College Admissions Info

Queenie Ruan
Queenie Ruan
University of California - Irvine, ‘21
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

I was born and raised in San Francisco.
From: San Francisco , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: UCSC, SFSU, CSUS, SDSU, UC Riverside
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:

Test Scores

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High School Performance

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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for UC Irvine: Volunteer/public interest work
322 Words
When I was a little girl, I was in awe when there were vibrant colors of candy, chocolate, and chips in advertisements. When adults came to my elementary school to educate us about the harmful effects of consuming too much junk food, I fidgeted with my fingers and paid no attention to the adults. As someone who has grown up in a society surrounded by junk food advertisements, it took me a while to truly understand how it has made...

353 Words
If there was one word to describe myself, it would be bossy. When I was three years old, I left bite marks on the little boy sitting next to me in class if he didn’t pass me the pencil. Even years later, I was the boss of group science projects, group essays, group skits, and any other group projects. I always itched when another person in my group had a grammar mistake in the writing or simply did not...

College Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
306 Words
When I first saw the UC prompts, I was struggling with how narrow the topics were. There are some topics I knew to eliminate such as "Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom." A retired college apps reader told me that it is hard to write 350 words in response to this question because a response like "I love Biology" will not make you stand out as a candidate unless you were really passionate about the topic. For example, you can show that you are passionate...

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
244 Words
When I was a senior in high school, I rushed my CSU applications and UC applications a week to three days before the deadline. I recommend not committing the same mistake because it is important you do not feel too stressed when balancing college apps and AP exams. When UC applications are open, make sure to send in scores for the colleges you are applying to. I learned that when you are given...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
204 Words
I did not know that Perkins loan was a low interest loan and that it I had to apply in advance. By the time tuition and housing payments were due, I did not have to ability to pay the amount owed to the school because my financial aid did not cover my housing. I had to take out...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (UC Irvine)
9 Words
Hard working, open...

How to balance class with social or extracurricular involvements (UC Irvine)
68 Words
UC Irvine provides many opportunities for their students. For myself personally, I wanted to join a cultural club. Through the...