B.A., Public Health
First-Year at Yale University
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Hometown North Tonawanda, New York
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Public Health

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.
Wide right, the forward lateral pass leading to the infamous Music City Miracle, and a playoff drought as old as I am – seventeen years, to be exact. The Buffalo Bills have a reputation among the National Football League as a team of yearly high expectations and inevitable failure. Tabloids and social media have dubbed Bills fans some of the most passionate in the League, focusing on the notorious tailgate culture. While these perceptions of outsiders aren’t contestable, the impact...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why Penn?
As an avid volunteer with a refugee literacy program, I have worked with elementary to middle-school-aged children hailing from countries including Burma, Somalia, and Thailand in my community. Despite their young age, each child demonstrates the importance of fostering diversity in faith and culture with a level of maturity that rivals that of many adults, while exhibiting the exuberance and innocence of typical children. Thus, when Sisi, a seven-year-old student, received her leukemia diagnosis, the news devastated our community. It...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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UB Honors scholars are characterized by intellectual curiosity, a broad range of interests, and a commitment to a diverse and inclusive society. What experiences have helped to broaden your perspectives academically, socially and culturally? What experiences do you hope to have that will enlarge your understanding of the cultural richness of America and the world? Please be as specific as possible
Although Buffalo basks in its notoriety for being one of the most consistently snowy places in the United States, every resident knows that summers are often relentlessly hot. I was acutely aware of this fact as I attempted to keep tabs on a multitude of rambunctious children who have not always called America home, ranging from five to thirteen years old. The heat did not seem to bother them as they eagerly ran around the grass surrounding a church near...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
242 Words

What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?
As an avid volunteer with a refugee literacy program, I have had the opportunity to work with many elementary to middle-school-aged children hailing from countries including Burma, Somalia, and Thailand in my community. Each child has offered me valuable life lessons, whether it be reminding me to laugh off my mistakes while simultaneously learning from them or demonstrating the importance of taking time to appreciate your surroundings. Thus, when Sisi, a seven-year-old student, received her leukemia diagnosis, our community was...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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What is one thing that we don’t know about you that you want for us to know?
On my first day at my summer job, I was handed a knife sharper than any I had previously seen, followed by a rundown of all of the vegetables I needed to chop. I accepted it nervously, given that I had not even a sliver of kitchen experience; in fact, my family often recalls the unfortunate Easter where I left the lasagna in the oven for a few hours too long, rendering it inedible. However, I knew that working for...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
300 Words
We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer this question, which corresponds to the school/program you selected above, in a half page or roughly 250 words. College of Arts and Sciences - What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
Throughout my years of high school, one could usually find me manipulating elements and solutions in the chemistry laboratory or attempting to solve difficult calculus problems with my peers. I spent a majority of my time in STEM classrooms, finding comfort in the objectivity of science and mathematics. Although I enjoyed my English classes, I never felt the same fulfillment when I finished a nineteenth-century novel or typed the final sentence of a paper analyzing poetry as I did when...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
If one were to ask my closest friends and family to detail some of my most characteristic attributes, they would likely mention my intense focus and ambition when it comes to all of my endeavors, especially those related to academics. However, they would also presumably divulge my Achilles heel: dogs. While I am working on my calculus homework or fine-tuning my field hockey stick skills, if I see a dog of any breed, my level of focus on the original...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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Why do these areas appeal to you?
When Sisi, a seven-year-old refugee student whom I tutored, received her leukemia diagnosis, it was unfathomable that she should experience a level of hardship beyond what she already faced in Burma; even more incomprehensible was the subsequent financial strain placed on her family, shedding light on disparities in health care across demographics. Sisi’s battle made me question the world around me, from matters of public health and policy to the ethics of her situation. While studying the History of...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why Yale
When one steps foot on Yale’s campus, the intricate gothic architecture and ivy-covered buildings may stand out, but even more captivating is the camaraderie among the students and faculty. From undergraduates taking part in innovative research with world-class professors to students indulging in a late-night snack together in their residential college, the sense of community at Yale exists on a campus-wide scale, strengthened by the diversity in culture and academics. While fulfilling the distribution requirements in a broad range...

School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I wasn't expecting to get into Yale at all, but once...
How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
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New Haven gets a bad rap, but it...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Yale has been trying to increase its STEM...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Cornell and Penn have very similar...
Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
53 Words
I emailed a professor in the public health department before decisions came out. I don't know...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
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I was waitlisted after I applied early action, so...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
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I didn't send any materials to Northeastern after being waitlisted (I actually declined the waitlist). About two...
How to increase chances at my school
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In the "quirk" essay, take risks and be...

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How I narrowed down my essay topics
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I wrote about what I loved,...
What I’d change about my application process
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I wouldn't apply to so...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do what you love! Admissions...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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Start writing essays early, like during the summer. I waited...

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