francesca_sabel
francesca_sabe,
Brown ‘21
B.A., Drama and Theatre Production
I'm a rising sophomore at Brown, passionate about theater, literature and American history.
Features Included
13
Essays
15
Schools
7
Scores
7
Advice
4
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown New York City, New York
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte  (Charlotte, NC)
  • Binghamton University - SUNY (Binghamton, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Production

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
My first memories all take place in an alternate universe: Snow White’s forest, Cinderella’s castle, The Little Mermaid’s lagoon. I play the princesses while my dad fills supporting roles, transforming from a talking teapot to an evil queen, an ally to an enemy. Acting out fairy tales at the playground was my first foray into creating a world, but it was far from my last. Long after most kids abandoned “make-believe,” I drafted friends for re-creations of...
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Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
In tenth grade, my school’s Mock Trial team was composed mainly of seniors. That meant we were a strong, experienced team, capable of winning city championships. It also meant that when those seniors graduated, our team really felt their absence. As the lawyer captain for the 2016 season, it was my job to guide the team through what I knew would be a difficult year. I worked late nights and lunches, training novice lawyers while struggling with my own closing...
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Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
In tenth grade, my school’s Mock Trial team was composed mainly of seniors. That meant we were a strong, experienced team, capable of winning city championships. It also meant that when those seniors graduated, our team really felt their absence. As the lawyer captain for the 2016 season, it was my job to guide the team through what I knew would be a difficult year. I worked late nights and lunches, training novice lawyers while struggling with my own closing...
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What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
I have an irrational hatred of red peppers. I’m not allergic to them, and I have no problem with green or yellow peppers, but their red relatives I find completely intolerable. So a few months ago, when I was having dinner with my best friend Izzy and her family, I was dismayed to see her mom dicing red pepper. Then Izzy leaned over. “Don’t worry,” she whispered, “I told her you didn’t like them and she’s...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
The moment I walked into my math class, I could tell something was wrong. My friend Ashley, always cheerful, looked anxious. Nina, the diligent note-taker who sits in front of me, hadn’t even opened her backpack. And Matthew, goofy, go-with-the-flow Matthew, had his head on his desk. After class, Ashley told me what had happened: our classmates had seen the Facebook group chat that Matthew and eight other boys had been part of. They said the chat was filled...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
256 Words
Please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore.
Midway through my Swarthmore tour, our guide was asked what she does for fun. “I go to my friends’ clubs and concerts and games,” she answered. “Fun at Swarthmore is supporting your friends’ passions.” I had already fallen in love with the outdoor amphitheater, the tiny class size and the idea of the honors thesis, but it was at that moment that I knew I wanted to go to Swarthmore. My elementary school best friend and I first became close...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
159 Words
Why Brown?
Right now, my mythology class is debating whether the truest myth is simply the most detailed one. In English, we’re studying how creation stories impact power dynamics. My physics teacher argues that scientific theories are forms of just-so stories. And in International Relations, we wonder if the clearest visions of global politics are those that most resemble myths. As my classes have converged, everything I’ve learned feels more relevant and exciting. I love Brown because it’s a...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
302 Words
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.
To be an effective director, I have to be able to communicate with designers, actors and dramaturgs. To do that, I need to speak their languages, to understand their approaches to building theatrical worlds. Even more importantly, because I view theater as the study of why individuals and communities behave the way they do, I believe that to be a good director I need to study the people and communities I depict. More than any other place I’ve toured,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
652 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
I want to spend my life as a theater director, and so I want to go to a school that has both a theater major and a wealth of student-driven extracurricular theater. I first approached my college process with only this narrow goal, evaluating schools based on yes or no questions: do they offer a wide range of theater courses? Are there several established student theater groups? Do sophomores and juniors have directing opportunities? The University of Chicago was one...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
Every time Sarah DeLappe, one of my favorite playwrights, is interviewed, she talks about her Yale professors: the ideas they exposed her to, their influence on her work, the courage they gave her. I love Yale’s focus on undergraduate teaching and its residential college system, but most of all I want to go to Yale because its theater program is unparalleled. I want to spend my days learning and my nights putting my knowledge to work in a Dramat...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
159 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
I never feel as powerful as I do when I’m cross-examining a witness. I’ve memorized the rules of evidence, practiced for hours to be ready for almost anything the other team throws at me. I’ve even rehearsed the smile I flash witnesses just before I hit them with my climactic question. My confidence in Mock Trial does not extend to the rest of my life; in fact, my friends make fun of me for constantly obsessing over...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
154 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application?
