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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergrad
At its core, engineering is not only mastering the concepts behind what we create, but also understanding our creations in the context of the world around us. Michigan Engineering and the University of Michigan embrace that more than anywhere else by emphasizing the intersection of engineering, design, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
New York University
Undergrad
At first sleepy-eyed and subdued, the adolescent musicians of the ensemble grow livelier as rehearsal progresses, eventually filling the room not only with music but also the sound of whispered conversations and muffled laughter. It is in these hours of morning rehearsal that I am most content, surrounded by strains of music from another era as well as a community of some of the most singularly animated and fanatically devoted people I have ever known.
University of Pennsylvania
Undergrad
As someone who has been fascinated by the linked operations of economic systems and governmental procedures since my discovery of video games such as Civilization, Total War, and Age of Empires, my dream is to pursue a concentration in Business Economies and Public Policy (BEPP) at The Wharton School.
University of Nevada - Reno
Undergrad
As a child my favorite fairy tales consisted of Snow White, Peter Pan, and Little Red Riding Hood. They were not my favorites due to the characters nor their plots, but because of the setting. I found myself at a young age having a love for the outdoors, especially the woods, and the idea of a mystical forest always left me awestruck. At this time little did I know that I would soon have my own mystical forest fifteen minutes away from my house.
Duke University
Undergrad
"You can't have a career in science and lead a fulfilling life. Sorry, but you just can't," the girl sitting next to me concluded, shrugging contentedly as the bell rang. The rest of the choir members packed up their belongings, but I remained seated, trembling from both bewilderment and rage.
Harvard University
Undergrad
Approaching the colossus with hesitant steps, I peered under its lid, suspiciously examining the bronze coils beneath as if they would detach themselves from the golden crown and lash out at me. Reassured that I could proceed in relative safety, I shuffled over the stained floorboards, evading the giant’s legs and seamy underbelly. 
University of Pennsylvania
Undergrad
“Are you 40?” “Do you have kids?” “Why don’t you have wrinkles?” Though slightly unsettled by the thought that being 17 is comparable to being 40 years old, I cherish these moments each summer when I work as a paid counselor at an enrichment camp called Kids on Campus (KOC), held at Chabot Community College. 
Duke University
Undergrad
As I read, I realized I hadn’t been eating meat, but I had been eating animals. “Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?”
University of Pennsylvania
Undergrad
“Are you 40?” “Do you have kids?” “Why don’t you have wrinkles?” Though slightly unsettled by the thought that being 17 is comparable to being 40 years old, I cherish these moments each summer when I work as a paid counselor at an enrichment camp called Kids on Campus (KOC), held at Chabot Community College. 
New York University
Undergrad
I had always been good with children, but it wasn’t until I got my first job as a page in the Great Neck Library’s Children Department in the summer of 2011 that I had my first real experience working with them. Although my main task was shelving books, I also had the opportunity to interact with children by helping them locate books. Seeing the excitement on their faces as I pulled from the shelves what they were searching for, I felt like I was a pathway in their learning process.
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