willa.doves
willa.doves,
William & Mary ‘23
B.A., History
I'm a history nerd and aspiring archaeologist with a slight cappuccino addiction from SoCal!
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16
Schools
9
Scores
4
Advice
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ECs
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Sports

Background

Hometown Newbury Park, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  • Clark University (Worcester, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

Applied for a B.A. in History

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.
Ask anybody about archaeology and they’ll immediately bring up Indiana Jones. Sure, he brought excitement and adventure into the mix, but he destroyed more artifacts than he recovered. As for me, archaeology isn’t a search for lost gold and treasure. Rather, archaeology is truly a background, an identity, an interest, and a talent. It was only a few days after Christmas, and my parents and I had driven from our former home in Massachusetts to a small town...
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Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
I use my creativity in the traditional artistic sense as well as within an academic context. One way in which I express my creativity is choir. I adore choral singing and the various pieces of music my choir performs. By singing texts from old Gregorian chants, I feel connected to the people of the past. I feel the deep emotion behind their music. I revel in the works of composers like Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Handel, amazed how their pieces still...
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Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
I used this past summer to challenge myself academically by taking advantage of several educational opportunities. First, I took a 'History of American Women' at Moorpark College to expand my limited knowledge about women's role in American history. I also attended the Pre-College Program in Early American History from the National Institute of American History and Democracy at the College of William and Mary. Here, I focused on American history from the founding of Jamestown to the American Revolution. I...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
History blossomed in me when I was ten, upon the discovery of an old book in my father's bookcase. It contained the tale of my family history and how we arrived in 18th century Virginia from Germany, changing Steinseifer to Stonecipher. My mother's Jewish side was shrouded in mystery, yet I quickly understood how easily people could be lost. Though my second great-grandmother emigrated long before the Holocaust, the Nazis succeeded in erasing her story by destroying the local synagogue...
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Personal Statement
280 Words
Family background, Issue of personal significance
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
I think my background and the lessons it has taught me are truly unique and different from other UC candidates. I grew up in a little suburb outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and lived there for ten years. There, the local wildlife sanctuary taught me of the beauty of nature and how our human actions impact the natural world around us. I learned that inner peace could only be found through both solitude and collaboration. Both of my parents grew up...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
226 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?
Boston University’s Archaeology major is unique in that it is separate from a specialization in anthropology. Additionally, the offer of a combined BA/MA is compelling, along with the plethora of research opportunities available in Boston. The Archaeology Seminar Series interests me in particular, as it covers a wide range of fascinating topics! In terms of study abroad programs, the Menorca Field School in Archaeological Heritage Management offers the opportunity to engage in fieldwork over the summer, which I...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
472 Words
Kilachand Honors College offers a challenging liberal arts education grounded in critical and creative thinking and interdisciplinary problem-solving. What do you think this approach means? Reflect on what has been missing in your education to date, giving at least one concrete example to support your response. How would Kilachand’s interdisciplinary curriculum fulfill your academic, creative, intellectual, and/or professional goals?
A liberal arts education takes into account the wide spectrum of human activity and creations through in-depth study of many different subjects. I believe that such an education is reliant upon the ability to find common themes within all disciplines and to make connections between them which depends on the abilities to think creatively and problem-solve. Though the IB diploma program has integrated globalism into my secondary education, I believe my education has, thus far, been too focused on the...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
122 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)
The choir music room is my own Library of Alexandria. Centuries of musical history lay at my fingertips, and I revel in Renaissance polyphony and word painting. I love the thrill of learning new music, the journey from messy sightreading to mastery. Every Winter Concert, my choir finishes with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” When I feel my own voice contribute to the waves of golden sound, all I can think about is grilled cheese. I think of the warmth and...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
256 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? (You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn, or any experiences beyond course work that may have broadened your interest.) (250 word limit)
History blossomed in me when I was ten, upon the discovery of an old book in my father’s bookcase. It contained the tale of my family history and how we arrived in 18th century Virginia from Germany, changing Steinseifer to Stonecipher. My mother’s Jewish side was shrouded in mystery, yet I quickly understood how easily people could be lost. Though my second great-grandmother emigrated long before the Holocaust, the Nazis succeeded in erasing her story by destroying the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
256 Words
What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community? (250 word limit)
At Brown, I wish to have my worldview broadened and my preconceptions challenged. I want to experience Brown’s celebration of the individual and the encouragement to ask hard questions about the human condition. More specifically, I’d like to pursue a double concentration in history and anthropology, or possibly a designed concentration in archaeology and artifact policy. I would also take advantage of the fieldwork opportunities offered by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, like the...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
