B.S., Molecular Biology
A rural Wisconsin gal heading to New Haven to live life, gain experiences, and earn a degree.
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Hometown Clintonville, Wisconsin
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Molecular Biology

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.
As I sit, staring into the abyss of the Boston skyline, I feel as though I am living an out-of-body experience. So small in such a big world, I believe that I am undeserving of the cards that life has dealt me. My eyes quietly scan the faces of my cohort sitting near me, their utterly blank looks speaking more than their words ever could. I suspect that my expression mirrors theirs. We are in complete awe of what we...
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
I live a crazy life with three younger sisters. Making it more complex is my youngest sister, Isabella. Isabella has congenital heart disease and calcification of the heart, sending her heart into failure. She is currently experiencing the last stage of failure before being placed on the heart transplant list. With her barrage of medical complexities, she is constantly in and out of the hospital. My mother stays with Isabella at the hospital. My father, who works a full-time job,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
464 Words
How do you hope to use your college education?
My best friend is my youngest sister Isabella. She is the funniest and most creative person that I have ever known. After having done foster care for five years, Isabella was brought to our family, eventually to be adopted a couple of years later. I cannot imagine my life without her, but unfortunately, life doesn’t always go the way that we imagine. Isabella has been diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease as well as a barrage of genetic conditions, and...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
548 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?
I have participated in two engineering/STEM summer immersion programs at campuses across the nation, both of which have nurtured my love and appreciation for engineering. Before my sophomore year, I had no clue what I wanted to study. I had heard of engineering, but I thought that it was all about manufacturing and building, which is not one of my skills. After I attended the two programs, ESP at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MITES, at MIT, I realized...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
88 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do for the pleasure of it.
At the piano, letting my emotions flow from myself to the keys of the piano through the music, is something that I have found a pure love for. I have been playing piano since I was four, and have not since stopped a day in my life. My piano has become my safe haven. From the stresses of school to challenges at home with three younger sisters, playing piano has been one of the most constant reliefs. In all seasons...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
195 Words
The three schools that I interviewed with as part of my application were Yale, Harvard, and MIT. I was most nervous about my alumni interviews because they are the most intimate and "raw" parts of an application, and they hold more weight than other parts of my application. I had three amazing interview experiences, and if I had one...
Why I ultimately chose my school
182 Words
I got into almost every school that I applied to, making the decision of where to attend even more difficult that I anticipated. I narrowed my two choices down to Yale and Harvard. What ultimately made my decision for me was how I felt on campus (which is extremely cliche, I know!) When I was...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
99 Words
The summer after my sophomore year, I participated in Engineering Summer Program, which was a 6-week engineering program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The next summer, the summer after my...
What set me apart from other applicants
107 Words
I feel that some of my personal experiences really set me apart from other applicants. I am a year younger than most seniors because I skipped a grade in elementary school, making...
What I’d change about my application process
115 Words
I applied to nine schools, and if I could change anything about my application process, it would be the number of schools I applied to. I spent a lot of hours working hard on my...

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