FBomfim
FBomfim,
Stanford ‘22
B.A., Economics
Brazilian Entrepreneur
Features Included
29
Essays
10
Schools
3
Scores
6
Advice
8
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Aracaju, Brazil
GenderMale
EthnicityHispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
I sat by the door of the auditorium. A guy was on-stage, the subject escaped me. Big red letters on the screen read TEDx. I was calm. I had done this dozen of times and speaking before audiences was no big deal. His speech was over. I heard applause. I sat on the front row and waited while they set the stage, the projector, the microphone. I thought back to a year earlier on the Boston T-line. The train stopped....
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Personal Statement
381 Words
Leadership experience, Reaching a goal, Work experience
Black holes are among the most intricate and baffling objects in outer space. Some are powerful enough to gather whole galaxies around them. They sit there, parsimonious, not understood, alone. Yet, when two black holes encounter, they come closer and closer orbiting each other until they merge, creating a breathtaking spectacle. A black hole is formed when a star's gravitational pull overcomes its inner forces, making it collapse into itself. Passionate people are just like black holes. Most of them...
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I hold the basket upon my head as he hands me fruits the size of golf balls. The face worn off by life, he still takes pleasure in time spent with me, the orchard, the sweet smell all around us. Summer has just begun. Mangaba season. Nonexistent anywhere else in the world, mangabas are a symbol of my hometown, my home state. Spherical, chartreuse in color, infused by a strong carmine whose dispersion on yellow seems like the distribution of...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
303 Words
If you could have any career, what would it be? Why? Describe any activities you are involved in, life experiences you’ve had, or even classes you’ve taken that have helped you identify this professional path.
I was five when my father caught me with his black tie on and a portfolio of cars in his old suitcase. "What are you doing?" "Practicing." "For what?" My lungs filled with pride, I ceremoniously told him about Powerhorse - the next ginormous supercar manufacturer. Don't laugh, I didn't know much English at the time. "We are going to be better than Ferrari! I am the CEO, have my card" I said. I always wanted to be a leader....
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Supplemental Essay: Explaining low grades/scores
284 Words
Do you believe your academic record (transcript information and test scores) provide an accurate representation of you as a student? Why or why not?
Most definitely not. Transcripts and test scores only quantify our level of competence in certain fields, and tests acknowledge the information collected and some ability in connecting dots. Indeed, grades were good and all. However, high school years were a time of experiencing to me, far beyond the classroom. What enthralled me does not show in academic records. It has been almost four years of being challenged by my own will. Curiosity, my lifelong companion and instigator, had now learned...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
305 Words
How do you show leadership in your life? How do you see yourself being a leader at UT Austin?
A forklift. No. Its pieces. Motor, controllers, accelerators. Everything I could get my hands on. I was the incredible Hulk tearing apart that tall electrical device. You might be wondering why a rascal would murder such a kind machine. But believe me, it was worth it. Let’s rewind a little. Watching Formula 1 races with dad had triggered my passion for cars. This encouraged me to build an electric kart – not for fun, not for racing, but to inspire change....
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Supplemental Essay: Other
344 Words
Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest inside and/or outside the classroom.
A forklift. No. Its pieces. Motor, controllers, accelerators. Everything I could get my hands on. I was the incredible Hulk tearing apart that tall electrical device.You might be wondering why a rascal like me would murder such a kind machine. But believe me, it was worth it. Let’s rewind a little. Watching Formula 1 races every Sunday with dad had triggered my passion for cars. This encouraged me to build an electric kart – not for fun, not for racing,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
251 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.
A forklift. No. Its pieces. Motor, controllers, accelerators. Everything I could get my hands on. I was the incredible Hulk tearing apart that tall electrical device. You might be wondering why a rascal like me would murder such a kind machine. But believe me, it was worth it. Let’s rewind a little. Watching Formula 1 races every Sunday with my father had triggered my passion for cars. This encouraged me to build an electric kart – not for fun, not for...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
268 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better.
