B.S., Journalism
A quirky, ambitious, pharmacologist-journalist-to-be hoping to change the world with (mutually exclusive) drugs and ink.
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Hometown Madison, Wisconsin
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Duke University (Durham, NC)

Applied for a B.S. in Journalism

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?
The best greeting card I’ve ever received was scrawled on the arm of an eight year old. Printed in bright orange Crayola marker on freckled skin, the message read, “Merry Christmas Ms. Deeny!” The “card” was adorned with a charmingly messy sketch of a tree and my misspelled name. As Lauren raised her arm, I laughed. “How am I going to keep this?” She pouted. “Can’t you take me to your house?” That’s Lauren for you. Then...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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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?
What is most attractive about Duke is that it encourages students to engage in a multitude of subjects and classes by opening their programs to student selection. With its wide variety of degree possibilities, Duke’s college education is not limited to just majors or minors. I want a future career in education policy in order to combat the achievement gap and other injustices in our current school system. To achieve my specific goal, I need Duke’s promotion of...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
151 Words
There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore. There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore.
I live in Wisconsin, a state ranked first by the U.S. Department of Education for the worst education achievement gaps in the country. As part of Simpson Street Free Press, I delved into an investigation regarding Wisconsin’s education disparities and found the unfortunate ranking. I was astounded. I have always recognized the importance of a solid education, and this interest in addition to my discovery spurred my want to reevaluate the school systems and other social inequalities. Social...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
What aspects of the Rice undergraduate experience excite you and led you to apply?
While visiting Houston, I fell in love with its striking dynamic: a city that’s always moving and innovating. At Rice, I was met with an imposing statue of William Marsh Rice and an aura of interactivity. That day, I set my heart on Rice. The tight-knit Rice community is home to scholars and classmates I can connect and socialize with. World-class professors at Rice are extremely willing to take time out of their days to support and connect with...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
311 Words
Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.
I live in Wisconsin, a state ranked first by the U.S. Department of Education in 2013 for the worst education achievement gaps in the country. I discovered this report when conducting research for a city-wide, student-run newspaper, Simpson Street Free Press. The statistics left me shocked, but at the same time, curious about where our schools had gone wrong. In the future, I want to utilize my love for journalism and my passion for education to transform the school system...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
257 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
As an education enthusiast, I have always dreamed of starting an academic out-of-school program for kids in need of extra school support. Through this program, I planned that high-schoolers take a few hours out of their week to spend time at a local elementary school to interact with the students, provide homework help, and tutor. This idea eventually formed the Elementary Outreach Program (EOP). In 10th grade, as I contacted school principals to promote this new program, I was met...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
630 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.
The charm of Madison, Wisconsin lies in its university, and the charm of UW-Madison is its city. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, I have witnessed the close-knit interactions that UW-Madison and Madison have. The university is located downtown, in the hub of Madison culture and activity. Everything from the Saturday Farmer’s Markets, to the all-city Homecoming Parade, to grand history museums, encourages UW-Madison’s students to take advantage and engage with Madison. To me, that cultivates a sense of...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
109 Words
Be proactive! Many local organizations and businesses, whether it's a newspaper publication or biotech company or local hospital, accept high school interns and/or volunteers. They just don't publicly advertise these opportunities. When...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
215 Words
I know you hear people warning against boring, everyday topics and writing about volunteer events, past travel experiences, clubs, and just other common themes. The truth is, if your essay has really personal, interesting details that highlight who you are as a person, you should go for it! I wrote one of my larger essays to Duke about how I wanted to change the...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
132 Words
Make sure you spend a lot of time outside. On top of the fact that staring at a screen all day long isn't good for you, I always find it easiest to be creative when I'm happy. Go outside,...

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ActivitiesSchool Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Volunteer Coach, Science/Math, Spanish Club, After School Program Coordinator, National Honor Society, Academic
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