jessicaxojeda
jessicaxojeda,
Brown ‘21
B.S., Neuroscience
Brown University sophomore; 19
Features Included
21
Essays
13
Schools
13
Scores
6
Advice
7
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Phoenix, Arizona
GenderFemale
EthnicityHispanic
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroscience

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Prompt: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family Childhood Shadow Everyone’s childhood tends to combine into streams of blurry memories. I am no different. Through the haziness however, there is one clear memory I have of the first time I truly took interest in something around me. Like other children my age I had fallen into the habit of questioning everything around me, being...
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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?
My family has always labeled me as headstrong. There is little doubt that this is a result of being surrounded by the women in my family who are each powerful in their own right. My aunt showed me what being independent meant. My sisters aided me in developing unending patience through moments of frustration. Finally, my mom was the one who taught me how to love through the difficult times. Gone are the days when I was afraid to talk...
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What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Growing up as an only child for six years, I was often the focus of my parents’ attention. I learned to hone the skill of negotiating for this very reason. I was the experimental child so to speak, meaning that my parents were, and still are, the sternest with me. I learned from a young age, around the time I was starting school, to negotiate with them to attain something I desired. Then, my parents were the ones negotiating, often...
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Personal Statement
210 Words
Academic achievement
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Educational opportunities present themselves in different forms. When combined, they allow me to enhance what was originally presented. My school, Xavier College Preparatory, aims to prepare students for universities by providing individuals with the tools necessary for success. The electives Xavier offers allow me to explore interests outside of my collegiate focus. Over the years I have taken classes such as: Criminal Law, Sociology, Astronomy, and AP Psychology. These classes have provided me with exploring different options, and, as a...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
Humans are some of the most fascinating creatures to ever roam Earth: Thoughts, emotions, and passions drive our actions. To study the human mind and its functions is to study the person. For this reason, AP Psychology has rapidly become the subject towards which I am most inclined. Initially, I took psychology because of my interest in neuroscience. This class was the closest opportunity to an in depth study of the nervous system, even if the course focused on the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
323 Words
What motivated you to apply to NYU, why you have applied 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 programs to which you have applied. Why NYU? (400 word maximum)
Humans are the most intriguing creatures to ever roam Earth: thoughts, emotions, biology and passions drive a majority of our actions. To study the human mind and the nervous system’s functions is to study the person. Unique to NYU, Neural Science majors have the opportunity to study abroad in London or Sydney in order to obtain credit for the elective requirements. In addition, the Honors Track acknowledges its members at the Undergraduate Research Conference and allows undergraduates to work...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
131 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences
During the summer of 2015 I acquired a job at Acacia Internal Medicine in Phoenix, AZ; I was a receptionist’s assistant for two months. The work itself was nothing extraordinary. I delivered patient files to doctors, alphabetized said files in the cabinets, set appointments, faxed papers, etc. I worked 32 hours per week. This was my first job, where I received my first paycheck. My job brought a sense of independence; I finally had a money source and a bank account....
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
232 Words
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
As children, we grow up being told to listen. Overpowered by adults, a child’s voice is lost in the conversation. Years pass and childhood turns into adulthood. Suddenly, what we say begins to matter. The double-edged sword reveals itself: young adults are heard but told what to talk about. Conversations must never stray into uncharted or unpleasant territory. The concept of ingrained self-censorship is going to be experienced at one point in everyone’s life. During my first semester...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
252 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better.
To my roommate, I never realized how difficult it was to sum up who I am in a note to someone I have never met. I am a sum of my passions and past experiences. So, what better way for you to understand me than expanding on these topics? There’s no surprise that at the top of my passions is my family and friends. I’m also passionate about music and the connections it forms. I care that people...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
157 Words
What matters to you, and why? (100 to 250 words)
Music matters to me, it has always been part of my life, from dancing with my mom in the kitchen to attending concerts with friends. Even though I’ve loved music for so long, it still feels unexplainable to me. Moments when a song’s words resonate so clearly, followed by seeing the music come to life through concerts is like nothing else. Lights dim leaving the room pitch black, the roar of the crowd starts. We are all forced...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
145 Words
In no more than 250 words, please tell us why BU is a good fit for you and what specifically has led you to apply for admission.
Deciding where I could spend four years away from home has been challenging. A mutual trust between the school and myself must be established. I have to confide in the university to set me up for success through its support systems. Students thrive when they have the opportunity to. BU provides the chance for personal and academic growth through its resources, activities, and community. On the other hand, BU must be assured that I will use their resources to advance...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
72 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? (150 word limit )
Humans are the most intriguing creatures to ever roam Earth: thoughts, emotions, biology and passions drive a majority of our actions. To study the human mind and the nervous system’s functions is to study the person. Being able to understand people and their actions is a step in understanding humanity. I am currently looking at pursuing a double major or a major and minor in Neuroscience and Psychology for this reason.
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
127 Words
Why Brown?
o Deciding where I could spend four years away from home has been challenging. I have to confide that the university will set me up for success through its support systems. After all, students thrive when they have the opportunity to. Brown provides the chance for personal and academic growth through its resources and community. Brown first appealed to me when I learned of the notable open curriculum, which would allow me to explore different interests through the variety of...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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. (100 word limit)
I was born in Roswell, NM but my family relocated after my first birthday. From there I lived in the cities of Vaughn, Socorro, and Hobbs. My mom and I followed my dad as he was assigned various construction jobs: we were living in an 18-foot wide trailer during these times. We finally settled in Columbus, New Mexico where we had our first house as a family. My preschool tenure ended a few months in because we moved to Phoenix,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
98 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. (100 word limit)
