B.S., Physics
I love metal and I love physics.
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Hometown Grand Rapids, Michigan
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2018
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Serbo-Croatian

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Physics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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Personal Statement
578 Words
Family background
My home environment, one laden with both good times and bad times, is the environment in which I feel most content. As I briefly mentioned, this place is not quite perfect. Being a tight knit family of four, we are bound to argue and fight, but this makes me feel even more perfectly satisfied. I use these events to grow as an individual and to strengthen my bonds with my family. I know that these squabbles only occur because we...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
107 Words
What do you do for fun? As time ticks forward, my life is accompanied by a soundtrack. Music brings me insurmountable delight, so most of my life is spent listening to it and even creating it. No matter how stressful the road ahead seems to be, a good song will lift my spirits. Buying a CD of a classic band or of a completely unheard of group gives me something to look forward to when I listen to and analyze...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
109 Words
Which department appeals to you? If I was asked this question only a year ago, I would have been stumped. Recently, I’ve taken a combination of Physics, Calculus and Robotics (Extracurricular). These merged together and sparked my love for engineering. From my knowledge, engineering would be a mixture of the wonderful ideas and theories of Calculus and Physics with the teamwork of Robotics. The thought of a team of people with different abilities and focuses working together to better...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
230 Words
What personality trait are you most proud of? Humor is a tricky beast. Funny to some is downright atrocious and offensive to others. It can, however, bring people together no matter the style. I am proud my well-received sense of humor for multiple reasons. Mainly, it has helped me find some of the greatest friends anyone could ask for. It all starts with a well-timed pun or dirty joke and evolves from there. Ever since the fourth grade I have...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Describe the world you come from. The world someone is thrust into at birth is going to have an effect on who they become. Is the effect adverse or beneficial? This seems to depend on the person. I’ve grown up in a tightly knit and friendly family environment. Every family member I have ever met lives within a thirty minute drive from my house. This has affected me very positively since they know what I am capable of and...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
263 Words
What was the most significant challenge in your life? Unfortunate occurrences rear their ugly heads into everyone’s life at some point. Thankfully, the first seventeen years of my life have been relatively unvisited by these disappointments and my most significant challenge is tame compared to things certain brave individuals I know have had to handle, but mine occurred at the start of the ninth grade. I was in gym class and my best friend and I started messing around....
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
100 Words
My main life goal, besides having a family of my own, is to have a job that I love unconditionally and enjoy my time spent on it. This dream job is related to engineering in some way because of the wonderful combination of math, teamwork, and science. Purdue can help me attain this goal by giving me an unmatched education in the engineering field. The vast variety of different engineering types you offer will also help me decide which specific...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
442 Words
After an eventful junior year in high school, one mixed with various AP classes (calculus and physics) and a nearly life-changing extracurricular (robotics), I took my experiences and finally realized where I felt most comfortable: the field of engineering. I knew that my love for both math and physics would be most useful and most utilized in engineering. When I realized this was what I wanted to do a few colleges popped into my head, among them being the University...

General Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
222 Words
When I was applying to colleges I looked at which colleges harbored renowned departments in the fields I was interested in. The community didn't matter. The location didn't matter. NOTHING else mattered. Now that I've been accepted to MIT and have spent a year there I have learned about its very strong and interconnected community. This community is what keeps me going. MIT is a very difficult...
My favorite course thus far, and why
188 Words
I came into MIT wanting to be a nuclear engineer, but after researching it and learning more about it...that dream faded. The search for a new major was easy though because my original love was physics. However, I worried that I might have the same problem as I did with nuclear engineering. I approached the...
What I’d change about my application process
88 Words
I would have researched every schools community and culture much more intensely and would have put much, much more consideration into where I wanted to go....
How to increase chances at my school
149 Words
There is no way to predict whether or not one will be accepted into MIT. Everyone has the grades, everyone has the extracurriculars, everyone does everything they can to get in. The people reading your applications know how intelligent you are. They know that you...
My advice about getting recommenders
132 Words
As I went through high school I had favorite teachers and I assume that everyone else does to. These teachers weren't favorite because of the classes they taught or because they let us use phones in class, but they attained...

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