Hamzah_Brown
Hamzah_Brown,
Brown ‘22
B.A., Public Health
Travel and Ben and Jerry's ice cream are my true passions, but the intersection of health and policy is pretty cool too.
Features Included
26
Essays
14
Schools
13
Scores
11
Advice
6
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Gaithersburg, Maryland
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Maryland - College Park (College Park, MD)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Public Health

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.
Revolution: it was a strange concept to grasp as a seven-year-old obsessed with The Hunger Games, but nine years later, I saw one for myself in Kashmir. I watched my 19-year-old cousin hold back tears as she described her helplessness — her life confined to her home because of daily curfews, enforced after protests against youth shot. Wherever we drove, the Indian army warily clutched their rifles. Their camouflaged uniforms stuck out like eyesores in the beautiful valley. For 70 years, Kashmiris...
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In Kashmir this past summer I watched my 19-year-old cousin hold back tears as she described her helplessness- her life confined to her home because of daily curfews and her exams halted by sixth-month school closures. For 70 years, Kashmiris have fought for the right to self-determination. My parents had always told me about Kashmir, their militarily-occupied and disputed homeland, but I remained unaffected- unaware of the bullets that could strike my family at any moment, the suffering of my own...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
202 Words
What is it about [insert school] that has led you to apply?


Why [insert school]?
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” — T.S. Eliot Providing the flexibility needed to engage in interdisciplinary study, receive a world-class liberal arts education, and discover unknown passions, Brown’s open curriculum is like a rubber band that can never snap. At Brown, I plan to explore unfamiliar fields of study that may seem — at the surface — unrelated...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
150 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences
For the last two summers, I was a research intern at the NIH. Together with other researchers, I worked on a project to develop antibody-drug conjugates, which we hope can lead to curing liver cancer. I expanded upon concepts from my AP Biology class in a hands-on environment and learned advanced laboratory techniques. Working with other scientists taught me that unexpected results are avenues for new discoveries and only by drawing upon intellectual curiosity and challenging myself can I be...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
147 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.
Exploring the intertwined nature of health with biology, sociology, and epidemiology interests me because I will learn about the molecular intricacies of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases, track patterns relating to their spread, and study their impacts on populations. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, which infects 8 in 10 Indonesian children by age ten, is an example of an infectious disease that intrigues me. I seek to address this crisis by understanding both micro-level biology and international development. Biologically, I want to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
102 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
After leaving Oklahoma just before turning two, I’ve lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C., for the last 15 years. I’m pretty attached to this place. I experience the four seasons — snow, flowers, heat, orange leaves, and snow again — and live 30 minutes from the nation’s capital. I take advantage of the National Mall’s monuments and museums and appreciate living in a locus of cultural diversity. Yet, I also love not being too close to...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
99 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.
While most students rush home on Fridays, I meet up with members of the Muslim Student Association in the lecture hall after school. We hold the green sheet and spread it out over the floor so we can perform Friday Prayer as a group. Even though we only spend a few minutes there each time, I love how we all come together every week to bond and share in the experience of something we find significant. Together, we stand proud...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
624 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?
My last visit to Cornell was… interesting. Our charter bus canceled on us at the last minute, so all 35 members of my Model UN team and I rode up to Ithaca late for CMUNC in a cramped school bus. To Cornell students, it must have been pretty funny seeing me navigate the pitch-black galaxy of a campus at 11pm in a frenzied attempt to catch the last half hour of the first committee session. But while my arrival to Cornell...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
150 Words
If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you?
Given my interest in pursuing a career in global health, I am drawn to Trinity’s programs in biology and global health. These programs match my desire to explore the molecular intricacies of infectious diseases, track patterns relating to their spread, and study their impacts on populations. Joining Dr. O’Meara in her work examining malaria’s biological complexities and implementing preventive measures is especially appealing to me. As a Duke student, I am also eager to serve the community,...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
245 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.
Throughout most of high school, I was on and off with my involvement in my school’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). To be honest, I didn’t really see the point, and I was more focused on developing my personal skill sets through Model UN and Science Olympiad. However, after experiencing community dinners, prayers, and discussions during Ramadan this past summer, I began to feel like something was missing. I especially missed being with the community for Friday Prayers during...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
731 Words
Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.
