Brown ‘22
B.A., Film, Video, and Photography
Sailor, photographer, writer, student
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Hometown San Diego, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Film, Video, and Photography

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.
Before I even started school, my favorite books to read were the Berenstain Bears stories. The adventures of those four bears and their interactions with the world around them—“Bear Country,” it was called— helped to shape my childhood. But the extent of the Bears’ influence on me during these developmental years wasn’t quite clear until I sat down to write this essay. Specifically, this influence came in the shape of one Queenie McBear. Here’s how her story...
Personal Statement
369 Words
Love of writing
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.
English has always been my favorite subject. I eagerly take on essays and timed writings, and often finished reading assignments well before they’re due. My grades in English reflect that I excel in that subject, but when asked if I had a creative talent I used to always answer “no, not really”. Because I’m not great at drawing, singing, or playing an instrument—all of these being what I saw as “proper” artistic talents—I never considered my...
Personal Statement
362 Words
Leadership experience
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
I never thought I’d be teaching a class as a high school student, but becoming the Editor in Chief (E.I.C.) of my school’s student-run magazine entailed exactly that. While my freshman self didn’t join with the goal of E.I.C. in mind, I was always aware of the unique leadership styles demonstrated by each senior in the position. When applications for next year’s leadership positions opened in my junior year, I went in...
Personal Statement
353 Words
Interest in fine arts
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
When I enter the darkroom, I’m meet with the strong smell of chemicals that seep out of the still blackness. At first, the sulfur from the “fixer”—a solution of thiosulfate salt used to fix images on paper—is an almost offensive scent, but it slowly grows on me as I go through the familiar motions of developing photographs. The room is quiet, save for the soft ripples of water that are stirred up as I cycle my print...
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
As a 10 year old, the thing that terrified me the most was going to sailing practice. Each Friday night I tried my best to feign a stomach bug, strep, or anything that would allow me to stay home, but without fail I found myself walking into the sailing center each Saturday morning. I wasn’t scared of the ocean itself, or even of sailing; rather, it was the fact that practices consisted of me, alone in a small boat, fending...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
162 Words
This will be probably one of the most stressful times of your life! You will panic, you will have meltdowns, and emotions will be running high. But know this—you will get through it. You will submit that last application, no matter how close to the deadline you started...
What set me apart from other applicants
152 Words
One of the biggest misconceptions going into the application process is that kids with perfect grades and test scores automatically have the advantage over anyone else. But here's the thing—so many schools now are looking at applications holistically (meaning that yes, they consider and take...
My advice about getting recommenders
92 Words
Pick teachers you're close with and have had good experiences with! It helps for sure if they've taught you for more than one year, but that's not a...

High School Performance

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(equivalent to 3.81 unweighted)
Top 50%
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ActivitiesPhotography / Film, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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