UC Berkeley
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
iPhone Engineer. Berkeley. Low SAT. Doing Great!
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Hometown Castro Valley, California
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
275 Words
Grades and Community Service: Will having 50 hours of community service at X Club help me get into Y University? Will 100 hours? The short answer is: probably not. For top universities, academics are paramount because these applications are number games. Some numbers are more important than others. Generally speaking, grades and course rigor is 50% of the fight. 25% is SAT or ACT scores. (Quick side note: SAT and ACT scores are interchangeable. A good ACT score will make a terrible SAT...
How to increase chances at my school
243 Words
Personal Statement: Especially for STEM majors, you should show interest in your desired field. For example, if you want to go into Mechanical Engineering, write about something that you built (reference my personal statement essay regarding my go-karting experience). You need to set yourself apart from the rest. Write about something that is completely unique to you. If you write something that sounds like someone else can do the exact same...
How to increase chances at my school
141 Words
I Declare That You Declare: Going in as undeclared is not the way to go. Make your college plans now. If you go into college not knowing your ultimate goal, you will be spending a lot of money in tuition,...
How to increase chances at my school
337 Words
Nonessential Exams are Essentially Essential: Generally speaking, the only required exams are the SAT or ACT. But why stop there? Those two exams can only show admission officers so much. Give them more data points for them to analyze you with. Take SAT Subject Tests to show that you're good at other subjects. If you happen to like United States History, take the SAT United States History Subject Test. What's great about SAT Subject Tests is that you can continue studying for your AP class and exam, and you will be simultaneously studying for the SAT Subject Test equivalent. It's...
How to increase chances at my school
191 Words
Do it With a Purpose: Directly preceding this piece of advice, I did say that 100 hours of community service will make up for one of those pesky Bs. However, in the end, quality trumps quantity. Student 1: "I made cards for cancer patients in the hospital." Student 2: "I organized and managed my town's local benefit...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
149 Words
Personal Projects: Personal projects will make you stand out. Most applicants don't do any during high school. One of my classmates built a flight simulator during his junior year of high school. Though he didn't have the best grades (mostly Bs and...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
107 Words
Summer Jobs: In my opinion, jobs are will really help your application. Find a summer job! Food service jobs are cool. But jobs that apply to your intended major will...

More Essays

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“[MY NAME] finishes with a respectable 56.9 seconds.” When the Sports Car Club of America announcer says “respectable,” he’s just trying to make you feel better about your time. In 2006, Dad purchased a blue 1999 Track Magic Demon go-kart. We often frequented karting competitions and had great fun, despite recording awful times. But at the beginning of high school, I began to take motorsports more seriously. I enjoy the refinement process. Getting quicker times around the track was the main objective...

General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
349 Words
You're Making a List and Checking it Twice...: Picking which colleges to apply to can be a little tricky. First, imagine the schools that you would actually want to attend. There is no point in applying for schools that you would never want to go to. Applying would just be a waste of your time and money. Do some searching for college rankings. Obviously prestige will matter later when you are looking for a job. I can already hear you, "But Person Z said that as long as I get my degree, I will be fine." To that, I say...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
251 Words
Everything is Easily Accessible: Private admission counselors will save you time, but not money. I did not use any private admission counselor. Instead, I have mastered the art of Google-fu. Private admission counselors can only know so much. When you stump them with a question, they have to look it up online. I just thought that I should cut out the middleman, and just find information that I wanted by myself. For...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
117 Words
I enjoy building things that go fast. From bicycles to scooters, from cars to go-karts. And because of that, I find that the vehicle competition teams at UC Berkeley give me opportunities to do...
Post-college plans
45 Words
I had internships at SpaceX, Apple's Mac Product Design Engineering team, and Tesla's...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.92 unweighted)
Top 5%
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

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Highest SAT
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Converted SAT Score1270
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details9 classes and scores




ActivitiesTutoring/Mentoring, School Band, Key Club, Marching Band, School Jazz / Orchestra, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Science Club/Team

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