B.A., International Relations
Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania
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Hometown Bethesda, Japan
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

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.
"Is that you?" My eyes widened as Baba paused on a page in her photo album. "Yes, believe it or not," she said with a smile. My grandmother left the room, giving me more time with the photograph. She was dressed in a resplendent kimono embroidered with yellow chrysanthemums and cascading wisterias. Her face was delicately powdered like a winter’s first snow. A golden fan was nestled in her hand. My grandmother came back with the fan and kimono...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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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)
For the past two years, I served as a mediator for the KIZUNA Project, an initiative that invited young women from Israel and Palestine to Japan to foster dialogue that would disarm prejudice and stereotype. I remember the program being especially challenging. During our program, Israel had conducted a military operation in Gaza in response to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas members. The conflict lasted for fifty days and resulted in the deaths of numerous Israelis and...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
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The late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president from 1953 to 1987, served as a trusted adviser to U.S. presidents and popes. A champion for human rights, Fr. Hesburgh was one of the architects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Reflect on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, or the problems still being faced today.
“Just imagine: you come home. A floral apron. A face like Rie Miyazawa’s. Dinner ready on the table. Now that’s what I call an ideal wife.” The male students in my history class cackled, high-fiving each other. The female students responded with silence. I looked to my teacher for some form of support, but he stood there with only a grin on his face. For young, ambitious Japanese women like myself, the gender inequality in society limits our...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
291 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.
For the past two years, I served as a mediator for the “KIZUNA Project,” a program that invited young women from Israel and Palestine to Japan to foster dialogue and collaboration that would disarm prejudice and stereotype. I feel proud to have played a role in softening hostility and nurturing cross-cultural relationships in the lives of these young women. To continue my passion for resolving international conflicts through common understanding and goal-setting, I seek to strengthen my analytical and interdisciplinary...

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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
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I thought that to be a successful candidate, I had to be involved in every club, have high grades in every class, and have a perfect SAT score. Although I was involved in some clubs that I was passionate about and had...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I obviously didn't have stellar grades and SAT scores, but what made me unique was...
How I made up for low grades in high school
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Since I grew up in the States but moved to Japan for high school, I struggled to bring my...

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Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
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ActivitiesChoir, Model Congress / Model UN, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Multicultural / International Club
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