BrownBear23
BrownBear23,
Brown ‘23
B.A., Undecided
Artist, Writer, wannabe-philosopher
Features Included
6
Essays
3
Schools
11
Scores
8
Advice
5
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Houston, Texas
GenderFemale
EthnicityBlack / African American
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Undecided

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.
A single flame flickers through the air. One becomes two, three, four as they multiply, their subtle cast against our near-identical faces. Wax melts over the edges, its atoms released from their restrictions just as ours have barely begun. We gasp for air, our lips twitching in formation. A final shallow inhale of anticipation. Release. From the moment I was born, I have lead a life of twos. Everything my twin and I owned had a fraternal counterpart just as...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
262 Words
What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community? (250 words)
Upon addressing the Naked Donut Run, the upperclassman shrugs: “..just another manifestation of the naked culture at Brown,” In Literature, nudity represents birth; the foundation to an evolution. Classes like “Crime, Mafias, and Prison” alongside the Petey Greene Program offer me a similar metamorphosis. By allowing me the unique opportunity to both analyze the justice system and relate to those hidden beneath it, I will transform from a relatively sheltered to a socially-conscious student, and gain the foundation necessary to...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
565 Words
"Why Michigan?" (500 words)
To the thinker, the parent-pleaser, the girl-that-is-afraid-to-mess-up, the 8th grader, You think you’re worried about completing your first self-portrait, but you’re really just worried about yourself. When Dad asks you for the thirtieth time whether you’re sure you don’t want to be a doctor, and your heart sinks into your stomach when you’re asked about your future major, you find yourself confronted with a dilemma. You’ve seen the headlines, the documentaries, the cruelty of...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
255 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? (You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn, or any experiences beyond coursework that may have broadened your interest.)? (250 words)
When you walk past my bedroom door, you will hear voices. Low. Shrill. Robotic. Feminine. Fervent. Lighthearted. Emotional. From their vibrant stories to their shaky confessions and humorous retellings of their most embarrassing moments, they teach me everything from the practical (“How to Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul”), to the philosophical (“What is Our Relation to Reality?”). The outrageous (“How To Successfully Stalk Your Crush”) to the dangerous (“The Best and Worst Psychedelic Drugs”). Podcasts have become an intimate...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
296 Words
Academics – Do you believe your academic record (transcript information and test scores) provide an accurate representation of you as a student? Why or why not?
I did it because I had no choice but to prove to myself that I could. Because the words “really, really smart” kept ringing through my ears, and this was the only way to make it stop. Ambition? Defiance? Envy? It became difficult to see what fueled the fire, but their combination set me ablaze. Two summers of quality time with Geometry and Pre-Calculus textbooks eventually made me one of two sophomores taking AP BC Calculus, a class usually taken...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
273 Words
Career Plans – If you could have any career, what would it be? Why? Describe any activities you are involved in, life experiences you’ve had, or even classes you’ve taken that have helped you identify this professional path.
It has been over two hundred years since our founding fathers inked the famous phrase into the Constitution: “All Men are created equal” They are the words that spurred a hundred revolutions and will fuel one hundred more. It is the phrase that whistles in the wind as bullets penetrate bodies of the innocent. They echo against stark prison walls as an inmate toils away at his labor like a slave, and he remembers them as he is released into...
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School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
140 Words
If I found myself getting bored while writing an essay, I started over with a new idea or format. For “Why UMich” this method was particularly stressful because I had 500 words to write and no ideas that excited me. The day before...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
212 Words
Brown was the only school I interviewed with and it went better than I could have ever hoped. All of the topics (books, TED talks, podcasts, interests) I could have ever wanted to mention in an interview arose naturally in the conversation! I had a lot in common with my interviewer, a young woman educating low-income youth. As someone who wants to go into...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
82 Words
A lot of the people that apply to Brown kind of want to go for the same reasons (OC Curriculum, artsy/diverse, etc.) so the...
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How to increase chances at my school
169 Words
The genuine intellectual interest I've been blabbing about? Yeah, they all loooove that. It's the reason Brown has an Open Course Curriculum. It's why more and more colleges are loosening up their pre-reqs. Develop yourself outside of who you are as a student. I have seen straight high-A students get rejected...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
273 Words
During the app process, I heard a lot of ppl in my AP classes saying things like “What book should I say I like?” or “What should I say I like learning in my free time?” to fill out their apps. It was sad because all they knew was how to get straight A’s and high SATs, and never took the time to develop their intellectual interests or personalities. My genuine intellectual interests showed in my essays and my interview....
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How I made up for low grades in high school
176 Words
My grades were by no means bad, but I did get a few Bs, and in my hyper-competitive high school, I was constantly being reminded of the fact when I saw my classmates stress over getting their first. Anytime I got a B it made me feel like I made a mistake...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
191 Words
The first common app essay you draft will not be the one you use. Start thinking at the beginning of summer, have a finished common app (and hopefully supplement ideas) by the end. Thinking about a common app topic was stressful but I find that the best essays weave more than one topic into one unifying essay....
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
136 Words
PSA to all NON-STEM students stumped on what to do over the summer: I was in your shoes and stressing because every affordable summer activity was STEM-based. Apply to TASP (jrs) and TASS (sophs) during winter break. I got into...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.90
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1540
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details7 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesArt, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, After School Program Coordinator, Library Volunteer, Book Buddies
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Experience & Awards

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