College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BS, Game and Interactive Media Design, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: UCSD, UCSB, UCSC, UC Irvine, UToronto, RIT, USC, Drexel
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Malay, French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1590
Highest SAT: 2370
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

Top 25%
High School Type: International
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Rugby
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Student Council / Government

College Application Essays

"Are you gay?" comes that awful question from my mother's mouth. I hear the words, but they are instantly drowned out by a million thoughts, most of them a variation on: 'not here, not now, and does it really matter?' Here being the passenger seat of her car, on the way home from a family friend's house; now being the summer of 2013, after having come out to a select few over the school year. And . does it really matter?...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
195 Words
Time and time again, I find myself drawn to the mystique of game design. So little is heard from those who toil away behind the scenes to bring joy to millions, aside from what filters through public relations teams or creeps around from independent developers. It can't be a glamorous job, but yet, there's an unmistakable pull. I attribute this to a deep-seated desire both to solve problems to create a larger whole, and to make people happy; but first...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
213 Words
I love reading, whether it's to escape from the humdrum of daily life or to get away from my own mental commentary, and appreciate someone else's sense of humour for once. For the most part, I prefer losing myself in the land of fiction, but I do have a weak spot for some autobiographies. It's been fourteen years since I discovered the pleasure of walking around with my nose buried in a book, and I actually take a bit of...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
24 Words
I'd start earlier, and work harder on...

Why I declined other schools
48 Words
I feel like USC's atmosphere and academics really pulled me in: it's the best...