College Admissions Info

Princeton University, ‘16
BA, Computer Science, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm studying computer science and economics at Princeton with a focus in statistics and machine learning. I took two years off from college to start a company.
From: Marlboro, NJ
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth, JHU, Duke, Rutgers, CMU, Cornell
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2300
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High School Performance

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Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Some good some bad
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Chess, Math Team, Model Congress / Model UN, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Computer / Technology Volunteer
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Story central to identity
635 Words
I started playing chess when I was six. Even then, I could feel the tension loaded in every move. It seemed like fun. Plus, the pieces were knights, kings, castles, queens, and I had always been a lover of myths and heroic tales. Chess couldn’t have held more appeal.  I started by just moving the pieces, alone, when no one was watching. When my father saw me, he showed me the basics, and soon I was off and running....

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
253 Words
During a training session in New York City for the top scholastic chess players in the country, chess legend Garry Kasparov told me, “Chess shouldn’t consume your life. Studying the board means nothing if you do not study the world.” With this idea in mind, I began my college process. My first tour was at Columbia University. Walking up the steps to Butler Library, I was struck by the diversity throughout the student body that extended far beyond purely...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
232 Words
Why engineering? At my Columbia Engineering information session, the speaker wrapped up his talk with a striking comment: “Engineering is unlike any other profession. It requires you to think in another dimension and link seemingly unrelated topics. We need you to become tomorrow’s engineers, to solve the problems that will become critical for the world’s future.” I realized that an engineering degree would give me the skills to solve real world problems. My first encounter with this type...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
251 Words
Something you find meaningful about a book. The book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell was the most intriguing book I have ever read. The author focuses on a technique called “thin-slicing,” or unconscious mental processes that operate quickly from a small amount of information. The book discusses the presence of this technique in a wide array of fields ranging from science to sales, politics to art. When Gladwell began discussing how instinctive decisions could be more beneficial than drawn-out considerations, I...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
238 Words
Favorite class and why. Ever since my early childhood, I read. I read books, magazines, papers, whatever I could get my hands on. I didn’t watch television like other children (this was probably because I lived in an Asian household - the TVs were unplugged anyway). As a result of television deficiency, when I went to American school for the first time, my learning style was largely text-based, so it was no surprise to me that English was my...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
598 Words
For the first sixteen years of my life, I was sure that I was going to pursue a career in engineering. I excelled in the math and sciences ever since grade school and after I was admitted to the top math and science high school in the country, it seemed pretty clear what my career path would be. Indeed, in the summer before my senior year, I applied to be a research intern under Dr. Thomas Papathomas, the director of...

Additional Essay Details:
105 Words
I would say that you shouldn't shy from embellishment in your college essays. The most successful college essays I've seen tend to be a bit more on the bombastic side. You also want there to be a story that ties everything together. Your essays should paint the picture that you want the readers to see. From these essays, the reader will think that I'm a student who goes to an engineering high school who loves the humanities, who has grown...

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
15 Words
Definitely send additional materials after...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
25 Words
The interview is pretty important - don't be...

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

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
23 Words
I had a lot of extracurriculars in...

Why I declined other schools
58 Words
I turned down MIT, Columbia, and a few other schools to attend Princeton. For me, it was...

Why I ultimately chose my school
8 Words
Location, suburbia,...

My advice about getting recommenders
33 Words
My research professor whom I spent two summers with. Doing...

What set me apart from other applicants
10 Words
My extracurriculars, namely...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
9 Words
Do research and...

Post-college plans
6 Words
Work in...