B.A., International Relations
Hi! I'm Nick. I grew up in Hong Kong and the UK, and was accepted to Brown University's Class of 2022!
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Hometown London/Hong Kong/Frankfurt, United Kingdom
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

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As soon as I heard Ms. Cheung introduce herself, my head turned, and my eyes lit up. While I was used to hearing Cantonese in passing in Hong Kong, Mandarin was something completely different. Its sound somehow had the tenderness of a lullaby but the intensity of a battle cry. Instantly captivated by this peculiar language, I spent the whole weekend perfecting my intonation. The following Monday, I skipped into class excited to show off what I thought was a...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
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Tennis is an integral part of my identity, something that just makes sense in my life. It amazes me how a sport can accommodate such graceful aggression. To many in primary school, I was the weirdo that was never seen without a tennis racket. But trudging my sizeable tennis bag to school every day was the only way I could make it to afternoon training all the way on the other side of Hong Kong. I played 6 times a week, 3...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
Academic rigor often brings with it cutthroat competitiveness, but what separates Brown from other prestigious institutions is the student body’s collaborative nature. At Brown, everyone is committed to supporting one another and seeing their peers thrive, pushing others to achieve greatness in their own unique way. A tight-knit freshman ‘unit’ and randomly-assigned roommate will mean I am surrounded by a diverse set of equally motivated people from whose interests and ideas I can learn.   Brown’s Open Curriculum resonates...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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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.
Watching a North Korean soldier gripping his gun by his heart with his free thoughts suppressed, while visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone this year illuminated an entirely different world – one I want to change with an International Relations degree. At Brown, I’m drawn to the Watson Institute’s China Initiative seminars, and see courses like “Women and Gender Relations in China” equipping me, a young feminist, with tools to strategise against social injustice. Studying abroad at Tsinghua University will...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
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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 was born in London, where I lived until we moved to Hong Kong aged 6. At the time, it just meant a new school and a new view from my window, but Hong Kong, where I spent my pivotal, formative years, will forever have a special place in my heart. As of last year, my address is technically in South Korea – but pinpointing ‘home’ has always been difficult for me as I go to boarding school in the UK, a...
Supplemental Essay: Other
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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 one of nine members of Feminism Society at a boys’ school rampant with casual sexism, where we are often deemed outcasts. Meetings are a judgement-free environment where I can be myself - not be expected to idly listen to comments about ‘fit’ girls and produce fake laughter at sexual assault jokes. Through the support of my FemSoc peers, I have learned to stand up for my beliefs. Now, those jokes are met with a passionate, but constructive, response....

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Brown is a very unique school, by all standards. From the Open Curriculum to the big city-small town feel of Providence, there really is...

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