USC ‘19
B.S., Accounting
I'm a junior accounting and business double major at USC! I was involved as a leader in music and athletics in high school.
Features Included


Hometown Portland, Oregon
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Cantonese, Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Scripps College (Claremont, CA)
  • Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Accounting

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

The academic rigor of a typical course load or in my major
138 Words
The Leventhal School of Accounting is one of the toughest schools at USC - it's a specialized business major highly ranked in the U.S. (around #5 most years). Being a USC accounting major can groom you perfectly for a job in...
Research, job or internship opportunities available to students at my school
128 Words
If you're an accounting major, internship opportunities are very structured. Most people apply for internships with the Big Four or mid-tiers (very few go to local firms). Starting sophomore year in the spring, we apply for summer leadership...

More Essays

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After spending most of my courage to pass auditions for Notella, my school’s co-ed a cappella group, I envisioned myself blending flawlessly into the seams: an integral but unnoticeable sophomore. I am not a bubbly choir kid with a loud personality, but am intrinsically a musician and love adding perfectly tuned harmonies to my vocalist friends’ melodies. Because of performance anxiety, I shy away from singing in public. Luckily, Notella only goes to one competition: ICHSA, which features high...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
249 Words
Business is the natural integration of leadership and mathematics, two of my strengths. Taking responsibility for group tasks and communicating with teammates is second nature to me. My brain is wired for logic-based thinking — I intuitively understand statistical analysis and how to manipulate numbers to make sense of them and analyze their significance in context. In the Levanthal School of Accounting nested in within Marshall, I will be able to hone my interpersonal abilities after reviewing video taken during a...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
203 Words
I had my reservations about women’s colleges before visiting campus, but after a conversation with a current senior, I discovered that my worries are unfounded. She told me that an all women environment creates a collaborative atmosphere and opens up leadership opportunities for soft-spoken and outspoken women, such as operating the Motley Coffeehouse or editing The Scripps Voice. These work experiences are invaluable in paving the way for more women to fill executive positions in the professional workforce and...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
99 Words
As a singer and instrumentalist, I appreciate that a third of Oles include music in their lives. I love singing in my high school’s choir and a cappella group, and look forward to entering the choral music scene that St. Olaf is known for to develop my own sound and make music with peers. I want to live with fellow musically minded students while engaging in an academically rigorous set of classes. I would love to take advantage of...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
531 Words
My dad is staunchly a Chinese immigrant. At fifteen years old, his family finally fled the persecution of intellectuals under Communist rule. With his mother and brother, my dad was illegally smuggled to the States, joining his father in pursuing the American dream: eating meat more than once a year and facing less state-sanctioned persecution. Even now, my dad gets angry when my sister or I disparage contemporary social justice issues. “Appreciate what you have and stop complaining,” he will...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
100 Words
I was born and have been raised in Portlandia on granola and organic vegetables; schooled in indie music, skinny jeans, and composting. My parents are both staunchly first-generation Chinese immigrants, the type who say, “Do your homework” on the first day of summer. Somehow, they live here. Once during breakfast, my sister was eating toast. To see what would happen, she gathered some crumbs and held them playfully over the floor. “Caitlyn, don’t do that,” said my dad worriedly. ...
Supplemental Essay Other
40 Words
The "Why us" supplemental essays are for 1) University of Southern California, 2) Scripps College, 3) Saint Olaf College. Supplement 4 was written for Pomona's "What is freedom to you?" prompt, and 5 was written for Brown's prompt asking, "Tell us where you have lived."

General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
85 Words
By April, I narrowed down my choices to two schools. Both were equally appealing in terms of campus, size, and academic rigor, but I ended up...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
49 Words
I applied for the national merit scholarship, which was a huge investment. If you are...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
63 Words
LA, although not the most beautiful or safe city, has so much to offer. The entertainment industry is centered...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
72 Words
There are so many on-campus events I never knew about before coming to campus - like Visions and Voices, boba fundraisers, and...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Confident, specialized,...
My favorite course thus far, and why
75 Words
My GESM (general education seminar) called "Music as Politics" for the arts requirement has been my favorite class so far. My professor was...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 1%
High School TypeOther Private
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
SAT Score Details
Converted SAT Score1580
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores


SportsTennis, Volleyball


ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Choir
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
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