B.A., Cognitive Science
Normal, college-obsessed girl who loves to run
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Hometown Los Angeles, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.A. in Cognitive Science

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.
Half my DNA belongs to a nameless, faceless man—a man whom I will never meet. My parents have provided little information about him: he is tall, has brown hair, and has a brother. Truly, my only confidant in matters regarding this mystery man is my sister, Jordan, and that’s simply because her DNA is almost identical to mine. I epitomize a rarity. Only about a half of a percent of all pregnancies produce identical twins, and a mere...
Personal Statement
365 Words
Leadership experience, Work experience
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 much of elementary school, my summers were filled with water guns, capture the flag, and Otter Pops. While my peers looked forward to another day of playing video games, I jumped out of bed, excited to head to camp. There, I could run around for hours or sit in the shade and make a friendship bracelet. And, as a seventeen-year-old, my summers aren’t very different; it’s with the same enthusiasm that I head to my summer job,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
664 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)
The human brain is incredible. An organ that’s just double the size of a fist is responsible for every thought, every memory, and every emotion we experience. Yet, despite these capabilities, I see the brain’s most impressive feature as its ability to learn. It’s truly fascinating; while we are exploring human cognition, our brains are going through the very processes about which we are learning. I was first introduced to these processes in my tenth grade AP...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
265 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? (250 words)
Boston University is particularly exciting to me because it’s a large school, set in America’s best college town, with an academic structure comparable to that of a small liberal arts school. The Hub, which epitomizes an interdisciplinary education, will allow me to delve into subjects like biology, a class I enjoyed in high school; for instance, I’m fascinated by “The Behavioral Biology of Women,” which combines biology with gender studies. Within my intended major of math, I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
317 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
Living in Los Angeles, a city with people from all different cultures and backgrounds, often proves itself to be equally as educational as sitting in a classroom—I mean, the best way to learn about Japanese culture is to spend a day in Japantown. Columbia is an embodiment of this—from the Core to its student population, it’s a school that values diversity. Intellectually, Columbia encourages—and requires—all students to explore various subjects. As someone hoping to pursue...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
303 Words
For applicants 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. (300 words or less)
“Go Brittany! Come on! Push it up the hill!” he yelled as I ran past him in my first race of my freshman cross country season. I didn’t even know who the man was, but he was shouting louder than my parents and sisters combined. I eventually learned that he was my coach’s best friend, a 68-year-old amputee named Irwin, who would soon become my biggest supporter in running. For Irwin, supporting athletes at high school cross country...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as a first year applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering and why you would like to study at Duke. (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.)
Most people see engineers as math fanatics, equipped with rulers and calculators, building foreign contraptions. Yet, I think engineers are those with the greatest ability to make a difference in society; they come up with solutions for our problems, and I want to be part of creating those solutions. I believe that Duke will best prepare me to accomplish that. For one, Duke’s experiential learning opportunities are unparalleled. I find Pratt’s emphasis on research especially appealing—I conduct...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
270 Words
Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. (250 word limit)
“You’re a Republican?!” “No. I’m a Libertarian.” It’s a conversation that happens constantly. I consider myself a Conservative—one of the only Conservatives I know under the age of forty living in Los Angeles and certainly one of very few within my school. To my classmates, I seem like some foreign creature; they don’t understand why I hold certain beliefs and often don’t even understand what my beliefs are. Despite occasional scrutiny, I’m proud...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
160 Words
What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film, book, TV show, album, poem, or play)? Why?
I’ve always loved all things related to The Wizard of Oz—I’ve read through all fourteen novels, seen the movie too many times to count, and even participated in an elementary production of The Wiz. Yet, it’s the musical Wicked, which tells the story of Elphaba and how she came to be known as “The Wicked Witch of the West,” for which I have the greatest appreciation. Beyond its flashy costumes and grandiose set design, Wicked is...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
156 Words
In the age of social media, what does engaging with integrity look like for you?
Today, social media is characterized by a certain falsity. That picture of your acquaintance on the beach could easily be Photoshopped. Even that story published by an established media source could misrepresent a situation to make certain people appear more attractive. In this era, where technology is right at our fingertips, social media should be used to share real people’s real experiences—not to make something seem more appealing than it actually is. That isn’t to say that...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
157 Words
Why have you chosen to apply to Lehigh University? (150 words)
In my eyes, success isn’t about a paycheck or the size of someone’s house—it’s about positively impacting the lives of others. And, what better way to achieve this definition of success than by becoming an engineer? Though Lehigh’s IDEAS, I’m certain that I will develop the skills necessary to not only become an engineer, but to become an engineer capable of making a difference in society. In this program, I can further my knowledge...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
316 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.
Sherlock Holmes—that’s who I like to compare myself to as I sit in math class, trying to uncover the answer to a mathematical mystery in the form of a complex differential equation or integral. Throughout high school, I’ve looked to further my skills as a mathematical detective, studying multivariable calculus and ordinary differential equations. But, I believe it’s at Northwestern where I will truly be able to advance my knowledge of this subject and its applications. ...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
305 Words
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
I’m not an incredibly talented guitarist. My fingers aren’t long enough to make the shapes of certain chords and I struggle to remember strum patterns. While this musical mediocrity has prevented me from mastering songs like “Stairway to Heaven” and “The Sound of Silence,” I look like a professional guitarist while playing my favorite song, “Dust in the Wind.” That isn’t to say that I didn’t struggle to learn the song initially, however. I spent months...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
289 Words
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
I have a very unique vocabulary — for a teenager, that is. I don’t use particularly big or uncommon words; rather, my list of most-used words consists of “darn,” “dang,” and “shoot.” I have nothing against swearing; I don’t look down upon my peers who drop the occasional f-bomb and I don’t gasp in class if a teacher mumbles a curse word. Yet, I haven’t sworn since fourth grade, when one of my peers challenged my entire...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
400 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150-400 words)
For much of elementary school and middle school, my summers were filled with water guns, capture the flag, Otter Pops, and arts and crafts. While many of my peers may have looked forward to a day of playing Call of Duty or World of Warcraft, I jumped out of bed, excited to head to my favorite camp, Sports Mania. There, I could run around for hours, play practically any sport, or sit in the shade and make a friendship bracelet....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
319 Words
Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.
As I sat in a clean, white room full of high school students on WashU’s own campus, my heart started pounding. I couldn’t help but feel overcome with emotion while I looked at its white-pink color, its crevices, and its protrusions. Sure, it was just a sheep’s brain — but to think that every one of some sheep’s thoughts, memories, and actions were dictated by the organ resting in the palm of my hand gave me a...

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General Admissions Advice

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
67 Words
I thought that stats were so important in the college application process, but that is just SO wrong. Frankly, they...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
136 Words
I used a private admissions counselor in the early years of high school to help me craft my high school schedule, but I decided that I found a counselor to be rather useless, so I asked my mom to stop...
What set me apart from other applicants
59 Words
I think being a female with a strong background in math made me stand out. I also tried...

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