College Admissions Info

Rice University, ‘18
BA, Sociology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm super cool and you should come to Rice
From: Naperville , Illinois
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UNC, Amherst, Northwestern, Case, Illinois, Wisconsin, Miami, Rice
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1530
Highest SAT: 2240
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving (Recruited), Water Polo
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society, Photography / Film
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Issue of personal significance
698 Words
As a general rule, never ask high-schoolers about their middle school days. Their initial reactions of shock, embarrassment, and then regret are usually enough to stop the pleasant flow of conversation altogether. Unless you’re particularly callous, you should also just completely avoid the topics of old yearbook photos and ID cards. For me, it isn’t that I had an extremely weird sense of style or that I still hadn’t gotten my braces yet – no, I’m more...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
85 Words
I'm going to admit firsthand that I was one of those kids who looked up way too many lists of supposed "Best Colleges" and spent too much time reading about different schools on College Prowler. After becoming extremely frustrated at the fact that searching for "Best Colleges for Pre-Med Tracks" yielded either the same exact schools or a response of "Undergrad doesn't matter," I finally realized I was researching colleges on the wrong premise. I was going to be spending

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
I'm applying to the Wiess School of Natural Sciences in order to pursue an education in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. I love both biology and chemistry, so doing Biochemistry as a major would solve my problems of having to say "I don't know... maybe Biology. Or Chemistry. I don't know!" to anyone who asks about what I want to study. All jokes aside, studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology would help me eventually attain my dream of becoming either a geneticist...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
524 Words
While most of my friends went on vacations or picked up research internships at local universities, I spent my last two summers surrounded by pool water. This wasn’t particularly new: I’ve been a competitive swimmer since the age of five, but what really made my perfume of chlorine worth it was when I finally got a real job. As a swim instructor and lifeguard at a prestigious health club, we were expected to cater to every whim of...

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
46 Words
Do your research! Sites like Niche really helped me decide where to apply. Find...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
61 Words
Work and/or volunteer as much as you can. From what I've read, so many people go on...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
125 Words
I absolutely love my school. We're right by the Texas Medical Center, which is great for premeds because it's very easy to find internship/shadowing/volunteer opportunities. There's plenty to do and eat around here in Houston, and...

Why I ultimately chose my school
48 Words
Visiting the campus was a huge factor. I didn't feel like I really fit...

Post-college plans
36 Words
I'm a premed currently thinking about majoring in sociology and getting...

My advice about getting recommenders
141 Words
I had my Calculus BC teacher, aka the best math teacher I'll probably ever have, and my Anatomy teacher write my recommendations. Both of them were very kind to me and definitely knew I was hard-working; I raised my grade in Calc...