roaree123
roaree123,
Columbia ‘24
B.S., Neuroscience
Hello, I'm a neuroscience major at Columbia hoping to attend medical school in the future!
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21
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5
Advice
8
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Sports

Background

Hometown Indianapolis, Indiana
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
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  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroscience

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. (650 word limit) I explore every avenue of my life as an outlet for creative potential. Deriving extraordinary beauty from ordinary moments gives me immense satisfaction; my secret artistry takes me to fantastical places, where the world is my canvas. But ingenuity without application is like strumming an imaginary guitar. It takes...
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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.
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced. In the summer of 2019, I arrived on the campus as a curious and ambitious high school student. Armed with an exciting opportunity as an intern, I took a particular interest in a project creating uniquely gene-edited strains of C. elegans. In the following weeks, I sought to generate a new mutant strain for neuron-specific gene expression. However, I would...
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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.
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom. Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark...
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Personal Statement
364 Words
Volunteer/public interest work
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place? The elementary school classroom buzzes with vibrant energy as students each grab a pencil, two dice, and a piece of paper at the weekly math tutoring session. A young boy named [redacted] enthusiastically asks, "Which game are we gonna play today?" I gently smile as I introduce the class to my newest game, Countdown. "You will each start at 1000, roll two dice for a two-digit number,...
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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?
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admission to the University of California? While working full-time and caring for a family, my mom made countless sacrifices in her pursuit of a law degree. As a child, I constantly felt her absence and longed for “law school” to stop keeping her away from me. However, as I grew older, my mom began to describe to me...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
106 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it.
“Gotcha! Pokémon has been caught.” Balancing my phone in one hand and steering my bike with the other, I feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins as I recall the weeks of planning it took to pinpoint the location of this phenomenon. As my fellow Team Instinct trainers catch up, we share our euphoria and exchange intense stories about catching the legendary Rayquaza. I love playing Pokémon Go: not just for recreation or exercise, but for the close...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
99 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why?
My first dissection involved one disfigured fetal pig, a messy spread of skin and organs, and a middle schooler fascinated by the intricacy of pig anatomy. Since then, I’ve been irresistibly drawn to scientific exploration. Course 5-7 appeals to me for the distinct emphasis on undergraduate research and interdisciplinary education. Understanding the intersection between biology and chemistry can help me better understand the enigma of the human body. Whether I pursue a UROP in IMES or potentially publish my...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
252 Words
At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc.
The elementary school classroom buzzes with vibrant energy as each student grabs a pencil, two dice, and a piece of paper at the weekly math tutoring session. A young boy named [redacted] enthusiastically asks, “Which game are we gonna play today?” I gently smile as I introduce the class to my newest game, Countdown. “You will each start at 1000, roll two dice for a two-digit number, subtract it from your total, and repeat the process. The first to reach zero...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
253 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations?
My first glimpse of medicine was strolling through the neighborhood, gathering dandelions from sidewalk cracks and grassy fields. I silently followed my grandpa’s instructions: grab the stem of the weed, pull it out of the soil, and place it in the bag. Later those nights, I watched in awe as he chopped up dried dandelion roots and formulated a healing concoction. Inspired, I tried to follow in his footsteps, eventually perfecting my own original recipe of dandelion root soup....
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Supplemental Essay: Other
257 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?
I arrived on campus as a curious and ambitious high school student. Armed with an exciting summer opportunity as a intern, I delved into the realm of C. elegans neurobiology. Astounded by the enormous research potential in such a minuscule microorganism, I worked on a project to generate a new mutant strain for neuron-specific gene expression. One month later, I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. I expected a neat array of bands corresponding to mutant DNA length, but all I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
256 Words
Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
258 Words
At Brown, you will learn as much from your peers outside the classroom as in academic spaces. How will you contribute to the Brown community?
“Gotcha! Pokémon has been caught.” Balancing my phone in one hand and steering my bike with the other, I feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins as I recall the weeks of planning it took to pinpoint the location of this phenomenon. As my fellow Team Instinct trainers catch up, we share our euphoria and exchange intense stories about catching the legendary Rayquaza. I love playing Pokémon Go: not just for recreation or exercise, but for the close...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
256 Words
Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective?
“Seven Eight Nine Ten-nis!” My teammates and I grunt together as we stretch and warm up under the blazing sun. Performing our signature team chant, we erupt with a mighty screech, ready to soar into victory. With my arms hung around the shoulders of two fellow teammates, I am overcome with a fierce sense of camaraderie that characterizes the tennis team. “Six-All, Match Point,” I mutter under my breath as my doubles partner readies himself at the net. We’re...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
