Yale University
Undergrad
The most significant influence on me has been my dad. My first memory is from an air show at Oshkosh, watching a Harrier jet take off. It was loud and I was miserable at the time, but looking back on it, what strikes me is the connection that still exists for me between my dad and amazing experiences. As I grew up, my dad was always there for me, but unlike other dads, he never played catch, went camping, or built a tree house with me. Instead, he taught me...
Yale University
Undergrad
Losing a loved one is always difficult, no matter how stoic or hardened one may seem to be. When I was thirteen, I lost someone very dear to me, but unlike most people, I was able to receive her back into my life. My mother left my life for an extended period of time due to a lack of trust and respect in my parents’ relationship. This event necessitated not only a growth in my maturity but also of my understanding of the world...
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Columbia University
Other
Point Breeze is one of the most persistently violent neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and despite recent gentrification, is home to predominately low-income residents. Although the blocks in Point Breeze are blighted by trash and bullet holes, up the worn marble stoops and behind the rickety doors, you will find urban oases filled with lush backyard gardens and talented people who yearn for a safer community...
University of Chicago
Other
During my tenure at B Lab, a nonprofit organization that supports a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, I saw the effect that corporate structure has on the way companies do business. The legal structure of a business can greatly constrain it from serving a greater good instead of simply its bottom line. I saw firsthand that companies need policies that allow them to do business in a beneficial way...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
The cliched story of a terrible high school experience is not mine. In fact, high school was surprisingly great for my personal development. I expanded my horizons by actively engaging in other cultures and environments as the coordinator of the peer multicultural educators, teaching students in the Cabrini Green neighborhood in Chicago, and completing an internship in asylum law at a law firm in downtown Chicago. Surely, all of those experiences and many more helped me to develop into the person I am today, but my experiences as a student at [redacted] University have shaped me immeasurably...
Brandeis University
Undergrad
Second nature now kicked in. As I bounced the ball three times before serving on the ad-side of the tennis court, I looked across the three foot net into the fierce eyes of an internationally ranked Romanian. I drew a deep breath, composed myself and served an ace to capture one of my best wins of my life. Everyone had expected me to lose, but in the most critical moment I was able to raise my playing level to meet the challenge. As I stepped off the court, I remembered all I have been through, what sparked my love for tennis and how much tennis has taught me...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
Picture this. In the foreground: an emaciated child is huddled on the ground, head cradled in her arms in a feeble attempt to shelter herself from the elements. In the background to her left: a vulture looms, waiting for its prey to succumb to death. You’ve seen this photograph. A haunting depiction of hope abandoning a child to her inevitable fate. But the girl was not alone. There was a third figure at the scene, unseen...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
Over the past ten years, the Big Four talent agencies (CAA, WME, ICM, UTA) have replaced studios as the most dominant force in Hollywood. Agencies represent actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers, musicians, casting directors, film editors, and costume designers—every stratum of the industry. Big Four Agents create work for their clients by developing films and TV shows, securing financing for production, and establishing branded entertainment opportunities. I am an Agent Trainee at International Creative Management (ICM). Working at the epicenter of the entertainment industry, I have been exposed to many different sides of the industry, and realized what role I ultimately hope to play...
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