254 Words
Tell us about the place, or places, you call home. These can be physical places where you have lived, or a community or group that is important to you. (250 word limit)
I grew up in a little suburb outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and lived there for ten years. My home was the local wildlife sanctuary, where I sat upon the dried pine needles, deep in thought. I explored my home through poetry, with odes to the unwavering majesty of the earth. I fervently pored over the works of Emily Dickinson and admired her for her quiet genius. Both of my parents grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I feel an inherent...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
223 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
The choir music room is my own Library of Alexandria. Centuries of musical history lay at my fingertips, and I revel in Renaissance polyphony and word painting. I sift through piles of lost music, everything from Dello Joio to Beethoven, and return each piece to its proper home. I love the thrill of learning new music, the journey from messy sightreading to mastery. Over these past four years, I’ve seen myself grow and develop as a musician. Before I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
289 Words
Clarkies take great pride in the warmth and authenticity of the Clark community and community life plays a central role in the Clark experience. For us a community is more than a place to live and learn. What does community mean to you and what do you hope to contribute to and derive from your college community over the next four years?
To me, community is warmth and support stemming from the people surrounding me. Overall, community is kinship and recognizing that while we come from different backgrounds and have a breadth of perspectives, we have something in common. I believe that community is built upon respect for one’s fellow man and the human spirit. In college, I hope to participate in many facets of the Clark community. Music has always been an important part of my life, and I want...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
97 Words
While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, delivered this memorable line: “It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!” As you seek admission to the Class of 2023, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest?
Academically, I’m drawn to the opportunity to design a Special Major in archaeology and artifact policy as well as the FSPs in Auckland and London. I’d also love to participate in the University of Copenhagen and Keble College, Oxford University, exchange programs. At the College, I’d join a traditional choir and an a capella group. I want to try new activities like rowing and ski racing as well. Moreover, Dartmouth is a truly unique combination of history...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
228 Words
The Hawaiian word mo’olelo is often translated as “story” but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself.
I am a fervent believer in the power of a name. I am Willa Beutler Stonecipher, and even those three words hold the mo’olelo of my family and its vivacious past. Just by looking at my name, a person would think my story is simply German, but they’re wrong. There is infinite power within a name. I’ve spent endless hours pondering my name, my background, and how it results in the person I am today and the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
142 Words
Your intellectual life may extend beyond the academic requirements of your particular school. Please use the space below to list additional intellectual activities that you have not mentioned or detailed elsewhere in your application. These could include, but are not limited to, supervised or self-directed projects not done as school work, training experiences, online courses not run by your school, or summer academic or research programs not described elsewhere.
I used this past summer to challenge myself academically by taking advantage of several educational opportunities. First, I took a ‘History of American Women’ course at Moorpark College to expand my limited knowledge about women’s roles in American history. I also attended the Pre-College Program in Early American History from the National Institute of American History and Democracy at the College of William and Mary. Here, I focused on American history, from the founding of Jamestown to the American...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
122 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
The choir music room is my own Library of Alexandria. Centuries of musical history lay at my fingertips, and I revel in Renaissance polyphony and word painting. I love the thrill of learning new music, the journey from messy sightreading to mastery. Every Winter Concert, my choir finishes with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” When I feel my own voice contribute to the waves of golden sound, all I can think about is grilled cheese. I think of the warmth and...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
122 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (50-150 words)
The choir music room is my own Library of Alexandria. Centuries of musical history lay at my fingertips, and I revel in Renaissance polyphony and word painting. I love the thrill of learning new music, the journey from messy sightreading to mastery. Every Winter Concert, my choir finishes with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” When I feel my own voice contribute to the waves of golden sound, all I can think about is grilled cheese. I think of the warmth and...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
47 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit)
Simply put, there is no empathy for one’s fellow man anymore. Politics and conflict dehumanize the opposing side and obscure compromise. Such is the case between different religious sects and political parties. If we acknowledge each other’s humanity, the world would be a better place.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
48 Words
How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit)
This past summer, I attended an early American history program at the College of William and Mary. I also took a class on the history of American women at a local community college. The year before, I traveled around Europe and took two summer classes to get ahead.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
50 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit)
If I had to choose just one, it would be to witness the rediscovery of the Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone truly was the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics, and by extension, ancient Egyptian culture, and I wonder if those who found it held any sense of its monumental importance.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
6 Words
What five words best describe you?