134 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.*
After working with my mentor to learn various molecular biology techniques, I took a particular interest in a research project focused on designing a unique gene-edited strain of C. elegans for neuron-specific expression. Delving into the nuances of worm neurobiology, I was astounded by the enormous research potential in such a minuscule microorganism. Throughout my project, each challenge I faced invigorated me to think differently and collaborate with others in the lab. Frequenting the hallways in search of alternate perspectives,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
105 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 2024, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest?
Each year, my family explores a new national park. In fifth grade, I roamed the Badlands, eagerly scouting for hidden fossils and misshapen rocks as a junior park ranger. In high school, I climbed the slippery slopes of the Smokies and dangled my legs over the Grand Canyon’s steep ridges, perpetually searching for my next adventure. In college, I’m excited to hike the Appalachian Scenic Trail with the DOC, take a Trip with my fellow first-years, and wander...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
300 Words
“I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
147 Words
What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?
My first dissection involved one disfigured fetal pig, a messy spread of skin and organs, and a middle schooler fascinated by the intricacy of pig anatomy. The University of Notre Dame thus appeals to me for its distinct emphasis on undergraduate research. I’m excited to continue fostering my passion for scientific inquiry; in particular, I’m intrigued by the Lu Lab’s focus on identifying novel therapeutic targets for cancer immunotherapy. I see myself mapping out DNA sequences and...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
194 Words
The founder of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was only 28 when he established the University with the vision that it would become a "powerful means of doing good." We have always known that young people can be catalysts for change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?
Volunteer Math Tutoring Club provides me with the opportunity to lead my peers in community outreach and extend my passion for supporting youth education to others. By directing a tight-knit group of tutors and training new members on teaching strategies, I can pass on the torch of mentorship that this organization has ignited. Through teaching group lessons and designing new games, I strive to present local students with learning opportunities they may not receive elsewhere. It brings a smile to...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
167 Words
If you were to bring a new friend to your hometown and give them a personal tour, what is a meaningful place you would show them?
“Seven Eight Nine Ten-nis!” The entire team grunts together as we stretch under the blazing sun. Performing our signature chant, my teammates and I erupt with a mighty screech, ready to soar into victory. With my arms hung around the shoulders of two fellow teammates, I feel overwhelmed with a fierce sense of camaraderie that characterizes my tennis team. From cheering on teammates under the dazzling court lights to celebrating euphoric victories with post-match ice cream, I’ve formed many...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
652 Words
College of Arts and Sciences: Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into multifaceted academic interests, embodying in 21st century terms Ezra Cornell’s “any person…any study” founding vision. Tell us about the area of study you are excited to explore, and specifically why you wish to pursue them in our College.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
161 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.
Some intellectual pursuits I wasn’t able to put on my application: - I research and debate global topics ranging from cryptocurrency to space exploration as a delegate in Model United Nations. - I participated in the [redacted] Program, actively working alongside medical researchers at the [redacted] Cancer Research Institute. - I enjoy reading short stories and novels of all genres; my favorites are Flowers for Algernon, The Martian, and Animal Farm. - I attended the 22nd International C. elegans...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
503 Words
Harvard has long recognized the importance of student body diversity of all kinds. We welcome you to write about distinctive aspects of your background, personal development or the intellectual interests you might bring to your Harvard classmates.
It’s almost midnight. Sitting on my bed with a book in my hands, I stare out the window into a storm of battering sheets of rain and haunting booms of thunder. With no cars in sight, I tuck myself into bed and close my eyes. Suddenly, the sound of the garage door creaking open jolts me awake at two in the morning. Mom’s finally home. While working full-time and caring for a family, my mom made countless sacrifices...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
503 Words
Tell us about a person who influenced you.
It’s almost midnight. Sitting on my bed with a book in my hands, I stare out the window into a storm of battering sheets of rain and haunting booms of thunder. With no cars in sight, I tuck myself into bed and close my eyes. Suddenly, the sound of the garage door creaking open jolts me awake at two in the morning. Mom’s finally home. While working full-time and caring for a family, my mom made countless sacrifices...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
158 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held.
In the summer before junior year, I experienced true independence for seven weeks. Living in an apartment next to University’s campus, I biked to and from the Lab, experimenting with nanoparticles. Stumbling through failed experiments and roadblocks, I learned that research takes both ingenuity and patience. Before the start of school, I visited Spain with my family, indulging in Madrid’s savory paella and learning the rich history of Seville’s awe-inspiring cathedrals. Last summer, I explored the nuances...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
275 Words
Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more in the program/area of study that you indicated. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on drug development and metabolic mechanisms. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
305 Words
Other parts of your application give us a sense of 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.





