andrew_xu
andrew_xu,
Brown ‘24
B.S., Biology
Brown PLME (Program in Liberal Medical Education) Student Studying Biology
Features Included
7
Essays
22
Schools
17
Scores
7
Advice
7
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Belmont, Massachusetts
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Amherst, MA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University  (Richmond, VA)
  • Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

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?
"Left!" Five hundred legs from five rows of cadets hit the ground with a resounding thud in response to the drill sergeant. "Right!" The morning air is crisp. A slight drizzle blends in with the beads of sweat dripping down my face. "Left!" A dribble of liquid reaches my lips-not the cold neutral flavor of rain, but a distinct warm metallic taste. Blood. It gushes out as my heart rate increases, making me look like a guest of the Red...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
255 Words
Brown's Open Curriculum
In addition to taking advanced science courses, I see myself using the Open Curriculum to explore other topics in medicine. I am particularly interested in the American healthcare system because it is systematically flawed, with issues ranging from overpriced drugs to rural healthcare disparities. I want to change this. But first, I have to understand the myriad of economic, social, political and health factors behind these issues. Thanks to the Open Curriculum, I can create my own Independent Concentration: The...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
151 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
Research is a process where long periods of calm are punctuated by brief excitement (Wow, I made my first western blot!) and panic (Did I break the centrifuge?!). One day in the lab at Tufts, I had a "eureka" moment that became a research project I had the opportunity to lead. However, I discovered that planning and executing my own project is much more difficult than assisting others, as the burden of responsibility and success depended on me. Unfortunately, it...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
260 Words
How will you contribute to the Brown community?

While visiting my friend Helen for a day at Brown, I ended up learning about the Brown community even while waiting for breakfast. In line behind me-and just as eager for a breakfast burrito-was Charles, a Political Science concentrator who, like me, also happened to read policy papers for fun. As we inched along the line that stretched across Andrews Commons, we talked about everything ranging from healthcare to gun control policy. I encouraged him to check out Model UN;...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
262 Words
Committing to a future career as a physician while in high school requires careful consideration and self-reflection. What values and experiences have led you to believe that becoming a doctor in medicine is the right fit for you? (250 words)
When I entered the room with Dr. Caughey, I caught a glimmer of hope in Jane’s eyes that disappeared quickly as she saw the oncologist’s face. “I’m sorry, you have cancer.” The room fell into a heavy silence while she processed the five words that permanently changed her life. As she regained her composure, Dr. Caughey explained her treatment options in a frank, yet gentle manner. He also advised her of obstacles she would face, including the...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
252 Words
Most people describe a career as a physician/doctor as a "profession", beyond a job. Describe for us what "professionalism" and "the profession of a physician/doctor" mean to you. (250 words)

John taught me what the profession of a physician means. As a new volunteer who was uncomfortable entering the in-patient wards, I was grateful when the former detective welcomed me into his room, happy to bond with me over football as he waited for heart surgery. At the end of our conversation, he gave me a recently drawn portrait of Tom Brady. “A good luck charm,” he declared. As my very first “patient”, John showed me how at the most...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
414 Words
How do you envision the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) helping you to meet your academic personal and professional goals as a person and as a physician of the future? (500 words)
In my future career as a physician, I hope to combine my passion for both science and the liberal arts to treat both the patient and the disease. PLME will allow me to prepare for my career in the medical field through a foundation in science enhanced by the chance to explore other topics and to take intellectual risks. To help my patients, I believe that it is important to first be a physician who can communicate empathetically. With the...
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School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Happy, self-driven,...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
31 Words
Start early! The Common App opens in August and...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
20 Words
Didn't use any, but r/A...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
49 Words
Try to explore your passions and try new activities during the summer. In general,...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
21 Words
I chose to write about activities...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
35 Words
Apply for a ton of merit scholarships! National ones with...
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My advice about getting recommenders
31 Words
Choose teachers that you have good relationships and have...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1570
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details11 classes and scores

Sports

SportsRugby

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesResearch, Research, Research, Student Council / Government, Model Congress / Model UN, Music: Instrumental, Hospital Volunteer

Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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