Stanford ‘20
B.A., Language Studies and Linguistics
I like sushi and poetry.
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Hometown Portland, Oregon
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Mandarin

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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Language Studies and Linguistics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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Breathing in the putrid smell of vinegar and rotting wood, I thrust my hand into a swarm of giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches. A multitude of fruit flies buzzed around my head, despite the insect strips hanging on the greenhouse door. “Hi, big guy.” I lifted a particularly big male up in the air, his dark horns and antennae quivering slightly. The length of his body stretched nearly across the palm of my hand. Gently, I placed the male in a...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
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An atheist and a Buddhist pile into my car. We're off to morning Mass. No, there's no punchline, and I'm not Catholic. I’ve just convinced them to visit the parish near our school with me. Upon hearing that I regularly visit different places of worship, people often ask me if I'm confused or if I'm planning to convert. In actuality, it started out freshmen year when a friend invited me to go to her church. It was my first...
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Whenever I got check-ups as a kid, my feet would always get drawn to the waiting room wall of brochures detailing allergies, vaccines, and other PSAs that I knew little about. My pudgy fingers first landed on the foreign language translations of certain brochures out of curiosity. Rolling the alien words around my mouth and prodding them with my tongue sent tingly shivers down my spine. I’d pull down the English version of the same brochure and try to...
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My feet slowly thrummed out a steady beat on the worn dirt path, but my mind was elsewhere. Weak streams of daylight filtered through the canopy of Douglas firs. One would hardly believe that Forest Park, over five thousand acres large, stands mere minutes away from the hustle-bustle of the city. A hushed silence hung suspended in the air, as if the forest were absorbing every bird call and rustle of leaves. “Crystal? What do you think?” I stopped walking...
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When the idea of organizing a school blood drive first latched onto my mind, I became so excited that I grabbed a piece of paper and started scribbling down recruitment ideas and poster designs on the spot. I had a grandiose image of how I wanted the drive to proceed, and I was determined to make it happen. However, as the planning continued the image became to morph. A school-time drive turned into one that took place partly during school...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
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I’m terrified of needles. Just imagining the 18-gauge sticking into my arm makes my palms sweaty. Yet every two weeks my feet still find themselves at the Red Cross for a regular platelet donation. Perhaps the phobia stems from how I’ve never had a pain-free visit, whether it’s anticoagulant reactions or grapefruit-sized bruises. My completion rate hovers pathetically around 60%. After my first failed donation, I was tempted to call it quits. Apheresis took three hours, my veins...
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On the first day, three kids showed up. One admitted that he had been lured by the posters proclaiming “Free snacks!” How do you get middle schoolers to participate in Math Club for the math, not the food? Even finding peers to help lead the club with me was a struggle. I plopped down with the other leaders and we pretended to be high-energy middle schoolers. Two main ideas gradually emerged from the brainstorming: competition with prizes and revamped classroom...
Additional Essay Details
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My two main goals were sincerity and originality. Before starting any of my essays, I copy-pasted all of the prompts into one Word document and wrote all of them in that doc. This was an easier way to keep them organized according to deadline and store them all in one place. Whenever possible, I tried to combine essays or reuse essays so that one topic could fit multiple prompts. This definitely saves time, and time is the enemy in college...

General Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
82 Words
Show that you either take advantage of opportunities that are already there or create opportunities for yourself if there aren't any for the things...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
68 Words
I didn't use one, and I don't remotely think they're worth the money. Most information you can find on the...
How I chose schools to apply to
99 Words
I started researching schools summer of junior year. I didn't focus on major or what the college was 'good at', since interests are prone to change after high school. Size,...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Apply to as many scholarships you can as early as you can. If you wait until after you decide where to go to college, you'll have missed...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
76 Words
I like that Stanford is relatively balanced across all its academic departments - that is, if you switch from a hard to...
My advice about getting recommenders
130 Words
Choose people who not only know you pretty well, but also can speak of you favorably. I chose one teacher from math/science and one teacher from english/history, which is what I believe is recommended. Remember to ask...
What I’d change about my application process
87 Words
I would start my essays much, much earlier. I applied to 6 schools Early Action, but I didn't start writing essays for any of them until October ...

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ActivitiesAmerican Red Cross, Key Club, Tutoring/Mentoring, Science Club/Team, National Honor Society, Model Congress / Model UN
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