B.A., Urban Studies and Affairs
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Hometown Orange, California
Class of2022
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Urban Studies and Affairs

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.
My legs dangled precariously over the step’s edge. I longingly watched as everyone else weaved around the playground, shrieking and giggling. Leaving the comfortable environment of my home where every conversation was in Vietnamese, I entered preschool with just the two English words my mom taught me that morning: hello and bathroom. Overcome by a lack of familiarity, I felt tears rolling down my face. At home, I was a naturally talkative toddler, but here the echoes of foreign...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
“Cuantos anos tienes?” After four years of Spanish, I found myself using it in a context other than singing along to a song on the radio. I, with about 45 other Los Alamitos high schoolers, had taken over Bryant Elementary School for the night, bringing with us a Halloween “magic” show and interactive science experiments. Two years ago, I helped launch district wide elementary school science nights. Today, I spend hours researching experiments and meticulously balancing the budget, scouring Amazon for...
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
For the past two summers, I have spent long hot sweaty summers on campus preparing for orientation because I enjoy welcoming freshmen to the new community, sharing advice, and starting off their high school experience positively. During the intensive training camps, we learn activities and methods to open up the freshmen and create group costumes for the annual contest. On the day of orientation, my partner and I walked in, super excited to meet our freshmen. The twenty of us...
Personal Statement
329 Words
Academic achievement
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Sophomore year, I decided to take AP Physics because I was driven to learn something completely new. The class was so different from the others that I have taken since it was much lab based and self-driven. Because I went into this class with no prior physics experience, I did not understand a lot of the concepts initially. I remember being so confused coming to class each day, not fully understanding the concepts when the teacher talked about them. There...
Personal Statement
345 Words
Academic achievement
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
I was first introduced to history reading the Little House on the Prairie series in second grade. Wagons, calico dresses, and log cabins filled my imagination. The image of Laura and her sister squeezing molasses candy on pans of snow to the time Pa tries Almanzo’s warm, fluffy pancakes soaked in syrup on a wintery afternoon are forever imprinted into my mind. The vivid descriptions of food were not the only things I took away from the series. I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
198 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum? (200 word limit)
Researching colleges this past summer, an important factors for me was the depth of a college’s sustainability practices and initiatives because it is an ideology I strongly support. I have to admit I smiled a bit when I read “Brown is Green,” purely because I thought the name was so clever. I value Brown’s commitment to creating a more sustainable learning environment and look forward to joining student organization that support this. Brown’s open curriculum separates itself...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
208 Words
There are thousands of universities and colleges. Please share with us why you are interested in attending Chapman. (200 words or fewer)
Living just sixteen minutes away from Chapman, I am constantly surrounded by former and future Panthers. After researching the school, I understand why so many people love it. I value Chapman’s commitment to a truly interdisciplinary education which offers a variety of study abroad opportunities and research projects on campus. With my vast academic interests and strong belief in having a diverse educational experience, Chapman’s GE Program is exactly what I am looking--the possibility to immerse myself in ...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
309 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why (300 words)
While I cannot pinpoint the exact day I discovered Columbia, I do remember running out to my mom excitedly telling her that I had finally found the college. Columbia does not confine students within its gates; instead it has designed an engaging, interdisciplinary education that provides students the resources necessary to apply principles learned behind the desk to the world. Columbia’s curriculum provides a unique balance with the modified Engineering Core's additional emphasis on humanities. I am able to...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (50–100 words)
Listening to Mr. Eric Lopez talk about Symmetry, a class studying mathematical patterns in art, I whispered to my friend excitedly, both of us agreeing that this was totally up my alley. With my wide range of academic interests, Tufts’ focus on a multidisciplinary education is exactly what I am looking for. Additionally, I am excited to take advantage of Tuft’s many study abroad options to introduce different cultural perspectives to my education. Lastly, as I am passionate about...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
285 Words
Why Tulane?