Taking my first steps into Elder, I arrived on the Northwestern campus as a nervous yet excited middle-schooler. Armed with a fantastic summer opportunity in the Center for Talent Development Spectrum program, I immersed myself in the academic and social atmosphere of a college campus. I eagerly leaped into the wonders of Intro to Biomedicine, seeking to understand more about the enigma of the human body. Outside of class, I perfected my ping pong techniques in the Norris Game Room...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
349 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
The elementary school classroom buzzes with vibrant energy as students each grab a pencil, two dice, and a piece of paper. A young boy named [redacted] enthusiastically asks, "Which game are we gonna play today?" I gently smile as I introduce the class to my newest creation, Countdown. "You will each start at 1000, roll two dice for a two-digit number, subtract it from your total, and repeat the process. The first to reach zero wins! Ready, set, go!" I say....
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
239 Words
If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as a first-year applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering AND why you would like to study at Duke.
The faint whirs of the spectrometers serve as background noise as I slowly spread a lotion-like solution across a clear glass slide. Inspecting the slide for perfect nanoparticle consistency, I smile at my creation, knowing it has the potential to introduce a new feature to the sunscreen industry: skin-cooling! As I explored the applications of nanoparticle research, I realized that engineering facilitated my obsession to design, build, and innovate to improve the world around me. The Pratt School of Engineering...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
249 Words
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 experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to 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.
I explore every avenue of my life as an outlet for creative potential. Deriving extraordinary beauty from ordinary moments gives me immense satisfaction; my secret artistry takes me to fantastical places, where the world is my canvas. A familiar scent of peppercorn and soy sauce washes over me as I stride into the kitchen. It’s Thanksgiving Day, which means food, family, and fun! Combining a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an extensive array of mouthwatering Chinese dishes, my family hosts...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
402 Words
Write a brief essay (300-400 words) in which you respond to the following question. 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.





I arrived on campus as a curious and ambitious high-schooler and delved into the realm of C. elegans neurobiology. Astounded by the enormous research potential in such a minuscule microorganism, I worked with other scientists on a project to generate a new mutant strain for neuron-specific gene expression. Our end goal was to encourage others in the scientific community to adopt [redacted], a system of crossing strains of C. elegans to efficiently manipulate gene expression. After learning basic lab techniques...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
35 Words
In 150 words or fewer, please list a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.




Inclusive; Encouraging scientific inquiry; Innovative; Passionate students that aren’t afraid to voice their beliefs; Engaging; Supportive but intellectually stimulating faculty; Collaborative; Small classes that champion debate and discussion; Eclectic; Infinite avenues for self-exploration
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
305 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.
My first dissection involved one disfigured fetal pig, a messy spread of skin and organs, and a middle schooler fascinated by the intricacy of pig anatomy. Since then, I’ve been irresistibly drawn to scientific exploration. Last summer, I delved into the nuances of C. elegans neurobiology. As I explored the enormous potential in such a minuscule microorganism, I found that research combined both collaboration and creativity to advance human knowledge. Columbia thus appeals to me for its distinct emphasis...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
225 Words
Please list the following (150 words or fewer for each question):




- the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year;




- the titles of books read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year;




- the titles of print or electronic publications you read regularly;




- and the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past year.




