vanessa7150
vanessa7150,
Yale ‘22
B.S., Neuroscience
Neuroscience major on Pre-Med track
Features Included
18
Essays
14
Schools
16
Scores
10
Advice
10
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Brookfield, Connecticut
GenderFemale
EthnicityHispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroscience

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.
Arroz con gandules: More than a Meal “Corta la cebolla, mamacita.” Replying with a fervent nod and “Sí, mamá,” I braced for oncoming tears and cut the onion necessary for arroz con gandules, the staple recipe in our household. Since I was a child, I patiently waited and watched my abuela, mother, and aunts prepare a mouthwatering dish with the most aromatic smell in the world. After an exhausting school day, just one whiff of the delectable food instantly revitalizes...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
126 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or less)
Yale fulfills my wish of a college that challenges and supports me: from being able to take medical school professors’ classes and participating in neuroscience research my freshman year to having the flexibility of “shopping” for certain courses, I know that my resources at Yale will not be limited. Not being barred from a core curriculum allows a deeper and more enriching liberal arts education as well. I also enjoy the idea of being placed in a Residential College early...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
106 Words
Why do these areas (your chosen major) appeal to you? (up to approximately 100 words).
Approximately 100 billion neurons fire inside the human brain. My science-loving parents enjoyed sharing facts like those, sparking my interest in the marvels of our bodies–particularly the cerebrum. Even to this day, I find it difficult to comprehend how a 3-pound mass, that strongly resembles a walnut, controls who we are. This topic became more prevalent when my grandfather was diagnosed with stage six Alzheimer’s. Seeing his unfortunate, rapid decline–yet still no cure–has shown me how little...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
34 Words
What inspires you? (approximately 35 words)
My father, at eighteen, crossed the border 3 times in order to achieve the American Dream. His tenacious drive for a better life inspires me to pursue my own passions, no matter the future obstacles.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
36 Words
Yale’s residential colleges regularly host intimate conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask? (approximately 35 words)
I’d ask Dr. William Keen, the first American brain surgeon, to recount his experience of performing the first successful brain tumor removal. I can’t imagine how that tumor must’ve felt in his hands!
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
34 Words
You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called? (approximately 35 words)
Knitting Mittens for Christmas Gift-Givings: Whether to stay warm during the winter or needing a Secret Santa present, learn how to knit! (Includes viewing of Elf, xmas music goldies, and milk & cookies)
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
37 Words
Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six students. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite? (approximately 35 words)
Our suite will fill with students trying the best brownies at Yale. My mates will know where to find me if they need a binge-watching partner, guitar and Spanish lessons, or someone to talk to at 2am.
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
264 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community? (250 words)
Breathe in...breathe out… The command distracted my mind from a painful seven-minute-mile pace I’d been maintaining for five kilometers. My lungs clambered for oxygen with each step. Yet, in that precise moment, I never felt more alive. Similar practices prompted many to quit cross-country or question my sanity when I refused to do the same. In spite of my mediocrity, I stuck with running, for the satisfaction gained after meets compared to no other activity. However, our team...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
263 Words
Write about something you would like us to know about you that you have not conveyed elsewhere in your application. (250 words)
When I moved to B., I stood out like a fly in milk at my predominantly Caucasian school. It proved difficult for most peers to look past my skin color...I felt like an intruding alien… ...And I still receive the occasional joke––“Why do you take Spanish, aren’t you a Mexican immigrant?”––that sounds harmless but causes a pang in my heart. However, such comments have made me stronger as I ignore the pain and focus on accomplishing...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
681 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying (College of Arts and Sciences). The essay should be between 400-650 words.
Approximately 100 billion neurons fire inside the human brain. Growing up in a household where most conversations were science-related, my parents enjoyed sharing these fascinating facts, sparking my interest in learning about the marvels of the human body––especially the brain. Even to this day, I find it difficult to comprehend how hundreds of emotions and actions are controlled by a 3-pound mass that strongly resembles a walnut. My ever-growing curiosity for science resulted in taking classes like biology and Anatomy &...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
258 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? (250 words)
Walking down Comm Ave and seeing familiar faces, or a few new ones...establishing connections inside and outside the classroom...doing research freshman year...these points only briefly describe my dream as a BU student. At CAS, I can take challenging science classes while enrolling in humanities courses that ponder the big questions and discussions about life. Along with the fulfilling academic experience, it’d be exciting to encounter a diverse student body just as passionate as I am about...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
626 Words
Kilachand Honors College offers a challenging liberal arts education grounded in critical and creative thinking and interdisciplinary problem-solving. What do you think this approach means? Reflect on what has been missing in your education to date, giving at least one concrete example to support your response. How would Kilachand’s interdisciplinary curriculum fulfill your academic, creative, int
I can’t recall a time when I didn’t use a textbook for class; from the moment I learned the alphabet to memorizing cellular respiration, a book always remained in my backpack. Although classes require them to keep the lesson moving,–imagine learning Steinbeck without reading The Grapes of Wrath!–I’m often discouraged from reading countless pages of seemingly superfluous information. However, that statement is not to be interpreted as textbooks proving useless–on the contrary, they build...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
209 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum? (200 words)
I first heard of Brown my sophomore year, when my friend was applying to its pre-college program. “You should try!” she suggested. “It’ll be like camp–but smarter!” After some persuasion, I applied and was accepted. During that week at Providence, it was exciting to befriend new people at the Green, eat like a college student at the Ratty, and listen to Dr. Patrick explain how neurotransmitters work. In fact, those lectures influenced me to pursue the fascinating area...
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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 word limit)
For thirteen years I called New Jersey suburbia my home. In need of a change of scenery, we packed our bags and headed to rural Connecticut. It’s your typical small, predominantly-Caucasian town, and being Hispanic makes me stand out like a fly in milk. Although I feel comfortable in the city, I love B––’s intimacy and its quieter environment: I admire the stars sprinkled across the clear night sky, going on long boat rides with friends on our...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
102 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 word limit)
I visit my friends weekly at the local hospice. Although most are over eighty, their liveliness surpasses the energy some my age possess, and I envy. This contagious enthusiasm is evident during bowling-and-scrabble night, where competition gets heated––but all ends well with belly laughs and high-fives. Besides learning how to knit (now my favorite hobby) or bake the best banana bread (add more brown sugar!) I especially love hearing their memories: inspiring stories like Ray being a fighter pilot...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
674 Words
Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)
Approximately 100 billion neurons fire inside the human brain. Growing up in a household where most conversations were science-related, my parents enjoyed sharing these facts, sparking my interest in learning about the marvels of the human body––especially the brain. Even to this day, I find it difficult to comprehend how hundreds of actions are controlled by a 3-pound mass that strongly resembles a walnut. My ever-growing curiosity for science resulted in taking classes like Anatomy & Physiology, which fueled my desire...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
419 Words
Write a brief essay (300-400 words) in which you respond to the following question:

Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood! One pint saves three lives! Those facts were repeated to classmates as I relayed information about donating blood–for the first time ever, our National Honor Society would host two blood drives. As this year’s coordinator, I was excited to take the reins and leave a memorable mark; however, I encountered no shortage of obstacles. The first meetings with a Red Cross representative described the process as a “piece of cake.” Yet when...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
264 Words
George Washington University encourages students to extend learning beyond the traditional classroom by taking advantage of hands-on learning through service, research, internships, and studying abroad. Describe an experience that transformed the way you view the world and how this perspective prepares you for GW. Please respond to the following essay question in 250 words or fewer.
Every week I visit my friends at the local hospice. Although most are over eighty, their liveliness surpasses the energy some my age possess. This contagious enthusiasm is evident during bowling-and-scrabble night; competition gets heated––but all ends well with high-fives. I love hearing their motivating stories: listening to Ray recount his time as a fighter pilot or Jacqueline marching from Selma to Montgomery shows me to face challenges with courage and, most importantly, optimism. Learning of their travels inspires...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
145 Words
Interviewing with ivy-league alumni sounds stressful, but each interview was great! Bring a resume to your interviews and offer it to your alumnus/alumna when the moment is right––they're usually impressed if you do this! As cliche as it sounds, be...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
192 Words
When beginning the college application process, I swore that I would never attend a school in Connecticut, as I wanted to leave the state I had called my home for 5 years. However, visiting and falling in love with the Yale campus my junior year made me strongly reconsider my previous mindset. Before I decided to become a...
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How to increase chances at my school
149 Words
-With supplementals, show a different side of yourself with each question. For example, with each supplemental, I was able to display: my familial values, my passion for science, my dream to pursue a job in the medical field, my love for running/sports, and...
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How to increase chances at my school
118 Words
-With supplementals, show a different side of yourself with each question. For example, with each supplemental, I was able to display: my familial values, my passion for science, my dream to pursue a job in...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
90 Words
Don't stress so much about standardized testing! Many admissions officers told me that standardized testing is "important, but not as important as you think it is." Frankly,...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
33 Words
Start your essays in the summer! It saves so much...
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My advice about getting recommenders
86 Words
Get a teacher who knows you beyond academics! Both of my recommenders were not only my teachers but also advisors for clubs/sports I participated in,...
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What set me apart from other applicants
64 Words
Aside from being a proud URM, I believe my passion for science and helping people were clearly visible throughout...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
46 Words
Apply to numerous local scholarships, as you have a higher chance of winning them!...
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What I’d change about my application process
78 Words
Sometimes I pulled all-nighters writing my essays––DON'T do that! You'll end up with a forced piece of writing that will not truly...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.70
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1500
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details12 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country, Lacrosse (Recruited)

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesAmerican Red Cross, Athletics Organization, Career Oriented, Choir, Hospital Volunteer, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Tutoring/Mentoring, Other Club/Activity, Athletics Organization

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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