College Admissions Info

Tufts University, ‘18
BA, Cognitive Science, International Relations and National Security Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Tufts University Class of 2018
From: Shanghai , China
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: Hamilton, Tufts, Bates
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1530
Highest SAT: 2240
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
High School Type: International
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: School Theater/Plays, Improv club/team, Charity Drive Organizing
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College Application Essays

Seventeen I arrived, but a lowly pilgrim, in New York City, the comedy Mecca of the world. I romanticized New York, a little. The golden streets were to bustle with promises, the people were to walk on beat to Rhapsody in Blue, and I was to folic from open mic to open mic, ducking into comedy clubs, conquering the crowds, and bringing the guttural sounds of merriment to the masses. In reality, New York was the kind of place where...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
261 Words
Cleft in Twain There was a group of children, which Oliver was a part of, and most of these children were forbidden to play video games by their mothers. But unto them an older child was given, who went by the name Jerry. Jerry was a talented storyteller. So one day, the children said unto Jerry, “Play with us.” Jerry inquired, “What shall we play?” To which the children replied, “Take what you’ve seen in games and books and...

Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
353 Words
It was April when I fell in love with Sarah Kay. I sat before my computer as she read poetry to me. And as she prophesized, “Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to.” Sarah reintroduced me to poetry- a world I had left in eighth grade due to a particularly embarrassing incident involving a love letter and a girl. But spoken word poetry became another avenue of self-expression- something I’ve always seemed to have a longing for (which...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
357 Words
As I sat basking in the cold blue glow of the television, I realized that Anthony Bourdain was who I wanted to be in twenty years time. Above all, I admired his writing. His book Kitchen Confidential remains one of my favorite works of nonfiction. Perhaps it was his acidic wit, or his gratuitous sprinklings of unforgiving pop culture references- regardless, I fell in love. I learned quickly that he attended Vassar, though this fact bore little importance to freshman...

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
47 Words
When I was waitlisted by Hamilton I emailed the admissions officers relatively persistently (but...

What set me apart from other applicants
36 Words
What I think set me apart from the other applicants was...