As we drove down the main roads, we whizzed by crossed out graffiti on concrete walls. The army had covered up the people’s pleas for freedom, but that only magnified the messages — symbols of oppression and tension in the land that my family calls home: Kashmir. Because of controversy surrounding the 1947 Instrument of Accession, India and Pakistan hold differing views on Kashmir. While India believes Kashmir is its territory, Pakistan considers Kashmir a disputed territory. Some portions of Kashmir...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
366 Words
Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.
For the last two summers, I was a research intern in the Ho lab at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Together with other researchers, I worked on a project to develop antibody-drug conjugates. Our hope is that the results of our research can lead to a cure for liver cancer. Given that this was my first time working in a lab setting, I received regular guidance from my mentor; I asked questions if I was uncertain how the equipment...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
366 Words
Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience.
For the last two summers, I was a research intern in the Ho lab at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Together with other researchers, I worked on a project to develop antibody-drug conjugates. Our hope is that the results of our research can lead to a cure for liver cancer. Given that this was my first time working in a lab setting, I received regular guidance from my mentor; I asked questions if I was uncertain how the equipment...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
510 Words


Prompts for Harvard’s 2017-18 Application Supplement





You May Wish To Include An Additional Essay If You Feel That The College Application Forms Do Not Provide Sufficient Opportunity To Convey Important Information About Yourself Or Your Accomplishments. You May Write On A Topic Of Your Choice, Or You May Choose From One Of The Following Topics:
January 27, 2017 marks my loss of faith in our nation’s guarantee of freedom. It marks the triumph of xenophobia and bigotry over justice in America. After making progress against extreme racism towards African Americans in the 19th and 20th century, our country has regressed — this time with religious discrimination in the form of a travel ban on Muslims entering the United States. There are just under 2 billion Muslims in the world. Stereotyping and marginalizing one-fourth of the world’s population...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
154 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.
As a frustrated Kumon student eight years ago, I’d sometimes hide ripped and smudged homework packets from my parents behind my bookshelf. However, over the past few years in school, I’ve realized the merits of quick thinking the program, designed to build quantitative skills and promote reading comprehension, teaches. Having left with an immature grudge, I now feel gratified making the Kumon experience meaningful to elementary school students. As an instructor, I make an effort to get to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
150 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held.
For the last two summers, I was a research intern at the NIH. Together with other researchers, I worked on a project to develop antibody-drug conjugates, which we hope can lead to curing liver cancer. I expanded upon concepts from my AP Biology class in a hands-on environment and learned advanced laboratory techniques. Working with other scientists taught me that unexpected results are avenues for new discoveries and only by drawing upon intellectual curiosity and challenging myself can I be...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
510 Words
In addition to the essay you have written for the Common Application, please write an essay of about 500 words (no more than 650 words and no fewer than 250 words). Using one of the themes below as a starting point, write about a person, event, or experience that helped you define one of your values or in some way changed how you approach the world.
January 27, 2017 marks my loss of faith in our nation’s guarantee of freedom. It marks the triumph of xenophobia and bigotry over justice in America. After making progress against extreme racism towards African Americans in the 19th and 20th century, our country has regressed — this time with religious discrimination in the form of a travel ban on Muslims entering the United States. There are just under 2 billion Muslims in the world. Stereotyping and marginalizing one-fourth of the world’s population...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
313 Words
Why Northwestern?
Black: a unified entity. Underneath black’s cohesiveness, however, is an array of distinct colors. Don’t worry; I recognize Northwestern’s purple is far superior to black. But, Northwestern is similar to black. Rampant spirit unifies the student body, yet, even within this big-school feel, lies my ability to explore as an individual. Having actively participated in Model UN and Science Olympiad in high school, I hope to continue exploring international development and science by studying within the global...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
391 Words
We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? - Why NYU?
Rapid innovation and societal progression define the Big Apple. With its perpetual electricity, New York City courses through my veins. For the next four years, I’m not only looking for a school with a sublime education but also one whose environment will motivate me to make a tangible impact in the world; that school is NYU in The City That Never Sleeps. Throughout high school, I’ve dedicated most of my time outside of class to Model UN and...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
150 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?
