Yale ‘21
B.S., Molecular Biology
Floridian, Frequent Public Library Visitor, Owner of Too Many Unread Books, Three Toddlers in a Lab Coat Doing Science
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Hometown Winter Park, Florida
EthnicityHispanic, White Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
689 Words
Creative personal story, Story central to identity
It’s not every day that you find a picture of a dead man in the woods. The day was pretty ordinary otherwise: incredibly humid and incredibly hot (par for the course in mid-July Florida.) I’d gone out biking with two of my friends. We set out around 2 p.m. and launched a three-teenager Tour-de-Suburban-Florida that took us to Ward Park, a strange mix of playground equipment, signs with aerobics tips for senior citizens, and clumps of scrubby bushes...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
101 Words
You had me at ‘immense semi-subterranean gothic library.’ I’ve always had a soft spot for libraries, especially those that seem equally imposing and full of interesting places to read. Though the Sterling does boast a number of fascinating corbels, the opportunities to create real solutions to problems, whether at the Roosevelt Institute or in biological research labs, are perhaps even more captivating. On top of it all, one prospect stands at the forefront of my mind: learning from and...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
114 Words
Sociology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; History Why do these areas appeal to you? “Can I see that?” I can remember staring aghast at my 5 year old classmate as they snatched a toy from my hand. Why did they think ‘see’ meant ‘have’? Why didn’t I? As I got older I kept questioning why everyone didn’t just see from the same perspective, but the answer is pretty tough to come by. When you try to untangle the vast...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
528 Words
- The curriculum #53 Two of the greatest tragedies I’ve endured during high school have been: 1) The scheduling gymnastics that led to me somehow unable to take a chemistry, government, or economics class in four years; 2) When my biology teacher informed me that, while we would do several virtual labs, we would only complete around three physical labs this year. Though I enjoy the academic program to which I’ve dedicated two years of my life, it can be pretty...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
252 Words
Nowadays, I find myself rather hemmed in. For all the freedom high school is supposed to bring, my school’s International Baccalaureate course structure has swept me into a current of requirements that forced me to pass up classes such as chemistry, economics, and art history. In my search for choices after graduation, I found Boston University. Where else can I learn through protective suits about a critical species (Beekeepers Club), join the fight for reproductive rights (Reproductive Health and...

School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
135 Words
For me, the ultimate deciding factor was the opportunities at Yale. At this point in time, I'm planning on concentrating on the 'developmental' part of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and considering the two schools I was deciding between, Yale was...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
45 Words
I wish I'd known not to compare myself too harshly against other applicants -...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
46 Words
Find something to do over the summer. I took part in a science program...
What I’d change about my application process
89 Words
I wish I had stressed a bit less. I gave myself one or two weeks to work on each application (depending on the length and number of...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.96 unweighted)
Top 5%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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