In a fast paced society where everyone is focused on their individual goals, Tulane’s commitment to public service allows for students to take a step back and put their efforts into helping the larger community around them. I look forward to taking the class Education in a Diverse Society and becoming a mentor to a public school student. Tulane’s curriculum provides a unique opportunity for students to explore subjects in all areas of study, not confining them to...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
260 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 word limit)
Growing up in southern California, I found myself in the crosshairs of USC vs UCLA debates, especially during football season. Not a football fan as a young girl, I remember always picking USC. Why? Because red was my favorite color. Today, I have many more reasons for choosing USC. Whether I study economics or communication, I know that USC’s strength in both will provide me with many academic and professional opportunities. Studying economics, I look forward to working with...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
413 Words
We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU's global network; regardless, we want to understand - Why NYU? (400 word)
On the small screen, NYU is the vision of independence and city life. On paper, NYU is the center of world-renowned education and diverse perspectives. I knew I had to visit during my trip to New York last summer. Walking through the neighboring streets of Washington Square Park, I saw groups of eager NYU students, identifiable by their distinct purple shirts, huddling around for orientation. I fell in love with the school when I realized that within such a big...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
358 Words
How did you learn about Vassar and what aspect of our college do you find appealing? Limit 350 word
From an internet search, I was welcomed through the beautiful stone archway of Vassar College. Going on the virtual tour, I could see myself sitting in a class in Rockefeller Hall, studying with my friends at Thompson Library, relaxing by Sunset Lake, and hanging out with my roommate in Jewett House. Vassar’s gorgeous campus, tight-knit community, and sustainability mission is just what I am looking for. I find Vassar’s multidisciplinary education the most appealing aspect of the college. ...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
323 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)

I like to joke that I have more 5-year old friends than high school friends, but it actually might be true. I grew up loving going to Kids Korner every day after school, and opening those doors again, I was immediately welcomed by the warm memories of my childhood and the hectic atmosphere of kids running around me. As a volunteer aide, I mainly assist with indoor and outdoor activities. I love teaching the kids little things like how to...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
257 Words
Whether you've built blanket forts or circuit boards, produced community theater or mixed media art installations, tell us: what have you invented, engineered, created, or designed? Or what do you hope to? (200-250 words)
Last year, I helped Interact raise enough money to build a well in South Sudan. Being on the board of Interact, I have planned many of the fundraisers that have made this well possible. The biggest fundraiser of the year is the talent show. There is a great deal of planning needed to put on a successful night. Proposing the idea and securing a date involved communicating with school administrators. Recruiting auditions required working with the student government to get...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
152 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? If you are "undecided" or not sure which Brown concentrations match your interests, consider describing more generally the academic topics or modes of thought that engage you currently. (150 word limit)
A career in urban development perfectly merges my passion for environmental science and community service. In AP Environmental Science, I learned about mankind’s impact on the planet and the problems that need to be addressed in the coming decades. Accommodating biodiversity in urban environments, waste management, and sustainable architecture were among the most inspiring lessons I learned that year and solidified my decision to work in a field that encourages and finds ways for society to live with our...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
305 Words
If you are applying to The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section.
