brandonxie76
brandonxie76,
Duke ‘22
B.S., Biology
I am a Chinese male. Don't give up, folks.
Features Included
3
Essays
18
Schools
21
Scores
7
Advice
7
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Jericho, New York
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Stony Brook University - SUNY (Stony Brook, NY)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
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Duke University (Durham, NC)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
“Kiss me,” I say as I weave through my elementary school hallway, noticing the questioning glances I receive from my kindergarten classmates. “Brandon, why are you asking people to kiss you?” my teacher questions. Everyone stares at me as I try to comprehend her question. “I...I don’t know,” I manage to answer. Giggles slip out from my peers. My face immediately reddens. “Mrs. Schiffer, I think Brandon may have meant ‘Excuse me’.” Turning around, I spot my saving...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
152 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? (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.)
As someone who loves hiking and the outdoors, I was utterly taken aback by Duke Gardens. The rolling hills, the ponds teeming with koi, the lake housing a blue heron were all fitting contrasts to the bright and sleek buildings on Duke’s campus. Duke University’s seamless combination of academics and nature makes it the dream setting to pursue my passion for biology. With over 500 biology research faculty members, I could explore countless biology topics and build meaningful connections...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
230 Words
(Optional) 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 experience you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, 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)
My days, for over 15 years, have always started with a quick 10-minute Buddhist prayer, a tradition I follow even if I have slept less than my targeted seven hours the night before. It gives me an opportunity to clear my head in the morning and feel at peace, which directly translates to higher efficiency and greater positivity throughout the rest of the day. The ideals of tranquility and harmony intended by this morning Buddhist prayer allow me to be more...
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School Specific Advice

How I would rate the alumni network at my school
55 Words
The alumni network at Duke is amazing and truly there for you. I found my most recent...
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What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
31 Words
There really is a club/niche/group for everyone....
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My schedule on a typical weekday
91 Words
I always make sure to have a hearty breakfast before class to fuel up for the day. My mornings consist of 1-2 classes depending on the day....
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
42 Words
As with any standardized test, practice does make perfect. Borrow as many books...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
42 Words
High school is much more structured than college. I spent my first semester...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
47 Words
I highly recommend doing some activity that will make you stand out. For me,...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
55 Words
All of the essay topics can probably produce a story from you. However, you have to narrow...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.99
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1580
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details14 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSoccer

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesTutoring/Mentoring, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Science/Math, Math Team, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team, Student Council / Government
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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