zoez317
zoez317,
Brown ‘22
B.A., History
Theatre kid from an underfunded charter school became history major at an Ivy! Happy to help others who want to follow the same path!
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Background

Hometown Palmetto, Florida
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
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  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
A large blue storage bin still sits on the top shelf of a closet in my house. An outsider wouldn’t give much thought to it - they probably wouldn’t ever see it at all. But if you stood on your tippy toes and reached to the top shelf, took down the bin and blew off the decade of dust, you’d find the remnants of a world that exists only in the very limits of my imagination. Indeed,...
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They say that, if you can see a tsunami wave on the horizon, you are too close to escape it. As a seventh grader, I saw my mom wear mismatched shoes to work. At the time, I didn’t realize that that was the tsunami on the horizon. My mother was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in 2013. It was a wave siphoning all of my familiar waters. And I, on the brink of adolescence, was helpless: helpless to stop it, helpless...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
152 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated?
When I flick through the tattered yellow pages of a centuries-old newspaper, or I tag and record an artifact, or I listen to the stories of WWII vets for hours, I feel it. Somewhere, someone is calling for me to uncover their life, their memories. Though many people ask, I’ve never intended to be a teacher with my degree. Active research is my calling; I strive to solve the constant puzzle of humanity's foundations. It's my passion to bring...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
201 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
I wish I could add "reading every single page of the Brown website" to my extracurricular activities. I've spent plenty of hours doing it. I'm addicted to the freedom and passion of Brown. I spent my high school alongside overworked teachers and sleeping students. The disinterest isn't their fault. How can you truly feel committed to school when your curriculum has been force-fed to you for 12 years? Instead, I crave a place where I'm in charge of my own academic...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
93 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.
Not many people associate winter with oranges and fantastic weather. But, teetering on the edge of tropical rainforest and redneck farmland, is Palmetto, FL, where January is orange-picking season and the temperature rarely dips below 50. It's not an incredibly unique town, though. I am probably the most liberal person of the entire population. In some ways, it's a clone of every other little town, but in others, I've had conversations outside McDonald's and experiences at the movie theatre that could...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
101 Words
Communities or groups: pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.
There is an elusive community of people obsessed with showtunes and tap-dancing, with members worldwide. This group was responsible for Hamilton, Grease, and many other influences of popular culture. You can sometimes spot them watching musicals or belting "Defying Gravity" in their bedrooms. This is the "Theatre Community," (occasionally known as "Glee Haters"). They are my people. I've spent much time among them (often in costume). Wherever I go, I also know I'll never leave them. Unconditional acceptance and kindness...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
505 Words
WM: We know nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less, but you can provide us with some suggestion of the type of person you are. Anything goes! Inspire us, impress us, or just make us laugh. Think of this optional opportunity as show and tell by proxy and with an attitude.


UVA: What work of art, music, science, mathematics or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way
“Turn! Turn! Out, in, jump, step! Step, kick, kick, LEAP, kick, TOUCH, turn, turn, touch, down, back, step, PIVOT STEP! Walk, walk, walk...” Dancing A Chorus Line can be a nightmare. These words were screamed at me every day...and I wasn't even in the full show. In 10th grade, I was put in the Advanced Tap/Jazz class at school. I’d never considered myself a top-tier dancer, and I was scared out of my mind about being with...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
304 Words
if you choose to submit something that goes beyond what you’re providing through your Common Application, we encourage you to keep it brief; focus less on including everything than on choosing and explaining the things that have meant the most to you; and upload it here.
You might gather from the rest of my application that I came out of the womb as an intense lover of history, and that it has been my only interest since then. This is only partly true. Though I’ve always enjoyed history, the first passion I discovered was actually musical theatre. To me, there is something magical about performing on stage. It is a vulnerable moment, desperately trying to impress the hundreds of shadowy figures in the audience watching...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
224 Words
Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in your life.
One of my best friends, Josh Roberson, has made an impact on me since the day we met. We both enjoy life and have big ideas and love theater. We also both live with single parents; his are divorced and mine widowed. I think the theme of our relationship is to enjoy life and infect others with humor and encouragement. This has manifested itself into our semi-official private firm, Zimmermann and Roberson Unincorporated. We specialize in cheering up our friends...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
227 Words
What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?
Something that has been a goal of mine is to always try to remind others to appreciate the life that they have. It's become a driving factor in my interactions with other. The wonders of the world are endlessly fascinating, and making the most of them is something that I try to do every day. I love meeting people and learning something new from someone every day. With everyone that I meet, I always hope that, in some way, I...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
212 Words
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
It's a late night study session, or rehearsal, or anything. Then, as teenagers often do, someone complains that they're hungry. I rummage through my bag. "Don't worry, I got you. Have some Craisins," I say, as I pull out a 24 oz. bag of the sweetened dried cranberries. This exact situation has happened more times than I can count, to the extent where I am affectionately known as the Craisin Aficionado among my friends. I will eat Craisins at any time...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
652 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)
Directors and theatre teachers throughout my years of performing have always given me one note for moving about the stage: Walk with purpose. After all, when a powerful scene finishes, simply moseying offstage tends to detract from the show’s momentum. Walk with purpose. I try to apply this note to real life, too. I strive to find a purpose so important that it’s obvious from my mere step. What that purpose might be for the next four years,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
471 Words
Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)
When I flick through the tattered yellow pages of a centuries-old newspaper, or I tag and record an artifact, or I listen to the stories of WWII vets for hours, I feel it. Somewhere, someone is calling for me to uncover their life, their memories. Though many people ask, I’ve never intended to be a teacher with my degree. Active research is my calling; I strive to solve the constant puzzle of humanity's foundations. It's my passion to bring...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
286 Words
Twenty years ago, the world met Harry Potter and his companions. One of the more memorable lines from the J.K. Rowling series was spoken by Albus Dumbledore: ''Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.'' What ideas or experiences bring you joy?
The first passion I discovered within myself was my undying love for musical theatre. In 2nd grade, I waltzed onto the stage of my elementary school's talent show and belted out a song from High School Musical as well as my little lungs could. And I haven't stopped since. To me, there is something magical about performing on stage. It is a vulnerable moment, desperately trying to impress the hundreds of shadowy figures in the audience watching you, judging your...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.50
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Rank
Top 1%
 
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1470
 
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ActivitiesCareer Oriented, Academic, Student Council / Government, Theater/Drama, Academic, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Career Oriented, Academic, German Club, Music: Vocal
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