B.A., Philosophy
I'm a freshman at Brown who is excited about college and wants high school students to be equally excited about the colleges they end up at.
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Hometown Rochester, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionEarly Decision
Class of2019
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Clark University (Worcester, MA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Haverford College (Haverford, PA)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Philosophy

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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I have a complex Oedipus complex: it's quite difficult (impossible, really) to develop and then resolve a rivalry with my father if he does not exist. So, according to Freud, I'll never form a super-ego, and I won't develop a "moral compass." Outdated psychological theories can be rather frustrating! It's been a rollercoaster ride growing up with two mothers, but I imagine that childhood is often turbulent, no matter who one's parents are. As time has passed, however, I've come...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
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"A rising tide lifts all boats." To me, this phrase is simultaneously the catchphrase for a flawed economic idea and the image I associate with "The Common Good." Now, to separate the inequality-fueling practice of Reaganomics from the noble principle of the Common Good, I should clarify what the Common Good means to me: Contributing to the Common Good means making choices that serve communities and the individuals within them; advocating for the Common Good involves being aware of societal...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
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"Main office after class," my teacher said to me after she hung up the classroom's phone. "Okay," I choked out, my heart rate quickening as blood rushed up to my face. What had I done? Was I in trouble? How will I tell my parents? Little did I know that the news I'd receive in the office would lead me to one of the most formative experiences of my life. It turns out I wasn't in trouble at all; in...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
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I don't know what job I want to have, but I know what I want to do. When I saw the phrases "innovative change agents" and "work for the common good" on the Taubman Center's website, I was immediately hooked. I dream of a day where educational and anti-poverty policies give each citizen an equal opportunity to succeed: Public Policy will help me turn that dream into action. I believe a thorough grounding in the framework and operations of a...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
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I'm not a religious man, but I have a deep connection with the Unitarian Universalist church. I used to dread Sundays: the hour of listening and singing was unbearable for me. However, when I began searching for my sense of self, I realized that the church's teachings had subconsciously influenced my beliefs. What I think are my defining characteristics - acceptance of differences, a commitment to giving back, and a belief in the power of love - are very similar...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
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The world is filled with extraordinary people; among all of them, I would choose my social studies teacher as my partner in a tutorial. Not only is Mr. W brilliant and diligent - traits necessary for tutorial success - he has additional qualities that would help me get the most out of the tutorial: he's passionate about continuing to learn, is eager to challenge ideas in a constructive manner, and, most importantly, his ideological bend is significantly different than mine. ...
Additional Essay Details
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The process of writing college essays can be a daunting one. You might feel pressure to be extraordinarily unique, super creative, or incredibly intelligent. People will tell you that there are certain things to avoid and certain things you must do to have a successful essay. This can cause stress and is mostly untrue. For me, the best approach to writing essays is to think in terms of what inspires you instead of what a college is looking for. My...

General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
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The process of applying to college was a really exciting and fun one for me. I started off by reading the Fiske and Princeton Review college books. Those are a good place to start to get a "feel" for schools and to get used to what information you can typically learn about colleges. When I read school profiles that interested me, I dove in. I read as much as I could on the college's website and outside websites (like Niche, quora, etc.), then thought hard about what I wanted from a college and whether this school matched that. That is...
My advice about getting recommenders
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Getting good recommendations is often overlooked by people applying to college. This can be a mistake, since letters of recommendation are one of the primary insights a college has into what kind of person you really are. Instead of trying to figure out how to get a good recommendation, focus on...
What set me apart from other applicants
106 Words
In an era where I think many high school students sacrifice their sanity to craft resumes and applications they think colleges are "looking for," I think I stood out by being myself....
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Summer is a great time to relax, but you can also use that time to your personal and application advantage. It is a good idea to try to find part time work (I was a counselor at summer camps). This gets you the benefits of job experience without...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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College interviews were a little nerve-wracking for me, but I ended up enjoying them and using them to my advantage. In my experience I was asked a lot of typical questions - what are you interested in, why are you drawn to our school, what teachers and courses impacted you in high school, etc. While it...

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Converted SAT Score1600
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Details12 classes and scores


SportsBasketball, Baseball


ActivitiesDECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Key Club, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Charity Drive Organizing
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