B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Class of2021
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  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Reed College (Portland, OR)
  • Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Since the time I could understand it, I’ve had an interest in childbirth. This inherent interest led me to discover the practice of midwifery, a type of maternity care that stresses natural births led by midwives, and I soon became passionate learning more about its differences with traditional hospital maternity care, which is led by obstetricians, physicians trained in childbirth. Through articles, documentaries and books I came to understand the advantages and positive outcomes of midwife-led births, and conversely,...
Personal Statement
357 Words
Academic achievement, Reaching a goal
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, students are required to write an extended essay of up to 4000 words on a topic that interests them. As an IB student, I chose to write a historical argument essay examining the role of religion in the development of Vegetarianism in mid-1800s America. The required extended research and writing gave me the opportunity to dig deep into subject matter, develop my research and argumentative writing skills, and enjoy the rich learning process. In...
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
During my freshman and sophomore year, I played for my high school’s soccer team; but, overwhelmed with the time commitment the team demanded and the workload of academics, I decided not to try out my junior year. The lack of sleep and constant practices and games left me worn out. By the end of the season my sophomore year, I knew I couldn’t do it anymore. Nevertheless, breaking my commitment to the team bothered me for months. Although...
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
I wouldn’t say English if asked what my favorite subject was. I would likely say math; after all, it’s the subject at which I most excel. But with some thought (and honesty), English, actually, is my favorite subject. For all the fascination I get from math and its concreteness, the nuances and flavor of English excite me more. It is through English that I have been able to express my thoughts, articulate the precision of my view, shape...
Personal Statement
355 Words
Development of personal values
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
In the daily bustle of school and responsibilities it’s easy to forget the greater meaning of an education. After all, the main focus emphasized throughout our school careers, and especially in high school, is grades and tests; the amount of time and energy devoted to exploration greatly dwindles after elementary school. And I miss it. I miss the fieldtrips we used to take to the art museum or the caverns or the county fair. I miss getting out of...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
447 Words
For one week at the end of January, Reed students upend the traditional classroom hierarchy and teach classes about any topic they love, academic or otherwise. This week is known as Paideia after the Greek term signifying “education” – the complete education of mind, body and spirit. What would you teach that would contribute to the Reed community?
I’ve always been an avid reader, but until recently, I wasn’t thirsting for classics and Shakespeare. Young adult fiction was always my go-to, and while I have learned to appreciate and even love the classics, I always come back to my favorites. If I could teach a class during Paideia it would be “Harry Potter and Other Stories of Overcoming the Monster: Do they teach us anything and will they be important in the future?” for two reasons: (1)...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
286 Words
Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. 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.
For a self-admitted introvert, I am surprisingly aware of how much I desperately need people in my life. I need people who will take on life with me, who will support and challenge me in my endeavors. Everyone needs these people. More than ever now, I realize I need not only supporters and challengers, but people I can relate to in aspiring to achieve more. I want to be surrounded by a student body that understands my desire to excel,...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
138 Words
How did you learned about SCU?
I stumbled upon Santa Clara University in a rather un-academic way. My dad took my sister and I out to watch a professional soccer game, and it just so happened the venue was Santa Clara University’s stadium. I knew nothing of the university, and my dad had only once or twice heard the university brought up in conversation. What was this random university? If we hadn’t heard of it, was it any good? Now, these questions faded quickly,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
288 Words
Santa Clara University's strategic vision promises to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion and cultivate knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. What aspect of SCU’s strategic vision appeals to you? Why?
The aspect of Santa Clara University’s strategic vision that most appeals to me and has parallels with my own vision for myself is the emphasis on educating “leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion”. As an individual holding the responsibility to use my knowledge for good, SCU’s vision to educate leaders who use their competence compassionately and mindfully hits home. When I go out into the working world, I want to see things holistically, mindful of variables, and the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
260 Words
Point Loma Nazarene University's Community Living Agreement is designed to create a community in which the university provides an atmosphere of academic excellence and spiritual growth while students commit themselves to a certain lifestyle.

In 150 to 250 words, please reflect on the values and challenges of entering into this agreement as a college student.
College students are at a time in their lives where they’re gaining more responsibilities and getting a taste of independence. Point Loma Nazarene University’s Community Living Agreement creates an environment where students can grow into full-fledged adults in a positive and God-like manner. The Community Living Agreement creates a community founded on a common set of principles. In agreeing upon these laws, the student body is connected by their shared interest in the well-being of the community. A...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
149 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 have taken both a biology and a chemistry course my junior and senior years - I’ve loved both. However, I am anxious to learn about the cross section of the two. See, in both classes we’ve dabbled in the cross section, but I want to dig deep. I want to understand the chemistry behind the biology - how the interactions of microscopic molecules magnify into biological processes that we study in a “bigger picture” way. I want...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
136 Words
Why Brown?
When I imagine the college atmosphere I want to be a part of, there are two words that sum it up: diverse and engaged. I believe Brown is just that. I want to go to Brown because I want to be surrounded by a challenging, inspiring, and diverse student body. Brown attracts a diverse group of intellectuals, coming from numerous different backgrounds, but all with the same fierce commitment to their studies and interests. Such a concentrated community of diverse...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
100 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.
Since I was born, I have lived in the Natomas community of Sacramento, California. Now, living in a suburb might seem normal, and not exciting, but Natomas is special. With the second most diverse school district in the U.S., Natomas has ingrained in me the importance of multicultural celebration. I grew up in classrooms where nobody was a majority or a minority, and where there was little consideration for the color of one’s skin. We were taught open...
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.
My church small group with my mentor Christena Turnbough has been a cornerstone in my personal development. I look back a year and I can’t believe how much I developed in terms of character, mindfulness and resilience. Christena helped me to discuss what was going on in my mind and pinpoint what I needed to work on; the group made me accountable, but also supported and encouraged me. Although it’s the smallest group I’ve been a part...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
158 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
Every Wednesday, I head to the “The Greenhouse”. This greenhouse however doesn’t cultivate plants - it cultivates students. I volunteer at The Greenhouse tutoring second graders who live in the surrounding low-income apartments. When I first started, I was shaking in my boots. I’d never worked with school-aged children. This was something my mom was better at - Why wasn’t I more like my mom? However, as I dipped my feet into the waters, I found something...

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
10 Words
Independent Dedicated...

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
83 Words
The application season will come; but, it will also pass! I remember agonizing over the season to come, fretting over writing my personal statement and...
What I’d change about my application process
33 Words
Not be so afraid to apply to those stretch schools!...
What I learned transitioning from high school to college
52 Words
I was so afraid that I wouldn't be able to keep up with college academics -...

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