B.A., Sociology
Brown University Sociology and Econ Major
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Hometown Union City, California
Class of2024
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Sociology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Doe Lake Park has three hiding spots: under the picnic tables, inside the graffitied tunnel, and beneath the play structure. The neighborhood kids and I spent our Friday evenings in these top-secret locations, attempting to prolong our stay at the park. Huddled together, we exchanged hushed whispers and conspiratorial smiles-- our dadis and abuelas could ​never​ find us here. When they grew frustrated, threatening us with their worn flip-flops and c​ happals​, our giggles invariably gave us away. In the...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
On Fridays, the neighborhood kids and I met at Doe Lake Park. With our tree-branch wands and haphazard flower-crowns, we became wizards, princesses, and everything in-between. It didn't matter that we spoke different languages at home or lived in different parts of the neighborhood. We played as one, unified whole. At Doe Lake Park, with my group of “neighborhood kids,” I felt like I was part of a community. Therefore, I’ve always perceived parks as spaces that unite people,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
260 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?

Despite the sub-60° weather (frigid by California standards), I felt ‘warmth’ when I arrived at *insert school*—emanating from the campus architecture, the businesses on Thayer Street, and the students on the main green. At *insert school*, I will strive to build communities that embody this ‘warmth.’ As a member of Disability Justice at Brown, I will advance efforts to establish a campus-wide center for neurodiverse individuals. Using my experience with neurodiversity advocacy, I will ensure that the proposed Disability...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
263 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.
As a child, I loved reading auto-biographies. In the confines of my bedroom, I could become immersed in the worlds of "sure-shot" Annie Oakley and the notorious Al Capone. Over time, this interest has developed into a broader fascination with how others perceive the world. Through Brown's Open Curriculum, I can explore perception on multiple levels, from the structural to the chemical. By concentrating in sociology, I aim to analyze the overarching social systems that influence people’s perspectives, specifically...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
258 Words
Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective? (250 words)

I live in Somethingtown, California, a city of sprawling country clubs and ruthless PTA moms. After my dad sold his garage start-up--the archetypal Silicon Valley “big break”--we left our community of black and brown for Somethingtown, a monolithic sea of white. In this shiny, new city, I felt distinctly “other,” like I was donning a cheap disguise-- clothes that didn’t fit right, hair that wouldn’t sit smooth, and a name that wasn’t me. However, over the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
323 Words
In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of *insert college* appeal most to you, and how you’ll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Throughout elementary-school “All-About-Me” presentations and Thanksgiving dinner conversations, I’ve dodged this harrowing line of questioning. The truth is, I don’t know the answer. While I’m fascinated by the entrenched social structures that divide us, I’m also curious about the neural processes that underlie the human brain. Therefore, when I read the subject-line of my e-mail from *insert college*-- Explore-- I felt a surge of excitement;...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
310 Words
What gets you excited about your academic interest selection(s)?
Al Capone and Annie Oakley live in my dad’s office. They sit on my dad’s decrepit, 10-by-10 bookshelf, alongside biographies on Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates. From childhood, I’ve explored the worlds contained within these hardback-bound pages. Sprawled on my bedroom floor, I learned how the Quaker upbringing of Annie Oakley inspired her to defy gender norms. I discovered that Al Capone’s meteoric rise to mob boss was dependent on an existing underclass of Irish immigrants....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
296 Words
Share your favorite quote, and tell us what it means to you. The quote can be from an author, leader, musical artist, family member or other source—famous or not. (Your response should be 200-250 words not including your quote.)
"I asked myself what style we women could have adopted that would have been unmarked, like the men’s. The answer was none. There is no unmarked woman." - Deborah Tannen At my first debate tournament, the judge stated that I was too “emotional,” and I subdued my voice until it no longer sounded like me. While organizing my school’s March For Our Lives walkout, I tempered my statements-- “I think” instead of “I want” -- after I was...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
260 Words
We want to understand you better! Tell us about a skill you have (useless or useful) and what it says about you.
As a five-year-old, I discovered the magic of baking. I peered breathlessly into my EasyBake oven, watching the batter transform into fluffy, domed cakes or misshapen monstrosities. How could motley ingredients—eggs, sugar, flour, leavener, and butter— morph into such creations? This curiosity, the desire to explore how ingredients complemented and opposed one another, led me to spend hours experimenting in the kitchen. While I’m no Mary Berry, I’ve found my own skill in baking: the ability to...

School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
59 Words
I think Brown likes students that have a strong reason for seeking out the Open Curriculum. My field...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
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I identified a thesis that I felt represented me, and I sought to connect all of my...
My advice about getting recommenders
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I strongly believe you should give your recommenders a thorough brag sheet when asking. If you attend a public high school...
What I’d change about my application process
34 Words
I'd apply to less schools! The app process was super...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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I was very bad at this!! I think you should create...

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