lizhopkinson
lizhopkinson,
Yale ‘22
B.A., Anthropology and Archaeology
quirky + passionate pre-med student
Features Included
12
Essays
5
Schools
12
Scores
4
Advice
7
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Westborough, Massachusetts
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Amherst, MA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
The first thing I notice is the sugar packet in her hands. She kneads it between her fingers, staring at it as if she was waiting for something to happen. She turns the packet over and over with such intent I’m afraid it will break open. I place their coffees down and ask if they’re ready to order. She nods and quietly points to the picture of oatmeal on the menu. She looks up expectantly at the man...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
123 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
I didn’t know what I was looking for in my college search until I read Marina Keegan’s “The Opposite of Loneliness.” Flooded with college brochures touting internships, endowments, and student to faculty ratios, I realized that what sets Yale apart is the indefinable sense of togetherness it creates. The residential college system would give me an immediate community where I could look forward to bonding over snacks at the Buttery or competitions for the Tyng Cup, while Yale...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
243 Words
What do you enjoy learning most?
I like learning about puffins, a niche interest inspired by my adoption of a bird named Todd through a promotion from my favorite brand of cereal. Spurred by the desire to learn more about Todd and his avian brothers and sisters, I went down an internet rabbit hole to learn how puffins are always able to navigate back to their breeding grounds. I crafted this information into a bird migration-themed John Denver parody called Magnetic Fields (Take Me Home), which...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
212 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
Our soccer game has stalled because Matt is dribbling towards the wrong goal. I urge him back to the opponent's net, running alongside him down the half-sized pitch. Matt pauses before kicking the ball squarely into the bottom left corner. He then dashes between the players on both team, giving each an enthusiastic high five, because in Adaptive PE, even the defense celebrates when goal is scored. Due to a scheduling quirk during junior year, I was placed in this...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
652 Words
When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the “Wellesley 100” is a good place to start. Visit t
I am not strictly a cat or dog person, I don’t fit neatly into a Hogwarts house, and you can find both Nova and Frontline on my DVR. Many see these contradictions as something that needs to be resolved, but at Wellesley, defying classification is a source of pride. Wellesley exemplifies this value through its curriculum that has been “designed for people not interested in limits,” as stated in Reason 53 to choose Wellesley. My academic interests span the social...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
169 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words)
On paper, Project 351 is a statewide youth leadership organization. To me, it is the reason that I fell in love with service and never looked back. I was selected to represent my town in eighth grade for the year-long program which focuses on learning leadership through the values of service. I have continued my involvement in the organization through serving on the Alumni Leadership Council, where I mentor eighth graders as they go through the same transformative process. I have...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
103 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 words)
When I moved to America, I didn’t speak a word of English. This isn’t that inspiring considering I was just seven months old when my family uprooted our lives in England to settle in Westborough, Massachusetts, a town so sheltered that it’s been dubbed “Westbubble.” It was once home to Eli Whitney and the largest straw hat factory in the world, but to me, it’s home to the sidewalks where I rode my Razor scooter and...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
150 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 words)
I am excited by the chance to synthesize knowledge from seemingly disparate fields into an interdisciplinary approach to global challenges, and I hope to pursue a career in medicine that is grounded in both the ability to care for individual patients and an understanding of how health systems operate within society. Through competing in a CDC-sponsored epidemiology competition in Science Olympiad, I became interested in health on a macro scale and began to connect what I learned in my studying ...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
105 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 words)
Ask me about running and I’ll quickly rattle off a list of personal records, or PRs. I’ll talk about setting a new PR for longest laughing fit with my teammates or how my PR for loudest scream was shattered while our bus did victory laps around my hometown’s rotary. On the starting line of the District Championship, I demolished my PR for best vocal performance during a Queen sing-a-long. Ask me about running, and I won’t...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
205 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum? (200 words)
I am not strictly a cat or dog person, I don’t fit neatly into a Hogwarts house, and you can find both Nova and Frontline on my DVR. Many see these contradictions as something that requires resolution, but at Brown, defying classification is a source of pride. I don’t want to want leave any of my curiosities unresolved in attempt to conform to a restrictive curriculum. Brown’s unique Open Curriculum would give me the opportunity to take...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
96 Words
Why Umass?
I am not strictly a cat or dog person, I don’t fit neatly into a Hogwarts house, and you can find both Nova and Frontline on my DVR. Many see these contradictions as something that needs to resolved, but Umass would provide the perfect environment for me to defy classification. I could satisfying my interdisciplinary academic interests with the incredible breadth of Umass’ course catalog and the vast possibilities of the Five College Interchange. Beyond the curriculum, I could...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
82 Words
Explain why you have shown interest in your selected major.
I hope to pursue a career in medicine that is grounded in both the ability to care for individual patients and an understanding of how health systems operate within society. The Public Health Science major would provide a necessary social context for my professional training while satisfying my diverse and interdisciplinary academic interests, which span the natural and social sciences. I think that pairing a Public Health degree with pre-med studies would best prepare me for a my future plans...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
109 Words
I had the opportunity to speak with the admissions officer who read my application when I visited as an accepted student. She was thrilled to meet me and actually remembered specific details from...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
168 Words
Don't discount the value of paid work! During my junior year, I was very stressed about finding something impressive to do over the summer. Many of my friends had found prestigious-sounding internships, but I had no idea how to find something worthwhile. I later found out that most of the...
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My advice about getting recommenders
98 Words
Choose the teachers who will have something memorable to say about you as a student and as a person. Don't just choose the teachers that gave you the highest...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
161 Words
The best way to avoid stress is to start early. This allows you to work at your own pace and will give you time to step away from the process for a few days or weeks if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed. I found that most of my...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.90
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country, Track & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Charity Drive Organizing, Science Club/Team, Research, American Cancer Society, Hospital Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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