College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘16
BA, Area and Ethnic Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity major. I do wish there were a Peace and Justice Studies major at Stanford!
From: Mesa , Arizona
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents, Grandparent, Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: Arizona, UCSD, UC Berkeley, UChicago, Stanford
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, Russian

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2300
PSAT Scores:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: American Cancer Society, Athletics Organization, Community Cleanup / Service, National Honor Society, School Band, School Jazz / Orchestra
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
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College Application Essays

521 Words
One month remained. Surveying the boiling faces around him, Sensei said, “You can never be truly ready for the Black Belt Test.” His words burned into my neurons like a branding iron, congealing them. I pondered with controlled panic. Whatever I willed, my muscles flatly denied that they could surge to mythical Test-readiness in a month. No, I could only keep kicking the whole way through, until Then, when I would have to unearth something unknown. And so I kicked...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
341 Words
I didn’t run off to EPGY to elope with bioscience, per se. Bioscience’s applications enthralled me, or so I thought, for young love lies not truly in the heart, but in the eyes. But soft – a light from yonder window broke. Stanford was the east, and molecular biology was the sun. Consummating my conceptual passions, EPGY turned me on to a micro-to-macro study of life. I ceased to accept the Central Dogma so dogmatically. Instead, I saw it...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
359 Words
Dear roommate, I write to inform you that, as my grandpa noted, “college is like war: you come out of it a different person.” It’s not a perfect comparison – I laughed when I heard it –but it definitely contains a great truth: college, (ironically) like war, is a time for absorbing new influences. Consider the Crusades. Knights returned to Europe from the Middle East with exciting new knowledge in math, medicine, and more. But they didn’t quest after ...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
359 Words
As a wee lad, I would putter about the kitchen whenever Mom was making mint brownies. One day, deducing that consuming mint extract must be as pleasurable as consuming the whole dessert, I asked, “Mom, can I drink the extract of mint?” It being 89 percent alcohol, she prohibited that I drink the extract. Mom left. I drank the extract. With a bottle of the “DO NOT POUR BY A FLAME”-labeled liquid in my bloodstream, I felt unbalanced. Suddenly, I...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
88 Words
I was bad at finding scholarships probably because I was too enamored with the hope of getting into Stanford. I seriously think that had I been...

How I chose schools to apply to
160 Words
Stanford: I went to a summer program at Stanford (EPGY) the summer before my senior year and loved it. I loved the campus and the Stanford students I met there. That pretty much made me super into the idea of getting into Stanford. And its high ranking...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
27 Words
Stanford Symphony Orchestra; casual music-making; Stanford Roundtable for...

Post-college plans
42 Words
Grad school, most likely. Depends on whether I want to teach school/go...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
100 Words
I mainly just chilled out during high school. Write about your life and read a lot! It helps with the essays. :) In college, I've worked as a research assistant both...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
91 Words
The campus's opulent beauty. THE WEATHER. The proximity to San Francisco. The Bay Area's cultural vibrancy and diversity. The chill culture. (I also dislike the chill culture...

What I’d change about my application process
41 Words
I should've applied to more safety schools that offer good financial aid....

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
45 Words
If you want to talk about the entrepreneurial vibrancy of Silicon Valley, make sure...

What set me apart from other applicants
65 Words
NOTE: It's COMBINATIONS of qualities that OVERLAP AND STAND APART from others' qualities IN YOUR APPLICANT POOL that make you ...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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