Cornell ‘22
B.S., Labor and Industrial Relations
From NYC, into econ/finance, diligent
Features Included


Hometown Brooklyn, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Applied for a B.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

When I pushed open the door to the kitchen, Cosmin looked up from the pan he was scrubbing. “Mr. America is here!” he shouted over to me with only a hint of sarcasm. And so would begin my shift at Victoria’s, the small-town eatery where I’d been washing dishes for the past two summers. As an off-the-books summer expat, ready to get elbow deep in the soup pot, this felt like the lowliest work in Scotland. In Victoria...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
631 Words
Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to
pursue these interests.
This past summer, I interned at SelfMade, a technology startup in the midst of explosive growth. My time there inspired deep questions about the nature of management and team dynamics. On my first day, the CEO had me review the company’s “culture deck.” One slide stood out: it explained that we were there to “create something that is valuable for the world” and that the product should “have a positive impact by helping people express themselves.” Surprisingly, this wasn...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
230 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections.
At USC, I plan on dual majoring in economics and business administration in order to build a deep understanding of business dynamics. By studying the liberal arts alongside business, I’ll develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of market dynamics, financial theory, and strategic interactions; it’s USC’s curricular flexibility that makes this possible. As I work towards a degree in economics in the Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences, I especially look forward to classes such as...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
243 Words
Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.
Modern economics is indebted to Adam Smith, whose “invisible hand” theory posits how self-interested, unconnected agents coalesce into well-formed structures that no single agent predicted, intended, or necessarily desired. In a stock market, for example, no single person or central authority is responsible for setting prices, yet public equity markets are incredibly efficient. This coherent, beautiful pattern of self-organization makes economics fascinating, but the phenomenon is not unique; a similar one occurs within another interest of mine, systems biology. To...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
134 Words
At Cornell, admissions are decentralized. That is to say, each "school" within Cornell University handles admissions completely separately. My advice here is specific to the Industrial and Labor Relations School. Here is what they are looking for: do you know...
The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
122 Words
This advice is not as relevant for the engineering/pre-health/architecture/etc. I'm focusing on your average kid in Hotel/Dyson/ILR/Arts. When it comes to coursework, kids are not that competitive. Most classes are not...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
180 Words
Going into the college admissions process, I was nervous about getting into a top-ranked school. I felt that I hard worked really hard in high school (especially towards the end) but wasn't sure how I would fare in the admissions process. Because I was nervous, I haphazardly decided to increase the amount of schools...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
100 Words
Advanced placement credit is very useful in college. These credits will allow you to waive distribution requirements and instead take courses that you are actually interested in. Also, the college...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
80 Words
The topic you write about doesn't really matter, so don't stress about it. Instead, focus on what you want to say and what you...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 10%
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

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AP / IB Classes and Scores

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ActivitiesCareer Oriented, Big Brother/Big Sister
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