College Admissions Info

Matty
Matty
Cornell University ‘20
BA,

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Premed Biology Major at Cornell University
From: Chantilly , Virginia
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UVA, UMich, William & Mary
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

2340
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1580
Highest SAT: 2340
SAT Prep:
SAT IIs:
PSAT Scores:

High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
High School Type: Magnet
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: American Cancer Society, Hospital Volunteer, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Science Club/Team
How Spent Summers:
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Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Cornell, UVA, UMich, William & Mary, Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Northwestern, UChicago: Summer experience
587 Words
Most people would be overjoyed to be working as a summer research intern, and I was too, until about two weeks in. I would be studying an environmental application of one of my favorite subjects, chemistry, and was excited to apply what I had learned in school. But the harsh transition between school and the real world led me to a change of heart. The stressful environment and overwhelming workload were unlike any I had experience before. Yet, since this...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
672 Words
For Cornell: My parents have wanted me to apply to Cornell for as long as I have been alive. I grew up listening to, “Camilla, you remember Camilla right? My friend’s daughter, she comes over for Thanksgiving. She goes to Cornell. You know that right?” When my upperclassmen friends were accepted to and began attending Cornell, I thought my parents would never stop. “Sophie’s going to Cornell next year, and she says you would love it there too....









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
290 Words
UVA: What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way? Imagine being told you had cancer wondering, “How did this happen to me?” Now imagine the doctor replying, “You just have bad luck.” As unnerving as it sounds, bad luck, according to the article “Variations in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions,” by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein, represents two thirds of...





Supplemental Essay: Other
27 Words
Tell stories in your essays. Use experiences you've had from work, internships, volunteering, research, etc., and relate them to your passions. Show, don't tell in your essays.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
40 Words
I'd have started earlier in the summer and spent more time editing...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
71 Words
I interviewed with Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Chicago, and Northwestern. From my interview experience, the interviewers were a lot more interested in...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
48 Words
I engaged in a research internship and worked as a summer chemistry teaching assistant...





Post-college plans
14 Words
I hope to enter...





Why I ultimately chose my school
9 Words
Cornell offered me...





Why I declined other schools
13 Words
While other schools did...





How I chose schools to apply to
40 Words
I chose schools along the east coast, since the west coast was...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
18 Words
I applied for scholarships using...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
59 Words
Familiarize yourself with the school. Don't just apply to a school because "It's an Ivy League" or whatever....





My advice about getting recommenders
43 Words
Ask for recommenders at the end of junior year. Ask both and STEM...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
125 Words
I participated in Science Olympiad. Relay for Life, National Honor Society, and my school's Swim/Dive team. I love science, so Science Olympiad was great to get to see some applications of what I was learning. My aunt...