UC Berkeley
B.S., Chemical Engineering, , Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, , Chemistry, , Music Theory and Composition, , Music Performance
I'm a Jewish, volunteering, music writing and playing, MMA fighting, Berkeley bound student who puts my all into everything I do.
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Hometown Lansing, Michigan
EthnicityBlack / African American, Native American, White Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Hebrew, Japanese, Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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The world is like a coin. A coin has two sides, two outcomes, two decisions on what side it will fall on, but my coin is different. It may not seem different, it has heads and tails just like any other coin, but mine shows heads no matter what side it lands on, no matter how the coin was tossed. I had always been told how I was going to change people's lives around the world. I never really knew...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
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For the play in my junior year, I had to play the bard, Balthasar, from "Much Ado about Nothing." His biggest moment in the play was his song, one that was shared by Balthasar and several other supporting roles in the scene; we were supposed to copy the tune and lyrics from the movie version. I was fine singing with my friends and other actors, but I had never sang on stage before, and I had enough stagefright just speaking...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
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I've moved ten times among four different states, allowing me to pick up a lot of interests, chemistry, physics, board games, card games, Magic the Gathering (it's not just a card game), and many styles of martial arts (my sword training technically makes me a Jedi), just to name a few, but my favorite hobby is my guitar playing. I play many other instruments, and the cello has earned me the most achievements, but nothing in the world feels as...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
120 Words
As a child targeted by bullying, I took the lead in my school in establishing anti-bullying protocols through the student senate. I never had a hero to stick up for me, and I knew that many others didn't have one either, so I decided to be the hero. Many refer to me as a peacemaker (I prefer "sentinel" because it sounds cooler), and I have been the person to people that I wish I had when I was younger. This...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
302 Words
This past summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Northwestern as a National Student Leadership Council representative for my school. I had heard so many amazing things about Northwestern from my family members who had attended the school before, my great-grandfather, C.P. Rogers, one of the first African-Americans to graduate from Northwestern and who desegregated the pool, would often speak about the great Northwestern to my grandfather who would then tell me, but I didn’t...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
121 Words
If I could only do one activity out of everything in my high school career, it would have to be Jazz Band. I taught myself how to play guitar, unlike the cello, and could not read treble clef going into Jazz band as a freshman; it was a struggle for me playing the pieces and the pieces played in class were relatively difficult for high school students. I clawed my way from sixth to first chair, challenge after challenge, and...
Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
261 Words
The Jewish community I grew up in is a small, close-knit group of people with similar ideals and usually similar opinions about issues inside and outside of the community. Everyone works together to make sure that everyone is having a proper Orthodox life, following the Torah correctly and appropriately, and giving back to the community when they achieve the Orthodox standard of living. Not everyone who lives in the community grew up in one or started out as Orthodox; the...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
444 Words
At first, I was attracted to University of Michigan because of its high ranking in biological sciences. I had no reason other than that until I went there with my family to go to the museum of natural history and the museum of anthropology during the spring of my sophomore year. I was exposed to the vibrant college town, the diverse campus, and the commitment to the university show by many of the students I saw walking around clad in...
Additional Essay Details
33 Words
The prompt for the sixth question asked about my place in that community; I threw in a lot about diversity as a counterargument to the points pertaining to common roles in the community.

General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
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Choose recommenders who you know for a fact like you and, if approaching teachers, make sure that: you received a good grade (or worked really hard to maintain a not-so-good one) in their class, they like you, and the subject they...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
123 Words
Before you start this, make sure you visit the campus, or know someone who has, or watch a virtual tour of the campus. That will give you a feel of the school and an idea of what...
How to increase chances at my school
141 Words
Add all the extracurriculars you are passionate in and have had at least a year in doing. You're not going to pick up 18 million hobbies your senior year, nor will you do so in freshman year then drop them all the next...
How to increase chances at my school
48 Words
I know it's a pain, but taking standardized tests and AP tests that allow...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
66 Words
I applied to MANY scholarships. Apply to as many as you possibly can without becoming overwhelmed; college costs A LOT...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
78 Words
UC Berkeley is by the Bay area, overlooking the San Francisco bay. It's warm in Northern California, the fog is cool, and the...
How I chose schools to apply to
72 Words
I chose schools to apply to based on the location, the cost, the expertise the schools had based on my major, and...
Why I ultimately chose my school
56 Words
I chose Berkeley based on the factors of location, cost, expertise in Chemistry, and the fact the...
Post-college plans
22 Words
I plan on going to medical school...
Why I declined other schools
28 Words
I declined other schools because they costed more...
What set me apart from other applicants
104 Words
I spoke about how my past, before high school, prepared me for where I was when I applied. I had an interest in what I wanted to do with my life...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
86 Words
Get some work experience over the summer; internships are a great way to both work and explore your field of interest. Work on your passions; learn...
What I’d change about my application process
112 Words
I would have started my applications earlier. A lot of people see that far away deadline as a large gap of time and say "I have a lot of time!" when in reality, their...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Intelligent (people at Berkeley are very smart and hope to take their education to a much higher level), fun (we're making movie projects, starting bands, creating boba shop raiding parties, MTG club hangouts, San Francisco adventuring clubs, Jazz groups, parkour clubs; everything you ever...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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The musical clubs are the most popular. Whether you're playing...

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SportsMartial Arts


ActivitiesCommunity Cleanup / Service, Tutoring/Mentoring, Homecoming committee, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Other Religious Affiliation, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Prom Committee, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Theater/Plays, Spanish Club, Student Council / Government, Student Activities Committee, Student Activities Committee

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