Please list the following (150 words or fewer for each question): the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year; The Awakening by Kate Chopin; Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; How to Tame a Wild Tongue by Gloria Anzaldua; Hamlet by William Shakespeare; The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucher; The Lottery by...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
301 Words
If you are applying to Columbia College, tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
150 Words
Share about something you want to bring from your community to the Emory University community.
The elementary school classroom buzzes with vibrant energy as I, along with other volunteer math tutors, dash from student to student, helping each kid understand the irksome concept of borrowing. I am invigorated by the smiles of kids as they learn something new, their bright eyes exuding a growing curiosity. It is a rewarding experience to provide kids with an educational opportunity they may not receive elsewhere. On Friday afternoons, [redacted] Elementary School is my home. At Emory, I intend...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
150 Words
Which book, character, song, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) represents you, and why?
Behind the eccentric characters and frivolous plots of sitcoms, there often lies insightful commentary on personality development. In “Friends,” Chandler Bing’s identity as an empathetic ambivert is shielded by witty remarks and sarcastic jokes. Like Chandler, I am not defined by a single label: introvert or extrovert, jock or nerd, confident or insecure. I am a blend of all facets of my personality, adapting to the situation by bringing out traits that best exemplify me. As a senior on...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
451 Words
How did you discover your intellectual and academic interests, and how will you explore them at the University of Pennsylvania? Please respond considering the specific undergraduate school you have selected.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
197 Words
At Penn, learning and growth happen outside of the classroom, too. How will you explore the community at Penn? Consider how this community will help shape your perspective and identity, and how your identity and perspective will help shape this community. (150-200 words)




Penn hosts a culture of inclusion and camaraderie that greatly appeals to me. Outside the classroom, I can celebrate my cultural identity with the Penn Lions and join dumpling-folding parties with the Chinese Students Association. By sharing my love for games of all sorts, I’m excited to create timeless memories in organizations like BGS Tennis and the Penn League of Legends club. Whether it be through grabbing a Philly cheesesteak with my suitemates or throwing toast onto Franklin Field,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
560 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for frequent science-related talks during long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I was always curious about my dad's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug development. The light exposure gained from these impromptu road lectures ignited a scientific spark inside me, inspiring me to learn more on my own. As I progressed through my high school science classes, one particular subject...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
607 Words
If there’s a limited amount of matter in the universe, how can Olive Garden (along with other restaurants and their concepts of food infinity) offer truly unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks? Explain this using any method of analysis you wish—physics, biology, economics, history, theology… the options, as you can tell, are endless.




