B.A., Economics
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Class of2023
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  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

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?
Tchaikovsky filled the sweaty room of barres and mirrored walls as I plunged into battement fondu. Not to be confused with the sweet sensations of chocolate fondue, this ballet exercise requires killer calf strength and mental stamina. I became consumed by the visuals in the mirror, eyes watering as I questioned if my relevé was high enough, knee straight enough, plié deep enough. Those tears didn’t actually fall until weeks later, with no Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to accompany...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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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.
End Facetime. Total time: 2 hours and 7 minutes. Such experiences are the epitome of the small higher-math community at my school. We’ve grown up together from Algebra II freshman year to Calculus III senior year. Students who perhaps would’ve never been friends suddenly found themselves growing close through the findings of Newton and Leibniz. The eagerness of these students to stay up for hours on Facetime just to help out with that one problem makes me smile. Yet, the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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In French, there is no difference between “conscience” and “consciousness.” In Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks you get at restaurants. The German word “fremdschämen” encapsulates the feeling you get when you’re embarrassed on behalf of someone else. All of these require explanation in order to properly communicate their meaning, and are, to varying degrees, untranslatable. Choose a word, tell us what it means, and then explain why it cannot (or should not) be translated from its original language.
—Inspired by Emily Driscoll, Class of 2018
If “small minds discuss people”, as Eleanor Roosevelt claimed, the English language sure isn’t supporting those “small-minded” thoughts we all, like it or not, do have. Growing up speaking Brazilian Portuguese, I always grow frustrated in English-speaking situations in wanting to describe somebody with that word too complex to translate into English, be it perua or sapeca. People-watching fanatics would get along great with the Brazilian Portuguese language, as it has many adjectives and nouns geared towards describing people. ...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
150 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?
When I work with children, be it babysitting or volunteering, I am in a position to be a mentor but often find myself learning more from these children than they learn from me. Carter, my favorite special needs child at Friendship Circle, is obsessed with Roman numerals. His excitement for each number converted to a numeral inspires me to be curious, no matter how irrelevant the topic may seem. Dante, a fireball of energy I regularly babysit, brings his all...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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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.
"Belinha, venha jantar!” was the highlight of my childhood day, being my Brazilian mother calling me down for dinner. Yet, an ordinary day of kindergarten turned that very phrase into a source of anxiety. I was peacefully munching on a typical Brazilian meal of rice, beans, and steak at lunch when a classmate glared down at me and exclaimed, "That looks yucky!” I outwardly giggled, but her silly words have carried with me. With my mother’s cuisine already dissed,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
536 Words
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?
I never expected the room I associate with Scantrons and textbooks to suddenly become a space for a dance performance. That day of AP US History, I performed a historical piece analyzing the life and legacy of Zumbi, an Afro-Brazilian hero of colonial Brazil. I intertwined speech with movement bringing a historical narrative to life. I felt empowered by creating a connection between my dance and academics for the first time, bringing two very separate worlds of my life together...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Ross Business Portfolio: Choose a current event or issue in your community and discuss the business implications. Propose a solution that incorporates business principles or practices. The review panel will look for creativity, drawing connections, and originality.
For the past year, I have been volunteering at Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization providing assistance to special needs individuals principally through a one-on-one buddy system. Meeting the parents of my various buddies, I have viewed how grateful they are to have a safe space to send their children to. However, through speaking with the mother of a girl I helped teach to ride a bike, I learned that although parents can find outlets for reliable care outside of the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Ross Business Portfolio: Upload a document or artifact that represents something significant about your life to show your learning in action. Describe how your artifact demonstrates your learning in action.
This solo, symbolizing an Indian snake charmer, was an exciting diversion away from the classical, Russian-based training I have received since six years old. As this style merging Indian culture, ballet, and contemporary was foreign to me, I found plentiful online inspiration to aid with employing my technique into displaying the focused, yearning emotion of trying to win over a snake. I drew inspiration from ballet stars Zakharova, Obraztsova, and Vishneva in their interpretation of Nikiya’s death, a solo...

School Specific Advice

How I would rate the diversity of the student body
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The diversity in terms of ethnicity, nationality, and race is truly amazing at the University of Chicago. After just two quarters of my first year, I have close friends from all over the world... be...

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General Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
119 Words
My best advice with scholarships is to apply to local, niche scholarships, if you can find any that apply to you. These scholarships typically don't award you as much money, but they are easier to actually...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
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With the Common App especially, I was so overwhelmed with what to write about because you can basically write about anything. My advice, although cliche, is to really go with your gut and tell the...
What I’d change about my application process
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Don't apply to a ton of Top 20 schools just for the satisfaction of getting into an elite school. If you genuinely don't see yourself going there, whether it's because of the location, costs, or the school culture, don't waste...

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