jpackman
jpackman,
Emory ‘22
B.S., Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Dedicated to my school, my city, my friends, and myself!
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14
Essays
11
Schools
16
Scores
3
Advice
7
ECs
3
Sports

Background

Hometown Milwaukee, Wisconsin
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I live in two different worlds. One is the world of Newton and Galileo, of Calculus and Physics, of molecules and hydrogen bonds, of differential equations and integrals--the objective realm. In this world, every object and being is a collection of atoms which obeys the laws of physics and acts logically. A Beethoven symphony is a series of disruptions of molecules in the air which vibrates the eardrum, perceived by the somatosensory cortex as certain sounds. The Grand Canyon’s...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
158 Words
If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.)
As a senior, I’m often asked what I’m looking for in a school. Sometimes I give a long explanation: a strong program in pre-medicine, a well-rounded and rigorous institution, and a student community which pushes me to be my best self in a collaborative way. Sometimes I don’t feel like saying all that much and just give the short answer: Duke. Duke provides endless opportunities to explore my academic interests in both my intended field, neuroscience, and...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
258 Words
(Optional) Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. (250 word limit)
For all of my life, I have been deeply involved in the Jewish and Hebrew communities in Milwaukee. From kindergarten through eighth grade, I attended the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, studying Hebrew and Jewish studies alongside a secular curriculum. I am also deeply involved with my synagogue, frequently attending services and working as a teaching assistant in the religious school. Additionally, I’ve spent the past nine summers at B’nai B’rith Beber Camp, a Jewish summer camp. This...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
156 Words
What motivates you to learn? (150 max)
Long after I graduate from high school, college and medical school, I will continue to seek out knowledge and new ideas for two reasons: to expand my own mind and to give back to others. Part of my motivation to learn comes from within. I read books from a variety of genres and authors to challenge my own perspective. Whether it is political rhetoric or a new concept in calculus, I continuously strive to incorporate new ideas and information into...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
155 Words
What is your favorite work of art/literature?
My favorite work is Paul Kalanithi’s autobiography When Breath Becomes Air. When Breath Becomes Air resonates with me on a fundamental level and provides the best documentation of a fulfilled, contented life that I have ever read. Written on his deathbed, Kalanithi’s work demonstrates not only how to die with grace but how to live with grace. How Kalanithi managed to find immense success in both the medical and literary worlds while maintaining a healthy family life both...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
251 Words
Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in your life. (200-250 words):
Summer camp is typically a place to get away from school, home life, and any intensive thinking whatsoever--in a good way, that is. I’ve gone to camp for nine years, and it has almost always been like that for me, an escape where I can focus on spending time with my peers (and my campers). That all changed this past summer on a long bus ride. I had always been friends with Ben, but we were never extremely close....
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
213 Words
What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
Milwaukee is a wonderful city, and I have grown to love it after residing in it for 17 years. I hope to move back someday and raise my family in Milwaukee. But it is fundamentally flawed. In Milwaukee, 56.6% of residents live in a neighborhood in which at least 80% of the population shares their race (Yahoo). This far exceeds the national average of 33%. Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities of America. In 1967, a series of Fair Housing Marches were staged...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
660 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. (400-650 words)
I believe that education is a journey, at times meandering and at times focused but constantly moving forward. Especially at the undergraduate level, the journey of education should include seemingly dissonant subjects, from multivariable calculus to ancient Roman history. Of course, an undergraduate education should reach a pointed conclusion and train a student in a specific field, but it should never be constrained to any certain topic or progression of courses. In the College of Arts and Sciences’ philosophy of...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
443 Words
Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, share with us the academic, extracurricular, or research opportunities you would take advantage of as a student. If applicable, provide details of any circumstance that could have had an impact on your academic performance and/or extracurricular involvement (you may enter up to 650 words).
A world-renowned research university, a Big 10 school with vibrant student life, a continuation of my family’s legacy, and an amazing campus and city, all close to home and within financial reach. What’s not to love? These factors, all impressive individually but nothing short of irresistible together, are the reasons I know UW-Madison is a perfect fit for me. UW-Madison has a rich history of research and is only improving. From Harry Harlow’s attachment experiment to James Thomson...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
388 Words
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.
Summer camp is typically a place to get away from school, home life, and most intensive thinking--in a good way, that is. I’ve gone to camp for nine years, and it has almost always been like that for me, an escape where I can focus on spending time with my peers and my campers. I usually bring books to read in my free time, but I didn’t often encounter an abundance of intellectual stimulation, until a long bus...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
629 Words
Please describe why you are interested in attending Tulane University (optional).
As I high school senior, I am often asked what I’m looking for in a school. Sometimes I give a long explanation and respond: a strong program in pre-medicine, a dynamic and fun city (preferably somewhere warm), a rigorous and well-regarded institution, and a well-rounded university that will push me to be the best student and person I can be. Sometimes I don’t feel like saying all that much, though, and I just give the short answer: Tulane....
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
362 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150-400 words)
For the duration of high school, I have been involved with the Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association (MJFLA), an organization which grants interest-free loans to Jewish and non-Jewish individuals in need in Milwaukee. I helped found the MJFLA Junior Board in my freshman year and have served as the vice president since. I have led the junior board in many initiatives to spread the word about MJFLA and to raise money for the Student to Student Fund, MJFLA's interest-free student...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
491 Words
The College of Arts and Science is a liberal arts school committed to introducing every student to a broad range of subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. How will you embrace the breadth of courses offered by the College of Arts & Science? How will this fit into your academic journey or life's passions? Please limit your response to 500 words.
I believe that education is a journey, at times meandering and at times focused but constantly moving forward. Especially at the undergraduate level, the journey of education should include seemingly dissonant subjects, from multivariable calculus to ancient Roman history. Of course, an undergraduate education should reach a pointed conclusion and train a student in a specific field, but it should never be constrained to any certain topic or progression of courses. In Vanderbilt’s philosophy of a holistic and wide-ranging...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
262 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better. (100 to 250 words)
Dear future roommate, Congrats on getting into Stanford. It’s my dream school, and I’m thrilled that I’m going to be sharing this dream with you. We’ll be sharing more than just a dream this year--we’ll be sharing a room and really a life. You should know that I am someone who likes to immerse myself deeply in whatever I am doing. Whether it’s school work or spending time with friends, I am dedicated to...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
116 Words
Applying to college is an incredibly stressful and trying process. Nonetheless, everyone can and will get through it. The most important thing to keep in mind (in order to keep your sanity) is that college...
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What set me apart from other applicants
100 Words
A college application is a story. Everyone applying to college has a story, but some are better at telling it than others. I believe that many people could get into...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
70 Words
Apply for as many scholarships as possible. The merit scholarship selection process is extremely competitive and at times seems highly arbitrary....
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.71
(equivalent to 3.95 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1540
 
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Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details12 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country, Tennis, Swimming/Diving

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesTutoring/Mentoring, Community Cleanup / Service, Foreign Language, Math Team, Jewish Student Union, National Honor Society, Model Congress / Model UN
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