Vivacious, old soul, passionate, courageous, principled
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
52 Words
When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch? (50 word limit)
I’d read Jane Austen any day, especially Pride and Prejudice! In terms of television and movies, I enjoy reruns of The Office and gothic horror movies. I love listening to NPR, particularly “This American Life.” I delight in alt-rock music like Hozier. Recently, I’ve been getting into traditional fiddle music.
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
38 Words
Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. (50 word limit)
I’m looking forward to experiencing Archaeology Survey and Testing on Stanford Lands because I’ll be able to participate in the community’s understanding of what came before it while still fully immersing myself in my studies.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 word limit).
I’d use my extra hour to tend a small herb garden and apiary where my goat, whom I’d name Lucy, would wander about. I would use medieval knowledge of plants to recreate remedies used centuries ago. I’d also make goat milk soaps, scented with herbs from my garden.
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
239 Words
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning. (100 to 250 words)
I remember crying as I watched videos of the destruction of the Palmyra Archaeological Museum in Syria at the hands of the so-called Islamic State. So many priceless artifacts from a myriad of different cultures were desecrated. After a period of mourning, I was filled with burning curiosity. I thought about destruction of important historical art, artifacts, and sites. I contemplated the Taliban’s razing of the Bamiyan Buddhas, all the art lost in China’s Great Leap Forward, and...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
236 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – know you better. (100 to 250 words)
Dear Emily Smith, Hi! I’m Willa, your new roommate. I’m sorta from Massachusetts, sorta from California, and I like to think of myself as an honorary Nebraskan. Now I know what you’re thinking: you’ve struck the roommate jackpot! Before you collect your winnings, I come with some brief warnings: - This person may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm (Ugh Prop 65, I don’t drink...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
258 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why. (100 to 250 words)
I collect photos, the older the better. It always happens the same way— I stroll through an antique shop, scanning for items of interest until I find the photo section. I walk away from the photos, but I can’t get them out of my head, so I sheepishly walk back to the photo section, pick out my favorites, and purchase them. In Lincoln, Nebraska, I found a pair of Victorian-era photos of a young woman. One was of her...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
224 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150-400 words)
The choir music room is my own Library of Alexandria. Centuries of musical history lay at my fingertips, and I revel in Renaissance polyphony and word painting. I sift through piles of lost music, everything from Dello Joio to Beethoven, and return each piece to its proper home. I love the thrill of learning new music, the journey from messy sightreading to mastery. Over these past four years, I’ve seen myself grow and develop as a musician. Before I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
364 Words
How do you see yourself adding to the vibrant academic and campus community at Vassar? Limit 350 words.
I learned about Vassar College through my research on the Seven Sisters colleges. At the start of my college search, I wasn’t sure what I wanted in a school, and I was drawn to the empowerment found within women’s colleges. Along the road, however, I figured out that a coeducational school would be the best environment for me. I was captivated by Vassar’s historic mission to support women’s higher education while welcoming people of all gender...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
1636 Words
As an applicant to the Joint Degree Programme you are required to submit an additional 1500 – 2000 word essay outlining your interest in the particular academic area to which you are applying – Classical Studies, Economics, English, Film Studies, History, or International Relations; and what particularly interests you about the JDP in your chosen major. Be as specific as you can. Demonstrating that you are familiar with the JDP website—its policies and curriculum—will be helpful to your application, as will examples of your ability to take on a particularly challenging, as well as rewarding, e
History blossomed in me when I was ten, upon the discovery of an old book in my father’s bookcase. It contained the tale of my family history and how we arrived in 18th century Virginia from Germany, changing Steinseifer to Stonecipher. My mother’s Jewish side was shrouded in mystery, yet I quickly understood how easily people could be lost. Though my second great-grandmother emigrated long before the Holocaust, the Nazis succeeded in erasing her story by destroying the...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
284 Words
Beyond your impressive academic credentials and extracurricular accomplishments, what else makes you unique and colorful? We know nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less, but you can provide us with some suggestion of the type of person you are. Anything goes! Inspire us, impress us, or just make us laugh. Think of this optional opportunity as show and tell by proxy and with an attitude.
