sfan12
sfan12,
Brown ‘22
B.A., Economics
Class of 22 student trying to help everyone he can!
Features Included
8
Essays
5
Schools
2
Scores
6
Advice
6
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Hong Kong, Hong Kong
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
Eating at HoHo’s (a “Chinese” restaurant in Blairstown, NJ) was one of my favorite parts of being away at boarding school. I had grown to love American Chinese food. Whether consuming fried rice from an oyster pail, scientifically measuring the perfect ratio of soy sauce to duck sauce (which was certainly not served in Asia), or opening a pseudo-philosophical fortune cookie, I savored the experience. Before coming to the US, my parents had warned me about American Chinese food...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
198 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
Utilizing Brown’s curriculum, I will study nothing but everything I want to study. I will always be in class with peers enthusiastic to learn about their interests. Taking advantage of the unique academic freedom Brown offers, I will delve into all sorts of intellectual discussions with top professors and inquisitive, passionate students. I will debate the internal conflicts of nation-states in Nationalism: Problems, Paradoxes and Power, and analyze diverse states’ marketization with classmates in Economic Development and Social Change. ...
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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? 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.
Political science fascinates me. More specifically, I am interested in the politicization of identity. Everywhere, citizens are divided over nationality and wealth, creating visible, coinciding societal cleavages. To understand this, I dedicated my summer to reading books like On Violence and Concept of the Political. I also want to learn how people make economic decisions. So, I am taking AP Microeconomics, learning about supply and demand, market structures, and game theory. I also use other opportunities to advance my knowledge....
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Supplemental Essay: Other
285 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
The finish line is close. “Power ten!” my coxswain Gareth yells at the top of his lungs. Exhausted and gasping for breath, I grip the oar hard, dig into the water, and pull. Rowing practice is a nightmare. I often emerge with new blisters on my fingers and my toes; I have thrown up on the erg (rowing machine) multiple times a week; I have considered quitting on multiple occasions. But I have come to realize that the rowing team...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
565 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
Political science fascinates me. More specifically, I am interested in the politicization of identity politics. Everywhere, citizens are divided over nationality and wealth, creating visible, coinciding societal cleavages. To understand others’ viewpoints, I dedicated my summer to reading books like On Violence and Concept of the Political. I also want to learn how people make economic decisions. So, I am taking AP Microeconomics, learning about supply and demand, market structures, and game theory. I also use other opportunities to advance...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
92 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.
My parents were raised as farmers, but left the world of agriculture for an urban lifestyle in a global metropolis, where opportunities seemed endless. I have made the opposite choice. After 14 years of living in the city, I travelled from Hong Kong to the idyllic, peaceful Blairstown, New Jersey. I miss the city excitement, hustle and bustle, and compactness, but I love the countryside peace, quiet, and vastness. Seeing the clear contrast between the two places, I have become fascinated...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
303 Words
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
I spent a lot of time pondering the book A Seventh Man by Jean Mohr and John Berger. Though I was not its target audience, I felt the volume challenged me, because it outlines and critiques a mindset that I have. The book uses photography and text to describe migrant workers’ lives. The authors argue that migrants work not for their families, but for an image of those people formed years or decades before. When workers return to the places...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
253 Words
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
I set my alarm to go off at 7:17am every morning. This is not an arbitrary choice. I am particularly fond of this number. Practically speaking, waking up at 7:17 maximizes the time I have to shower and eat breakfast, but also maximizes the amount of sleep I can get. 7:15 is too early, 7:20 is too late. More importantly, 7:17 is mathematically beautiful. 7 and 17 are both prime numbers. Moreover, 17 is the 7th prime. And, taking the two together, 717 is a number with interesting...
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School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
46 Words
Choosing Brown was never difficult. I chose to apply ED there. This was because...
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How to increase chances at my school
71 Words
Brown knows that prospective students choose it because of its academic curriculum. So it's not enough to say that you like...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
108 Words
We all know that college essays should be unique and individual. But I struggled with finding my own voice while looking at the prompts. All I had were the same, overused subjects:...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
149 Words
During my first two years of high school, my grades were quite average. Luckily, they skyrocketed during junior and senior year. While I think that most of the improvement is just hard work (there is no way around it), there are a couple...
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My advice about getting recommenders
73 Words
Some people argue that picking an English or humanities teacher is best because he or she can write best. In my opinion,...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
52 Words
Time management is the key. Don't do what I did–– I didn't utilize the summer...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Sports

SportsRowing (Crew), Squash

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesStudent Activities Committee, School Jazz / Orchestra, Music: Instrumental, Academic, Athletics Organization, Chess
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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