs bikes for low SES Athenians who don’t have easy access to transportation. I’m obsessed with how people get around in the places where they live, and volunteering here lets me help improve mobility and access for those who need it the most, alleviating worries...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
154 Words
There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore.
Civil engineering is an incredibly broad discipline, and studying it can branch into topics ranging from the infrastructure that makes up America’s major cities to natural resources and environmental management. As an aspiring civil engineer, Rice’s distribution requirements would provide me a broad foundation of knowledge which could prove useful in solving engineering problems. From Houston’s architecture to the effects of law on society to how voting machines influence the electorate to Renaissance drama, Rice provides numerous...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
What aspects of the Rice undergraduate experience excite you and led you to apply?
I visited Rice during Willy Week, and the excitement in the air was electrifying. There were so many events around campus, and school spirit seemed to be at its annual peak. But as I talked to student after student, I realized their spirit never dwindled; everyone was involved, passionate, and open to share their love for Rice to me, a total stranger. This spirit, manifesting in clubs meant to solve Houston’s local issues or create original comedy sketches; in...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
519 Words
Rice is lauded for creating a collaborative atmosphere that enhances the quality of life for all members of our campus community. The Residential College System is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspectives would you contribute to life at Rice?
Athens, Georgia’s history is defined by our largest employer: the University of Georgia. Without UGA, Athens would be just another Southern town, known only for high school football and Confederate landmarks. Students arrive each fall, enjoy our downtown restaurants and music scene, party at Greek houses on Milledge Avenue, watch Bulldog football at Sanford Stadium, and ultimately settle down somewhere else after graduation. Unfortunately, these students rarely stay long enough to see the persistent inequality my community faces. Excluding...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
101 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it.
I mountain bike on the weekends, mostly at a park ten minutes from my house. Some days I ride for distance, pedaling out the miles to get in some cardio. Other days I hit the downhill trails, speeding down slopes and turning around berms at dangerous speeds, dodging roots and trees until my hands ache from gripping the handlebars in fear and excitement. I’ve always been a thrill seeker, constantly searching for the newest adrenaline rush. Mountain biking is...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why?
Course 1 at MIT offers opportunities for me to grow my love for urban transportation and learn how to improve mobility in our cities. I’m attracted by CEE’s focus on real-world applications of student knowledge, showcased by 1.101’s introductory, project-based learning style and the department’s easily accessible internship program. The smart cities joint degree would allow me to merge CEE and CS knowledge into an extensive understanding of how networks and data will change the way transportation infrastructure...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
257 Words
At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc.
At a small warehouse across the street from a Dairy Queen, I’ve spent my past two summers cleaning frames, patching tires, and oiling chains. I volunteer at BikeAthens, a local nonprofit which repairs bikes for low SES Athenians who don’t have easy access to transportation. Being obsessed with the importance of mobility and how people get around in the places where they live, volunteering here lets me help improve mobility for those who need it the most, alleviating...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
257 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams & aspirations?
Athens, Georgia’s history is defined by the University of Georgia, our town’s largest employer and cultural institution. Without UGA, Athens would probably only be known for high school football and Confederate landmarks. Students arrive each fall, enjoy our downtown restaurants and music scene, party at Greek houses on Milledge Avenue, watch Bulldog football at Sanford Stadium, and ultimately leave for somewhere else to live. Unfortunately, these students rarely stay long enough to see the persistent inequality that faces...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
263 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?
Since joining my school’s mock trial team freshman year, I’ve seen the club face issues with recruiting. This became a major problem my sophomore year when the seniors graduated, as they left behind six empty spots we couldn’t seem to fill. We scrambled to get to the regional competition, even helping witnesses learn to play roles for both the prosecution and defense. The resulting stress caused many to quit, forcing us to disband the team before regionals...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
159 Words
Please discuss why you want to study engineering and why you would like to study at Duke.
On my frequent journeys down I-85 to the airport or my grandparents’ house, I’d always look forward to the glimpses I’d get of downtown Atlanta’s architectural masterpieces. Over time, that interest has turned into a fascination for large buildings, from skyscrapers to football stadiums. The idea of planning and constructing such huge structures, helping an architect’s dreams become reality, sounds incredibly rewarding, and has drawn me towards looking into civil engineering as a career. At Duke,...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
257 Words
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 or your family or cultural background) we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke.
Athens, Georgia’s history is defined by our largest employer: the University of Georgia. UGA students arrive each fall, enjoy our restaurants, music scene, and cultural amenities, and ultimately settle down somewhere else after graduation. Unfortunately, these students rarely stay long enough to see the persistent inequality that faces our community. Athens has a poverty rate of 23.5%, the nation’s fifth highest. This problem stems from a lack of access, as Athens’ car-dependent nature leaves those who can’t afford...
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School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
200 Words
I've wanted to go to Tech throughout high school for a variety of reasons. Living in a college town my whole life, I hoped to escape that by attending college somewhere urban. Atlanta is a fantastic city, especially for engineers, and I love Tech's campus for being both part of the city while also feeling like a college campus, something...
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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
85 Words
I focused on the activities I've done most often and had the most experience with: for me, that was drama, mock trial, and volunteering at BikeAthens...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
85 Words
Relax! Don't spend hours of your day reading /r/A2C or College Confidential. Find or continue doing things you enjoy doing, whether that's hanging out...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
71 Words
I highly recommend doing something over the summer that's related to what you want to pursue in college, whether that's interning...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
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Highest SAT
1540
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details4 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Theater/Plays, Mock Trial, Robotics, Biking/Cycling, Community Cleanup / Service, Homecoming committee, Multicultural / International Club
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Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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