sophialin
sophialin,
JHU ‘24
B.S., Environmental Engineering
Unhooked international student from Canada accepted to the T10s!
Features Included
7
Essays
7
Schools
3
Scores
6
Advice
8
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Calgary, Canada
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
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Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Applied for a B.S. in Environmental Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
Resilience. A buzzword thrown around by guidance counsellors, self-help gurus, and college applicants alike, many people liken it to a sort of inborn talent found only in the likes of the highly successful. I beg to differ. Growing up in the oil capital of Canada, I was surrounded by an "economy before environment" mentality, where carbon taxes were unashamedly repealed in favour of fossil fuel development. Road trips through the Rockies meant seeing mountainsides littered with the remains of trees,...
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Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
Inhibit gibberellin biosynthesis? Manipulate soil water potential? "Could I even make that work?" I asked aloud. I furiously erased, then started pacing again. Some called it creating, others called it innovating, I called it the unscientific method. It was how my science fair projects came to be. At the time, I'd gathered my notes, intending to conceive a solution to the imminent, yet still unsolved issue of wildfires. Lined papers congested with writing were scattered across my desk, with some...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Growing up in the oil capital of Canada, I was surrounded by an "economy before environment" mentality, where carbon taxes were unashamedly repealed in favour of fossil fuel development. I knew it wasn't right that the planet sustaining our very lives was in a losing battle against corporate interests. Whenever I went on trips to the Rockies, I would see mountainsides littered with the remains of trees burnt to ash or cleared for mining—I couldn't help but feel a...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
309 Words
Why Northwestern: Other parts of your application give us a sense of how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you’ll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.
Forensic science. No, studio art. Wait—actually, forensic science. It'd been an hour, and I was still stuck on course requests. Back in junior high, I had to choose one option course. Simple. But for me, it was back to the age-old debate: science or art? I'm many things. A gregarious jokester, a contemplative introvert. A competitive athlete, a mellow jazz musician. But two parts of me seemingly cannot be simpatico: my analytical mind and my artistic creativity. Seeking an...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
254 Words
What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?
I’m many things. A gregarious jokester and a contemplative introvert. A fiercely competitive athlete and a mellow jazz musician. But two fundamental parts of me seemingly cannot be simpatico: my artistic creativity and my fascination with science. I’ve always been torn between these two worlds. At school, I was dismayed to find predefined guidelines I had to follow when performing labs and research. In art classes, it was challenging to work on one piece for several months; though...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
250 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests and why you want to explore them at USC specifically. Please feel free to address your first and second-choice major selections.
It's twenty minutes past dismissal, but I'm still at school: talking to my teacher about how quantum mechanics would work for the time travel in Avengers: Endgame. Soon, I'll have to head home—an hour-long trip I make every day to be in a place where I can be myself. Everything I love most about my high school I see in USC: its low student-faculty ratio, small classes, and close-knit community. I can see myself building the same close relationships...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
While the world as a whole may be more technologically advanced than ever before, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 Grand Challenges that engineers should focus on to improve life on the planet. Learn about the Grand Challenges at http://www.engineeringchallenges.org and tell us which challenge is most important, and why.
Without a doubt, the most important challenge is to develop carbon sequestration methods. Increased carbon emissions is arguably the most imminent issue and threat we face. It's responsible for air pollution, rising sea levels, extreme weather—including wildfires and hurricanes—and of course, global warming. To us, this means unbearable temperatures to live in, increases in respiratory diseases, and the loss of our homes and communities—a potential reality for anyone living in proximity to forests, oceans, and large urban...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Describe one example of how you might use design as a future architect. The Admission Committee will review this supplement as a measure of your awareness, determination and vision.
Though I didn't know much about the Vancouver Convention Centre, the lush green roof, housing 400,000 species, immediately encapsulated me, as if shouting, "here I am!" over the otherwise monotonous skyline. Some of its innovative sustainable features, I later learned, included water recycling for rooftop irrigation and a seawater-based cooling system. Buildings often have profoundly negative impacts on where they're situated—soil degradation and thermal pollution among the milder. But in this case, the water in the area had become cleaner...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
258 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.
Armed with my laptop, I settled into my beanbag chair. It was side project time. They were something I'd grown up doing—learning to solve Rubik’s cubes, getting a head start on two-digit multiplication, I sought out what I wanted to know. When wildfires and fossil fuels became issues that were right on my doorstep, my projects became similarly aligned, transforming into full-fledged inquiries. For months, I'd been immersed in researching carbon sequestration, its constant influx of information challenging...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
54 Words
Genuine interest and seizing every opportunity around you is really important. It doesn't matter as much...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
61 Words
As Northwestern only has one supplemental essay, it's important to let your personality show in the "Why Us"...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
59 Words
The greatest piece of advice I'd give myself starting the process is start early! Take the time to...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
42 Words
Try your best not to compare yourself with other applicants—whether it's at...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
53 Words
Find something that isn't really represented in the rest of your application, but that you have...
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What set me apart from other applicants
85 Words
I didn't come from a big international feeder school, but rather a small charter school—usually only one person gets admitted to a US college every...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.75
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores

Sports

SportsFencing, Track & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesResearch, Environmental, Music: Instrumental, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Band, Tutoring/Mentoring, Conservancy Volunteer
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Experience & Awards

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Awards Received

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