Growing up, I answered the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, differently every time. I had no idea. Throughout high school, I focused on exploring as many different subjects as possible. I am now ready to use what I have learned to move forward into the next chapter of my life and be a part of the generation of engineers that helps to equalize people’s access to resources. I have always enjoyed math and...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
96 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places. (100 word limit)
I have lived in the same house my whole life minus six months. My mom loves the pine trees that line the street. It is a five minute walk from a small movie theatre that shows just four movies at a time, a quiet Starbucks, and a frozen yogurt shop that sells Dole Whip. My home is ever-changing with my dad’s renovations and my paint jobs and has recently became a “holiday inn” for my cousins that go to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
102 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. (100 word limit)
Sarah was third grade’s new girl. We became instant friends and had a secret club in the butterfly garden. A girl in pre-algebra pulled out the cutest pencils -- that was Rachel. Together we endured the same classes and along with Sarah golfed through half of high school. Then there is Julia, a rugby teammate six years ago and now fellow yearbook staffer. An anchor in this evolving world, we have conquered everything together, even haunted clown mazes. The...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
202 Words
The Chapman Diversity Project is a campus-wide initiative with eight different Advisory Groups. These groups identify, recommend, and support creative strategies for promoting and enhancing our campus community. They also respond to any issues, needs, and concerns identified on our campus. Suggest an Advisory group or select one of the existing groups below and share how you would contribute to the advancement of our campus community. (200 words or fewer)
At Chapman, I believe I would be able to most contribute to the advancement of The Status of Women. Throughout my high school experience, I have been in numerous classes where, as a female, I stood out like a sore thumb, most notably my sophomore year AP Physics class. I attribute part of my success in that class to a strong support group and my classmates who took the time to help me out. It was definitely intimidating walking into...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
142 Words
Please explain your interest in the major(s) you selected. (200 words or fewer)
A career in economics merges my passion for math and community service. I have always enjoyed math and taking AP Statistics and AP Macroeconomics this year, I am amazed at all the ways math can be integrated into daily life. Probability models, demand and supply analysis, and data analysis are among my favorite lessons I have studied this year and solidified my decision to pursue economics. Additionally, I have always enjoyed community service. Being a part of Interact these past...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
126 Words
In 150 words or fewer, please list a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.
Actively striving to reduce its carbon footprint Rushing the field after a win Participating in community outreach A supportive faculty fosters learning and creativity Movie and popcorn night in the dorms! Multi-faceted peers who I can passionately debate complex world issues one minute and The Bachelor the next Long late night study sessions and talks about life with my roommate and friends Able to count on one another A thriving music and art scene (even though I can’t sing,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 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 words)
I have lived in the same house my whole life. My mom loves the pine trees that line the street. When we were younger, my brother and I collected pine cones, filling up our front yard planters. We played hide and seek between our cars with my mom, trick or treated down the block, and sat on the lawn watching fireworks on the 4th. My house is a short walk from a small movie theatre, an AMF bowling alley, and...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
259 Words
How would an Annenberg major help you solve a global issue facing society in the 21st century? (250 word limit)
At USC Annenberg, I will be at the forefront of the communication revolution and enhance my education through photography, print, and media. To solve world issues faced by today’s society, I believe it is important to find solutions by examining many perspectives. The flexibility within the program allows me to explore the many aspects of communication such as technology, media, and culture. I cannot wait to take “Visual Communication and Social Change” and “Advertising and Communication”. To enact social...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
130 Words
Brown was the only school I interviewed with, and the interview experience was definitely more of a "getting to learn more about the school" than it was a formal interview. My interviewer told me a lot about his experience...
My schedule on a typical weekday
137 Words
I decided to take all my classes on the same day, so I typical school day consisted of 4 1-hour classes. I opted for morning classes, so my schedule was pretty free starting in the afternoon. I typically spent the majority of...
The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
90 Words
In my experience, students at Brown are not competitive. Everyone here is very much here for their own education, and each person has their own goals that...
Why I ultimately chose my school
151 Words
I ultimately picked my school because of the open curriculum. That is something not many colleges in the U.S. offer and an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I love learning and the idea of the being the architect of my education experience. Additionally, I...

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
157 Words
Breathe. You can do it. I think it's really important to compile a solid list of the universities you want to apply to, keeping in mind the location and type of school (public/private/technical/liberal arts). Create a list of all the essays that you will...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
115 Words
Really enjoy your summer. Don't do something just because you think it will look good for colleges. I love working with kids, so I spent two summers TAing elementary summer school with a friend. I...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Your community will most likely have many niche scholarships. Organizations such as social clubs, libraries, and local businesses will offer small scholarships...
What set me apart from other applicants
76 Words
I don't really view myself as a standout applicant, but I believe I was able to differentiate myself from other students by being...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
194 Words
I can confidently attest to the fact that you do not need to hire a private admissions counselor in order to be successful during the college application process. I personally decided to go about the process independently and relied on college blogs and the advice of my high school counselors. Some good advice I received was having reach,...

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