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Application Essays


The assignment is to write in a clear and concise manner using the available information below (these were the answers to Columbia application), as well as, any other information the writer thinks is relevant to the answers. It is going to be important to adapt the background information to the questions asked by Columbia. Please note that will be a space to answer the question. Please limit your question to the space presented (please use “Times New Roman”, size 10, and for each of the left and right margins use a spacing of 0.60”. Note that the space given to answer the questions is based on this format)

Briefly describe any scholastic honors you have won beginning with ninth grade.

In the year 1998, after graduating from high school, I was awarded First Place in the University of Pernambuco mathematics contest (Vestibular 1999). I won First Place in the same contest in 1999 (Vestibular 2000). As the winner of the prestigious contest two years in a row, I merited the attention of the State Secretary of Education, Dr. Efrem Maranhão, who personally awarded me the certificate of honor.

Presently, I am enrolled in the Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS) honors program in economics/mathematics at Northwestern University. A review of my official high school records will provide more information regarding my achievements and accomplishments.

Please describe which of these activities (extracurricular and personal activities or work experience) has had the most meaning for you, and why.

Work experience has had the most meaning in my life. I originated my first company at the age of sixteen. It began due to my acquaintance with a man who specialized in importing cleaning products. He expressed an interest in the potential he recognized in me. As a test of my potential, he gave me full responsibility for a small number of transactions. After I successf...

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