College Admissions Info

kathyzhu1
kathyzhu1
Duke University ‘16
BS, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

From: Houston , Texas
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UT Austin, Northwestern, Swarthmore, Wellesley, WashU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

2360
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1590
Highest SAT: 2360
SAT Prep:
SAT IIs:

High School Performance

High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Field Hockey, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, School Choir, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School theater/plays
How Spent Summers:
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College Application Essays

63 Words
After doing a final once-over of the hallway that serves as the black box theater’s backstage (wouldn’t want to miss anything on opening night), I slip into the wings. Everyone is already there, outlines of faces and people. We exchange reassuring smiles, quick muscle twitches barely visible in the dark, and whispers of “You ready?” as the pre-show jitters set in.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
71 Words
I would definitely keep my admissions process more personal. It's great if you have a couple close friends or family who...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
74 Words
My first interview was for WashU, and I didn't think it went very well. I did my research, but the interviewer was...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
65 Words
I probably could have done more to apply for scholarships, but most of the schools I looked at did not...





My advice about getting recommenders
125 Words
I asked my World History I and AP US History teacher from freshman and junior year, who was also the faculty sponsor for the East Asian affinity group. I also asked my junior year English teacher who I...





Why I ultimately chose my school
119 Words
I honestly applied for Duke completely on a whim because the application was easy (the supplement essay was optional at the time) and my mom had a friend whose daughter went to Duke. When I unexpectedly...