Every person, past, present, and future, makes up humanity. Humankind is a community that spans Earth’s recent history: an endless timeline. Humanity’s purpose has long been argued. Personally, I see our purpose as understanding our failures and shortcomings to work towards success for the future in all areas i.e. medicine, environment, politics, culture, society, etc. If progress is never made and mistakes are never corrected then humanity nears its end: we are made to adapt and progress....
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
71 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you? (up to approximately 100 words)
Humans are the most intriguing creatures to ever roam Earth. Thoughts, emotions, biology and passions drive a majority of our actions. To study the human body and mind is to study the person. Being able to understand people and their actions is a step in understanding humanity. I am currently looking at pursuing a double major or a major and minor in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Psychology for this reason.
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
89 Words
Why does Yale appeal to you?
The first time I heard of Yale I was eleven years old watching Gilmore Girls. From this point forward Yale became a concept I aimed to learn more about. Once I began researching Yale and learned about the history, residential colleges, classes, professors, etc. I realized the sort of community Yale has. There are layers within the overall community from the base built of close friendships, to the umbrella consisting of a support system found within staff, faculty, and other...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
116 Words
Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
People always talk about a course that changes how people think; for me, sociology was this course. I took the class my first semester of senior year. We spent the weeks talking about “taboo” topics such as race, politics, sexuality, religion, etc. My teacher’s openness to conversation and controversy challenged the common viewpoint of staying silent. As the class progressed I felt myself open up to conversation. For the first time I was being lectured over subjects that have...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
235 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
Deciding where I could spend four years away from home has been challenging. A mutual trust between the school and myself must be established. I have to confide in the university to set me up for success through its support systems. Students thrive when they have the opportunity to. Columbia provides the chance for personal and academic growth through its resources, activities, and community. On the other hand, Columbia must be assured that I will use their resources to advance...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
221 Words
• For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)
Humans are the most intriguing creatures to ever roam Earth: thoughts, emotions, biology and passions drive a majority of our actions. To study the human mind and the body is to study the person. I have always had an interest in the brain; my curiosity stemmed from watching shows like House, which offered in depth explanations of rare cases. These explanations with the accompanying images of the disease and its effect on the body drew me to medicine. The brain,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
120 Words
What aspect of the Columbia community, outside of the classroom, would you most want to impact and why? (150 words or less)
Columbia provides education that goes far from the subjects taught. One of these lessons focuses on humanity and the global world. Columbia’s community has interwoven itself with New York City. In this aspect, community service turns into global work once students step into NYC, perhaps the most multicultural city in the United States. Columbia provides students a chance for civic engagement. Volunteering is a chance to provide for others what has already been provided to me. I am specifically...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
208 Words
Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.
Lights dim leaving the room pitch black, the roar of the crowd starts. We are all forced to give way to the pushing as people fight for the front row view. Before the first note is struck there exists one millisecond of silence where the arena is filled with anticipation as we wait with bated breaths and pounding hearts. The words start flowing out of the artist’s mouth: music comes alive. For the next hour and a half nothing...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
228 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 word limit)
Humans are the most intriguing creatures to ever roam Earth: thoughts, emotions, biology and passions drive a majority of our actions. I am currently looking at pursuing a double major or a major and minor in Neuroscience and Psychology for this reason. The interconnectedness of these two areas of study is evident by the upper division Neuroscience elective-courses and its correlation with the Psychology department. Courses such as: Neuropsychology, Epilepsy to Ecstasy, and Applications of Molecular Biology to Medicine appeal...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
200 Words
Prompt: University of Chicago alumna and renowned author/critic Susan Sontag said, "The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions." We all have heard serious questions, absurd questions, and seriously absurd questions, some of which cannot be answered without obliterating the very question. Destroy a question with your answer.
Humankind is a community that spans Earth’s recent history: an endless timeline. For as long as we have inhabited Earth we have played a role in its destruction to benefit ourselves. We are then left pondering what the limits of humanity are. The Industrial Revolution, oil drilling, and world leaders who refuse to acknowledge the issues faced today are only examples of the power we hold. Aside from the physical affects we leave on Earth, there is also the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
263 Words
Why UChicago
The University of Chicago (UChicago) is renowned for both the academics and community. Personally, I look at college as a chance to expand my knowledge towards previously unsought areas. The general education requirements make this possible by expanding upon topics that students have already been taught. However, the focus shifts to a global world. UChicago encourages students to engage in the world by having study abroad programs fulfill its “Civilization Studies” requirements. I’ve always been interested in Greece and...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
126 Words
At the time Brown wasn't in my top three and the interviews were schedules on my birthday. So going in I was already hesitant because I didn't have much knowledge about the school like I did others, and...
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How I chose schools to apply to
199 Words
Most of the advice I got was to keep my list under 8 and to apply to two safety schools, two reach schools, and to have the majority of them be schools I'd likely be accepted to. Obviously, I completely ignored this and had a list of 13 schools with only two safety schools and maybe three "middle" schools. The rest...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
123 Words
The essays were no doubt the hardest part for me throughout the application process. I'm a self-designated STEM person and tend to shy away from writing essays. With this in mind my biggest peace of advice is...
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What set me apart from other applicants
97 Words
Quite frankly, I'm sure my application was extremely similar to dozens of other applicants per school I applied to. It's really the recommendations and the essays that highlighted me...
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My advice about getting recommenders
69 Words
If you're a sophomore or junior look at the teachers you've had/will have and see if they correlate with any...
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What I wish I had known as a first generation applicant
46 Words
Guys there are fee waivers for almost anything involving the college application process, don't...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.28
(equivalent to 3.87 unweighted)
Rank
Top 25%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
30
 
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Other ACT Scores
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Highest SAT
1400
 
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesTutoring/Mentoring, Academic, Academic, Academic, Key Club, National Honor Society, Other Club/Activity
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