Brown ‘21
B.S., Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Intellectually gifted, First-Generation, Artsy-Fartsy, Future philosopher and doctor
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Hometown York, Pennsylvania
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language No
Other Language(s) Spoken Vietnamese, English

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Pennsylvania State University - University Park (University Park, PA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

This prompt is haunting me. The words echo in my sleep, resonate as I sing in the shower, and glare from the brightness of my screen. It lurks in the back of my mind daily with an endless stream of questions: What do I write? Is this too risky?
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
201 Words
“Renew yourself.” I had written this on a stone I flung into Saint Joseph’s Lake during my time at the Notre Dame Leadership Seminars. What I experienced then was undeniably an aura of intellectual vitality which consumed the campus. I look forward to sharing in the curiosities of Domers from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Unique to Notre Dame, the summation of mind, body and spirit is a collective adventure. Even though I will...
Supplemental Essay: Other
207 Words
...I view my ceaseless commitment to volunteerism as compared to the infinite array of wavelengths of hues. Such actions of even minute magnitude, done to contribute to the society beyond self, articulate that small steps enact immense change, equivalent to how the human range of vision can detect intense, and even faint, eminences of colors. I am embodied with the virtue of selfless giving by my parents' support for family in Vietnam, thus I additionally devote myself to helping by...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
217 Words
...My compass spins wildly, immersed in the breadth of ample sources of learning. As I understand, the classroom does not confine intellectual and academic interests-the essence of learning. Almost three centuries of history accompany Penn, but with the lively city of Philadelphia as its backyard, I will never run out of opportunities to learn from the books as well as the community on and off campus. To engage with Philadelphia, I look forward to participating in the Civic House Program,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
206 Words
“You don’t have a social security number, right?” The receptionist at the optometrist’s office leered at me from her desk. Boy, do we still have a long way to go for racial equality. America is a melting pot of ethnicities, but prejudices are still at large. As a minority, I’ve been thrown countless remarks questioning my citizenship. However, my experiences with these tensions are superficial compared to my parents’. Returning from a family trip to Vietnam, my...
Supplemental Essay: Other
99 Words
I am a proud member of a creative network of oatmeal enthusiasts. Every morning, I craft a concoction of oats and peruse related Instagram hashtags. Varieties of oat pancakes, oat-flour crepes, baked and overnight oatmeal adorn my phone screen. No longer is it a bland slop of mushy grain; the base is a canvas to paint my day upon. Cinnamon to spice up boring days, fruits to energize for exciting events and honey to sweeten up a sour mood. Oats...
Supplemental Essay: Other
150 Words
HOBY Week: the only week when it is acceptable (and fun) to function on five hours of sleep every night. When my school delegated me to attend the Leadership Conference my sophomore year, I never thought that I would occupy all my free time with service projects and return year-after-year to obnoxious chants. If someone had told me that I would cheer at the top of my lungs at the State Capitol about burritos or bombard sophomore HOBY ambassadors with...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
186 Words
There is only one you in the entire universe- remember that. Someone else's admissions story will never be the same as your own. Stay genuine throughout the entire process, and you will definitely learn a lot more about yourself than you had ever known before. It's a time to learn and grow. What set me...
My advice about getting recommenders
72 Words
Don;t just always look for recommendations from teachers from whom you received the highest grades. Seek out help from the teachers...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
31 Words
Definitely expand your horizons and attend a precollege summer...

High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School TypePublic
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Converted SAT Score1510
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Details8 classes and scores


SportsCheer/Spirit Squad, Track & Field


ActivitiesMarch of Dimes, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government, Athletics Organization, Rotary Club, Community Cleanup / Service, Tutoring/Mentoring
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