spencersch
spencersch,
Brown ‘22
B.A., Public Policy Analysis
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Features Included
16
Essays
15
Schools
8
Scores
6
Advice
7
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Syracuse, New York
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis

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?
I’ve always despised the cockroach. Their dark, armored bodies, small, ticklish legs, and long, tentacle-like antennae. It’s not that I hate all bugs; the ant is industrious and playful, the ladybug is sweet and thoughtful, the daddy longlegs is graceful and mysterious. But something is just different about the cockroach, something that makes my skin crawl. I remember crouching around my grandmother’s kitchen table playing Scrabble, deep in thought about how to manipulate my nearly impossible combination...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
205 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
As classmates rattle off their destined majors-to-be, I sigh in anguish. My brain just isn't wired that way. Public Policy. Journalism. Biology. Politics. French. I want to continue those things at Brown: making multimedia for the Daily Herald, participating in the French Film Festival, taking biology class with Kenneth Miller. Brown encourages thinking that goes beyond a singular focus. With Brown's Open Curriculum, I could take journalism classes "Intro to iPad Moviemaking", or a French class about witchcraft, while pursuing...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
156 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? If you are "undecided" or not sure which Brown concentrations match your interests, consider describing more generally the academic topics or modes of thought that engage you currently.
Behind the herd of electrified followers, I frantically stood up, dying to catch a momentary glimpse of that ubiquitous tangle of unkempt frizz. Bernie Sanders had taken stage. In the boom of his voice, I could feel the authenticity, the conviction, the sense he truly cared. In that moment, I saw Bernie's empathy as a reflection of my own concern for issues. One day, I aspire to be like him. In a small way, I already am. Working on the...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
105 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.
My lifelong hometown in Central NY is static. Every winter, the same endless snow. Every election, the same Republican tilt. Though Syracuse is homogeneous, my family adds a diverse dynamic to the regularity of this environment. Thanksgiving dinners turned ideological debates. Christmas gifts manipulated into political jabs. Ultra-conservative evangelist uncles, far-leftist hippie aunts. I've grown up surrounded by argument, and I relish this dialogue between sides—it has fostered the formation of my independent-thinking. Brown promotes a diversity of thought,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
100 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 grew up surrounded by strong female role models. My great-grandmother supported her own five kids and adopted a dozen more during the Great Depression. From her, I learned women were brave. My grandmother sparked my curiosity for the world through her endless historical sagas and science experiments at the park. From her, I learned women were wise. My mother works three jobs and manages to coach swimming on the side. From her, I learned women were strong. The misogynist...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
151 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
Although I have had a very active four years as class president, in 2015 I was elected Niagara Swimming's Athlete Representative acting as the liaison between 6,000 swimmers and the Niagara District's Board of Directors. I attend monthly conference-calls, organize community events, vote on budgets, set time standards and enact policies to increase diversity within swimming. After USASwimming Convention in Atlanta last year and Dallas this year where I voted on rules affecting the sport of swimming as a whole, I returned...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
318 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.
Since working on my school-newspaper and shadowing a crime reporter at my local paper, I’ve been drawn to investigative reporting. Earlier this year, my high-school received a shooting threat, leaving students feeling rattled and generally vulnerable. As a school newspaper, we felt that administration didn’t properly handle the situation. In response, I wrote an editorial and recorded a video revealing the holes in my high school’s security system following the shooting threat. Though the initial reaction from...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ''It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!'' As you seek admission to the Class of 2022, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest?
Every penny I've earned from lifeguarding goes towards one thing: travel. I'm anxious to pack a bag, buy a cheap ticket, and immerse myself in a culture. The flexibility of Dartmouth's "D" plan would empower me to study-abroad for a semester while staying connected to an on-campus education. The Frank Guarini Institute's exchange-program in Ghana attracts me, as Accra's been on my "places-to-travel" list ever since my French teacher recounted growing up there. As an "undecided" student interested in a...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
318 Words
During the 2016 Olympic Games, American runner Abbey D’Agostino ’14 collided with another athlete. Both fell to the track. Although injured, Abbey’s first instinct was to help the other fallen athlete so they could continue the race together. Their selflessness was widely praised as the embodiment of the Olympic ideal of sportsmanship. Share a moment when kindness guided your actions.
It took me a while to grasp the full scope my sister’s depression. I didn’t understand why she got special treatment from my parents, or why she always stayed home from school.“But Mom, it’s not fair,” I’d say, “She’s such a drama queen.” And I held onto that resentment for a long time. Resentment at my parents for not being able to treat me like a kid, resentment at my sister for consuming my...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
147 Words
In the age of social media, what does engaging with integrity look like for you?
