College Admissions Info

Aliceywu
Aliceywu
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, ‘21
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

UMich EECS Major & English-Loving Engineer
From: Canton , Michigan
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

1530
SAT
35
ACT
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High School Performance

4.41
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for UMich, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia: Failure experience, Leadership experience, Reaching a goal
669 Words
My name was not there. Two words, seven letters, not there. Heart pounding, I slowly backed away from the Debate Team roster. Rejected, I thought hollowly, though I wasn’t completely surprised. During my tryout, I had been petrified at the podium, palms sweating and shaking. Maybe I’ll never debate. The thought crushed me; I pushed it aside. I wanted to prove to myself that I was capable of joining the team, so I promised myself that I would...









Supplemental Essay for UMich: Unique question posed by school
636 Words
UMich LSA Honors College Application Essay: "Are viruses alive?" “Ahh-CHOO!” A collective shudder runs through the classroom. Alert eyes dart toward the perpetrator: the boy with the suspiciously red-rimmed eyes and tired smile. The students begin inching away from him; another sneeze explodes from his face, and soon he is exiled, both socially and physically. “It’s just a cold,” he says meekly to his retreating classmates with a snuffly nose. His demeanor is sweet and lamblike as he reaches...









Supplemental Essay for Yale: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
Summer sunshine illuminates the path as I stroll, smiling, down Hillhouse Avenue. Looking longingly up at Science Hill, I imagine my life as a Yalie. I would perform research on memory encoding in Professor Chun’s Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab by day and prep speeches to compete internationally with the Yale Debate Association by night. I would take study breaks to attend Master’s Teas with friends, and at the end of each stimulating day, I would happily return to...



Supplemental Essay for Yale: Unique question posed by school
239 Words
Yale: What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left. (You may define community and footprint in any way you like.) 200 words Thrilled to be elected President of my school’s National Honor Society this March, I was determined to uphold our community’s goal of academic mentoring. In May, struggling students requested exam tutoring. Wanting to help, I ran between classes and sent out emails asking fellow NHS members, classmates, and friends...





Supplemental Essay for UMich, Yale: Unique question posed by school
217 Words
Prompt: Write about something that you love to do. Competitive public speaking has taught me how to connect better with others, both onstage and off. Wanting to become a more dynamic speaker, I entered the National Management Association leadership speech contest. I spoke about the extent that popularity affects leadership this year, telling my audience about how I used to be a quiet member of the Debate Team, and how I wanted to change. While I used to laugh nervously...





College Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
175 Words
Any mention of the word "college" would make my heart jump. I was obsessed with college apps and getting into my "dream schools" to an unhealthy extent, and as a second-semester freshman at my "backup" school, I realize how unhealthy and unnecessary that mindset was. Definitely keep an open mind, especially if...





How I narrowed down my essay topics
139 Words
I remember struggling to choose what to write my essays about. Should I write about something quirky, like the many failures of cutting my bangs, or should I write about something "deep," like my cultural identity? I settled for something that was...





What I learned transitioning from high school to college
189 Words
College is hard, and I mean that on multiple different levels. First, you have to keep your life together. It's much easier to sleep past 3AM talking with your friends down the hall and wake up past noon the next day than steadily sleeping around 11:30PM without the pressing incentive of an 8:30AM lecture. Second, you will...





Misconceptions I had about college before attending
170 Words
I really didn't want to go to U of M. I locked myself into Ivy League tunnel vision, which was a dangerous and unhealthy black hole that eventually led to tears and a hit to my self-confidence. I was convinced that being a top student in my high school meant that...





My advice about getting recommenders
260 Words
The best recommenders are the teachers who know you well and will advocate for you. This means that you'll hopefully have been in their class/had interactions with them for at least one academic school year and have cultivated a relationship with them. For me, the obvious choice was my debate coach and former English teacher. For starters, I had her for 10th grade English when I was in 9th grade and made a strong impression on...







My schedule on a typical weekday (UMich)
72 Words
Wake up, eat, go to class, finish class, study in the library, go back to dorm, work out, sleep, repeat. One thing...





Why I ultimately chose my school (UMich)
97 Words
I applied to UMich Early Action and was accepted before Christmas. It felt good to know that I would be attending a competitive college that was also close to...





How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus (UMich)
101 Words
U of M's Central Campus is largely integrated with Downtown Ann Arbor and its residents. For the most part, you'll see mainly students and faculty here, but there are also...