B.A., Political Science and Government
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Class of2023
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Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

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?
I: Denial. I cannot be the President of the United States. When I heard this news, I accused my mother of playing a prank or perhaps reading the wrong article. I was an American after all. At only ten months, I was adopted from China to Enfield, Connecticut and I had not left since. I interrogated my mother for hours, but she could not tell me why being born in a different location drove a wedge separation between the rest...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the ''Wellesley 100'' is a good place to start.
Visit http://www.wellesley.edu/admission/100 and let us know, in two well developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize you and why. (p.s. ''Why'' matters to us.)
I have always loved powerful, invigorating speeches from powerful, invigorating women. They defy what society has told us about women and their supposed meekness. From a very young age, I watched and watched and hoped that I could possibly become. “One day,” I said. I wrestled with my self-confidence for years and I let it follow me into the gates of high school, a world full of class presentations, Model UN speeches, and recitations of Hamlet (with oomph, my teacher...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
335 Words
For one week at the end of January, Reed students upend the traditional classroom hierarchy and teach classes about any topic they love, academic or otherwise. This week is known as Paideia after the Greek term signifying “education” – the complete education of mind, body and spirit. What would you teach that would contribute to the Reed community? (200 words minimum, 500 words maximum)
Civilization and humans have always sought explanations for what they could not explain. The Greeks could not find reason for electricity reigning down from the sky or earth’s violent tremors, so they interpreted what they were seeing as angry gods and goddesses. Conspiracy theories are the modern-day equivalent of Greek myths. They were, and are, created to explain what modern scientists cannot or ideas by them that people reject. The Mandela Effect identifies the collective misremembering of an event...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
249 Words
What factors influenced your decision to apply to Barnard College and why do you think the College would be a good match for you? (100-250 words)
The first time I tried to do the morning announcements, my voice was overtaken by insecurity as I scrambled to pronounce monosyllabic words that I had been practicing since I was two. I swore off the morning announcements, however six months later, I was back at it, speaking with clarity, balance, strength, and confidence. I am bold. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter dinners always had my grandmother seated at the throne of the table. To the right of her was my...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
238 Words
The Offer represents Bowdoin’s values. Please reflect on the line you selected and how it has meaning to you.
It is, by Google Maps’ approximation, at least one fifth of a mile from my school’s D-wing to my school’s E-wing. The distance is quite deceiving given the alphanumeric order and requires substantially more than the three minute passing time for someone who has no athletic capability. The E-wing is home to the history classes and where one half of my soul lives. It is where Youth Vote rehearses their questions, Model UN meetings are held, and the...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
286 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, 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. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)
My freshman English teacher was the most daunting person I had ever met, or will ever meet. After she told us stories of her travels, I was convinced that there was not a single latitude or longitude line that she had not crossed. She was able to recite a month long unit on the history of drama. I never saw one single note in her hand. I had never met a teacher quite like her. She was interested in us...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
380 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 maximum)
I have always loved souvenirs. My grandmother, having exorbitant amount of time on her hands since retiring, loved to coordinate trips for the seniors in town. Although, due to health constraints, they mostly traveled to casinos and other wheelchair accessible areas, she never failed to bring me back a gift. The souvenirs opened my eyes to places beyond a suburban town with forty thousand residents. I imagined the land of New Jersey as one covered by poker chips and full...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
291 Words
Sarah Lawrence’s educational model was founded largely on the notion that learning should be put to use for the benefit of a complex and interconnected society, and that approach to education has long valued the importance of diversity and inclusivity. In 250-500 words, tell us how you define diversity and inclusion, and what role you hope it will play in your college years (or beyond).
My mother stands slightly under five feet, woefully unable to reach the top shelf at the supermarket, while her sisters tower above. My aunt opted out of the Pale Irish genes that had been carried down for generations. My grandmother refused to carry her blonde hair onto all her four daughters and two granddaughters. I stand out the most, with eyes as sharp as knives and pitch black, where-is-the-light-switch hair. The diversity within our family is the source of many...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
330 Words
How do you see yourself adding to the vibrant academic and campus community at Vassar? Limit 350 words.
In the spring of 2018, I was able to apply my interest of current events by helping create a Regional Student Conversation, where multiple school districts where brought in and were to share their voices and opinions. As the moderator of the Women’s Rights topic, I was able to ask provoking questions to the entire group. Surprisingly, the most debated topic was not over the wage gap. Rather it was about whether women are being pushed into careers that are...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
203 Words
I interviewed with Barnard, Wellesley, Vassar, Reed, Vanderbilt, and Mount Holyoke. I would recommend doing your interviews during your senior year. Barnard was my top choice and I applied Early Decision, yet I interviewed during July and it was my worst interview. I grew so much between July and November, when I submitted my application, that I felt like the...
How I chose schools to apply to
97 Words
I chose to apply to a lot of liberal arts schools because I knew that they would be more forgiving of my lackluster GPA and my SAT score. I...
Why I ultimately chose my school
71 Words
Other than being the highest ranked school on my list, Wellesley provided great financial aid to me. In addition, they are...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
76 Words
I choose 2 or 3 broad topics that I knew could expand well upon. I chose my influential Freshman English teacher (How I discovered by...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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I was EXTREMELY stressed during this entire college process. I'd highly recommend taking your SATs early your junior year or the summer before junior year and actually STUDY. All 3...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I come from a very uncompetitive high school that only sends one...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I am relatively low income and even my state schools were going to send me into $80,000 of debt. Knowing this, I applied to as many 100% demonstrated need schools as I could which...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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If you are a minority (and especially if you're low income), I would highly recommend applying to fly-in programs for colleges that offer them....

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ActivitiesSchool Jazz / Orchestra, Social Justice, School Jazz / Orchestra, Other Club/Activity, Tutoring/Mentoring, Political Campaign, Model Congress / Model UN, Other Club/Activity, Other Club/Activity, Music: Instrumental
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