rsrobertson
rsrobertson,
Holyoke ‘22
B.S., Neuroscience
I'm a Canadian girl studying in Western Mass!
Features Included
8
Essays
13
Schools
7
Scores
4
Advice
0
ECs
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Sports

Background

Hometown Toronto, Canada
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)

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.
When I was born 9 weeks early and two pounds lighter than average, the only family present was my mom. And that’s how it has always been, in our small family with the same makeup as a hydrogen atom – a mother nucleus and daughter electron. My childhood was one filled with exploration, in our tiny apartment overflowing with books. My mom helped me go at my own pace, so I read chapter books at 3½. Questions, no matter how strange, were...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
187 Words
3. We want to get to know you better. What are three words that your best friend would use to describe you and why? (250 words)
Curious. Passionate. Outgoing. I was the one to introduce myself first, sticking my hand out like I’d been taught. I didn’t know who the new person was, but I wanted to. After the initial pleasantries, I began the interest list, trying to find common ground. Aha! There. Something we both like. And then started the discussion, my arms moving with emphasis and exaggeration, fully absorbed in this subject with this new person. We and our familiarity have grown,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
409 Words
What is a community to which you belong and how do you envision your legacy as a member of it? (250-400 words)
I’ve been a member of my school community for a long time: 12 years starting from Grade 1. And while I’ve certainly done a lot over the years, my most enjoyable role is as a school ambassador. Since Grade 6, I’ve toured prospective students and their families, detailing all the positive attributes of the school, especially the IB program, regaling them with tales of my ever-developing school experiences, and, of course, answering any of their questions. Tours are an intimate...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
302 Words
Wheaton is dedicated to empowering students to put new ideas into action and explore new horizons. Please tell us about a passion, talent, or interest you have and how you believe Wheaton can help you explore it. (Please respond in 300 words or less).
After being diagnosed with ADHD in 7th grade, I became very interested in what in my brain caused this disorder, which led to a more general interest in the brain. The more I read about ADHD and the brain, the more I realize how little we know about the brain as a whole. ADHD and schizophrenia are both partly imbalances of dopamine, yet it is fascinating to see how different the symptoms and effects can be. The relationship between genetics...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
95 Words
Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts or SMFA at Tufts?” (max 100)
When the Tufts admissions officer visiting my school told me about the strength of the Biology program and the small class sizes, I was intrigued. Reading about the interdepartmental program in Biopsychology, with courses like Cognitive Neuroscience, made me want to visit. And visiting is what made me know. The experimental college and the possibility of teaching a course on morality in Star Wars, the beautiful campus and facilities, hearing firsthand about the meaningful relationships between professors and students, and...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
247 Words
There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood, or community – and how it influenced the person you are today. (200-250)
My normal is being surrounded by girls in plaid kilts, non-uniform shoes and untucked button-down blouses discussing celebrity gossip, the Montreal burka ban, Snapchat streaks and Trump’s policies, all over large cups of coffee. At my all-girls IB school, there’s every reason to be a feminist. Anything is possible if you spend enough hours and coffee on it. We criticize Trudeau’s policies and praise his looks simultaneously. I have never understood the existence of beliefs like “x...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
221 Words
Now we’d like to know a little bit more about you. Please respond to one of the following six questions (200-250 words).
A.It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.
Look up to the night sky, to the millions of stars, to the infinite expanse above. Contemplate inward, to the grey, squishy mass about the length of your hand that controls nearly everything in your body, that is the main reason you are you. Both are fascinating for many different reasons, and for a single shared one: there is so much we don’t know. For space: Does gravity really work the way we think it does? Does dark matter...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
360 Words
What characteristics of Lynn University persuaded you to apply? (max 500)
What convinced me to apply to Lynn was not only the wonderful admissions officer who came to my school, but also the individualized learning that Lynn offers. Firstly, the Institute for Achievement and Learning. As someone with diagnosed ADHD, the IAL is perfect for me. I have been receiving direct and individualized support in my high school from our Learning Strategies staff, and a continuation of this in university is ideal for my seamless transition. I especially would welcome the...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
174 Words
1. Honestly, as a procrastinator and someone who gets anxious about change, you really need to start early. You don't have to know in Grade 9 that you're going to attend school x, y, or z, but definitely go into your Senior year having some idea of where you'd like to go. 2. Look at...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
77 Words
Because I'm a procrastinator who left university investigating late, and a Canadian who didn't know U.S. universities aside from the Ivy Leagues...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
243 Words
Massively important point: DON'T do what I did and leave things really late, so then you're scrambling to finish applications and schoolwork and having a mental breakdown all the while. As someone with experience, that is a bad way to do things. First things first, just breathe. Sure, college is a big deal, but honestly just like high school was nothing like High School Musical, college isn't like the movies and shows...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
246 Words
I'm going to be honest with you, I have multiple mental health-related issues and disorders which affect my daily life, including school. And in 12th Grade they truly started getting to me. So I explained that. I explained my main difficulty - ADHD - and the changes I've made and ways in which I've improved myself and my life, and "dealt" with this issue. I also mentioned on my Common App that I did...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.70
 
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Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
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