Many times in my life, plays and books have been my closest companions; because they allow me to see inside peoples’ homes and heads, to witness them at their most vulnerable and honest, I know I’m never alone. More than that, theater and literature give me the distance I need to make sense of the world. Midway through the musical Sunday in the Park with George, a fictionalized Georges Seurat describes painting as “studying a face, stepping back to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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.
My mother and her sister spent their childhoods trying to appease their violent, unpredictable brother Martin. Although my cousins and I have never met our uncle, our lives have been shaped by our mothers’ fears of his uncertainty. To compensate, we’ve become a community of predictors. One cousin is a professional poker player who excels at calling his competitors’ bluffs; another is a therapist; I use theater to try to anticipate other people’s actions. In different ways, we...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
104 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.
Although I’ve lived in the same house my whole life, I have moved rooms many times. As a little girl, terrified by monsters I’d imagined, I spent most nights in my parents’ bedroom. When I turned eight, I vowed that I would sleep in my own bed, asserting my big-girl independence. After my dad moved out, I poured hours into decorating our attic with posters and pictures, creating a safe-haven for myself at a time when my world...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
884 Words
“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” –Oscar Wilde. Othello and Iago. Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. Autobots and Decepticons. History and art are full of heroes and their enemies. Tell us about the relationship between you and your arch-nemesis (either real or imagined).
Daniel Naumov has soft, blonde curls that orbit his head like a halo. He weighs, at most, ninety pounds and dresses like he’s on Father Knows Best. He’s got bright eyes, rosy cheeks, and an angelic smile. He’s twelve years old. And he’s pure, unadulterated evil. I first met him last year, when he had just started 7th grade and I had just started 11th. I was working in my school’s Writing Center, helping my...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
262 Words
Tell us a story that helps us better understand a person, place, or thing you find inspiring.
I’ve never been athletic. Other than a stint on my middle school’s basketball team, I’ve avoided playing sports, and watching them is even worse. Yet when I think about who my hero is, the first person that comes to mind is an athlete. That athlete is fencer Galen Cadley, my classmate and the strongest person I have ever met. Her accomplishments alone are impressive: she racks up metals and has college recruiters fighting over her. But it...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
214 Words
Tell us about a small goal you hope to achieve, whether in the next 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years.
I have an irrational hatred of red peppers. I’m not allergic to them, and I have no problem with green or yellow peppers, but their red relatives I find completely intolerable. So a few months ago, when I was having dinner with my best friend Izzy and her family, I was dismayed to see her mom dicing red pepper. Then Izzy leaned over. “Don’t worry,” she whispered, “I told her you didn’t like them and she’s...
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School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
217 Words
Curious - People at Brown love school. Although we have very, very different interests, everyone pursues their passions with a degree of joy and intensity that never ceases to amaze me. Social - I think one of the things that sets Brown apart from its peer institutions is that Brown kids really like spending time with their friends, whether that means going out...
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How I chose schools to apply to
72 Words
I think one of the things that is so amazing about UChicago is its core--and though I now go to a school...
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How I would rate the career center or my advisor
110 Words
My first-year advisor was a young history professor, focusing on race, gender and the law, named Emily Owens. Brown's advising system ensures that freshman get a lot of face-time with a faculty member,...
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How to increase chances at my school
59 Words
Because everyone at Brown is so, so driven about a few (often very different) things, it's really essential...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
83 Words
People to tell you to get recommenders in classes you got good grades in, who have taught you recently, who are from different subjects. I...
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What set me apart from other applicants
64 Words
I think what set me apart was how cohesive my application was: all of the values and goals and...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
125 Words
Applying to college is the worst thing...ever. When a school (especially a school you feel qualified for) rejects you, it feels incredibly personal. People will tell you it isn't--but probably, a little bit, it is. But...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2320
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1570
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesMock Trial, Theater/Drama, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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