purplecoat
purplecoat,
Dartmouth ‘25
B.A., Computer Science
Computer Science student interested in business.
Features Included
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4
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Scores
4
Advice
1
ECs
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Sports

Background

Hometown Boston, Massachusetts
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)

Applied for a B.A. in Computer Science

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.
“A Package has arrived for you in the mailroom,” the long-awaited email read. I was thrilled; I rushed to the mailroom and opened the box as soon as I could. Before me, I beheld 400 copies of the latest issue of the SCHOOLNEWSPAPERNAME: the bold, crisp official student-run newspaper at my school. As I flipped through the pages, pride for my team’s hard and impressive work swelled within me, and I immediately started distributing the copies. I first started writing...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 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 2025, what aspects of the College's program, community, or campus environment attract your interest?
After watching hours of vlogs and reflections from Dartmouth student YouTubers, I fell in love with Dartmouth’s proud, spirited, connected community. I’m excited to build relationships with my peers during traditions such as Sophomore Summer and Homecoming. As I learn more about Dartmouth, I also look forward to joining subcommunities like the DALI Lab, where I can bond, collaborate, and innovate with peers as a software engineer. Dartmouth also complements my love for adventure; in addition to exploring...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
278 Words
In The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba, Class of 2014, reflects on constructing a windmill from recycled materials to power the electrical appliances in his family's Malawian house: "If you want to make it, all you have to do is try." What drives you to create and what do you hope to make or have you already made?
Creation is an adventure to me. It’s a medium through which I apply what I have learned in the classroom to the exciting, real world. After exploring machine learning (ML) and data science at Beaver Works in 2019, I wanted to pursue new projects in this field. In one study I read, researchers scraped data from Twitter and, using natural language processing and ML, accurately predicted the number of flu cases. The transformation of otherwise idle data into meaningful predictions...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
295 Words
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.
I gasp for breath, my sides cramping. There is a burning in my calves, and my foot arches feel like they are on the verge of snapping. But I keep running, trying to speed up with each stride. I see my teammate Justine ahead of me slow her run to a walk. My cross country team focuses on growth. At a race during my freshman year, I had fallen twice, and despite the blood dripping down my knees, I set...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
557 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 haven’t been able to visit Ann Arbor, but after watching hours of vlogs and reflections from UMich student YouTubers, I know the University of Michigan is the school for me. From the proud, connected, collaborative community to the rigorous academic environment of the College of Engineering, the University of Michigan perfectly aligns with my goals and academic interests. I first realized my passion for computer science two years ago when I learned about machine learning (ML) and data...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
248 Words
Engineering and Computer Science students are sometimes assumed to have personalities with shared traits or characteristics. What is a trait or characteristic you believe you share with other engineering and computer science students and another where you differ? Please tell us about these two traits and why you chose them. (250 word limit)
When I attended my first hackathon, my team and I decided to address mental health issues by creating an app that allows users to track and reflect on emotions. Although none of us had experience in app development, we set out to learn, with each of us researching and building a different app process. By the end of the day, we created a prototype. CS students share this willingness to independently learn, a trait that is especially important for understanding...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
240 Words
USC faculty place an emphasis on interdisciplinary academic opportunities. Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.
I got my first hands-on experience in business when I conducted a Product-Market Fit survey as a part of my internship at Recover Athletics, a start-up that aims to provide physical therapy advice to athletes through an app. During this project, I researched the best methods for conducting a Product-Market fit survey, created and sent a form to users to gather information, called users to learn more about their usage of the app, and applied my findings to offer insight...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
249 Words
At USC Viterbi, we endeavor to engineer a better world for all humanity. This vision goes hand-in-hand with the objectives of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and their 14 Grand Challenges. Engineers and Computer Scientists are challenged to solve these problems in order to improve life on the planet. Learn more about the NAE Grand Challenges at http://engineeringchallenges.org and tell us which challenge is most important to you, and why. (250 word limit)
I am excited about the potential that reverse-engineering the brain has in saving lives through its applications in both biotechnology and computer science. This research has already led to the usage of electrode simulation to treat Parkinson’s disease and, as more discoveries are being made, can offer solutions to other widespread brain- related afflictions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Reverse-engineering the brain can provide medical solutions through AI as well. Currently, AI is created without significant study of the...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
41 Words
My interview with Dartmouth was great. My interviewer first asked me to...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
45 Words
I represented a lot of different aspects of myself in my essays – my common...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
37 Words
Do summer activities that will help you learn more about your...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
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I had one low grade in a math class during my junior...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1540
 
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country

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