mrhenry
mrhenry,
Harvard ‘24
B.A., Social Sciences
I'm a musician interested in using public policy, public service, and the arts to educate others.
Features Included
21
Essays
14
Schools
15
Scores
4
Advice
11
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Essex Junction, Vermont
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Social Sciences

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.
In a stuffy elementary school cafeteria in rural Vermont, horsehair scraped against steel and tungsten. Kids sat on floor mats or swayed to the heavy, hypnotic beat. I could not hear myself playing the cello over the uproar of the drums; nevertheless, a smile crept across my face. As I shredded away, I lost myself in the tones and harmonies. I felt on the edge, walking a tightrope of creation. My band, SoundCheck, was performing songs about social justice issues...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
130 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
Low Strung, a rock and pop cello ensemble, epitomizes why I am applying to Yale. As a cellist and lover of the instrument, I want to join an ensemble that showcases the cello’s versatility beyond classical music. Low Strung is a community of witty, fun-loving musicians who describe themselves as “orchestra dropouts” and who know how to take advantage of the many unconventional opportunities Yale has to offer. By arranging classic rock and pop tunes for a dozen moody...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
671 Words
Princeton: Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.
Harvard: An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you
It was the first week of middle school, and I thought too highly of myself. I was going to be the sixth-grade hotshot in a class that eighth-graders feared: Algebra Seminar. It was an accelerated course intended for only the brightest eighth-graders, and I was eager to prove myself. The stakes were high. Adding to the legend of the class was the teacher, Mr. Laush. I had heard many things about him: that he was an All-American college wrestler and...
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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?
I am drawn to Dartmouth’s Social Impact Practicum classes, which are representative of Dartmouth’s commitment to public service. By taking these project-based experiential courses that help meet local needs through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, I hope to learn how to integrate service into my academic interests in education and public policy. I am also drawn to becoming a Learning Fellow because I could help my peers succeed academically and support Dartmouth’s dedication to constantly improving their educational...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
299 Words
In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it?
Thanks to an incredible orchestra program and music teacher, Mr. Valyou, I started playing cello in fourth grade and fell in love with its somber, emotive tones. Yet, when I got to middle school, I realized that not all students were so fortunate—based on where students lived and what schools they attended, the quality of education could vary greatly, leaving out opportunities to learn an instrument, a foreign language, or even computer skills. This pointed to a larger problem...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
827 Words
Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore?
It is late March—the first “nice” day in many months—and while other students are playing Ultimate Frisbee on the main quad, I am curled up in my UChicago dorm doing homework. But this is not an ordinary assignment—today is one of those days when homework involves playing Mario Kart, not just studying it. I race a track with a few different vehicles, intentionally crashing into walls. I notice that karts have greater recoil and deceleration than bikes,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
863 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.
As I walked by an eclectic mixture of Gothic and modern architecture into the main quad of the University of Chicago, the atmosphere felt excited, buzzing—even in the early morning—as students held spirited conversations about Plato, the political destabilization of the Middle East, and multiverse theory. On my student-led tour, I met the most engaging tour guides who told entertaining yet relatable stories about appreciating having a common book to talk about with nearly every student on campus...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
148 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
I started Classical Music Encounters (CME), a library concert series that introduces classical music through performance and commentary, to bring arts education to diverse audiences throughout my home state of Vermont. With my twin brother, I prepare our program with pedagogical aims in mind and practice our solo and chamber repertoire for piano, cello, and violin. During the concert, we teach listeners about the historical context of the pieces and share their relevance for audiences today. One concert-goer told me...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
247 Words
Please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore.
I am applying to Swarthmore because its many resources and opportunities would help me use data and mathematical modeling to analyze social issues and develop appropriate policy solutions. I value math for its precision, objectivity, and modeling power, but I know it cannot reveal the full scope and nature of complex issues like racism, global inequality, and migration. At Swarthmore, I hope to complement math courses like “Modeling” and “Statistical Methods” with sociology courses like “Urban Crime and Punishment” and...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
304 Words
Every first-year student at Williams lives in an Entry—a thoughtfully constructed microcosm of the student community that’s a defining part of the Williams experience. From the moment they arrive, students find themselves in what’s likely the most diverse collection of backgrounds, perspectives and interests they’ve ever encountered. What might differentiate you from the other first-year students in an entry? What perspective(s) would you add to the conversation with your peers?
I am fascinated by origami on an intellectual level because it is an exercise in both linear and abstract thinking. When I fold a crane or a water bomb, there is a distinct set of steps to follow to achieve the same result each time. Yet, being art, origami is also an exercise in creating my own shapes and forms. The interaction between creation and limitations helps me understand how one reinforces the other: I can only create new shapes...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
433 Words
A time traveler gives you a remote with two buttons: pause and rewind. Which would you prefer to use on your own life and why?
The agent hands me a narrow box with three buttons on it. One is gilded with two vertical bars and the other is gilded with two leftward-pointing, overlapping triangles. “I’ve selected you as the recipient of this controller,” he whispers. “You may use either the pause or rewind button on your life, but you may only ever use one of the two. Good luck.” With that, he walks away. I stand there, bewildered. Conventional wisdom tells me to be...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
152 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.
