RPI ‘19
B.S., Nuclear Engineering
Just a weirdo training to be a rocket surgeon.
Features Included


Hometown Philly, Pennsylvania
EthnicityPrefer Not to Share
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology  (Rochester, NY)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)

Applied for a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
670 Words
Story central to identity
When I was a child, I lived in a very hostile household. Every day, I’d watch my biological father brutally beat my mother. After he was done with her, he’d come after me and pummel me unconscious, often for no reason. When I started elementary school, I immediately fell in love with the educational system; no one there would kick me, punch me, harass me, or yell at me. I loved impressing my teachers by showing them how...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
244 Words
Bowdoin asked me to write about intellectual engagement. This was my essay: At a young age, I became fascinated by the variables of the physical world; the fact that I could control the path of my Frisbee simply by repositioning my body in relation to the wind enthralled me. That is what sparked my interest in physics. I spent my days outside, experimenting with various materials. My friends and I would venture into the forest behind our neighborhood and use...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
323 Words
Brown asked me to write about why I was interested in the major I chose. This was my essay: At a young age, I became fascinated by the variables of the physical world; the fact that I could control the path of my Frisbee simply by repositioning my body in relation to the wind enthralled me. That is what sparked my interest in physics. This interest set me apart from my peers. While many of my classmates were busy playing...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
121 Words
Brown asked: "What concept in your anticipated major were you most proud of mastering?" This was my essay: Since I began studying Physics on my own when I was eight years old, the subject has been ever-changing, and therefore I can't really say that I have "mastered" any part of it. The closest I've got to "mastering" any part of Physics is getting the highest grade in my class on the Rotational Kinematics test. I am, however, proud of the...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
72 Words
Brown asked me to describe the high school courses I took relating to my major. This was my essay: In my junior year, I took Physics. We studied kinematics (linear and rotational), energy, electricity and magnetism, and friction. Currently, in my senior year, I am in Advanced Physics, where we will expand on the subjects we learned last year, while also learning thermodynamics, optics, and nuclear physics, among other things.
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
62 Words
Brown asked if I was interested in any specific area of engineering. This was my essay: I am especially interested in the Engineering Physics concentration within Engineering, because it combines my love for Physics with my fascination for Engineering. The two subjects, in my mind, go hand-in-hand, and I feel like, together, they could help me achieve my career goals.
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
108 Words
Brown asked me why I was interested in Engineering. This was my essay: My adoration for physics and engineering stems from my deep interest in practical math. I am drawn to physics and engineering in particular because I enjoy analyzing the various outcomes that can be achieved through the usage of multiple variables. Engineering is all about solving problems, and physics provides the equations needed to work out any complications that hinder improvement. Physics and engineering are the reasons why...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
177 Words
Brown asked me to describe a community of which I am a part. This was my essay: I’m a part of many communities: my school, my town, my workplace, my karate association, and numerous school clubs. However, the community that’s forged my character the most isn’t the commonly-experienced atmosphere of high school, or the fast-paced workplace in which I cater to patrons’ demands. The community that’s greatly influenced my persona is the one in which I...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
156 Words
I am applying for admission to Brown University because, in addition to my desire to receive a prodigious education, I am intrigued by Brown’s philosophy and educational ideals. The ability to create one’s own curriculum is particularly compelling because it allows each student to become a more well-rounded individual. Furthermore, I like the student organizations that are connected with Brown’s engineering department. The Cubesat Project particularly piques my interest because I have recently begun researching astronautical engineering. ...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
116 Words
Columbia asked which extracurricular I was most proud of. This was my essay: The commitment I am most proud of is serving my community as a volunteer firefighter. Through my service, I have learned the benefits of teamwork, the importance of patience, the necessity of following the chain of command, and the value of levelheadedness. But most importantly, it has given me the opportunity to help those in need. My experiences with the fire service have helped me mature into...
Supplemental Essay Other
8554 Words
Columbia asked what books I read in high school that I enjoyed. This was my answer: The required readings from my AP Literature course that I truly enjoyed were “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”, by James Joyce; “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; and “Writing with Style”, by John R. Trimble. Columbia asked which books I read for pleasure. This was my answer: The books I read for pleasure, and thoroughly...

General Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
19 Words
The most popular extracurriculars at RPI...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
50 Words
The dorm rooms are dirty. Bring lots of cleaning supplies, including but not limited to:...
Why I ultimately chose my school
40 Words
It's known for engineering and has the program I want, also the...
How to increase chances at my school
8 Words
You have...
What I’d change about my application process
35 Words
I would hope that RPI would start doing mandatory interviews as...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 1%
High School TypeOther Private
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1440
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details3 classes and scores


SportsMartial Arts


ActivitiesEmergency Medical Service / Fire Dept Volunteer, Prom Committee, Yearbook, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Theater/Plays, School Jazz / Orchestra, Math Team, Model Congress / Model UN
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