College Admissions Info

RyancalEECS20
RyancalEECS20
University of California - Berkeley ‘20
BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Freshman at UC Berkeley. I am majoring in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS). I love playing badminton, learning, and working with robotics.
From: Pleasanton , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: CMU, UCLA, UCSD, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UCSC, Purdue, Illinois
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese

Test Scores

2340
SAT
35
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1580
Highest SAT: 2340
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High School Performance

4.38
GPA
Top 10%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, Library Volunteer, Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Community Cleanup / Service
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College Application Essays

Prompt: The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? I watched hopelessly as our creation refused to move. My team and I watched uselessly as our rank plummeted– 40th, 55th, 59th. We were at our first VEX robotics competition, Skyrise, and our duct-taped mummy of a robot, finished in a scrambled haze the night...











Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UCSD, UC Irvine, UCSC: Unique question posed by school
416 Words
Prompt:"Describe the world you come from – for example, your family, community or school – and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations." My interest in robotics was first sparked by a captivating episode on robotic exoskeletons on the PBS show, NOVA. People built astounding creations that allowed the paralyzed to walk again; it seemed like science fiction. High school provided me with the opportunity to explore computer engineering through the VEX Robotics Team and the Engineering...







Supplemental Essay for CMU: “Why us” school essay
832 Words
Prompt: "Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you've chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know. For freshmen applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program to which you are applying. Because our admission committees review...











Supplemental Essay for CMU: Unique question posed by school
158 Words
CMU Prompt: "List the books (if any) you've read this year for pleasure. Choose one and in a sentence describe its impact on you." Books: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; Digital Fortress by Dan Brown; The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum; What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell; The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg; Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter Catch-22 by Joseph Heller left me with two...



Supplemental Essay for Illinois: Unique question posed by school
450 Words
University of Illinois- Prompt: "Explain your interest in the major you selected. Describe an experience related to this area of study, what first introduced you to this field, and/or your future career goals. Limit your response to 300 to 400 words." I watched hopelessly as our creation refused to move. I watched hopelessly as my team’s rank in the competition plummeted– 40th, 55th, 59th. We were at our first VEX robotics competition, Skyrise, and our duct-taped mummy of a robot,...







Supplemental Essay for CMU: Unique question posed by school
543 Words
CMU Prompt: "While not a requirement, have you been interviewed by an alumni or on campus representative prior to applying for admission? If so, indicate the name of your interviewer and tell us how it impacted your decision to apply. " This was the first interview I had ever had. I was nervous, but excited. I walked into the warm Starbucks and saw a blond male who looked identical to his profile picture. After finding a table in the crowded Starbucks,...









Supplemental Essay for Purdue: “Why us” school essay
115 Words
Prompt: How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom? Purdue provides many opportunities to explore and learn about computer engineering and robotics. Purdue provides numerous research opportunities in software engineering such as the Robot Vision Lab or the Collaborative Robotics Lab. There are also many clubs devoted to robotics like the Purdue Lunabotics or the IEEE Robotics and Automation society, which will allow me to have hands on experience in robotics. The first...



Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UCSD, UC Irvine, UCSC: Unique question posed by school
248 Words
UC Additional Comments: On top of classes and clubs, I have studied independently through online classes on Coursera and edX. I enrolled in a UC Berkeley course, Principles of Written English, my freshman year to enhance my writing skills, which allowed me to later succeed in my honors and AP English classes. I also took introductory classes in computer engineering like Cryptography from Stanford, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming from MIT, and Introduction to Linux from the Linux Foundation....





Supplemental Essay: Other
131 Words
My personal statement was about my robotics team, which I spent a significant amount of time in. This allowed me to talk about the details and the before and after of the event. It was also fairly easy to remember what had happened. I used this essay for both the UCs and as a common app essay since the prompt overlapped. Many of the essays that I wrote for scholarships and personal statements are variations of a few original essays...



College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
152 Words
I would recommend taking community college courses during the summer. Many colleges offer classes for free to high school students, which you can use to complete to fulfill high school class requirements or to explore other areas. These classes are weighted like an AP class...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
54 Words
I used a private counselor for help with planning my essays and schools I would apply...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
207 Words
I interviewed with an alumni at Carnegie Mellon University, an alumni from MIT, and a professor at UC Berkeley as part of the Regents Scholarship application. I applied to Stanford but they do not offer interviews to California applicants. CMU recommends that you interview at the campus or with an alumni. Interviewing with an alumni helped me decide to apply to...





My advice about getting recommenders
188 Words
Make sure to ask recommenders early in the school year before everyone else asks for recommendations. Ask during the first month or two so teachers have enough time to write a thought out letter of recommendation. Asking a few weeks before it's due doesn't give the teacher enough time and many other students will be asking...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
181 Words
I applied for several scholarships throughout the year, starting during the application season and increasing the time I spent on them after submitting my college applications. Many of the bigger scholarships like APISAF, Coca-cola, or McDonalds scholarships are due in the fall so applying to those requires a balance of time between working...





What I’d change about my application process
186 Words
I would start earlier for all my applications and plan out when everything was due. For me, it took a month of brainstorming, editing and rewriting to create an essay I could submit to a college. I would recommend starting around July or August before the application opens. This gives you time to take classes...





Why I ultimately chose my school
106 Words
I chose UC Berkeley due to the cost and it's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. I was debating between UCLA, UCSD, UCB, and Carnegie Mellon University. I received the Regent's scholarship...





Post-college plans
58 Words
I plan on getting a 5 years masters degree in computer science and electrical engineering at UC Berkeley....





How I chose schools to apply to
272 Words
Figuring out how to start a list of schools to research is a significant part of the college process. Making a list allows you to focus your time and energy on a small list of schools. I started by finding schools that were well known for my major as well as looking at school rankings. Rankings can be very inaccurate so it is only one of the things you look at when deciding to apply. Also, talk to others who are...







How to increase chances at my school
208 Words
UC Berkeley highly values community service. Students still need to have good grades and AP/honors classes to be admitted to Berkeley. However, having significant and sustained community service can sometimes push a student from a maybe admit to an admitted student. During my regent's scholar interview, the professor who interviewed asked me most about my community service experience and explained that...