B.S., Bioinformatics
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  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Bioinformatics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
“Oh, no sweetie, you are a people person. You come in here every day all bright and smiley, and you talk with literally everyone.” I stared blankly at Maria while another coworker nodded his head, agreeing. How could Maria ever think I was one of those mythical “people people”, who floated through social circles like tiny butterfly ballerinas? Then I realized: Maria, and everyone else in that lab, only know me as I am today, not as I was just...
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
I like to joke that I’m making up for the Halloweens I lost to hurricanes and freak October ice storms with my love of costume making, or as those in the community call it, “cosplay”. I stumbled across the cosplay community around eighth grade and I was instantly taken with the idea. Dressing up in the cool, outlandish clothes I saw in my favorite video games and TV shows sounded amazing to my younger self, and it still is....
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
As much as I love the sciences, I’m also a major linguistic nerd. I’ve never actually had a formal linguistics class, but I’ve found ways to learn more wherever I can. I’ve fallen down research rabbit holes about things like the Northern Cities Vowel Shift and the development of the so-called “accentless” American accent. Whenever I could, I turned academic work into a linguistic conduit. I turned an assignment on the development of Southern culture into...
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?
I was painfully introverted in my Freshman year. I would pause and consider how to respond to a casual greeting in the halls out of fear of giving the “wrong” answer, or who mentally rehearsed what she was about to say three times, only to be talked over in a group. Sure, part of my social ineptitude was because I had just moved to Alabama and didn’t understand the social dynamics, but the bigger problem was that after spending...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
I moved from Connecticut to Alabama just before I started freshman year. Besides the major culture shock between New England and the Deep South, I had to adjust to my new school with its own long-standing traditions and culture. To make things even more confusing for me, the school runs from fifth through twelfth grade, so everyone already knew each other and had set their friend groups. Naturally, when I was thinking about a Birmingham-focused community service project for my...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
Brown is my top choice because of its amazing academic culture. It has a reputation for quirky intellectualism, just like Blueno. Sure, it’s known to be a bit eccentric, but having plenty of unique and interesting perspectives is infinitely preferable to being boring. Instead of being unnecessarily competitive or turning everything into a game of one-upsmanship, I love how Brown fosters a collaborative and interactive learning community through organizations like Departmental Undergraduate Groups and undergraduate TAs. I really appreciate...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
90 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.
I never know how to respond when someone asks me where I’m from. I was born in New Jersey and lived full-time in Somerset County until I was 3, when my mother and I moved to North Salem, New York. I moved to Brookfield, Connecticut when I was 7, but I continued living with my dad in Jersey on weekends and in summer until I moved to Alabama when I was 13. Living in Alabama has certainly given me a whole new...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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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 am completely enthralled by the idea of computational biology. I love computer science, and I love biology, so combining them into one cutting edge field sounds incredible and just plain fun. Professor Sorin Istrail’s work fascinates me- creating an entirely new programming language based on something we don’t yet fully understand and designed to be used by biologists as well as trained computer scientists sounds like an amazing problem to solve! The other phenomenal thing about concentrating...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
99 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.
Growing up in a Cuban-American household has definitely shaped my worldview. My dad raised me on stories of growing up in poverty as he and his family financed their relatives' escape from Cuba and how only some of them helped his family in return. I didn't actually understand this for a long time, but my dad taught me the importance of family and, less expectedly, that it's critical to give because it's right, not for your own gain. I've also...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
428 Words
“Become what you are not yet” - Saint Augustine. When you daydream, who do you hope to become in the future?
I like spontaneity. I want my future to be a surprise, because I’ve found that the best things in life happen when you’re open to anything. I like to leave “I’m not yet” intentionally vague, because I think it’ll make my future that much better. I do, however, have some guidelines for what I’d like my future self to be. It’d be 0K with me if I kept becoming more extraverted and, in a...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections. - Inspired by Alex Serban
I like to call myself a “connoisseur of unexpected beverages”. It’s a great way to tell people that I like to drink fun things that don’t exactly come out of a Coke fountain. The drinks I try have their fair share of misses-- overpriced pear soda and “drinking” vinegar (which is exactly as repulsive as it sounds) immediately come to mind. But I’ve also found plenty of delicious new flavors like ginger kombucha and prickly pear lemonade...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
564 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
The sole reason why I am applying to the University of Chicago is for $1 Milkshake Wednesdays. I’m joking, of course, although I certainly don’t view it as a bad thing. More importantly, though, I’m applying to UChicago because of its scholastic atmosphere, phenomenal research opportunities, and overall fit. As I would imagine most UChicago students are, I’m an unabashed nerd. I love UChicago’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning through the Core Curriculum. I don’t want...

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What set me apart from other applicants
69 Words
I tried to convey as many different sides of my personality as possible to each of the schools. Don't just talk...
My advice about getting recommenders
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Tailor your recommenders to the schools you apply to- for example, I applied to schools that value intellectual openness and interdisciplinary studies, so I chose my AP Computer Science and AP US History teachers as recommenders. Don't just get letters from...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Your first choice of summer plans should always be internships. Not only do they look good for applying to college, they'll help you get better internships once in college and get you a better job. Networking is an elusive skill, but you should ask your teachers if they...

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