B.S., Chemistry
Chem major. travel, music, friends. love cheeto puffs & toasted bagels.
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Hometown Princeton, New Jersey
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (Piscataway, NJ)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
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New York University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.S. in Chemistry

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.
“Twelve one-hundred freestyle on a one-minute thirty interval. On the top!” shouts my coach. I frantically swim to the back of Lane 1. My heart races. I had never swum a hundred (yards) free on a one-minute thirty interval before. I watch as everyone lines up before me, leaving me disappointedly and embarrassingly last in the lane. When I started swimming competitively, I naively assumed that becoming the fastest swimmer on the team would be easy because I was confident in...
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
“Twelve one-hundred freestyle on a one-minute thirty interval!” shouts my coach. I frantically swim to the back of Lane 1. I watch as everyone lines up before me, leaving me disappointedly and embarrassingly last in the lane. I’ll admit it—that first day of practice, I quit multiple times. As everyone else continued swimming, I leaned against the pool wall, attempting to catch my breath. And for that, my coach, Brian, gave me some tough love. “Unless I see you...
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?
“We are moving to Long Island,” my dad told my seven-year-old self. My mouth dropped. No. No. No! For seven years, Plymouth, Michigan was my home. My only home. I went from being enveloped by the girls and boys I knew since our diaper days to being surrounded by foreign faces at a new school. I hated the attention I received as the ‘new girl.’ I remained close-lipped and buried my face to hide how much I hated this new...
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
The anticipation grew as I logged into my Home Access Center account to check my sophomore year class schedule. Period 9: Honors Chemistry Awesome. Teacher: Jimmy Stone Shoot. Don’t get me wrong. Before the start of my sophomore year, I was most looking forward to taking Honors Chemistry. I thrived in the sciences. What killed some of my excitement was who I got as my teacher. “I hear his tests are super hard. He gives out 10-paged tests that no...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
587 Words
Explain why you have chosen this particular school and major. This one is specific to CMU, but very similar to other listed colleges.
“Do you know what the real secret is to making the fluffiest pancakes?” Um… more flour? On my first day of my internship at Alliance Technologies’ chemical labs, I didn’t expect to be hit with a question about pancakes. It turns out the answer is rooted in one of the fundamentals of chemistry: pH. Solely by adding an acidic ingredient like your morning orange juice to react with the baking powder will magnify the “fluff” factor of your pancakes...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
123 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
The comfort of my mother’s arms weren’t enough to stop my 5-year-old self from bursting into tears at the sight of Geddes Pond. But after learning how to float on my back and kick my feet, I never again looked at Geddes Pond with gut-wrenching fright. Now, at my local YMCA, I volunteer to teach kids of all ages how to conquer their Geddes Pond. Despite their initial fears, it’s not long before my hair is completely...
Supplemental Essay: Other
316 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.
I watched helplessly on the ground as my friend’s avatar is mobbed by a crowd of bloodthirsty zombies. GAME OVER It was the tenth time we played the Zombie Map on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and embarrassingly enough, kept dying against mindless zombie bots without a sliver of progress. Learning from my dad, I hatched a masterful plan to surpass our pathetic Round 3 losses. As the one with the best aim, I deemed myself Primary Shooter. My job?...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
126 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
When I visited Yale, it was pouring rain. But at the end of that rainbow, I found Science Hill. Atop it, I stood in awe of Yale’s Science Building where I imagined myself conducting research and collaborating with other Yalies and professors in the chemistry labs. I explored Yale campus as I would explore and take advantage of Yale’s academic curriculum, “shopping” for courses that reflect my curiosities and getting a taste of the broad range of academic...
Supplemental Essay: Other
709 Words
Follow-up after Yale deferral
Dear Yale Admissions, I hope you had a great holiday season. I am grateful that I still hold the possibility to be a part of the Yale Class of 2022. Although it was a disappointment to be deferred for Early Action admissions, I still unwaveringly view Yale as my number one choice and would absolutely attend if given the opportunity. For your further review, I will be submitting my most recent grades. When I first visited Yale back in April, I...
Supplemental Essay: Other
645 Words
Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.
Alex Strohl. An adventure photographer. A risk-taker. A simple Madrid-born French guy who knows how to live. With his Canon 5DS, he has travelled to six of the seven intoxicating continents, capturing authentic moments that feature a great range of varying landscapes from the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert in Africa to the glacial fjords of Patagonia in South America. As a freelance photographer, he lives from assignment to assignment, contract to contract—it’s not a financially steady...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
62 Words
Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm. Think of significant moments in your life. They don't have to be big, grandiose moments....
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
119 Words
Start early!!! I cannot stress this enough. I started my essays in the summer which in retrospect was a great decision. Some of my friends had started their essays during the first semester of senior...
My advice about getting recommenders
75 Words
Ask someone who likes you and can truly speak to your personality. It helps if they know you beyond just the classroom,...
What I’d change about my application process
64 Words
I wish I wasn't so focused on getting into the so-called prestigious colleges. It's rather self-deprecating when it shouldn't...

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