B.A., Liberal Arts and Humanities
Accepted to Stanford and UMich. Trilingual writer
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Hometown Northville, Michigan
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)

Applied for a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Humanities

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent + 1 more

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
“Americans are fat.” This insult, which I heard frequently during my six years as an expat in Germany, held no personal truth: years of rigorous Vaganova ballet training had deprived my slim frame of any hope of curves. Whether or not the statement applied to me was irrelevant; my German classmates’ message was clear: “Americans seem fat, and no evidence to the contrary will disprove my convictions.” Their stereotype of Americans felt both alienating and unfounded.      Despite this unflattering aspect...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
From learning Spanish to German to French, my love affair with language knows no boundaries. At seven, I fell in love with the transcendental prose of 'Anne of Green Gables'. At twelve, I would read the dictionary in a frenzied hunt for words for my stories. At thirteen, I became bilingual at a German school. This year, I supported international students with English conversational skills. For as long as I can remember, languages have excited in me a spirit of...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—get to know you better.
Dear Future Roommate, Throughout my high school years, I have had the same core group of friends. While I will miss them, I am excited to branch out and meet new people! Many of the fond memories my parents share of their college days are hilarious and unforgettable tales of the friends they made there. I am looking forward to experiencing this new chapter in my life with you as my roommate. Even though I won't come anywhere close to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
222 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you, and why?
I stumbled upon the idea of writing books in the first grade. Several classmates were showing off their construction-paper novels. Bustling with eagerness, I set out to create my own. Little did I realize, these humble booklets would inspire an ongoing fascination with the literary universe and my potential place in it. Ten years later, I am a high school senior and almost two years into the writing and editing process of my first book, a fantasy novel titled 'The...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
45 Words
How did you spend your last two summers?
2016: I spent several weeks camping in Yellowstone National Park. The ethereal beauty of the protected lands and ranger campfire presentations sparked my interest in AP Environmental Science. 2017: I wrote and edited a 65,000 word novel with feedback from a former New York Times editor.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
I would have liked to watch from the grassy hills as the last stone of Stonehenge was erected. Was it a burial ground to honor the notable? A prehistoric solar calendar? A temple for Druidic religious rituals? What can these mysterious stones reveal about their builders' lives, beliefs, and values?
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
A research-project demonstrated that a lack of education lies at the root of most global issues. Voting choices would be better informed, cycles of poverty reversed, climate change contributing factors minimized, and infant mortality rates diminished with improved access to education. Education is the most sustainable form of economic aid.
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
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Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities, a job you hold, or responsibilities you have for your family.
Reading! Not only is it downright enjoyable, but I have found it to be the most effective training for an aspiring author. It introduces me to various styles and dynamic diction to integrate into my own writing.
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
46 Words
When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch?
It may be controversial, but I'm sort of a Swiftie. I also enjoy listening to Freakonomics podcasts with my dad. In terms of reading, I prefer classics (my favorite is Anne of Green Gables and I'm currently reading Moby Dick), and ANY book by Roald Dahl.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
273 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.
At age seven, a diabetes diagnosis cast my future into uncertainty. There were many aspects of my life I could no longer control, from daily injections to the carbohydrate counting on which my life depended. For many years, I avoided any involvement in diabetes camps and events. Living in denial of my condition felt safer than accepting a role in a community I had never chosen. Recently, my AP Psychology teacher challenged us to create art that represented the color...

School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Research specific opportunities, clubs, and...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Ambitious, hardworking, politically progressive, outgoing,...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
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Find at least one recommender who can speak to your passions outside of...
What set me apart from other applicants
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Find volunteer activities that support your values and identity....

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