alexa_howard
alexa_howard,
Brown ‘21
B.A., International Relations
I am a Brown University student looking to help high school students!
Features Included
5
Essays
7
Schools
9
Scores
10
Advice
13
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Mays Landing, New Jersey
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (Piscataway, NJ)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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?
The price of two fudge cupcakes and three peanut butter brownies is $14.56, plus my self-esteem. This August I realized that I was too old to have no job experience and applied to a local bakery for a position as a cashier. Nervous about the possibility of wearing a hairnet and being surrounded by chocolate that I could not eat, I was half-hoping that my application would be rejected. But as fate would have it, I received a call a week...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
100 Words
Why Brown?
I have never been interested in one type of something. I love listening to Ennio Morricone and Nas, and I enjoy watching Gone with the Wind just as much as 21 Jump Street. My widespread interests made me cringe upon discovering colleges that have strict core curriculums. At Brown, the lack of a strict core curriculum is an exciting opportunity for me to create an education that centers on my diverse interests and helps me create new ones. I want to...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
97 Words
Why do your selected areas of study appeal to you?
I have known no America other than the post-9/11 America and no other world than the one engulfed by war and terrorism. Throughout my life, America’s relationship with the Middle East has engrossed me. Many of the adults in my life have told me that the relationship is hopeless, but I know there must be a way to mend it. I want to become educated in international affairs and the Middle East so that I can have a career...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
99 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.
I have lived on the same street in New Jersey for all of my life. All of the children who have grown up on it have been lifelong friends, and because I am younger than them, I have many big brothers that are like family. Some of them have turned to drugs, which fills me with an unbearable grief. Whenever we are all together again, they relentlessly tell me how proud they are of my academic achievements. I continue to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
98 Words
We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.
I am part of in the calculus community at my school. The 22 of us brave students who embarked on a second year of calculus are spiritually connected, as we all share the same wonderful but tortuous experience with calculus. Although the math is sometimes impossible, I can solve a problem through the support of my classmates. My calculus community has changed the way I view insurmountable tasks. Because the students in my class constantly say, “We can solve this,” I...
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School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
91 Words
1. Intelligent: Most students at Brown are very smart. 2. Fun-loving: Brown students are very focused on working hard while balancing having fun. 3. Wealthy: As someone from a...
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How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
124 Words
Because Brown is situated on top of a hill, it can feel very disconnected from the greater Providence community. The "Brown bubble" is very real! However, I feel that this atmosphere is especially beneficial for first-year students,...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
190 Words
Although many students applying to college feel a need to stand out and be different from other applicants, I feel that there is no harm in answering the "Why Brown" essay the same as most other applicants do, which is by indicating their open curriculum. The open curriculum is truly the hallmark of Brown and what separates...
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How important school spirit is around athletics at my school
60 Words
To be quite honest, there is little emphasis on athletics at Brown. Although we have many sports teams,...
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How I would rate the alumni network at my school
112 Words
At Brown, the student body definitely emphasizes helping each other, and this trait carries over into Brown's alumni as well. I feel confident that if I found alumni with a career path I am...
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How I would rate the career center or my advisor
51 Words
The career center at Brown is extremely helpful. Every effort is made by the staff...
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How I would rate the diversity of the student body
54 Words
Brown's student body is diverse culturally. However, it has a real problem with economic diversity. The...
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General Admissions Advice

Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
161 Words
Where I live, gap years are very uncommon. I was expected to immediately attend college after graduating from high school. However, during my summer before I was supposed to attend college, I realized that I was not ready to attend college because of my own personal issues and...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
121 Words
As a first-generation college student, I had no one to help me when applying to college. It was extremely stressful juggling high school classes, application essay writing, deciding what schools to apply to, managing college interviews,...
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What I wish I had known as a first generation applicant
160 Words
There were so many things I did not know as a first-generation applicant that are often common knowledge to students who are raised by family who have attended college. Because I applied mostly to Ivy League schools, there was even more information that I was not aware of,...
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High School Performance

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

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2050
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1440
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesForeign Language, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Gay/Straight Alliance, Key Club, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Yearbook, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Activities Committee, Science Club/Team, Church, Family Responsibilities

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