The most fascinating phenomena often lie in the abstract. Throughout hundreds of billions of years of human history, no one has been able to point to the real-life version of infinity. Maybe, Olive Garden has finally achieved the impossible. Its famous “infinite breadsticks, soup, and salad” special has made its name across America, and the concept of “truly infinite” breadsticks has puzzled millions. Is it just a marketing scheme? Or is there something deeper, something mysterious, maybe even something dangerous? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
111 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? Why do these areas appeal to you?
1. Biology (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry) 2. Chemistry 3. Neuroscience My first dissection involved a disfigured fetal pig, a messy spread of skin and organs, and a middle schooler intrigued by pig anatomy. Since then, I have been irresistibly drawn to human biology and new medical advances. Whether I am in or out of the classroom, I seek to learn more about neurogenesis, organic reactions, and anything related to the study of life. The enigma of the human body has always baffled me, and...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
125 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
When I first visited campus, the collaborative, close-knit communities in each residential college piqued my interest. These microcosms of the university will broaden my horizons by placing me in the midst of peers and faculty from diverse backgrounds. With the flexibility of shopping for courses through a liberal arts education, I can reinforce my love for interdisciplinary collaboration by seamlessly exploring my varied interests from molecular biology to Greek philosophy. Yale's extensive network of research opportunities captures my curiosity as...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
211 Words
Short Takes:
What inspires you? - As a volunteer coach for Special Olympics Tennis, I am inspired by each athlete’s ceaseless optimism to create a more inclusive world, celebrating the different abilities of all human beings. 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 questions would you ask? - Immanuel Kant! How did your religious background influence your perspective on humanity...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
254 Words
Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?
Growing up with both of my parents working in the pharmaceutical industry, I was the audience for many spontaneous science-related talks on long car rides. Although most were far beyond my grasp, I always endeavored to learn about my father's work on metabolic mechanisms and drug discovery. Today, I can trace my insatiable thirst for scientific knowledge to these impromptu road trip lectures. In my high school chemistry class, a brief lesson on organic chemistry unearthed a fascinating area of...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
249 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How has this engagement affected you?
The elementary school classroom buzzes with vibrant energy as students each grab a pencil, two dice, and a piece of paper at the weekly math tutoring session. A young boy named [redacted] enthusiastically asks, "Which game are we gonna play today?" I gently smile as I introduce the class to my newest game, Countdown. "You will each start at 1000, roll two dice for a two-digit number, subtract it from your total, and repeat the process. The first to reach zero...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
253 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
The elementary school classroom buzzes with vibrant energy as students each grab a pencil, two dice, and a piece of paper at the weekly math tutoring session. A young boy named [redacted] enthusiastically asks, “Which game are we gonna play today?” I gently smile as I introduce the class to my newest game, Countdown. “You will each start at 1000, roll two dice for a two-digit number, subtract it from your total, and repeat the process. The first to reach zero...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
99 Words
How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom?
I have always had a passion for exploring the unknown, and the myriad of undergraduate research opportunities is what attracts me towards Purdue. I can further my education with an interdisciplinary approach, combining my interests in the biological sciences and engineering. Student-led organizations such as Purdue MIND and MEDLIFE allow me to apply ingenuity and problem-solving skills to modern clinical problems in the surrounding community. Purdue’s Honors College also hosts an academic culture that suits my learning style perfectly...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
101 Words
Briefly discuss your reasons for pursuing the major you have selected.
On a brisk Halloween night in 2018, my grandma suffered from a stroke, originating from her brain arteriovenous malformation. The gravity of the situation rapidly changed from the joviality of sorting candy to the solemness of a medical emergency. It was during my grandma’s recovery that I realized my natural passion for helping others facing similar medical challenges through science. A degree in biomedical engineering would present me the opportunity to combine the fascinating world of biology with the ingenuity...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
309 Words
Explain your vision, ideas, or goals for how you hope to shape your honors experience while at Purdue. Please put this in the context of the four pillars which are the foundation of the Honors College.
Purdue’s Honors College provides a multifaceted approach to the “hard skills” acquired through interdisciplinary academics and the “soft skills” of collaboration and problem-solving. I plan on shaping my honors experience through multiple aspects, all revolving around the four primary tenets that comprise the mission of the Honors College. The unconventional nature of HONR courses is what attracts me most to the Honors College. I hope to plunge into a diverse set of academic interests to encourage a well-rounded approach...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
280 Words
Your Evolution of Ideas course will cover a topic of which you may have no prior knowledge and will contain 25 students who vary in background, interests, and ideals. What excites you about this scenario and the interdisciplinary aspect of the course?
Photography is an art, an application, and a tool, all in one. Taught in high schools as an optional elective class, photography is an unconventional education topic, capable of being examined at a multitude of angles. Students with little to no prior experience will instantly associate photography with an application pertaining to their own educational background. So, what happens when it’s taught to a diverse group of 25 students? Well, a student concentrating in chemical sciences might explain to the...
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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
98 Words
My advice for choosing essay topics would be to take a couple hours to brainstorm a list of things that are important to you and anything you feel represents...
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My advice about getting recommenders
80 Words
When choosing recommenders, please choose teachers that really know you PAST the grades and academic sense. Of course, all that matters, but if a...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
73 Words
I know this is what everyone says, but there really is a reason. Start your essays early, especially if you are applying...
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My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
72 Words
Before applying, I thought taking as many AP classes as possible and getting 5s on every single one was absolutely necessary to...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
94 Words
Unless your parents are willing to fully finance your education, then the real admission decision is your financial aid package. This is where applying to as many external...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.73
(equivalent to 3.99 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
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ACT Prep
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1550
 
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