B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Vermonter and musician interested in studying biochemistry and computer science.
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Hometown Essex Junction, Vermont
Class of2024
First Gen College StudentNo

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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Biochemistry and 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.
A sea of fuchsia-stained nuclei appeared in my field of vision. The neurons in the spider's brain were like pomegranate seeds, thousands squished into each of the brain's lobes. Layers upon layers, a beaded sculpture made from cells with neural connections twining them together. How many neurons could there be? And if such a small creature possessed so many neurons, what about humans? I tried to scale up my mental sculpture to match, but I failed to conjure up the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
121 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
Only at Yale would over 2,500 tickets to an orchestra concert sell out in mere minutes. The YSO Halloween Show captures why I love Yale. As a classical musician, I know how difficult it is to get my generation to come to any classical performance, but Yalies' enthusiasm for the Halloween Show demonstrates their supportiveness of their peers' work and the friendly nature of this enthusiastic community. The orchestra's coupling with a silent film brings together directors, actors, videographers, and musicians...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
252 Words
Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?
Louis Pasteur famously coined the phrase "Omne vivum ex vivo." All life is from life. At first, this idea makes perfect sense. Students everywhere learn that new cells are produced from older cells through mitosis in Introductory Biology. However, closer examination reveals a fundamental issue: life has not always existed. So how did life come to be? The answer lies within prebiotic chemistry. This topic was briefly mentioned during my biology class earlier this year. We talked about how Darwin's...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
250 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How has this engagement affected you?
Most people cherish their Sundays, holding on to the last free moments before the week ahead. That's not the case with me; every afternoon, I'm at the Elley-Long Music Center, surrounded by my colleagues from the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO). The majority of a young musician's time is spent alone, studying solo repertoire, but the VYO brings us together to create music as a community. Despite our different instruments, experiences, and goals, we all share one mission: to create complex...
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.
My primary academic interest, computational biology, stems from my desire to combine molecular biology and computer science. I have long wondered about the processes that make life tick—computational biology permits an understanding of life’s inner workings on a level impossible with conventional lab or field experiments, as computational methods enable predictive modeling of biological pathways and their complex interactions. Brown is one of a handful of schools that offers a Computational Biology concentration/major, where I could learn...
Supplemental Essay: Other
253 Words
At Brown, you will learn as much from your peers outside of the classroom as in academic spaces. How will you contribute to the Brown community?
At Brown, I hope to share music with the community around me. I’m excited to continue more formal pursuits by joining the Brown University Orchestra as well as be part of groups like BruNotes and Healing Through Harmony, where I can bring my music to audiences who may otherwise be unable to access classical music. I also wish to create a program similar to Classical Music Encounters with fellow musicians, fighting classical music’s elitist connotations through informal educational...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
258 Words
Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective?
My 23andMe test would yield a single-colored pie chart—100% Chinese. My parents’ ingrained culture shaped my childhood. My default language was Mandarin; I ate “long life noodles” every birthday; I attended Chinese school weekly. My values were inherited, like my black hair and almond eyes. As I’ve grown, however, my American life has fed me new values. These values from my cultural home in China and geographic home in Vermont have shaped my perspectives on each. I remember a...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
104 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?
Dartmouth fosters a culture of exploration unmatched elsewhere. Academically, the D-Plan and quarter system provide incredible flexibility, making experiential opportunities like studying abroad easily accessible. I hope to expand my global awareness and gain new perspectives by joining over half of Dartmouth’s student body in their pursuit of international study. Even outside the classroom, students demonstrate their inquisitiveness—the widespread participation in the Dartmouth Outing Club proves their desire to see the world with their own eyes. Dartmouth allows...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
301 Words
The Hawaiian word mo'olelo is often translated as "story" but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself.
My family tree is as boring as it gets. A 23andMe test would yield a single-colored pie chart—100% Chinese. Despite being part of the first generation raised outside of the mother country, my parent's deeply rooted Chinese culture shaped my childhood. My default language was Mandarin; we celebrated Chinese New Year and Mid- Autumn Festival with mooncakes; I attended Chinese school weekly. My values were inherited, just like my black hair and almond eyes. As I've grown older, I've reluctantly...
Supplemental Essay: Other
668 Words
The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission?
Out of stillness, whispering cellos and violas emerged, rising and falling, like hushed breaths. Then, a question, punctuated by three detached notes over an ominous clarinet drone. For a moment, the question remained unanswered before a single french horn’s solemn call pierced the silence, quickly decaying into nothingness. Then, it began anew, the lighter, upper winds echoing the opening melody of the lower strings. The members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO) performed the first few bars of Dvoř...
Supplemental Essay: Other
416 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.
Out of stillness, whispering cellos and violas emerged, rising and falling like hushed breaths. Then, a question, punctuated by three detached notes over the clarinet’s ominous drone. For a moment, the question remained unanswered before the solemn call of a single French horn pierced the silence. It then began anew, the upper winds rephrasing the opening melody. The members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra sang the opening bars of Dvo?ák’s Ninth Symphony as one. Synchronized bows weaved...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
145 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
Albert Einstein said it best: "I know that the most joy in life has come to me from my violin. Frankly, I can't imagine my life without my violin. My violin allows me to press pause on the stressful restlessness of life. Sometimes practicing isn't the most fun, I'll admit it. But sometimes it's exactly what I need: reflective time by myself, my emotions seeping out through the music. At the end of the day, I look forward to every...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
303 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
My upbringing was inherently Chinese. My default language was Mandarin, rice was eaten every day, and I attended Chinese school on Saturdays. My values were shaped by my family and the culture that permeated my home life. As I've grown, I've reluctantly strayed from my Chinese roots as I've adopted more and more American values. Nonetheless, I continue to feel a kinship with the Chinese community around me. In fact, the influence of American culture has given me a unique...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
548 Words
2. Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
With a uniquely interdisciplinary curriculum and plentiful experiential opportunities, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts will help me achieve my lifelong goal of exploring the world and learning as much about it as possible. Academically, the liberal arts curriculum of LSA means that I'm not confined to one field of study. Instead, I'm encouraged to dive into topics I've never encountered before. I look forward to taking courses like "Predicting the Future", where I can compare and contrast...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
502 Words
Why UVM?
I have been lucky enough to have lived in Vermont my entire life. There's something special about the state that I don't want to lose as I proceed into college. Fortunately, the university less than 20 minutes away from home exudes a spirit that matches what I love about my state while providing opportunities that satisfy my academic goals. To begin with, UVM allows me to explore the forested wilderness that makes Vermont so unique. The outdoors are among Vermont's greatest...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
279 Words
Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.
Louis Pasteur famously coined the phrase "Omne vivum ex vivo." All life is from life. At first, this idea seems to make perfect sense. Introductory Biology students typically learn that new cells are produced from older cells through mitosis. Yet, closer examination reveals a fundamental issue: life has not always existed. So, then, how did life come to be? One answer lies in prebiotic chemistry, which is just a small portion of the field of molecular biology that I wish...

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My advice about getting recommenders
82 Words
Don't be afraid to ask more than two (the amount many schools ask for)! I only asked two science teachers for recommendations, and very late...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Most of my summers were pretty busy. After my freshman and sophomore years, I did the Governor's Institute of Vermont as well as a summer music program, and...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I wish I had applied for some of the larger, national scholarships that some large companies offer. I immediately...

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