I’m drawn to the concept of iconoclasm and how it manifests in a modern context, like with the razing of Palmyra, Syria, and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas, as well as ancient art destroyed in China’s Cultural Revolution and ‘degenerate’ art obliterated by the Nazis. It’s truly fascinating how contemporary examples connect to the infamous Byzantine iconoclasm, many sharing theological roots condemning idolatry. Iconoclasms are sometimes the result of strict religious fundamentalism, yet always are an...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
312 Words
2. Each Sunday night, in a tradition called Storytime, students, faculty and staff gather to hear a fellow community member relate a brief story from their life (and to munch on the storyteller’s favorite homemade cookies). What story would you share? What lessons have you drawn from that story, and how would those lessons inform your time at Williams?
It was a hot June afternoon, unexpected after a morning of thick fog. As it was late in the day, the mail carrier soon arrived. I went out to grab the mail and on my way back inside, I noticed a winged insect on the pavement. Stooping down, I saw it was a bee flipped on its back. My heart pounded. I spent much of my childhood outdoors at my local wildlife preserve in Massachusetts, surrounded by stinging beasties. I...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
6 Words
Students at Yale have plenty of time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably?
Archaeological Studies, History, History of Art
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
97 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you? (up to approximately 100 words).
History blossomed in me at a young age. I want to unveil the lives of those who have faded away with time or who have been purposefully eliminated. History provides a skeleton, a backbone, and archaeology fleshes out the rest of the narrative. This summer, I participated in an archaeological dig at Fairfield Plantation in Virginia. I excavated large pieces of stoneware from the 18th century, my hands becoming its first touch in three hundred years. I realized then that...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
125 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)
Yale’s history and strength within archaeology and the Archaeological Studies major really intrigue me, along with the University’s close relationship with UNSAAC in Peru. The department’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, with talks like ‘Art and Antiquities in Times of War and Shock’, speak to my longing to learn more about different lenses of viewing the past. I also would take advantage of the opportunity to double major in History, with a geographic specialization of Europe, along with...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
24 Words
1. What inspires you?
I’m inspired by seemingly mundane objects of the past. I see beauty within the lives that touched an amphora or a worn coin.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
33 Words
2. Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask?
I’d like to discuss the mainstream perception of the past with Lin Manuel-Miranda. I would ask him how he thinks Hamilton has impacted young people of color and their engagement with history.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
5 Words
3. You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?
Brick-a-Brac: Architectural History Through LEGOs
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
37 Words
4. Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What do you hope to add to your suitemates' experience? What do you hope they will add to yours?
I’ll always be there for my suitemates as a giver of advice and a confidant. In turn, I hope that they’ll always be up for discussing the meaning of life and getting a midnight snack!
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
255 Words
1. Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?
Topic #1 I’m drawn to the concept of iconoclasm and how it manifests in a modern context, like with the razing of Palmyra, Syria, and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas, as well as ancient art destroyed in China’s Cultural Revolution. It’s truly fascinating how contemporary examples connect to the infamous Byzantine iconoclasm, many sharing theological roots condemning idolatry. Iconoclasms are partly the result of strict religious fundamentalism as well as an expression of power. Groups like the...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
227 Words
3. Yale students, faculty, and alumni engage issues of local, national, and international importance. Discuss an issue that is significant to you and how your college experience might help you address it.
Topic #3 The rise of the new alt-right within American politics and culture is particularly concerning to me. I see the alt-right movement as a reaction against the changing demographics of America and how the political institution of white, wealthy, Protestant men is losing its power within the government. Though I did not lose family in the Holocaust, as a Jewish woman, I feel like I share the memory of violence and oppression. When I watched the news covering the Charlottesville...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
63 Words
Try to get recommenders who know you well and can attest to your intellectual strength and your spirit within...
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My insights about the IB (International Baccalaureate) program
65 Words
I love the IB program! I believe that the IB Diploma Program provides a more global perspective than AP while...
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Post-college plans
68 Words
I hope to use my undergraduate education to establish a good foundation in archaeology. After I graduate, I'll use the...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
159 Words
In order to fit advanced choral ensembles into my schedule, I had to take PE and pre-calculus over the summer. During junior year I didn't have to take a math class at all, which allowed me to take some pressure off of myself in the most important year...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.56
(equivalent to 3.87 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesChoir, Athletics Organization, Tutoring/Mentoring, Academic
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