Stanford ‘17
B.S., Biology
Creative writer and aspiring med student. Happy to help with the admissions process!
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Hometown Moraga, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

My second day of a summer of research at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, I awoke to a knock at my door. It was my advisor, a Thai woman named P’Be, informing me that I would have a “conference” that morning. Confused, I boarded the bus for the hour-long commute from my dorm to the lab, where I was quickly rushed to a room of reporters and promptly bombarded with questions. Lost in translation had been the word “press.”...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
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Stanford: What matters to you and why? In my room, I have two clocks. one glares at me from a bookshelf and has the unenviable task of waking me up in the morning. The other is my partner, nestled on my desk between textbooks and a lamp that I carved out of a gourd in the third grade. Time matters to me. When I was younger, I noticed that an hour of reading is a minute, an empty hour is...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Stanford: Write a letter to your roommate: At birth I was blessed (or cursed, if you ask my parents) with a powerful set of lungs, but lacked the ability to hear. At first, my constant ear infections and delayed speech were a mess of confusion. Then, a doctor identified my otitis media, a build-up of fluid that rendered my middle ear nearly unusable, and remedied it with an operation. Since I entered the world of sound at the age of...
Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
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Stanford: Write about an experience important to your intellectual vitality: The Soy Info Center is a database and resource center for science and businesses. As an intern, I assist in reading, summarizing, and compiling documents into books for publication. One day, while my manager and I were deep in the threshes of writing History of Natto and Its Relatives (1405-2012), I reviewed a document about methods of growing Natto, a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans. As I annotated neatly...

School Specific Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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Stanford intimidated me a lot before I started. I worried that I wouldn't compare to the "geniuses" and would not do well. Stanford is a place where, as long as you apply yourself...

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General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I was very lucky in the college admissions process - I applied early to my top school (Stanford) and was accepted. As a result, I did not apply to many other colleges (just UCs, Pitt, and USC because they were due before I found about about Stanford). That said, I did consider several schools when deciding where to apply early. My priorities when choosing a school...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Driven, quirky, over-committed, fun-loving, smart. Stanford...
How I chose schools to apply to
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I am a California resident, so the UCs were a no brainer for me. I ended up applying to 4 because, even with high grades/GPA, I knew I couldn't just rely on UCLA and Cal. I chose UC Davis and UC San Diego because I grew up in the Sacramento area and have fond memories of the Davis area and enjoyed the bike culture, science programs, and college-town vibe. UC San Diego...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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At Stanford, I have been involved in undergraduate research, the Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, TAed an undergrad course, and founded my campus chapter of Be the Match (a bone marrow registry). I...
My advice about getting recommenders
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My AP Biology and junior English teachers wrote my letters of recommendation. The best thing is to aim for one STEM/tech teacher and one from the humanities. Within those categories, just pick the teachers to whom you feel closest or relate the most to. My AP Bio teacher and I were pretty close, and I was his TA senior...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Summer activities were key and I think were one of the biggest reasons I got into Stanford. The summer after freshman year, I went to a genetics camp and volunteered at a local convalescent hospital. The following two summers, I did science research through programs I found on...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did not use a private admissions counselor, primarily because they are expensive! I think that, at the end of the day, I was better off without one. I was pretty...

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