B.S., Mathematics
Extroverted math nerd?
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Hometown Braintree, Massachusetts
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • University of Colorado - Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Amherst, MA)
  • Colorado State University  (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Mathematics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Infinity, Truth be told, we’ve been acquainted for a disappointingly finite amount of time. That being said, I thought it due time to let you know of your notable impact on me. I couldn’t tell you how we met each other - perhaps you were hiding in an old, weighty book I wasn’t supposed to be reading, or a nearby conversation I wasn’t supposed to be hearing - but as a clueless yet curious child, you...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community?
I try to keep my options open. Although I doubtlessly stay true to my obligations, on the rare occasions that I end up with an open schedule, I’m proud that I’m not afraid to just wing it. Without such an attitude, I never would have located a great forested area to do homework at on warm days; I never would have found that chill bagel place a couple of towns away; and I never would have had those...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
258 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections.
In geography, the theory of intervening opportunities states that the number of migrants to a location is proportional to the number of opportunities there. This is why I want to go to USC - the opportunity. The logical systems behind mathematics, computer science, and physics feel not only inseparable from each other, but also from the universe itself - as if, even if life weren’t around to discover them, they’d still be out there somewhere. I've only just...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
Please tell us why you want to attend UMass Amherst?
I want to attend UMass Amherst because of the opportunity. I know that I would be the perfect type of proactive student to take advantage of not only the excellent undergraduate education that my coworkers and family vouch for, but also the large community of students, professors, and faculty for me to interact with. I'm sure that I'll explore some topics or clubs that I don't even know about yet, but I can assure you now that undergraduate mathematics research...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
151 Words
If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you?
In geography, the theory of intervening opportunities states that the number of migrants to a location is proportional to the number of opportunities there. This is why I want to go to Duke - the opportunity. Of course, this desire encompasses the opportunity of the excellent education and engaging community at Duke in general; specifically, however, I would love to witness a Public Lecture Unveiling Math (PLUM) in person. Mathematics is a subject close to my heart. As someone who...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
302 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.
n geography, the theory of intervening opportunities states that the number of migrants to a location is proportional to the number of opportunities there. This is why I want to go to Columbia - the opportunity. I want the opportunity to receive an excellent education. Columbia's Core Curriculum certainly enables this; I know that as a prospective STEM major, at many other institutions I would have to go out of my way to take courses in art, music, or writing....
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
678 Words
Reflect on your unique background and tell us about a time when you had to relate to someone whose life experience was very different from your own. How did you approach the difference? If put in a similar situation again today, would you respond differently? If so, how?
Though my motivation is inherent, my influences certainly aren’t. I’ve been proudly raised in a dual household. When my parents separated more than a decade ago, I couldn’t imagine the impact that their decision would have on me (and not only because I was three years old at the time). Living as a child of divorced parents has, in all honesty, been easier than I expected. After all, I have two bedrooms, two Christmases each year, and...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
263 Words
What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?
I co-founded KMGS. The name “KMGS” doesn’t stand for anything. When five of my closest friends and I bought a domain name at the outset of our little collective, we decided shorter was better - try for something small but memorable. Thus, was born: the platform of a group that existed for its own entertainment. From the start, KMGS was its own home. Like many good ideas, KMGS was conceived out of boredom in my friend David...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
104 Words
Please tell us why you chose the Majors you did?
YouTube lent me a love of math. Stumbling across the channel "3Blue1Brown" led me to seek out intuitive understandings of complex concepts. Thanks to Google, I investigated. Since then, I haven’t stopped. The logic behind mathematics feels inseparable from the universe itself - as if, even if life weren’t around to discover it, it’d still be intrinsically out there somewhere. I, despite the hours of my life spent reading symbol-heavy Wolfram MathWorld pages, am still at...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.
My ideal college community is a self-sustaining ecosystem of motivated people. It acts, not only upon itself in search of perpetual-self improvement, but also seeks to create positive change in the world around it. My ideal college community evaluates the challenges that it faces everyday before cracking its knuckles and getting the job done, together. It engages in a form of fulfilling camaraderie while doing so, respecting the fact that, while never easy, we all must do what we must...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
48 Words
Email your admissions counselor a while before applications are due! Shoutout to Hope Amaral;...

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
56 Words
Starting at the end of junior year, I had a note on my phone, and whenever I...
My advice about getting recommenders
65 Words
Get the recommenders that others aren't thinking of. One of my two recommenders was a teacher who, for some reason,...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
244 Words
This is gonna sound stupid. I know that. But you just have to come to terms with the fact that NONE of it matters. Not just the college application process. NOTHING. Just have fun with it. Study? Don't study? Prepare carefully? Wing it? Who cares? You probably think I'm joking, but I'm not. I'm extremely glad that I took this approach. If you put too much emotional stock into this process...

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