New York University
Undergrad
Diversity is important in a school atmosphere as well as in an individual. As an individual I believe I encompass diversity not only within myself by also within my choices in life. I come from a Lithuanian background where I was raised with very Lithuanian morals and customs, which allowed me to understand and appreciate the American culture more as well as my own for their emphasis on education, family and appreciation...
Yale University
Undergrad
I have always loved physics, and Caltech is the best place to study that field. These days, much of the most interesting research is being done in astrophysics, and Caltech has several amazing labs and observatories, including the Submillimeter Observatory, which is used to study star formation, among other things. I enjoy astronomy, and would love to get involved in astrophysics...
Yale University
Undergrad
I consider myself to be honest, attentive, and driven, and each of these has carried me far. But the personal trait that may not show through in my application, and that I truly value more than all others, is my intense curiosity about the universe. For my entire life, I have always loved to learn about the world around me, and I have always wanted to go deeper into a new concept than most of my peers. My mom tells (with some hyperbole) of asking me, as a toddler, “Do you love me?” After a hug, I responded “How can I know whether I love you or not? What is love?” Although it might seem funny, I remember being naturally curious about such ideas as commonplace–albeit complex–as love...
Yale University
Undergrad
To the right crowd, Roman legionaries are always exciting. As President of Junior Classical League, I wanted to rally our troops for the competition and ensure our complete victory. Last year, I spent months researching and building a replica wooden chariot. The wheel and axle mechanism was difficult, and I spent more time than I should have perfecting the gold-leaf standard, but I had a great time and ended up with something straight out of Hollywood...
Yale University
Undergrad
At two years of age while watching “The Beauty and the Beast,” I sounded out the onomatopoeic sounds of the falling dishes, while the words flashed on the screen, “Crash, clash, clang.” My mother grew up in Puerto Rico and learned English as a second language as an adult. She knew the value of audiovisual exposure from an early age in learning a language. From an early age, my parents instilled in me the importance of learning by providing a stimulating environment and preparing me for academic success...
Yale University
Undergrad
The priest approached me with a bag of chocolates. Was this a bribe? I accepted them, gave him my salutation, and contemplated his question: “Will you become an altar server?”His name was Fr. Francis Carabello.My dad started going to his church during lunch, because it was very close to his job. Due to rising gas prices, my family could no longer make the commute to our previous church that was 18 miles away, so we decided to make this our new parish church...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
Reading the supplemental essay topics for the first time, I leaned back in my chair and grinned. “Discuss the work of art or literature that most influenced your decision to pursue a legal education…” Oh boy, could I have fun with that! I closed my eyes and outlined an essay about Guernica—I would create an elaborate metaphor about how Picasso acted as a voice to the civilian victims of the Spanish Civil War, and how lawyers can act as a voice for oppressed peoples everywhere. I considered tying in my undergraduate thesis on Sudan, and my work with Refugee Youth Project in Baltimore. Then I remembered: I am going to law school for Media Law. Sure I could write a highfalutin essay about saving the world, but it wouldn’t be genuine. I climbed off the soapbox, and read essay topic number three...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
I realize that law schools look at applicants’ undergraduate GPA as an indication of their academic abilities, but my number is not representative of my potential. In high school, I was a straight-A student, took ten Advanced Placement courses, and skipped grades to enroll at Johns Hopkins at the age of 16. I was too young and emotionally unprepared for would happen in Baltimore...
Columbia University
Other
I am applying for a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering in the Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Department at the Columbia University. First, my goal is to work in Risk Management and Risk Assessment at an international company such as PG&E or at a global management consulting firm such as McKinsey & Company. Particularly, I would like to address the risk assessment of new energy programs such as creating the fuel from algae or the exploitation of Shale gas. After some years of professional experience, I would like to set up my own business with my brother who is a financial analyst in this special field of activity with the aspirations of becoming major innovators in risk assessment linked to the development of new energies...
New York University
Other
“Learning by doing” is a motto I like to live by. Four years ago when I first arrived in Missouri, I was a young Chinese girl yearning to learn more about the world. Through my experiences and lessons at the University of Missouri and abroad I’ve become a much more capable individual than I once was. My professors at Mizzou have facilitated the development of my critical thinking skills and I gained first hand experience while participating in a number of different journalism internships. The semester I spent in Manchester, England further enriched my global perspective and gave me the opportunity to travel around UK and The Mideast experiencing their rich cultures...
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