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How I got into Brown (Interview 12)

Stats

SAT: 1550 (790 Math, 760 Reading)

ACT: 36 (36 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 3.84

Rank in Class: 9

Size of Class: 251

Ap's Taken: Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, European History, US Government Comparative, US Government Policy, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Computer Science


Extracurriculars

  • I was the founder of my schools computer architecture and engineering clubs and served as president of those clubs from my Sophomore until my senior year.

  • I was my class historian during my freshman and junior years.

  • I founded the film club and was president of the club from my freshman year through my senior year.


Personal Story

"I wasn't too sure that I'd make it into Brown. When I first calculated my odds of making it, I thought it was maybe one in five, but I applied anyway with the expectation that I'd probably be rejected and it would probably suck.


So the day came and I grabbed some chocolate to soothe me after the rejection and tentatively checked the portal. I read the words 'Congratulations on...' and lost my mind. I started freaking out! I had absolutely no idea what to do with myself. I started screaming ad laughing and crying all at the same time while having this general feeling of euphoria wash over me.


It was just an incredible feeling!


The first thing I did afterward was show my mom and dad and they joined my freaking out, my mom more than my dad, and we threw a small party that night with my friends and neighborhood friends celebrating me going to college. It was just amazing!"


Useful Advice

"I think something which really helped me out was that fact that I'm really really weird. I'm this artsy girl who likes poetry and anime, but is super into computer science and engineering. I love romance movies and chick flics while also jam out to punk rock and death metal, and I wasn't scared to share all that in my application. I don't think that there were too many girls like me applying to Brown, or anywhere for that matter, so I had a leg up in admissions.


My advice to anyone who's applying to college, especially to these selective schools is don't be afraid to be weird. It'll give you flavor and character and make you less two dimensional. Pretty much everyone applying everywhere has the same extracurriculars and the same grades and the same backstory, but if you're able to show that you're different in someway, you'll be leagues ahead of those who are writing the same essay as those 10,000 other applicants to that college.


So, in a nutshell, I'd tell them to show off their weird and wild side, that's what makes them interesting."


Brown Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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