College Admissions Info

SChai
SChai
Georgetown University ‘18
BA, Language Studies and Linguistics, German Language and Literature, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Foreign Language Teacher Education, Linguistics, Interpretation, and Translation

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi, I'm Shannon! I'm from San Jose, California, spent a gap year living and working in Leipzig, Germany, and now I go to college in Washington D.C. I've shared everything I can remember about the college application process with y'all! :)
From: San Jose , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No, Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: Georgetown, NYU, Barnard, Northeastern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, German, Japanese

Test Scores

2380
SAT
Highest SAT: 2380
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television, Choir, Community or summer theater/plays, Dance, Key Club, National Honor Society, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, YMCA/YWCA
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College Application Essays

When I think of Dallas, Texas, I think of a cappella singing. I think of sopranos in sweeping satin gowns, the rich vibrato of a baritone’s voice, and the neon glow of the Majestic Theater’s faithful marquee. The theater was the site of my choir concert at the opening ceremony of the American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Convention. The repertoire for that night’s concert featured my choir’s signature, unaccompanied performance of Kurt Bestor’s “Prayer of...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
Why Yale? I described, very specifically, my reasons for picking Yale over any other school. In 2006, I traveled to six cities in Italy for a choir trip, which included an unforgettable performance at Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Thus began my adventures in Italophilia, which have fostered my fierce desire to learn the Italian language. I have limited opportunities to learn Italian in my community, but Yale comes to the rescue with its wealth of resources in the...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
236 Words
Why Columbia? I referenced a past Columbia course in my essay. In 2006, I traveled to six cities in Italy for a choir trip, which included an unforgettable performance at Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Thus began my adventures in Italophilia, which have fostered my fierce desire to learn the Italian language. Unfortunately, I have limited opportunities to learn Italian in my current community, but Columbia comes to the rescue with its wealth of resources in the Language Resource...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
450 Words
Princeton wants to know how you spent your summers before high school. I answered. Two summers ago, I enrolled in the Creative Writing program at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), which is a four-week program held at the California Institute of the Arts. I learned how to create screenplays, scripts for plays, memoirs, short stories, and poems from infinitely wise, professional creative writers. I even got to experience the process of taking a piece of creative...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
243 Words
Barnard wants to hear about a time when you "majored in unafraid." I told 'em. During my second week at work, I learned that one of my coworkers—who was hired on the same day as me to do the same job—makes a dollar more per hour than I do. My discontent had nothing to do with the money, but it had everything to do with equality and principle. This coworker and I had similar qualifications: high school student,...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
443 Words
Why Georgetown? As a Georgetown student now, this rings strongly with me. In 2006, I traveled to six cities in Italy for a choir trip, which included an unforgettable performance at Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. I watched a magical glassblowing demonstration in Venice, climbed to the top of a precarious tower in Pisa, sang arias at the center of an amphitheater in Rome, and tossed three coins over my left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain—an act that...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
251 Words
Why NYU? There are so many colleges in New York, so why specifically NYU? In 2006, I traveled to six cities in Italy for a choir trip, which included an unforgettable performance at Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Thus began my adventures in Italophilia, which have fostered my fierce desire to learn the Italian language. Unfortunately, I have limited opportunities to learn Italian in my current community, but NYU comes to the rescue with its wealth of resources in...





Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
199 Words
Brown wants to learn about the community you grew up in. Here's how I described mine. In the Silicon Valley, where chips aren’t always made from potatoes and Java may soon become our official language, it’s hard for a humanities-loving adolescent to fit in. Fortunately for me, I earned a spot on the staff of my high school newspaper and found myself surrounded by young men and women who crack grammar jokes, send texts in complete sentences, and...



Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
188 Words
Barnard wants to know which woman you'd like to have a chat with. I share. As a young woman with experience and insatiable interest in journalism, screenwriting, politics, and feminism, I would be remiss to forgo an opportunity to meet and converse with Nora Ephron. She embodies every aspect of the woman I hope to be: independent, fearless, endlessly curious, and full of life. During a time when women were not expected to thrive in male-dominated fields like journalism, Ephron...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
208 Words
Why Barnard? I learned about Barnard College three years ago, when an online search for liberal arts colleges in New York City led me to Barnard’s website. After thoroughly reading the school’s website and guidebook, I have discovered countless student opportunities that are irresistible to my interests. For example, the First-Year Seminar choice of Reacting to the Past (RTTP) will engage me in a uniquely personal form of learning that I’ve had limited exposure to in high...





Additional Essay Details:
1827 Words
Why Columbia? In 2006, I traveled to six cities in Italy for a choir trip, which included an unforgettable performance at Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Thus began my adventures in Italophilia, which have fostered my fierce desire to learn the Italian language. Unfortunately, I have limited opportunities to learn Italian in my current community, but Columbia comes to the rescue with its wealth of resources in the Language Resource Center and the Italian Academy. I am thrilled to...

























College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
141 Words
I did not use any private advise counselors, although probably 80% of the rest of my friends and classmates did. I truly believe that the exorbitant price they charge you is not at all necessary or worth it in the end. At the...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
217 Words
I loved the interview process because it gives you a chance to really show off your personality and show the college what kind of individual they could potentially bring to their campus. My Georgetown interview experience was particularly memorable. I really clicked with my alumni interviewer, who is a Spanish teacher at a middle school near my high school. She has a passion for...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
81 Words
Don't be too lazy to apply for scholarships! Make use of the many scholarship search engines, or even just try Google. I have simply...





How I chose schools to apply to
81 Words
Decide which traits of a college are most important to YOU, not your parents or your friends or your boyfriend/girlfriend. For me, I...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
100 Words
If you thought your high school had many clubs and extracurricular activities, think again! College campuses have countless student-run organizations that allow you to pursue old or explore new...





Post-college plans
98 Words
As a freshman, I still have very, VERY hazy post-college plans, but that is completely normal! Many freshman and even sophomores don't even know what they want to major...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
72 Words
I don't want to recommend you anything because I don't know you and what you love! It's that simple, involve yourself in...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
109 Words
Washington D.C. is one of the best cities in the world. I mean come on, it's our nation's capital! There are so many neighborhoods to explore, each with its distinct character. ...





What I’d change about my application process
69 Words
Don't procrastinate on your essays! The essays are, in my opinion, the most important part of the application process. They are...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
78 Words
Mention "What it means to be a Hoya." Georgetown laps that up. We call ourselves Hoyas here, and being a Hoya is a...





My advice about getting recommenders
110 Words
My two favorite teachers in high school (they taught me Calculus and U.S. History) and the adviser of our student newspaper (that was my biggest extracurricular commitment) wrote my recommendation letters....





Why I ultimately chose my school
65 Words
There were a lot of factors involved. Financial aid offers were very important, but ultimately, I chose the campus...