I would continue interning in a cancer research laboratory at the National Institutes of Health where I worked on a project to develop antibody drug conjugates that can hopefully cure liver cancer. Applying what I studied in school, expanding upon it hands-on, and learning advanced concepts and laboratory techniques has sparked a stronger interest in exploring the vast amount of unknowns still present in biology. Moreover, I have learned valuable lessons applicable to any discipline. Working with other scientists has...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
304 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.
The 6,158 square miles of land lodged along the Himalayas and disputed between India and Pakistan: that’s Kashmir. But the large Kashmiri community where I live doesn’t make it feel like Kashmir is 7,000 miles away. The Kashmiri community is the tightest knit group of people I know. We come together in both good times and bad. A few years ago, the community had never really faced struggles. However, recent illnesses, unexpected deaths, and near fatal accidents have brought this...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
551 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 College of Literature, Science, and The Arts (LSA) promotes unparalleled flexibility in interdisciplinary study that would allow me to explore both the natural sciences and the humanities. Throughout high school, I have always been an avid student of both subject areas. Whether I am diagraming cellular respiration in AP Biology or analyzing poems about the Middle Ages in AP Spanish Literature, I find myself intrigued. It is this intrigue I know the College of LSA will be able to...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
607 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.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Aabye Kierkegaard: Danish philosopher Without looking to the past, we have no direction in the present. Only by venturing into history can we develop a more sophisticated lens for understanding our complex world as it is today. The College of Arts and Sciences offers a curriculum that will help me develop this lens of understanding and apply it to prevalent world issues. Its encouragement to study...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
99 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you?
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever infects 8 in 10 Indonesian children by age ten. What interests me most about this crisis, and those similar to it, is that solving it requires understanding both molecular biology and international development. Biologically, I would want to examine Dengue’s four viruses and the complex human antibody responses they elicit. In terms of development, I would want to engage with Indonesia’s Ministry of Health to effectively implement preventive measures and medicines. Whether pioneering medical discoveries, collaborating with...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
126 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
Yale: Youthful, Achieving, Loving, Eager. Youthful: with so much to explore, Yale is full of life. Its distributional requirements provide the flexibility needed to engage in interdisciplinary study, receive a world-class liberal arts education, and discover unknown passions. Achieving: through the Global Health Scholars program, I could learn from faculty working on the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative in Ethiopia and conduct my own fieldwork. Loving: my tour guide raved about Trumbell being the best residential college community while also...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
240 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community.
Throughout most of high school, I was on and off with my involvement in my school’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). To be honest, I didn’t really see the point, and I was more focused on developing my personal skill sets through Model UN and Science Olympiad. However, after experiencing community dinners, prayers, and discussions during Ramadan this past summer, I began to feel like something was missing. I especially missed being with the community for Friday Prayers during...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
246 Words
Write on something you would like us to know about you that you have not conveyed elsewhere in your application
The hollow ball of orange plastic spins off the table and whizzes into the blemished wall, joining hundreds of other pebble-sized stains. This past year, my free time was filled with a constant rhythm: Ping. Pong. Ping. Pong. Day after day, my elder brother and I wore down our basement’s cream-colored carpet with harsh pivots and slides. “21?” I would ask after warm-up rallies with lofty topspin shots, eager to use my forehand smash as an edge to win. But...
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School Specific Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
89 Words
If you are waitlisted/deferred you should 100% send in an additional letter of interest. This letter should not only detail why you are keen on attending...
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How to increase chances at my school
24 Words
Hopkins is very science focused. Writing about...
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How to increase chances at my school
76 Words
WashU is known for heavily yield protecting. You must show interest if you want to get in. This can many forms such as...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
32 Words
Brown is known for its unparalleled flexibility. Its open curriculum...
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How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
31 Words
The Yale community is a blend of Harvard's unmatched...
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How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
21 Words
Princeton is the most academically focused...
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How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
30 Words
Georgetown students are driven to create change. The school...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
71 Words
Creating a brand for yourself is extremely important and was something I strived to do for myself. Colleges are looking to...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
56 Words
Like I mentioned above, you should always be doing things that add to your brand, and this...
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My advice about getting recommenders
51 Words
Select teachers who genuinely like you and can speak to your commitment and dedication to...
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What I’d change about my application process
50 Words
Having others review your application/essays is helpful, but be wary of getting too many...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.76
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1520
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesModel Congress / Model UN, Model Congress / Model UN, Research, Science Club/Team, Nursing Home Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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