College Admissions Info

Dartmouth College, ‘18
BA, Economics, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 1 supplemental essays
  • 11 advice topics

Student Background

I wrote my college essay about awkward dancing; it ended up being one of the UChicago admissions officer's favorites!
From: Houston , Texas
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: UChicago, Dartmouth, UT Austin
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1520
Highest SAT: 2210
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Academic Decathlon, Model Congress / Model UN, Debate Club/Team, School Choir, National Honor Society, Community Cleanup / Service
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
683 Words
I consider myself an awkward dancer. Awkward dancing doesn’t always mean bad dancing – even Anna Pavlova would be awkward performing an arabesque in certain contexts. Like at a debate tournament with no specific reason to dance. You can imagine the kinds of looks I get when I do it. Last year, I started a trend on my debate team of dancing at tournaments. The only rules are that 1) you must dance where people can see you and 2) no excuses...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
330 Words
I have days when I’ll spend hours at a time learning about a random topic – reading articles on the history of Cyprus, for example, or listening to an online lecture on causal reasoning. It’s as though Csikszentmihalyi's concept of “flow” (which I’ve also researched) will take over and I become fully immersed in learning. Although I have specific areas of interest for my future career goals, I enjoy enriching my knowledge of many different subjects. In school,...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
49 Words
No, I didn't use a private admissions counselor; I didn't think it was necessary. There...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
118 Words
For the standard alumni interview, just treat it like a conversation you're having with an alumni! They'll ask you questions about yourself, such as why you're interested in the college, extracurricular activities, recent books you've...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
82 Words
Your school counselor, the company your parent(s) work for, an organization that you're in, Google, books -- all great places to start looking. Keep...

How I chose schools to apply to
67 Words
Honestly, I recommend applying to as many schools are you think you'd be interested in. A lot of similar schools...

How to increase chances at my school
77 Words
For any school -- don't try too hard to sound intellectual and impressive; admissions officers can tell. For example, sometimes applications will have...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
81 Words
You should always be aiming to do something productive during your summers, like internships, projects, working, or volunteering. Not many high school students do...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
45 Words
Dartmouth is known for being isolated and cold, which I wasn't initially keen on,...

What I’d change about my application process
22 Words
I actually procrastinated quite a bit. Don't...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
91 Words
Dartmouth is most unique due to its D-Plan (allows you to take terms off of your choice, so for example you could stay on campus one summer...

What set me apart from other applicants
31 Words
My essay was quirky (I wrote about awkward dancing...

My advice about getting recommenders
88 Words
I got letters of rec from my junior year AP English and AP Calculus teachers. Both of them knew me well and particularly liked me. When...