In the age of Trump, it's now more imperative than ever that social media be used to evoke meaningful change, instead of spiteful slander. Recently, social media platforms such as Youtube and Twitter have begun to suppress the extremists and hate groups infiltrating the internet. There's a fine line, however, between moral responsibility and censorship. We must encourage the publication of meaningful, well-defended opinions while omitting outright libel from the internet. As an aspiring journalist, I'm well aware of the...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
147 Words
What will you miss the most about your current community when you leave for college?
I'd never describe Syracuse, NY as picturesque. We're hit hard with 124 inches of snow each winter, and I haven't seen a sunny day since mid-July. Syracuse claims the 13th worst poverty rates in the nation, and we're in the bottom five for cities with the worst economic growth. Yet I've grown to love my little city, all its faults included. Syracuse basketball games make our winters survivable, and the restaurants downtown have spicy chicken riggies that are to die for....
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?
I achingly dragged myself out of the pool, my vision beginning to blur as blood rushed out of my head and into my exhausted muscles. I knew what was coming: the vomit. I sprinted towards the sink, pushing past the crowd of slippery swimmers through the locker room doors, trying to reach the sink before the big explosion, but, alas, it was too late. The congealed chunks of beef from my meatball marinara hurled forward, splattering on the pristine tiles...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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.
I've always been drawn to journalism and the art of transmitting my investigation of a subject into a story that can captivate an audience. Each Thanksgiving, as I sit around the table, I listen as aunts and uncles fill my head with wild tales of family mishaps, as cousins fight back and forth over politics, and as my grandma transforms dull historical events into wondrous displays of imagination. Since my birth, my family's storytelling has surrounded me, helping establish my...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
251 Words
How would an Annenberg major help you solve a global issue facing society in the 21st century?
Given our current political climate, it's imperative that we continue to develop a strong network of journalists. While not necessarily a profession that brings copious amounts of fame or fortune, journalism evokes an explanation of the world's hidden truths. As an aspiring journalist, I'm well-aware of the moral dichotomy of modern-day communications. Fake news, unfounded rumors, and outright lies have proliferated, and thanks in large part to our president, Americans have lost trust in journalists. This presents a major dilemma...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
402 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
I never thought that my greatest contribution to the sport of swimming would come outside the water. But, when I was elected as Niagara Swimming's Athlete Representative my sophomore year, my relationship with swimming completely changed. I now serve as the liaison between 6,000 swimmers across New York State and the members of Niagara's Board of Directors. That means attending monthly conference calls with the Board, organizing numerous events for the swimmers, and representing Upstate New York at the national USA...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
402 Words
Briefly (approximately one-half page) discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.
I never thought that my greatest contribution to the sport of swimming would come outside the water. But, when I was elected as Niagara Swimming's Athlete Representative my sophomore year, my relationship with swimming completely changed. I now serve as the liaison between 6,000 swimmers across New York State and the members of Niagara's Board of Directors. That means attending monthly conference calls with the Board, organizing numerous events for the swimmers, and representing Upstate New York at the national USA...
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School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
10 Words
Quirky. Different. Laid-back ...
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How to increase chances at my school
176 Words
#1 If an admissions representative from Brown comes to your school or to your surrounding area, definitely take advantage of that opportunity and try to make a good impression. When I talked to my admissions representative during ADOCH (accepted students' day), she remembered me from when she visited my school! Getting the person...
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How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
158 Words
Brown was perfect for me in that it was a campus close to the city. When it came time to decide on where to enroll, I was choosing between Dartmouth (rural) and Brown (urban). During my visit to Dartmouth, I felt a bit unsure about the lack...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
135 Words
Start the application process EARLY! I waited until December break to begin the majority of my supplemental essays, and this made for a VERY stressful winter. Although I finished all my essays on time (albeit I did submit my application...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
185 Words
I can attest to the fact that you do not need a private admissions counselor to be successful in the college application process! I did not personally hire a private admissions counselor, and although they might have helped a little bit, I am actually glad that I did the process on my own. Private...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
780 Words
MISCONCEPTION #1: Getting a perfect SAT or ACT score guarantees me admission into college. THIS ISN'T TRUE. Applying to college is NOT all about test scores. I received a 1580 on my SAT, and got two 800s and a 790 on my SAT Subject Tests. Before applying to college, I thought my good test scores would catapult me above other applicants. But, I know plenty of people with lower test scores than me who were accepted to colleges that I didn't get accepted to. Test scores are a necessary part of the college process, but they are BY FAR not the most important...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1580
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSwimming/Diving (Recruited)

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, French Club, Science Club/Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, National Honor Society
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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