01 Harvard University
BA, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics
The steady hum of the fan murmurs in the silence of my dorm room. The brightness of the lamp contrasts sharply with the stifling gloom of the rest of the room. It's way past midnight, yet I'm still awake, pondering. I lean back in my chair to get away, but the nagging reminder of a quickly-approaching deadline still overwhelms me. I can almost feel the depressive stress permeating the dorm as everyone races to finish his project. [redacted potentially personally identifying information] is a high-pressure environment, as was promised. My frustration and anxiety echo the theme of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, a piano piece I've recently played.
02 Cornell University
BA, Biology, Microbiology
I first became aware of the problems with the scientific community's focus on "Western" diseases in my Spanish class when we studied the effects of actinic prurigo in rural communities throughout the Americas. Actinic prurigo is an autoimmune disease that results in painful, easily-infected skin lesions as a result of sun exposure. No cure exists for it, and current treatments are ineffective. Despite the fact that many people throughout the Americas suffer from this disease, little research is being done to cure it. Actinic prurigo is just one of many diseases ignored by the scientific community because they affect areas which don't conduct a lot of their own research.
03 Dartmouth College
BA, Computer Science
Computer / Technology Volunteer 3 years
Library Volunteer 4 years
Hospital Volunteer 2 years
Choir 2 years
From the day I first laid my eyes on a computer screen, I have been absolutely fascinated with technology. I can still remember sitting in my father's lap as a toddler peering into his old laptop and trying to grab the delicious-looking red trackball in the middle of the keyboard. Yes, at the age of two I had an eye for technology. In kindergarten, when I returned home from school, I would enthusiastically run to the now ancient computer and discover something new on PowerPoint 2000. There was nothing more absolutely thrilling to me than technology, an interest that exactly none of my peers shared with me. My friends had even fashioned the nickname "tech support" for me, a name which I have stayed true to.
04 Princeton University
BS, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
The Rainbow After the Storm
My fingers were racing across the keyboard as I put the final touches on my English paper when all of a sudden—BAM!—my laptop went still. Frozen. Stuck. The only movement remaining was the rainbow pinwheel loading icon. No matter how hard I clicked the mouse or how loud I screamed at the screen, my laptop refused to budge. Helpless, I prayed that my work would be saved as I waited for the wheel of doom to cease spinning.