B.S., Industrial and Product Design, , Economics
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Hometown Manhattan Beach, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision, Early Action, Transfer
Class of2017
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Clark University (Worcester, MA)
  • Wheaton College (Norton, MA)
  • University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • American University (Washington, DC)
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Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Industrial and Product Design

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
675 Words
Interest in fine arts, Interest in tech/engineering
When I was little, I loved airplanes, from the smallest single engine Cessna to the hulking 747. I read countless books about airplanes; I played every flight simulator. I filled sketchbooks with drawings of real planes, imaginary planes, planes that rivaled the biggest jumbo jets, and planes that were small enough to fit inside the other planes that I drew. I quickly came to the conclusion that I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer when I grew up. I studied websites;...
Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
291 Words
In the realm of politics, I despise hypocrisy. It deeply bothers me when a political figure stands up to talk about “the sanctity of marriage” when he has a sordid history of affairs and ex-wives behind him, or when these same figures talk about the “hallowed ground” of Ground Zero and why there should not be a mosque three blocks away, but refuse to provide aid to the rescue workers who waded into the rubble to save lives. I tended...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
242 Words
During the darkest days of the Cold War, President Kennedy saw that the United States would need to push ahead of the Soviet Union not just militarily but intellectually. As he vowed that the United States would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, he launched not only the space program, but also a generation of students who would grow up with a profound understanding and excitement for science and technology. However, in the past 50...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
356 Words
Every high school student should build a robot before he or she graduates. It’s not hard. If you played with Lego bricks when you were little, you’re set. You don’t really need any technical knowledge; you just need to be able to put the bricks together in the right order. The programming part, which most students expect will be the hardest, is surprisingly easy with the Lego system. National Instruments, which makes all sorts of interesting things,...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
145 Words
Of all of the academic possibilities available at Hampshire, I am most intrigued by the ability to not only design one’s major, but also to mix courses from diverse and often unrelated interests. In my case, I envision a mix of applied and adaptive design from the Lemelson Center, traditional graphic design, and international relations. At most other schools, I would likely have to choose one of these fields at the expense of the others. However, at Hampshire I...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
136 Words
My most memorable learning experiences in high school have been class discussions on everything from censorship to the literary merits of trashy vampire novels. Wheaton’s small learning environment and the accessibility of faculty members make it an ideal choice for my college experience. I also plan to explore the Connections program and even make my own Connection between my disparate interests in International Relations and Studio Art. I learned about the Connections program during my visit to the campus...
Additional Essay Details
550 Words
UC Essay - Transfer My path of education so far has been a long, arduous trek. It has led me from the suburbs of Los Angeles to the woods of Western Massachusetts, then back again. It has featured characters as varied as blacksmiths, mad inventors, and media culture professors. In the hallowed halls of academia, in gritty machine shops and beyond, I have learned a great deal about the world and myself. This journey might properly begin with my high...

General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
53 Words
A private counselor is a great resource for choosing schools and editing your essays. My admissions...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
91 Words
My first college (Hampshire) had blacksmithing as an extracurricular. It's hard to go wrong with an extracurricular that involves hitting 1000-degree metal with hammers. I also mentored...
My favorite course thus far, and why
101 Words
I'd say that this is a toss-up between a class on the ethics, legality, and implications of sampling and remixing that I took at Hampshire and a class on philosophy...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
80 Words
I interviewed at most of the small liberal arts schools that I applied to as a freshman. One, however, stands out. At Hampshire,...
What I’d change about my application process
137 Words
I probably would have shot higher. My grades weren't all that spectacular, but I had crazy test scores and a decent studio art portfolio. I was only declined from one school I applied to, and I've always wondered how I...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
143 Words
Transferring out of a small liberal arts school sucks. When you have classes with names like "Sample! Remix! Mash!" and "Tinkering for Fun and Profit", admissions officers and transfer counselors tend to give you strange looks. It took quite a lot of...

High School Performance

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High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School High at first but got worse

Test Scores

Highest SAT
SAT Score Details
Converted SAT Score1540
SAT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details11 classes and scores



ActivitiesModel Congress / Model UN, Science Club/Team
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How Spent Summers
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