B.A., Film and Video Studies
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Hometown Boston, Massachusetts
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Film and Video Studies

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
“Wow, Katia, that looks great. Now paint the whole thing black.” Lucas pointed at the widest paintbrush in the jar and signaled for me to take it. I had just finished a painting, and now I had to destroy it. I had no idea what Lucas thought I would learn from this. “So then what am I going to show my mom next week? I’m going to tell her I learned how to paint a canvas like a wall?” ...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
639 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.
Beyond my craft as an artist, I believe I have a responsibility to actively engage with and serve the communities around me through art, media, and communication. This stems from my passion for the intersection of these concepts, which have become extremely prevalent in the 21st century. I am drawn to the University of Pennsylvania’s perspective that no single idea, person, or field of study is isolated. Instead, everything coexists and new opportunities are created by fusing multiple fields...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
98 Words
We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.
My family collects plastic bags because when my parents were growing up in Russia, packaging was scarce. This is just one of the unique traditions that define the Russian community in the Greater Boston area. Many people view Russia as a place of danger and insecurity, thinking that there is no more to the culture than “Putin, Communism, and vodka.” Despite these stereotypes, the Russian language, culture, and community have always provided me with a sense of belonging, a new...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
84 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
When I am playing the piano, the rests in the music remind me of the negative spaces in my paintings. I love playing the piano because it allows me to give meaning to time, just as art allows me to give meaning to space. When I am playing the piano, I fill the room with the sound exerted from my fingers, and I am reminded of the difference I can make by changing the silence of time into music, or...

School Specific Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
141 Words
My favorite course I am taking this semester is Italian Cinema because it combines my two favorite topics of study: film and history. One of the reasons I chose Brown is because of how many cross-disciplinary classes it offers. It is interesting...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
7 Words
spontaneous, quirky,...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
108 Words
When writing the "why us" essay for schools like Brown and UPenn, it is important to flip this question around and think "why should this college want me?" When thinking about the...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
221 Words
When you're applying to college with a certain passionate/hobby/vision of yourself, whether it is artist, musician, athlete, scientist, etc., it is important to consider what sets you apart from all the other artists, musicians, athletes, and scientists who are applying. Oftentimes when we are applying to college, we think that what sets us apart from everyone else is the specific passionate or hobby that...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
85 Words
Instead of choosing an essay topic and then writing, try the writing process the other way around. Choosing an essay topic at the start can limit...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
142 Words
From what I have observed, everyone believes that they have to do an internship at an established corporation for it to look good on a college application. However, I think that internships are becoming less and less impressive. Instead, I think it is...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.92 unweighted)
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ActivitiesSchool Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Art, Religious, Theater/Drama, Community Cleanup / Service, Music: Instrumental, Foreign Language
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