College Admissions Info

JaneBrown
JaneBrown
Brown University ‘17
BA, Mathematics, Latin and Ancient Greek Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Outdoorsy book lover
From: New York , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Parent, Grandparent
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Carleton, Bowdoin
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

1560
SAT
35
ACT
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High School Performance

3.80
GPA
Top 10%
Rank
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Field Hockey
Extracurricular Activities: Math Team, School Jazz / Orchestra, Model Congress / Model UN, Yearbook, Political Campaign, World/Global Affairs Club
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College Application Essays

Last April, I spent four days in the woods of New England’s White Mountains, alone. Perhaps you have read essays about students discovering their connection with nature on wilderness solos. This is not one of those essays. It is about the time I stayed in a sleeping bag for 17 hours, trying to forget I was outside.

Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
757 Words
Maybe it started when I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books about her journey as a young girl from Wisconsin to various settlements in the western territories. Or maybe it has been the result of my 13 years at a school that introduced rigorous education for young women at a time when every other option was a finishing school. Just maybe it was finding out that I share a birthday with Neil Armstrong. Whatever did it, I have always wanted to...











Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
226 Words
For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with Ancient Egypt. When I was little, I tied together two rocking chairs and a cardboard box, piled in all of my books on Egypt, and called it the Egyptmobile. A friend and I dressed as reincarnated pharaohs and queens, mummified our Barbies, and acted out our favorite myths. In middle school, my friend moved on, but I never did. Whenever I had a chance to expand the curriculum...





Additional Essay Details:
100 Words
I choose topics that I hoped explained who I was in diverse ways, in order to turn the length of supplements into an asset rather than a burden. I also knew that my chosen common-app essay topic could quickly become clichéd and so I worked to make the prose creative and engaging. To this end, I asked my favorite english teacher to look it over. Her advice made the essay much stronger, and made me more confident than I...



College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
105 Words
I would highly recommend interviews, especially with small, liberal arts colleges. Almost without exception, I was accepted to the schools I interviewed with, and did less well with those I did not. In interviews, don't worry too much about selling yourself, and really use it as a chance to talk to the interviewer. Two interviewers told me that no one...



How I chose schools to apply to
52 Words
Only apply to schools you would actually consider attending. I have friends who only got into their "safety" schools, and while some were happy, others were disappointed. The goal is to not end up sad if you don't get into your first choice, and finding schools that you can see yourself at.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
35 Words
In college, I joined the crew team, dj for the radio station (a commercial station that manages over $2 million annually), help run a composting system and play on an intramural inner tube water polo team.

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
70 Words
I reached out to a professor in a department I was considering majoring in at the school I now attend, and arranged an interview with him. He was very friendly, and offered to write a letter of recommendation following our meeting. I found talking with him very helpful for getting to know the school, and the department I was interested...



What I’d change about my application process
43 Words
I wrote almost all of my applications between Christmas and New Years. While I got into my top choice, I would have spread out the applications over a span of several weeks to reduce the stress this process caused me and my family.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
133 Words
The most incredible thing about Brown are the people here; teachers, students, even staff. Everybody is part of a tightly knit community. I regularly meet with my professors, and feel that they care about me, and make an effort to know me. While many students in other ivies complain about the competitiveness, Brown students care more about learning for the...



Why I ultimately chose my school
5 Words
The people and the curriculum.

My favorite course thus far, and why
113 Words
It's hard to pick just one; I've loved different aspects of lots of classes. But the one class that really stands out is the course I took on Faulkner. What made it so special was how much effort I put in. On paper, the class wasn't that hard—we read only seven books, and wrote 5 very short papers, with one...



5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
15 Words
I think most Brown students are friendly, passionate, engaged, thoughtful, and maybe a little goofy.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
45 Words
I would try and do things during the summer that you care about and will really enjoy, not things designed to pad a resume. If you can't think of compelling reasons to do it for yourself, you're going to get less out of the experience.

Why I declined other schools
96 Words
I was lucky enough to visit several schools I had gotten into. Those visits made some "no's" easy, if the culture just didn't feel right, or the programs didn't have what I was looking for. Ultimately, I tried to think about the positives of each school rather than the negatives. I took the time to write out why I wanted...