unwakudu21
unwakudu21,
Yale ‘23
B.S., Molecular Biology
An inquisitive girl who is always pushing herself to achieve the near impossible.
Features Included
11
Essays
11
Schools
18
Scores
8
Advice
4
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Darien, Illinois
GenderFemale
EthnicityBlack / African American
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
  • University of Illinois - Chicago  (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
To say that my family loves books would be an understatement. My father, a Nigerian immigrant and self-proclaimed Renaissance man, was a being of great words and even greater ideas. From his college years in Lagos to his 50s in America, he had gathered a reservoir of newspaper articles, school gossip columns, books about patriots, books about self-proclaimed gods, and books about superheroes. His days were spent either in front of the computer, or exploring the world for inspiration. He...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
305 Words
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.
As a little kid, I was expected to get good grades, go to a nice college, and become a rich doctor. I was one of those kids who only wanted to do medicine because my parents said to. However, that changed in 2011. My 5th grade year, I saw my health deteriorate right before my eyes. It started with chest pains, then weakness, until finally I collapsed at my school. At the hospital, I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I went through...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
253 Words
What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community?
I open the computer. Upon typing in the URL, I find myself on a website as familiar to me as the back of my hand: Gaia Online. Smiling to myself, I hover over the Register button and, after thinking of the endless possibilities in my hands, I click on it. Since my childhood, I’ve always adored games with character creation. From virtual worlds like Runescape and Sims, to games like Mortal Kombat Armageddon and DC Universe Online where my...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
306 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.
My dad taught me three things. First, any meal that wasn’t Nigerian in nature or bought from a fast food chain never counts as “food” (sorry instant ramen). Second, if an adult wished to watch TV, whether it be the news or the most recent boxing match, there is no negotiation. Third, and perhaps most important, that every moment of my life was at worst a challenge and at best a learning opportunity. Though I never understood the first...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
422 Words
Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience.
“20 seconds!” My dad’s eyes were glued to the time on the screen. My sister Sarah chimed in. “That starts with an S, I know it!” “Something road trip!” I screamed. The three of us racked our brains for some sort of answer. My other sister Urenna peered in and, after thinking she said, “Surprise road trip?” A silence passed until realization hit us. “Yes!” We glanced at the time. 10 seconds. Pandemonium ensued as my dad sped on the keyboard,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
253 Words
Why are you interested in UCF?
When I was 11 years old, my family travelled to Disney World. Although the vacation itself was frustrating due to my parents inability to plan an itinerary, I found myself falling in love. Not with Mickey Mouse, if that is what you are thinking (he has a girlfriend!) No, I was in love with Florida. Before then, I knew nothing about the state. I imagined the state to be an island paradise where the sun always shines, hurricanes appear 24/7, and people...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
498 Words
How will your engagement with the Honors College foster your academic, personal, and professional growth?
My dad taught me three things. First, any meal that wasn’t Nigerian in nature or bought from a fast food chain did not count as “food” (sorry instant ramen). Second, if an adult wished to watch TV, whether it be the news or the most recent boxing match, there was no chance at negotiation. Third, and perhaps most important, that every moment of my life was at worst a challenge and at best a learning opportunity. I never really...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
257 Words
Discuss your reasons for pursuing the academic program selected above (biochemistry).
When my sophomore English class read Frankenstein, there were generally two responses. First, that there were a billion things more interesting than some melodramatic creature yapping at its creator. The second, a bitter compromise where the 256 pages were read only to answer class questions, leading to students forgetting the plot right after. I was none of the above, though I too wasn’t immune to the memory loss. While the plot didn’t matter to me, what did were the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
103 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you? (Molecular biology)
I stare at myself in the mirror. I notice my rectangular build, my misshapen rib cage, and fingers long enough to make Slender-Man jealous. In the mirror, I examine every aspect of my body’s external sculpt. But at the same time, I focus on the smaller details. When I see scabs, I imagine macrophages eating away at bacteria. When I see my hair, I imagine the division of stratum basale cells. When I see my dark skin, I imagine...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
103 Words
Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?
I stare at myself in the mirror. I notice my rectangular build, my misshapen rib cage, and fingers long enough to make Slender-Man jealous. In the mirror, I examine every aspect of my body’s external sculpt. But at the same time, I focus on the smaller details. When I see scabs, I imagine macrophages eating away at bacteria. When I see my hair, I imagine the division of stratum basale cells. When I see my dark skin, I imagine...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
259 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
In Igbo, “Ugonna” means “pride of my father”. While only six letters, my name is an important part of who I am, and although it has spent most of its time mispronounced and the butt of relentless jokes, my name is the cornerstone of my willpower and a reminder of the most innate part of my identity: A proud Nigerian. Growing up, I loved everything about my heritage. Food that could light stomachs on fire. Music that could make anyone...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
64 Words
Stay calm! I know how stressful it can be to talk with someone who can determine your college decision,...
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How I chose schools to apply to
79 Words
Don't even think about prestige when you're coming up with your college list. Think about the colleges that actually fit what you're looking for,...
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Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
57 Words
I was initially deferred from Harvard Early Action. If you are deferred, I'd recommend sending in a...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
69 Words
Do your research! The websites of these colleges are full of campus events, research outbreaks, and other details that you can...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
73 Words
Don't be afraid to be yourself on these applications. During the daunting process that is applying to college, it's easy to think...
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My advice about getting recommenders
59 Words
Think about teachers who have made a big impact on your life. In fact, before your senior year,...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
74 Words
The only thing I can say is to believe in yourself. Corny, I know. But it's easy to doubt yourself and your...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
56 Words
First, pick the topics that you like the most. And then, brainstorm a whole list of ideas...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.88
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
33
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1460
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details20 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTrack & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Math Team, Improv club/team, Dance
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Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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