New York University
Undergrad
Another uncommon and interesting quality about me is my appreciation for a variety of music. Many kids now days seem to like a particular genre of music or just listen to what is on the radio, but I like to expand my knowledge and variety in the music I listen to. I grew up listening to a lot of jazz and various genres from Lithuania or Russia as well as many other countries. I like to listen to classical music while I study and I like a heavier r&b, rap sound when I work out and play basketball...
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...
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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
Ever since I can remember,I’ve dreamed of doing big things and making big changes. My high schoolguidance counselor recognized my ambitious nature early on and warned me thatmy small stature and sweet demeanor would be cause for people who didn’t knowme to overlook, underrate and dismiss me as someone they didn’t need to take seriously...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island caught between worlds. We Puerto Ricans love music; you can hear the uplifting melodies produced by güicharo players suddenly start up at any time of day, anywhere in the island. Perhaps it is because music transcends language, making people feel part of a community, that it has become a major part of our national identity. As a gay Puerto Rican, it took me a long time to feel part of the community, even with all the music around me...
University of Pennsylvania
Law School
I grew up as a cultural Jew. I brought home a crudely-constructed menorah from pre-school shop class for the winter holidays that first year. As I dutifully lit a candle each Hanukkah night, I would somberly recount the miraculous story behind the nine-armed candelabra to my parents. My first class field trip was a tour of a matza factory. I also enjoyed explaining to anyone who would listen that the flat bread was a result of the Israelites’ hasty escape from Egypt which didn’t allow time for the bread to rise...
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