Last summer, I shadowed an organic chemistry graduate student at the University of Vermont (UVM) for a week. I helped her develop new organic reactions to synthesize complex molecules, learning about nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chemistry techniques in the process. I also attended a UVM workshop on organic optoelectronics, or flexible electronics made from small molecules or polymers. I learned how to make organic LEDs and solar cells and explored current research on organic lasers. This fall, I organized...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
205 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.
I started Classical Music Encounters (CME), a library concert series that introduces classical music through performance and commentary, to bring arts education to diverse audiences throughout my home state of Vermont. With my twin brother, I prepare our program with pedagogical aims in mind and practice our solo and chamber repertoire for piano, cello, and violin. During the concert, we teach listeners about the historical context of the pieces and share their relevance for audiences today. I also create promotional...
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Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
254 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held.
During the past two summers, I attended Governor’s Institutes of Vermont in Mathematical Sciences, Current Issues and Youth Activism, and Astronomy. I learned about the applications of math to areas such as robotics, politics, and evolutionary biology, studied the formation and progression of social movements, and conducted research on binary stars. I also attended a Biomedical Science and Human Disease course at the University of Vermont (UVM) to learn more about research careers in medicine and pathology. Last summer,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
92 Words
Why do these academic areas (Applied Math and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration) appeal to you?
I am interested in using mathematical modeling to analyze social issues and arrive at policy solutions. I value applied math for its precision and objectivity, yet because it cannot reveal the full scope of complex social issues, I hope to complement this interest with the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration major’s discussion-based classes and emphasis on studying the historical conditions that gave rise to today’s global issues. I want to understand how racism and colonialism have shaped our world,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
249 Words
Yale: Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?
Stanford: The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, is one of my favorite pastimes. The simple act of folding is, mathematically, a wondrous thing. A crease transforms two dimensions into three. The number of basic folds is low, but from them, a world of shapes and forms emerges out of a 15 by 15 centimeter piece of paper. Folding can be used to accomplish mathematical feats that are impossible with just a compass and straightedge, like “doubling the cube” or trisecting an angle....
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
251 Words
Yale students, faculty, and alumni engage issues of local, national, and international importance. Discuss an issue that is significant to you and how your college experience could help you address it.
Thanks to an incredible orchestra program and music teacher, Mr. Valyou, I started playing cello in fourth grade and fell in love with its somber, emotive tones. Yet, when I got to middle school, I realized not all students were so fortunate—based on where students lived and what schools they attended, the quality of education could vary greatly, leaving out opportunities to learn an instrument, a foreign language, or even computer skills. This pointed to a larger problem I...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
252 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 academic interests are applied math and public policy, two seemingly contrasting fields that perfectly dovetail in my mind. I have been passionate about math from a young age—I love the feeling of solving logical puzzles and finding answers—but as I have matured, I have realized that life’s challenges do not always have elegant solutions. When I entered high school, I became interested in solving the world’s many inequalities, and I now want to use math...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
251 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?
I hope to contribute to the Brown community by sharing my love for music, education, and community service. Last fall, I organized a concert of classical works written during times of war and political tension to demonstrate that music can bring people together. I performed pieces like Viktor Ullmann’s sixth Piano Sonata, which was composed in a concentration camp during World War Two. I would love to organize similar events with the Brown Chamber Music Performance. I also hope...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
247 Words
Brown: Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective?
Stanford: Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
Not many people can call their entire home state a community, but I can because of Vermont’s small population and size, and its distinct personality. Something that epitomizes our tight-knit nature is Front Porch Forum (FPF), an online network, found in every town in Vermont, that allows people and businesses to share events, buy and sell items, find lost pets, and comment on the state of their town. Through FPF, I have promoted and attended Teen Science Cafés,...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
262 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – get to know you better.
Hi! I’m very excited to spend this year with you. Here are some things about me: I’m an INFJ in the Myers-Briggs universe, which stands for Introverted, iNtuition, Feeling, Judging. This means I focus on finding patterns in the “big picture” and value social harmony. This is supposedly the rarest personality type, and I am lucky to share it with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.! I find that it describes me well as...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
39 Words
Write the optional, open-ended essay! Your chances of getting in almost certainly...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
69 Words
Start researching schools, brainstorming, and writing essays early! Ideally, you should have a list of schools you want to apply to...
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My advice about getting recommenders
47 Words
Ask for recommendation letters early (at the beginning of senior year or even at...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
68 Words
Try to continue seeking out intellectual and academic experiences during the summer. They don't have to be prestigious research experiences,...
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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 SAT
1570
 
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SAT Prep
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details14 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSoccer, Track & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesMusic: Instrumental, Social Justice, Community Cleanup / Service, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Math Team, Community Cleanup / Service, Academic, Theater/Drama, Other Club/Activity, Student Council / Government, Church
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Experience & Awards

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