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How I got into Brown (Interview 9)

Stats

SAT: 1490 (750 Math, 740 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.83

Rank in Class: 16

Size of Class: 273

Ap's Taken: Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, World History, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature


Extracurriculars

  • I have been a part of my schools theater production team from my freshman year through my senior year.

  • I have ran spring track since my sophomore year and was the captain of the sprinting team during my junior and senior years.

  • I was the president of my schools STEM club during my junior and senior years.


Personal Story

"I didn't grow up in a wealthy family and for that reason getting into Brown was something which was a blessing to me and my family. I never told my parents this, and they still don't know, but there were days when I didn't eat lunch in order to save the lunch money my parents gave me so that I could pay for the Ap classes I was taking in the spring.


There were weeks when I went the entire week, Monday through Friday, without eating so that I could save the $15 my parents gave me that week, buy some food and sell it to make $50. I did this for a bunch of weeks saving up maybe $3,500 in total to pay for my SAT and Ap tests and tutoring, as well as leaving $1,000 for my little sister for when she would be taking her tests and would need help in school.


I remember walking to McDonalds after school was over and cramming my face with chicken McNuggets and burgers while flipping burgers and doing homework from 4pm until 10pm where I would come home and study for two hours and go to bed. Starting the process all over again at 5AM the next day where I would study and do any homework I didn't complete from the night before.


I remember opening up the portal and checking the application portal and once I saw it tears started rolling down my eyes. I just cried and cried and cried as I realized how this could change things. I could go off and become a lawyer, maybe a banker, or some sort of engineer and my family would never have to struggle with money again. We'd never have to worry about losing our home, about the power being shut off, or about the water being cut. We'd have a brand new life, a better life than we had before."


Useful Advice

"I'm not sure if this really falls under good advice, but you need to have a really strong reason why you want to do something or you might just give up. I was so jealous of the guys who were so good at school that they could just study for 30 seconds and get an A while I would have been studying for weeks just to get an A-. But, that's just what needed to happen to get everything I ever wanted.


I've never really been the smartest guy in the world, I don't have a special last name, nor do I have any special connections anywhere I just knew from the bottom of my heart that I didn't want myself, my sister and my parents to live like this for the rest of their lives and that I was going to do whatever it took to make that happen. I believe that if someone really wants to go to somewhere like Harvard they need to really believe that not only is it possible, but that they belong there. I believe that if someone really really believes that they can make it, and they put in the work to get there, there's nothing they can't do."


Brown Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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