Hey, Roomie I’m Felipe, a seventeen-year-old from Brazil. They say college is where you meet best friends for life, so, hey, future bestie. I’m curious about your dreams, ambitions, values or anything that defines you. I love meeting humans! (nothing against aliens) People tell me I say whatever pops into my mind, like how soothing Van Gogh’s Cypresses is; whether The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is better than Ender’s Game; or how we can harness...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
252 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
Tantric Buddhism does not differentiate sacred from profane. There is only a continuum in which both are extremes of the same phenomenon, the same energy. In India, there are two tantric temples in the cities of Khajuraho and Konarak, whose outer walls are decorated with figures in multiple sexual positions. As you get in, sexual images are replaced with amity and love. In the temple core (gharba), all figures disappear into a state of enlightenment. Living in Brazil, I cannot...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
153 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
“I’m going to make you study so hard you’re going to puke blood.” That was professor Valdenberg Silva’s “commencement address” when we first met at his Future Mathematicians Project. Nearly a prophecy. A curse. Not that I ever actually puked, but he did add weekly tasks to my routine: devouring books on various math theories and writing and delivering seminars to younger students. I would spring out of bed at 6AM and crawl back at 3, still with...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
48 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Because of our aversion to change, humans get stuck with old, sick habits. With regard to climate change, we head for stronger storms and fiercer droughts. Yet, some call it a Chinese hoax and keep their fossil-fuel engines and bloody meat. Change demands courage and initiative, strong-willed leadership.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
50 Words
How did you spend your last two summers?
Because of a surgery, I spent three-fourths of my last summer vacation stranded in bed. Yet, I was able to attend the Brazil Leadership Bootcamp, a 1-week program focused on social entrepreneurship. I had spent my previous vacation studying Linear Algebra and also auditing Real Analysis classes at IMPA.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
50 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
The discovery of Relativity. That is when the whole physics paradigm was changed for good; a moment of intellectual blossom. It would be exhilarating to watch Albert Einstein as he conducted his thought experiments and opposed Newton’s laws with the Maxwell equations. That would have been something worth watching.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
5 Words
What five words best describe you?
Nerdy, analytical, intense, irreverent, clumsy
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Supplemental Essay: Other
52 Words
When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch?
I enjoy reading books on business/economics such as Predictably Irrational. Also fiction classics as Dune or Frankenstein. I like political satire on TV - Last Week Tonight - and comedic series - Rick and Morty. Concerning my music taste, I can't live without Aoki, Vivaldi, Eminem or Jack Johnson.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
50 Words
Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.
When I envisioned Quanta Racing, I wanted to power go-karts with high-end supercapacitors. During my research, Stanford Professor Yi Cui’s article on Flexible and Stretchable Energy Storage astounded me. Although supercapacitors were not cost-effective, Professor Cui had a strong effect on me and I hope to research alongside him.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
52 Words
Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time?
Reflect. My schedule is tightly packed so I can handle everything in 24x7. That leaves little time for me to reflect on what the next big thing is. I can’t conceive how productive this 60-minutes could be. Yet, I’m sure an extra timespan for that would be more than welcome.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
525 Words
Find x.
According to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "The Answer to the Great Question... of Life, the Universe and Everything... Is... Forty-two" Would this be x? Before we solve for answers, we must have questions. Those I had plenty as a kid. Here's the story. I hold the basket upon my head as he hands me fruit the size of golf balls.The face worn off by life, he still takes pleasure in time spent with me, the orchard, the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
280 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
I was five when my father caught me wearing his black tie with a portfolio of cars in his old suitcase. "What are you doing?" "Practicing." "For what?" My chest swollen with pride, I ceremoniously told him about Powerhorse – the next ginormous supercar manufacturer. Don't laugh, I didn't know much English at the time. "We are going to be better than Ferrari! I am the CEO, here’s my card" I said. I always wanted to be a leader. I...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
254 Words
Each Sunday night, in a tradition called Storytime, students, faculty and staff gather to hear a fellow community member relate a brief story from their life (and to munch on the storyteller’s favorite homemade cookies). What story would you share? What lessons have you drawn from that story, and how would those lessons inform your time at Williams?
A forklift. No. Its pieces. Motor, controllers, accelerators. Everything I could get my hands on. I was the incredible Hulk tearing apart that tall electrical device.You might be wondering why a rascal like me would murder such a kind machine. But believe me, it was worth it. Let’s rewind a little. Watching Formula 1 races every Sunday with my father had triggered my passion for cars. This encouraged me to build an electric kart – not for fun, not for...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
243 Words
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.
Tantric Buddhism does not differentiate sacred from profane. There is only a continuum in which both are extremes of the same phenomenon, the same energy. In India, there are two tantric temples in the cities of Khajuraho and Konarak, whose outer walls are decorated with figures in multiple sexual positions. As you get in, sexual images are replaced with amity and love. In the temple core (gharba), all figures disappear into a state of enlightenment. Living in Brazil, it is...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
144 Words
If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences as either a first-year or transfer applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you?
