mbthoren
mbthoren,
Brown ‘21
B.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics
Member of Brown University Class of 2021 interested in Applied Math and Economics
Features Included
7
Essays
12
Schools
10
Scores
6
Advice
4
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Washington, District of Columbia
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Haverford College (Haverford, PA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics

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.
“Wait, what! I was wondering why I ran into you all the time!” The sounds of shock, confusion, and astonishment emanated from the mouths of my cross country teammates. After almost three months of attending classes and running together every day, they suddenly found out my darkest secret. No, I did not possess the power of teleportation or Hermione Granger’s time turner, but I had something even more powerful: an identical twin. I never tried to keep the existence...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
152 Words
Why Brown?
I am drawn to Brown because of the immense power the institution gives its students to create their own paths. Of course, this commitment manifests itself in the academic realm through the open curriculum and the opportunity to design my own concentration. However, this ability to control my college experience and explore all corners of what Brown has to offer reaches into all sectors of the undergraduate experience at Brown: I can see myself enjoying a run with other Brown...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
287 Words
1. Tell us about a skill or concept related to your anticipated area of study, that you found challenging and rewarding to learn.
In the fall of my senior year, an extra dimension was added to my life—the numbers, integrals, and functions of “x” and “y” I had used for years to work through my mathematics courses suddenly found a new crony, the variable “z”. When I first became acquainted with “z”, I wasn’t sure what to think. “Z” barged in on the assembly of letters and numbers that I knew how to work with. How could I make sense of...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
154 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)
I stumbled upon running by accident—literally, stumbled, as I hobbled into practice on the first day of freshman year with braces on both knees. I had recently quit soccer and cross country was the only sport that did not hold tryouts, so I decided to give it a go. Since then, running has transformed me from a lanky and reserved freshman into the strong leader I am today. Under the guidance of dedicated coaches and fellow runners, I learned...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
153 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. (150 word limit)
From a young age, I have been a very quantitative thinker. My brain fills with a rush of satisfaction as I verify a trigonometric identity, solve a brain teaser, or even get the junk on my dresser to arrange into a perfect square. There is something so comforting about having the right answer, the only right answer. Yet, this same mindset carries across the spectrum to my endeavors in writing. I am formulaic, piecing together the perfect essay with quotes...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
101 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
My home is Washington, DC. This city is more than a scenic backdrop to my maturation—it provides me with a rich community of resources that allow me to do meaningful fieldwork in all areas of my life. Trips to the Air and Space Museum with my mom on rainy Saturdays first sparked my interest in astronomy. The exhilaration of running races with my dad by the monuments prompted me to try out cross country running my freshman year. And...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
101 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)
When I first pulled into the bumpy, dirt road leading into Camp Nashoba North, I had no idea that it would transform me so profoundly. But, it did—camp was the place I learned the value of understanding other cultures from my Brazilian and French cabinmates, the place I learned resilience and dedication as I fumbled and faceplanted on waterskis, and the place I trusted in myself enough to teach dozens of ten-year-olds the magic of darkroom photography. A timid...
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School Specific Advice

How I would rate the career center or my advisor
58 Words
The career center at Brown has a fantastic program for first-years and does a great job putting...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
68 Words
My favorite course so far was undoubtedly my Astronomy course I took this past spring. I had dabbled in Astronomy...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
78 Words
I chose Brown because I came from a hyper-competitive high school with tons of requirements--with Brown's open curriculum and laid-back atmosphere, I wanted...
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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
68 Words
Above all, I strongly recommend participating in an activity for which you have a strong passion. Instead of a fancy...
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What I’d change about my application process
111 Words
Looking back, I definitely would have applied to Brown ED. I was torn between Brown and another school with REA, and I ended up going with the other school because there was no...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
119 Words
After I had a few top choices, I looked hard for schools I was likely to be admitted to that I loved dearly. I was able to find two schools that I was fairly confident I...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country (Recruited), Track & Field (Recruited)

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesReligious, Science Club/Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Photography / Film

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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