B.A., International Studies
Hello! I'm an International Studies major who loves languages and history!
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Hometown Naperville, Illinois
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language No
Other Language(s) Spoken Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Applied for a B.A. in International Studies

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Long ago, I fell into a magical realm. The local library was the entrance. I checked out books that piled from my arms to my chin. I read in the car, at the dinner table, during class, and even during baths. Reading was encouraged. “There is never too much reading,” my third-grade teacher said after I explained the reason for my parents’ worries. It took years to realize that something was out of the ordinary. Books were a source of...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
402 Words
Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience.
You are in Florence, Italy with a credit card, a brick-like camera, and no phone (it was forbidden). With you is your Latin class. The supervisor sets a rendezvous at a fake David statue and high-tails away. Everyone now has six hours to survive. I found myself in this situation during a class trip in 2017. Excited and a little scared, my time in Florence was spent with teenagers, many without foreign experience. Add in a lack of impulse control and...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
522 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
It was the fifth train ride in three weeks. Pain numbed my lower back after sitting for six hours. Another hour and I would be in Guangzhou. My feet were still sore from walking around Xinqiao Hospital the past two weeks, yet despite the exhaustion, I couldn’t be more content. The excitement of travel surmounts the negatives. I find joy in meeting new people and being immersed in different cultures. While working with people, I feel fulfillment in supporting...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
302 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
Feel your arms grow numb. Feel the weight of bricks in your hands as needles dance on your skin and fire burns hot and cold through your fingers. Feel the softness of the meat when you rub in the scorching chili flakes. Szechuan cuisine is all about the spice and flavoring. One needs to know the properties of each. Szechuan peppercorns numb the tongue and chili peppers ignite the taste-buds. They go well with crisp, sweet scallions and nutty, roasted...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
153 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
No matter what your interests are, Model UN has a niche. I have discussed cyber-warfare in Iran and religious unrest in 1530s Europe. Due to the complexity of these issues, thorough research is paramount. Model UN preparations has shaped me from a thinker to a speaker of global issues when family visits from abroad. These diplomatic conversations within and outside of conferences prepare me to be a collaborative problem solver in a divided world. Moreover, using canned beans as artillery...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
128 Words
Ask teachers that have been with you for a long time and/or are reputed for their stellar recommendation letters. They do not have to be teaching an area that you are going into. I asked my Latin...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
114 Words
The summer after junior year, I had the choice of attending classes at an esteemed university or volunteering at China. If you can, choose the route that few will tread. Anyone with the money...
What set me apart from other applicants
147 Words
I took Spanish in middle school, decided to take Latin in high school, and self-studied Spanish throughout my high school career to the point that I can sit in an AP Spanish class during one of my free periods and understand what is going...
How I made up for low grades in high school
134 Words
I cannot stress enough how important your essays, extracurriculars, recommendations, and summer activities will be if you have low grades. An imperfect application is fine. If you have a dip in your resume, it is fine. As long as the...

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