amertz18
amertz18,
Yale ‘22
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
I am a former movie theater employee from the Midwest who now studies Mechanical Engineering at Yale University.
Features Included
13
Essays
9
Schools
13
Scores
5
Advice
2
ECs
3
Sports

Background

Hometown Royal Oak, Michigan
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

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.
There is something about that look I yearn for: eyes widening, the whole body shifts back momentarily before hunching over the paper, and the pencil begins scratching with new understanding. As long as I can remember, I’ve been the “smart” kid in my groups of friends. Need help with math? Go see Mertz; he can help you! Nothing matches the feeling of providing help for a friend, or even a stranger. Perhaps it’s because I’ve grown up...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
126 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
Although I have a passion for engineering, I would prefer a college that offers more. I enjoy interacting with a variety of people with multiple points of view, and I would like a more well-rounded college experience. I am intrigued by the three different degrees awarded by the School of Engineering & Applied Science, as they call for varying levels of technical courses, allowing me to explore my other interests, such as economics and writing. I am also drawn to the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
256 Words
What do you most enjoy learning?
I most enjoy learning about topics with real world applications. Although I have always been set on engineering, my favorite high school class is not Calculus or Chemistry, but rather my Global Online Academy Microeconomics class. The graphs and calculating supply and demand were interesting enough, but I fell in love with the projects. Since the class was online, I was interacting through Skype and e-mail with kids across the world on relevant, weekly assignments, such as the gender wage...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
540 Words
If you selected one of the computer science or engineering majors, please tell us

more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what

experiences (if any) you have had in computer science or engineering, and what

it is about Yale’s program in this area that appeals to you.
From an early age, I’ve enjoyed solving problems and seeing real life applications in math and science. I come from an engineering family: both of my grandfathers and father are engineers, my older is pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering, and I have many family engineering memories, as mentioned previously. I view engineers as the vanguard of societal progress, as they create and develop new ideas for the future. I am able to fulfill leadership roles through Student Council...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
268 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do

you feel you have contributed to this community?
Although I attend Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, I often feel that I don’t fit the image most people have in mind when they picture a private school student. My mom teaches at Cranbrook, so we pay a fraction of the tuition, and I have a job like many other middle-class teenagers. I’m expected to earn my own spending money, but I gain a lot more than that from having a work community. I find my employment a very...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
694 Words
Cornell Engineering celebrates innovative problem solving that helps people, communities…the

world. Consider your ideas and aspirations and describe how a Cornell Engineering education

would allow you to leverage technological problem-solving to improve the world we live in.
As the number of high school athletes in the United States nears eight million, a figure that has steadily increased since 1988, and fewer than two percent of these athletes each year receive college scholarships, I have found myself asking: “Why do I play sports?” Although my future lies elsewhere, participation in athletics has helped develop my character. Once I passed the days of participation trophies, athletics introduced me to new concepts, such as competition, failure, and resilience. With constant adverse...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
155 Words
Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia

Tech?
Georgia Tech is one of a select few colleges that offer nuclear engineering, a major I am intrigued by. Nuclear science captured my interest in Honors and AP Chemistry, and I followed up by attending a lecture at the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. I see widespread acceptance of nuclear energy as an excellent alternative to our dependence on fossil fuels. However, I am also interested in materials engineering, especially pertaining to sports equipment. I took a polymer science class this...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
156 Words
We challenge our students to “be comfortable being uncomfortable.” Tell us about a

time in high school that you felt outside of your comfort zone and the resolution.
My sophomore year, I signed up for the Wilderness expedition, a ten-day backpacking trip in the Smokey Mountains. I had little experience in the wild, as my cub scout career ended soon after tipping over in a canoe with my dad. I found value as being the pack mule; most members of my group looked to me, the football player, to load my bag up to the brim with the heaviest items. However, the adult leaders insisted on a rotation...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
290 Words
What does the idea of the ‘Lehigh Family’ mean to you?
From the instant I stepped onto the campus of Lehigh University last June, the atmosphere was different. While exploring colleges, the piece of advice I hear the most is: “Look at the students. Talk to them. Are they excited about their school?” Ten minutes into navigating hilly Bethlehem on a quiet summer day with my parents, I heard a shout from a passing group of students: “COME TO LEHIGH!” Even though I am not enrolled in Lehigh, the university already...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
539 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College

or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you

are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your

interests?
What excites me most about the University of Michigan is the variety of high quality engineering programs offered. From an early age, I’ve enjoyed solving problems and seeing real life applications in math and science. I come from an engineering family: both of my grandfathers and father are engineers, and my older brother earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. I have early memories of taking apart our snow blower...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
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?
I would continue to play club baseball; not only do I love the sport, but I also love the kids that play it. I have been part of a baseball team since I was five, and I believe playing team sports keeps me motivated, as everyone needs to continue to improve and fill their role for the team to succeed. Baseball is also a huge stress reliever for me, as I enjoy going down to the field on Saturday mornings...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
100 Words
Briefly discuss your reasons for pursuing the major you have selected.
From a young age, I have enjoyed problem solving and discovering how math and science can be applied in real world settings. I have early memories of taking apart the family snow blower with my dad and making an electronic question board with my grandfather. This summer, I took classes in polymer and nuclear chemistry, and found the lab work intriguing. I have played football for ten years, and would love to pursue my interest in the materials engineering of...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
107 Words
How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the

classroom?
Perhaps what captivates me the most at Purdue is the research done by the Purdue Neurotrauma Group. It perfectly represents the work I want to do, as I have followed developments in football helmet technology starting from fifth grade to today. The safety of helmets is such a multi-faceted topic that cannot be effectively researched by a single person, and having a preexisting group is a huge draw for me. Also, I would love to continue to play baseball in...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
239 Words
In my opinion, the interview process is one of the most overrated parts of the college application. I had three memorable interview experiences. My Yale interview was pretty much a disaster. I missed the interviewers first e-mail, he e-mailed me a week later, and we had to do the interview at the hospital he worked at at 6:00 pm on a Friday because I was going out of town the...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
336 Words
My extracurricular activities consist of a school spirit club called The Whaling Crew, involvement in the Episcopal Church at Yale, a fraternity, and a club called Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association. Since I was not good enough to play Division 1 college sports, The Whaling Crew is my sports outlet. We are funded by the athletic department to throw tailgates, parties, and other events to generate buzz and excitement around Yale sports. The people I met seemed a lot like me: former athletes or people with a passion for sports, and provided a natural stepping stone for me when Varsity sports were...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
242 Words
The summers are a great time to show that you have true passions as they provide ample time to pursue them. A lot of kids get obsessed over "summer programs" offered by colleges between Junior and Senior year of high school, and in my personal opinion, these are a waste of time. The only time I would recommend doing a summer program is if it's cheap or you qualify for a...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
159 Words
Start early, and write, write, write. I started writing college essays in June after my Junior year, and wrote six essays on different topics before I found one I was happy with. The Common App Essay is short, and if you start with a list of potential...
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What set me apart from other applicants
154 Words
Upon my first two days at Yale, my parents actually had the privilege to meet my admissions officer, who pitched my application to the rest of the committee. She told us that it was so refreshing to have an applicant who was a simple, nice kid. ...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.43
(equivalent to 3.98 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1550
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
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SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

SportsBaseball, Football (Recruited), Basketball

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Church
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Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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