College Admissions Info

Columbia University ‘17
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Personal statement
  • 2 supplemental essays
  • 1 advice topics

Student Background

Ivy admissions underdog: Real-talk advice from a small town public school Asian American girl
From: Ithaca , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: Columbia
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: No

Test Scores

Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

None reported

College Application Essays

“My name is Rose. What's your name?” I gaped at the wrinkled old Chinese lady curled up in the hospital bed. There we were, in a nursing home in Qingdao, China, yet she spoke to me in accented, but unmistakable English. “My name is Hannah,” I responded calmly, “I'm a volunteer here. Can I stay and chat?” She reached for my hand and smiled, showing the few teeth she still had. “See, I haven't forgotten my English.” After asking me...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
288 Words
Columbia asked a supplemental essay question on how a book/movie/cultural event has influenced you. This was my response: By the standards of a proper Asian-American upbringing, as detailed in “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, my parents are half-hearted felines at best. When I read Chua's memoir, I was having a self-proclaimed existential crisis over the SAT and deciding upon a future career path. It was January 7, my birthday, but more importantly, 21 days away from test day. I...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
289 Words
Columbia's question on why I wanted to pursue the major I wanted to pursue. This was my response: My passion for politics began as I stood at a podium in front of 300 girls in a sweltering lecture hall. I was at Girls State, and I had been elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee because no one else wanted the job. Now, I had to defend the pesticide bill that my committee wrote in front of the mock state assembly and...

Additional Essay Details:
526 Words
Here is another essay that I drafted but ended up not using, not because of lower quality, but because I found that I wanted to advocate a different story. TeenInk Magazine might as well have been the National Enquirer. Staring down at the tabloid-esque pages, I half-expected to see pictures of an alien invasion in New Mexico. And then I remembered why I had gotten a free copy of TeenInk in the mail. Its editors decided to publish two articles...

College Admissions Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
355 Words
Columbia University asked "Why Columbia?" as one of its supplemental essay questions. Approaching this topic, I strongly encourage you to focus on what really makes a school unique, rather than waxing sentimental about how much you love a school's surrounding city or how you were inspired when you looked at the buildings. The admissions counselors smell that kind of nonsense...