An odd book, with a half-orange half-blue cover that read “Predictably Irrational” which made me consider a whole new world. The intricacies of the human mind. Before the fifth chapter, I had decided what I wanted to study at college - Behavioral Economics. This book was written by the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Dan Ariely, which sparked my urge to explore the nature of human behavior and impulses, and how they affect Economics. I figured...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
507 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania?
I was five when my father caught me wearing his black tie with a portfolio of cars in his old suitcase. "What are you doing?" "Practicing." "For what?" My chest swollen with pride, I ceremoniously told him about Powerhorse – the next ginormous supercar manufacturer. Don't laugh, I didn't know much English at the time. "We are going to be better than Ferrari! I am the CEO, here’s my card" I said. I always wanted to be a leader. I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
526 Words
Explain how you will use this program to explore your interest in business, engineering, and the intersection of the two. It is helpful to identify potential engineering and business paths available at Penn.
A forklift. No. Its pieces. Motor, controllers, accelerators. Everything I could get my hands on. I was the incredible Hulk tearing apart that tall electrical device. You might be wondering why a rascal like me would murder such a kind machine. But believe me, it was worth it. Let’s rewind a little. Watching Formula 1 races every Sunday with dad had triggered my passion for cars. This encouraged me to build an electric kart – not for fun, not for racing,...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
264 Words
Please describe a time in which you displayed leadership.
Four bright young leaders around a table planning a structure – a strong, tall one. All silent and focused as they drew, calculated, scratched heads. They peered at the surrounding tables. Theirs should be the tallest. Pasta, string, tape and marshmallow before them: the Marshmallow Challenge, a dare famous for stumping CEOs as they perform worse than children. 18 minutes. I gather noodles and fasten them with tape, demonstrating how our group should proceed. I look up to see each working in...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
265 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. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.
I was five when my father caught me with his black tie on and a portfolio of cars in his old suitcase. "What are you doing?" "Practicing." "For what?" My lungs filled with pride, I ceremoniously told him about Powerhorse - the next ginormous supercar manufacturer. Don't laugh, I didn't know much English at the time. "We are going to be better than Ferrari! I am the CEO, have my card" I said. I always wanted to be a leader....
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
99 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
A go-kart, a prototype for my electric motoring startup, evoking a generational change, luring youth to spread a love for electric cars. A propeller in my search for knowledge. The greatest spin-off of my utter curiosity. If choosing an activity is inevitable, I stick to Quanta Racing. There, I am a businessman, an engineer, a mechanic, and all else is expected of me. There I perform calculations seeking sheer perfection while still able to deal with people and manage the...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
253 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.
Imagine you live in a room with a window. You are locked in. Outside you can see the universe; stars, atoms, particles altogether. They are intangible and you will never understand them. That is where I lived as a kid. I would spend whole nights queering myself about how the world worked. Adults told me not to worry because my questions would be answered in high school. serThere, however, I was told that they would be addressed later in college....
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
433 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?
I was five when my father caught me wearing his black tie with a portfolio of cars in his old suitcase. "What are you doing?" "Practicing." "For what?" My chest swollen with pride, I ceremoniously told him about Powerhorse – the next ginormous supercar manufacturer. Don't laugh, I didn't know much English at the time. "We are going to be better than Ferrari! I am the CEO, here’s my card" I said. I always wanted to be a leader. I...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
279 Words
Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington.
Imagine you live in a room with a window. You are locked in it. Through that window, you can see the universe; stars, atoms, particles altogether. Conversely, they are not tangible and you will never understand them. That is where I lived when I was a kid. I would spend whole nights queering myself about how the world worked. I had many doubts, and the more I studied, the more doubts aroused. Adults told me not to worry about them...
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School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
37 Words
I chose Stanford because when I visited, nowhere else felt right....
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How to increase chances at my school
59 Words
I believe that UChicago's application comes down to being creative. I attribute all my success to my "Find...
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How to increase chances at my school
60 Words
Northwestern has a very strong culture and identity. Ranging from the traditions like "paint the rock", to Dillo...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
43 Words
Try to find teachers with whom you have got deep connections with. Sometimes...
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What set me apart from other applicants
114 Words
Many applicants look at colleges as the final frontier. Conversely, college is only a place on which you will develop skills and long-lasting relationships. Hence, don't try to think what will impress admission officers,...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
46 Words
It is hard in the beginning, there are so many things to talk about....
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.88
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Sports

SportsOther Sport

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesOther Club/Activity, Art, Science/Math, Science/Math, Debate Club/Team, Other Club/Activity, Foreign Exchange, Debate Club/Team
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Experience & Awards

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