kiara0901
kiara0901,
Brown ‘22
B.A., English
I like a lot of stuff!
Features Included
13
Essays
10
Schools
9
Scores
4
Advice
10
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Chula Vista, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • Baruch College - CUNY (New York, NY)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in English

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.
On Being a Hot Dog Over the past few years, I have waited rather impatiently for an age at which my existence makes a little more sense. I have tried to teach myself everything I possibly could in the process. Biding my time, I have gathered entire libraries, stacked them on top of each other, and built myself an incunabular throne. I have parted seas of pages and cut my tongue on sharp turns of phrase. More often than not,...
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On Being a Hot Dog Over the past few years, I have waited rather impatiently for an age at which my existence makes a little more sense. I have tried to teach myself everything I possibly could in the process. Biding my time, I have gathered entire libraries, stacked them on top of each other, and built myself an incunabular throne. I have parted seas of pages and cut my tongue on sharp turns of phrase. More often than not,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
153 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
I'm interested in a lot of random things, like modern psychoanalytic theory, black holes, quantum physics, existential philosophy, and cultural anthropology. I'd really like to be able to study my wide range of interests at higher levels and not feel like I'm falling behind in my graduation requirements. Browsing brown.edu, I read through descriptions of courses in the Anthropology, Physics & Astronomy, English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies departments and found a lot of courses I know I'd love to take!...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
151 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.
I've always loved to read, so English came easily. In high school, I found William Faulkner and David Foster Wallace, and they've completely changed the role of literature in my life. Reading and taking something meaningful from The Sound and the Fury was a personal affirmation of my own intellectual perseverance, and opened my eyes to the larger world of ideas and feelings literature can communicate. I'm also very interested in the ways we as humans orient ourselves within our...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
99 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.
I've lived in this room for 7 years now, in a quiet suburb so far south that I get "Welcome abroad!" texts from AT&T. I wish I appreciated the peace more; mostly I hate feeling so far from everything and drive an hour weekly to visit my mom's office at the San Diego Zoo. My twin-sized mattress is elevated by four wooden posts covered in Sharpie notes from friends– usually snarky comments and painfully forced jokes. They're embarrassing and juvenile,...
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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.
In ninth grade, I joined my school's Academic League team as a literature specialist. Though I eventually left due to conflict with my coach, the experience gave me a great appreciation for all the things I have yet to learn, and I'm unendingly grateful for that. After quitting, I received an outpouring of support from my former teammates and members of the SoCal tyouQuizBowl Association that took me by surprise and made me feel more at home within the local...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
390 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? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or program
I've always loved to read, so English came easily. In ninth grade, I joined my school's Academic League team as a literature specialist, and though I eventually left due to conflict with my coach, the experience awakened an insatiable curiosity within me. Constantly studying to get ahead in Academic League gave me a great appreciation for all the things I have yet to learn, and I'm unendingly grateful for that. In the past couple years I've delved deeper into William...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
127 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
I'm very excited about the academic freedom I know I'd be afforded at Yale. I'm interested in lots of random things, like modern psychoanalytic theory, black holes, quantum physics, existential philosophy, and cultural anthropology. I really want to be able to study my wide range of interests at higher levels and not feel like I'm falling behind in my graduation requirements. I also couldn't believe how normal everyone I spoke to during my visit was. All the students I met...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
34 Words
What inspires you?
The Mountain Goats. Their music is poetic, and far from pop, but not a reaction to it. It's brutally honest without being self-exploitative. I hope some of that has rubbed off onto my writing.
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
34 Words
Yale’s residential colleges regularly host intimate conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask?
I want to ask David Foster Wallace how much of what he wrote was really fiction. I always feel understood while reading him. Also, was he as heavily influenced by Kierkegaard as I think?
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
30 Words
You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?
Terror Management Theory in American Literature (and also we can talk about black holes at the end of the semester if we have time because I think they're really cool)
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
24 Words
Most first year Yale students live in suites of four to six students. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite?
Lots of insight in lots of weirdly specific areas, and a genuine, insatiable curiosity about other people's weirdly specific interests. 80's punk noise pollution.
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
255 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
It’s funny, and maybe a little sad, that I’ve just started to feel like a true San Diegan in the year that I’m getting ready to leave — possibly for good. This essay prompt was originally my last choice. Even now, sitting down to answer it, the first meaningful contributions that come to mind have been helping homeless men search my favorite coffee shop's ashtrays for more promising cigarette butts. But I've also made some great book recommendations...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
254 Words
Write about something you would like us to know about you that you have not conveyed elsewhere in your application.
I’ve been volunteering in Sharp Chula Vista's Inpatient Pharmacy since the spring of my freshman year. I love the hospital and I’ve formed a lot of great relationships since I started. For a while, I thought I might be interested in pharmacology, but I've since realized that I’m humanities to the core (though I think the STEM/Hum dichotomy is super unnecessary). I stay because it’s still fun and interesting, and I still feel like I...
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School Specific Advice

What are opportunities unique to my school
106 Words
The Open Curriculum! At Brown, all you have to do to graduate is fulfill your major requirements and the writing requirement, take 32 classes, and pass 30 of them. There are no general education...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
32 Words
Do what you love. Don't do it for the college...
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What I’d change about my application process
144 Words
I wouldn't have applied to Yale Early Action, and I would have sent them an update after my EA deferral. When I got deferred, I chose not to send a letter of update because I thought it should have been evident from everything...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
52 Words
Apply for scholarships! And DO NOT miss your financial aid deadlines if you intend to apply...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.50
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1530
 
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SAT Prep
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesQuiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Music: Instrumental, LGBT, Dance, Dance, Tutoring/Mentoring, Hospital Volunteer, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Other Club/Activity
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