I am currently an undergraduate student of Brown University (class of 2018). I studied the IB in an international school in Hong Kong.
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Hometown Hong Kong, Hong Kong
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2018
English First Language No
Other Language(s) Spoken Cantonese, English, Mandarin

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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In a few years, I would be, or at least aspire to be, spending my days in a basement, together with a group of bandmates, whom I have yet to meet. There we would create our own recording studio to satisfy our whims to make music anytime - in daylight, at night, at dawn. In the bare basement, with anticipation, we would set up pedals and microphones, hang rows of fine guitars and vinyl records onto the walls, admire the...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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My initial interest in Brown has been sparked by a rather unverifiable statement – “Brown likes musicians.” Well, I do have an affinity with music. I love music for its aura of spontaneous beauty, creativity, freedom, and individualism, all that I value most. Brown’s open curriculum therefore attracts me for its similar nature and particularly for the fact that the process of learning can be individualized according to our intellectual interests. It is a golden opportunity for personal engagement. There...
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Area of Study My current intellectual interests involve a mixture of literature, creative writing, and human emotions, with a dash of self-knowledge. I love literature as it educates me so much on the complexity of human emotions. I can deeply relate to the emotions in novels through their lines of surging desires, evident self-delusion, repression, and flawlessly articulated feelings of nostalgia, loneliness, oppression, rebellion...etc. Literature teaches me how to make sense of and articulate my abstract feelings in daily...
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Communities or Groups We’re a dynamic duo, with the similar capacity to dream, to feel, and to learn. From writing comic books to making music, our initial intention to just become friends in third grade has evolved into a shared passion for music and a quest for self-knowledge. We recommend each other music and books then pretentiously attempt to decipher writers’ mentalities while associating them with our own. We attempt to dissect the origins of our emotions, compulsive behaviours,...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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My interest in Colgate University has been sparked by my friend’s exclamation of “Dude! Colgate is so pretty!” as she recounted her visit there during summer break. As an independent musician, I love music for its aura of spontaneous beauty, consisting of boundlessness and individualism. The liberal arts education at Colgate therefore attracts me for its similar nature. Eager to encounter foreign ideas, experiences and people, I’m particularly drawn to Colgate’s rich cultural experiences. Off-campus programs and...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
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• Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places. (100 word limit). Geographically speaking, I’ve lived in the same district since I was born - Happy Valley, Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the district is constantly changing. The old McDonald’s with awesome ketchup dispensers has evolved into various stores, and now, into an overpriced chain store. My “Sunday McDonald...
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• In his novel, Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann writes: “We seldom know what we're hearing when we hear something for the first time, but one thing is certain: we hear it as we will never hear it again. We return to the moment to experience it, I suppose, but we can never really find it, only its memory, the faintest imprint of what it really was, what it meant.” Tell us about something you heard or experienced for...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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• In no more than 250 words, please tell us why BU is a good fit for you and what specifically has led you to apply for admission. As an independent musician, I love music for its aura of creativity, freedom, and individualism. BU’s College Program therefore attracts me for its similar nature, particularly for the fact that the process of learning can be individualized according to our intellectual interests, providing me the freedom to construct my path to knowledge acquisition...

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High School Performance

High School TypeInternational
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved

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Converted SAT Score1430
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details3 classes and scores



ActivitiesHospital Volunteer, Library Volunteer, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Choir, Photography / Film, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, World/Global Affairs Club

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