College Admissions Info

Yale University, ‘19
BS, Economics, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Political Science and Government, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 supplemental essays
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

Syrian-born immigrant. Stateside since '04. Faced severe financial + social disadvantages.
From: Richmond , Virginia
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: Yale, Harvard, UVA, MIT
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Arabic

Test Scores

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High School Performance

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High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Rugby, Football, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Wrestling
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, School Theater/Plays, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Science Club/Team, World/Global Affairs Club
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College Application Essays

"He is gone, isn't he?" I turned to see my mother's red face, eyes welled with tears that I have not seen since my family immigrated to the United States. I remember the sorrow and vulnerability consuming my mother's face, but I only heard my heart pounding against my chest. For the first time as a child, I remember hoping my suspicions and theories about my father's long-term absence were wrong; How could he abandon his young family? Why would...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
96 Words
As I conclude my research during my work-study in Mason Laboratory, I hear that an A Capella will be performing; could it be Out of the Blue or Duke's Men, or maybe even Baker's Dozen? I will have to stop by and listen, after I finish studying in Sterling Memorial Library for a humanities test. Although I have not visited Yale, the atmosphere and culture of the school manifest themselves into my goals. Yale is the only university that I...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
38 Words
My identity as a Syrian-American immigrant would enable me to enrich the lives of my suitemates; We could Skype with my friends in Syria, eat my prepared Chicken or Vegan Shawerma, and read Surah Al-Baqarah from the Qur'an.

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
42 Words
Throughout my primary schooling, I remember my illiteracy in English forced my teacher to read books aloud to me. The disappointment I felt in myself propelled me to learn how to read; Being absorbed in sadness would not have addressed my illiteracy.

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
497 Words
Is variety the spice of life? Does the idiom represent a macrocosm of the mechanics of existence? I believe that diversity, or variety, has dictated the patterns of life for eons. During the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, ¾ of the planet’s animal and plant population became extinct. However, Darwinist diversity prevented natural selection from claiming ¼ of the original population. However, diversity does not, and should not, restrict itself to species. Diversity in the political landscape has granted the United States...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
494 Words
Although I have stressed my hardships throughout my application, I do not restrict myself to my past. I do not seek anyone's pity, as I love my childhood. I have met scores of people who wallow in their past, restricting themselves from any future action. I carried this mindset, blinding myself from so many opportunities that would have bettered my position. Once I began taking advantage of a plethora of opportunities, I began to develop a narrow perspective pertaining to...

College Admissions Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
21 Words
The research into specific programs with...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
96 Words
Increased scrutiny into whether or not a compulsory student contribution should be required at Yale in the face of the rising acceptance of first-gen, low-income students. The compulsory requirement...

My advice about getting recommenders
136 Words
When seeking recommenders, it is important to find someone that knows you outside of the class at a *hopefully* personal level. If they do not know you at such a personal level, ask them to conduct an interview to learn...

Why I ultimately chose my school
79 Words
To me, Yale is the quintessence of diversity, advanced academics, and unlimited connections. You can argue that these traits are found in other...

What set me apart from other applicants
833 Words
Immigration to the United States: a phrase associated with a variety of political, emotional, and socioeconomic perspective. To me, immigration to the United States was not a mere phrase; it was a lifestyle that stripped me of my father, home, and future, and yet, it developed my perspective on challenges along with my academic aspirations and life goals. My family and I immigrated from Syria to the United States when I was 7, yet my father immigrated a year before us, in order to find a home. Living in Syria, my family was poor, and my parents firmly held the belief...