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How I got into Brown (Interview 6)

Stats

SAT: 1530 (790 Math, 740 Reading)

ACT: 34 (33 English, 35 Math, 34 Reading, 34 Science)

GPA: 3.90

Rank in Class: 7

Size of Class: 339

Ap's Taken: Biology, Physics Mechanics, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, World History, Comparative Government, Government and Politics, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, English Language, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics


Extracurriculars

  • I was on my schools cross country team as well as the track team for all four years of high school.

  • I was the captain of my math league team and the vice president of my science olympiad team

  • I was my class treasurer during my sophomore and junior years.


Personal Story

"I couldn't believe it when I got in to Brown. I had to do a double, triple and quadruple take when I got accepted. When I was little, I wanted to be president. I would tell anyone who would ever listen that 'one day I would be president of the United States' that one day 'they would see me on the news, doing president things' and some people believed me, but most dismissed it thinking that every kid wants to be president when they're little.


When I was a little older, I started really doing research into the colleges and schools presidents went to and it seemed like they all went to some sort of Ivy League school. If I remember correctly, Barack Obama went to Harvard and Columbia, George H.W. Bush went to Yale, George W. Bush went to Harvard, Bill Clinton went to Yale, James Madison went to Princeton, and the list goes on and on. They all went tot these amazing schools and I had no idea if I would be able to join that list one day, but I decided that I had to at least try.


So I worked really hard in middle school and high school to try to give myself the chance of joining this club because I thought that the only way to ever become a president was to go to an Ivy League school. Now, I realize that many presidents haven't but, at the time, it served an extremely useful purpose. But, anyway, once the results came out, I could hardly believe my eyes, while I got rejected from Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Penn, I got into Brown, and that alone made me cry because I had finally made it. All the work and sweat and time put me in a position to be one step closer towards becoming president and that was a beautiful feeling.


Now all I have to do is survive my 4 years here and finish law school and maybe one day you'll see me running for office, hopefully in the 2040 election."


Useful Advice

"I grew up in a fairly middle class family and went to a private school so my parents couldn't really afford the private college coaches and tutors some of my other friends had. However, what I did find useful were websites, especially those with online videos and useful resources within them to help me out in school. While I didn't receive as much tutoring as other kids, I instead used those resources and my time to help put me on the same level as the other kids. I might need to work 10 times as hard for the same result, but that's what I needed to do to stay there.


I'd say that using online help, especially for stem classes, is a huge plus in helping someone get into an ivy league school because it allows them to supplement their knowledge and have a teacher them a particular topic or concept while they are out of school. Using online vides, websites and worksheets goes a long way in helping to make sure that you're in a really solid place in your learning and can help reinforce anything you're unsure about at any point in time. While taking notes in class and reviewing those notes is an amazing way to learn, I'd recommend going outside your notes to the internet to see if they can reinforce the concepts and learn the material in a different way so that they can truly have a depth of understanding not really taught in school."


Brown Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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