B.S., Biology and Biological Sciences
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Hometown Miami, Florida
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2021
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology and Biological Sciences

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.
The Sunday brunch was long ago created by the American dad. That fact alone should make you cautious; the American dad is an unpredictable and crafty creature. He invented brunch solely to be commended after he laboured. It was paradoxical, then, when my non-American father decided that our family would join the waffleeating, pancake-hungry members of the Sunday Brunch Club because he simply could not cook. I assumed it was an attempt to assimilate with American traditions. Since it was...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
160 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
The darkness and silence was stifling. I rocked on my feet, trying to calm my racing mind, but I could only see those embossed letters. Miami International Piano Festival: Audition. The fear of disappointing myself - not performing - unnerved me. Time after time, my fingers faltered as wellpracticed pieces vanished from my mind once I sat in front of the keys. Time after time, I was crestfallen as expressionless faces uttered rejections and apologies. I stepped forward as the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
162 Words
Why Brown?
Brown is at an intellectual crossroads where freedom meets discipline. The Open-Curriculum will offer the autonomy I crave by allowing me to pave my own road through college. If I wish to dabble in art history while doing a double-concentration and travelling abroad, then by all means I’d be able to. Brown’s rejection of the polarization between liberal arts and sciences provides a challenging, collaborative academic environment as well. I’d love to find the link between the...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
167 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated?
I am a creature of two worlds. Inextricably tied to both the sciences and humanities, I’ve marveled at minuscule biological interactions and admired how Debussy’s tranquility encouraged dreams and hopes at Broward- General’s Pediatric-Oncology-Unit. My failure to belong solely to my ‘left’ or ‘right’ brain led me to dedicate myself to interdisciplinary notions. Unsurprisingly, Brown’s distinctive Science-and-Society major bridges between the sciences and humanities and personifies the cross-disciplinary flexibility that I relish. I know S&S...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
103 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 was born in the salty sea air of balmy Miami, Florida. When I was four, my parents decided to pack up and move us to Sydney, Australia in search of better business and in an attempt to avoid anti-Muslim sentiment following 9/11. We lived in a snug suburb named Surry Hills where I essentially spent the rest of my childhood. For seven years, I grew up wading in tide pools, moving to music in Aboriginal dance, and intimately connecting with...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
108 Words
Communities or groups: pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.
Quiz-Bowl’s collaboration of students from all across campus is a rare sight. Semiweekly, I sacrifice my sacred lunch-period to discuss everything from Freud to FIFA with a hodgepodge of other teenagers. To my right sits a pre-law student enthralled with astrophysics. To my left is a photography sophomore who loves Model UN. In front of me, a six-foot-tall football-player well-versed in art laughs with an theatre-loving lacrosse-player. Through Quiz-Bowl, I’ve expanded my social circle to include people I...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
428 Words
Sliding open the glass door quietly, I tiptoed inside and gingerly pushed back the curtains. I tried balancing the board games on one hand but - too late! - they toppled and landed with a crash. Michaela woke up and smiled contagiously as I picked up Candyland and laid it out. Though Michaela was only eight and rarely spoke, she’d mastered every video and board game in the unit. By the time I left, the sky was dark and...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
167 Words
EC Essay
When I walked through the door, I greeted thirty-four beaming faces. I gave a spiel on density differences and convection currents, then rolled an emptied tea-bag and positioned it upright on the table. With a warning about the danger of open flames, I lit it. Children are naturally curious, but as science advances year after year, failing to grasp fundamental ideas makes it seem challenging. In our rapidly transforming world, being ‘science-literate’ has become a necessity for children. At-risk youth...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
788 Words
I was four. Sitting uncomfortably on the piano stool, I forced my hot and bothered fingers into submission. Somewhere in my naïve mind, I knew that to learn something at my mother’s behest would force me unwillingly out of the soothing haziness of childhood. As I continued, however, scales, melodies, and harmonies bore me on their wings and I learned to love the music I could create from mere strings and ivory. Thirteen years later, I found myself...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
946 Words
Vestigiality refers to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently
lost most or all of their ancestral function, but have been retained during the process of
evolution. In humans, for instance, the appendix is thought to be a vestigial structure.
Describe something vestigial (real or imagined) and provide an explanation for its
existence. -Inspired by Tiffany Kim, Class of
