Emiliano
Emiliano,
Yale ‘22
B.A., Philosophy
I am a Yale University student who is passionate about philosophy, music, and human/civil rights!
Features Included
7
Essays
12
Schools
11
Scores
7
Advice
7
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Downey, California
GenderMale
EthnicityHispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Philosophy

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?
The pitch-black alley reeked of filth, sweat, and pee. Curiously, I watched my father as he handed a sweater to the homeless man near my house. Once we hurried back to the car, I began mentally questioning why my dad helped him. I had always been told that helping others is good, but I wondered if it truly is moral—would giving Homeless Man a sweater actually help or would it foster laziness? Growing up in a household with two...
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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.
The word "creativity" used to confuse me. It was a familiar yet distant construct that I could never quite put my finger on. It wasn't until I composed my own song in Mr. S's accordion class that I figured out what it is. After I had achieved the "mastery" level of playing, Mr. S asked me to create my own song. At an utter loss for ideas and inspiration, I "frankensteined" a bunch of old songs together and showed it...
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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.
“It’s impractical! It’s for boring old people!” I’ve heard these things about philosophy my whole life. Naturally, my inquisitive nature urged me to see how terrible philosophy is; I looked for a book by Plato—the only philosopher I knew—and selected the one with the unpronounceable title: The Euthyphro. Only…in reading it, I loved it. The way Socrates dismantled concepts to show how little we understand whetted my appetite for more. I soon became obsessed...
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Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
Music has always been a big hobby of mine. Whether it was being a member in Mr. S’s accordion class or the bass clarinetist in Ms. K’s middle school concert band, I cherished playing music with my friends. To my sadness, upon entering my high school’s marching band, I learned that it had concluded a season full of problems. At every practice and competition, I noted the toll that the low scores of the previous year and...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
I come from a long lineage of field-laborers and farm hands. My grandparents from my mother’s side were once braceros and my father’s parents (and him for a brief period) worked in the fields of Mexico. This is a community that I was born into and hold deeply to my heart. During the winter break of my eighth-grade year, my father took me on a trip to visit my family in Las Parritas, a small pueblo in Sinaloa. ...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
128 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
Reading Percy Jackson my freshman year hooked me on Greek mythology. In studying Greek mythology, however, I became far more interested in questions like: “why am I learning about mythology today?” That wonder grew into a fascination with mythology’s role in the foundation of democracy and western values, and that soon developed into a deep curiosity with democracy’s successes, failures, and changes. Yale’s Directed Studies program would be the perfect opportunity, if I were lucky enough to...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
262 Words
What do you most enjoy learning?
“It’s impractical! It’s for boring old people!” I’ve heard these things about philosophy my whole life. Naturally, my inquisitive nature urged me to see how terrible philosophy is; I looked for a book by Plato—the only philosopher I knew—and selected the one with the unpronounceable title: The Euthyphro. Only…in reading it, I loved it. The way Socrates dismantled concepts to show how little we understand whetted my appetite for more. I soon became obsessed...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
I come from a long lineage of field-laborers and farm hands. My grandparents from my mother’s side were once braceros and my father’s parents (and him for a brief period) worked in the fields of Mexico. This is a community that I was born into and hold deeply to my heart. During the winter break of my eighth-grade year, my father took me on a trip to visit my family in Las Parritas, a small pueblo in Sinaloa. ...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
259 Words
Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.
I was never the biggest fan of math. It was always that subject I dreaded. My outlook on math changed, however, when one of my friends dragged me to a Math Club meeting with him. Immediately, the way Mr. D and Mr. H expressed their passion for math drew me in. Their style of teaching was different than any other teacher I’ve ever had—they tied mathematics into real-life and used fun examples to explain complex ideas. I soon...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
259 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections.
“It’s impractical! It’s for boring old people!” I’ve heard these things about philosophy my whole life. Naturally, my inquisitive nature urged me to see how terrible philosophy is; I looked for a book by Plato—the only philosopher I knew—and selected the one with the unpronounceable title: The Euthyphro. Only...in reading it, I loved it. The way Socrates dismantled concepts to show how little we understand whetted my appetite for more. I soon became obsessed...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
107 Words
While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ''It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!'' As you seek admission to the Class of 2022, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest?
I’m very attracted to Dartmouth’s beautiful scenery. As somebody who intends on studying philosophy, the great outdoors offered by Dartmouth would be the perfect place—if I were lucky enough to be accepted of course—to philosophize and be free from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. I’ve lived in the suburbs/city my whole life, so I want to experience a different type of lifestyle. Along with Dartmouth’s nature, I’m very excited...
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School Specific Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
168 Words
I chose to apply to Yale because of the residential college system, beautiful campus, intellectual yet collaborative atmosphere, and the Directed Studies program. When doing research on college, Yale was the only place that had every single one of my checkmarks. The residential college system, in which ever student is...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
99 Words
When approaching Yale's infamous "Why Yale?" essay, it is important to do research on the school and have a legitimate reason you want to go there besides "it's a great...
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How I would rate the diversity of the student body
54 Words
Yale has a moderately diverse student body, but there is an excellent support system for minorities....
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
71 Words
Having good time management skills is imperative to reducing the amount of stress you have during the college application process. Take...
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What I’d change about my application process
97 Words
One thing I wish I did differently about my college application process is putting essays off until the last minute. After early and UC applications were due, my regular...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
74 Words
Over the summer, do something that shows colleges your intellectual curiosity. This need not be summer college experiences in which you need...
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My advice about getting recommenders
137 Words
When thinking about who you would like to ask to write you a letter of recommendation, ask yourself which teachers know you the best and which teachers will be able to describe you as a student and as a growing person....
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.67
(equivalent to 3.93 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved

Test Scores

Highest ACT
32
 
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Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesPhilosophy Club, Marching Band, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Music: Instrumental, School Band, Tutoring/Mentoring, Academic
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Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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