–1– People are sweet, stupid, and fickle-minded. If we’re not too busy waging war, our minds are constantly focused towards the past, what we could or could not obtain, or what should have or could have happened. The lovable thing about human nature is that we rarely ever change; there’s a reason that the aphorism “history repeats itself” exists. We hold onto threads linking to the past that barely breathe anymore. We retain objects for so long past their...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
433 Words
Why UChicago?
I find it slightly paradoxical that every time I came across yet another temperamental college applicant bemoaning UChicago’s unorthodox supplements, I became even more intrigued. Then, when my mailbox (electronic and otherwise) was barraged with the first few college brochures and postcards, UChicago caught my eye again. Like a maiden courted by her knight in shining [maroon] armour, I was captivated. Since my days as a clumsy elementary-school student, I’ve consistently been told that there is always a ...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
535 Words
Favorite books?
The year of 2016 was a travesty, burlesque, and parody rolled into one. In order to soothe my high-strung emotions about this mess of an year, I’m holding an end-of-the-year tea party. It’ll be an event challenging the magnitudes of both the Mad Hatter’s and Boston’s. Starting off with invitations, I’ll send two to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I’d love to [non-sadistically] watch them argue over which detective is better - Holmes...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
105 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you?
Medicine is not solely defined in scientific terms. The meandering history of its evolution over millennia as well as its indispensable global influence are two of medicine’s most integral components. As an aspiring cardiac surgeon, I also see chemistry as a stepping-stone to a refined form of thinking that would enable me to find solutions (not just the aqueous kind) to complex queries. On the other hand, music offers a distinctly unique world that counteracts my other left-brain-centric interests,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
110 Words
Why Yale?
From Handsome Dan’s adventures to the Voynich Manuscript’s enigmas, my fingers itch to pick apart Yale. I want to walk in Yale’s beloved apple orchard and breathe in the crisp scent of manuscripts at the Beinecke. At some schools, I’d reluctantly have to live on campus. At Yale, I would get to live on campus. Plus, Yale’s unique fine arts emphasis alongside the calibre of opportunities is impossible for me to deny. Yale unites and...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
35 Words
Who or what is a source of inspiration to you?
The children at Broward Health’s Pediatric Oncology Unit are real life superheroes. I find it awe-inspiring that through thick and thin for months or years, they always have smiles on their faces.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
38 Words
If you could live
for a day as
another person,
past or present,
who would it be?
Marie Curie was a giant in the male-dominated fields of math and science. I want to experience exactly when radium and polonium’s humbling beauty taught her that we still have secrets left to unearth.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
30 Words
You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?
The Art of Con-lang: from Quenya & Klingon to Esperanto & Solresol. (Who knows - perhaps the students in my class will be able to decipher the Voynich Manuscript!)
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
29 Words
Most Yale
freshmen live in
suites of four to six
students. What
would you
contribute to the
dynamic of your
Multilingualism, organization, cooking skills, a supportive shoulder, good music, bad dancing, distinct culture, words of experience, and exam study sessions. Essentially, a friendship of a lifetime.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
213 Words
I folded my white-ochre streaked arms in the bird-position and bent my knees, looking down at the ground. A bead of cold sweat trickled down my neck as I tensed up, waiting for the clapsticks. Click - and I sprung into action. Aboriginal dance is inherently part of Australian culture. The city of Sydney’s murals showcase dot-paintings and the streets ring with elemental Aboriginal music. It isn’t necessary to have aboriginal blood to feel part of the community;...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
213 Words
Two summers ago, I was ready to give up. My fingers ached and I couldn’t find the will to sit rod-straight on the bench. I was done with pain and forcing myself to play the simplest scales, so even though I loved creating music, I began to bid goodbye to a lifelong pursuit of piano. That’s when I encountered Fantaisie-Impromptu. I’ve never had any love for Chopin, so my infatuation with the one piece he regretted was...

School Specific Advice

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
82 Words
Amazing, amazing college town. A bit hard to get off the hill, but Thayer street has absolutely everything you need in terms of food when...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
84 Words
Pick the ones that most appealed to you. You don't have to pick the topics that you think the least amount of people are going...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
65 Words
You definitely don't have to do anything abroad, "life-changing", or monumental! I know that is a huge misconception, especially for...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
60 Words
Talk to friends often. Ask your parents for advice. Take as much time as you need, but don't...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
89 Words
In all honesty, I thought college was going to be this amazing place where I'd fully fledge into a functional adult and have the time of my...

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