wei_c
wei_c,
MIT ‘20
B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, , Computer Science, , Materials Engineering, , Mechanical Engineering, , Mechanical Engineering and Technology
Hello! I'm an American Born Chinese from North East Philadelphia who grew up in a Chinese takeout restaurant. I currently study Electrical Engineering and CS at MIT.
Features Included
8
Essays
3
Schools
11
Scores
14
Advice
5
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionRegular Decision, Early Action
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language No
Other Language(s) Spoken English, Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
101 Words
Like many first-generation Americans, I was born in the US to immigrant parents who spoke a foreign language, cooked foreign foods, and lived a foreign lifestyle in a crime-ridden community on the “wrong side” of the SEPTA tracks. But, unlike my neighbors, I was shipped away. After four years in rural China, I returned to spend my adolescence struggling between accepting myself as an American-born Chinese and attempting to find my own identity. Now, each day I find myself conversing...
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Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
101 Words
I grew up playing the violin, and as I aged so did my wooden toy and its silky strings. Each week I was sentenced to perform hours of drab drills and classical concertos. It wasn’t until ninth grade that I convinced my parents to let me study violin independently, turning to the wealth of available online resources to guide my training. Now, this sense of discovery pushes me to take responsibility for my own learning. When I log hours...
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Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
104 Words
Six months ago I had no idea what I wanted to study in college. Of course, I had always enjoyed math, science, and the allure of technology, but I didn’t know where these interests would take me. It wasn’t until MOSTEC’s EECS course that I realized calculus and computer science could coexist in the realm of electrical engineering. I saw a glimpse of what computer science engineering is like while learning Python and seeing my code come...
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Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
248 Words
Although I am not a religious person, I have attended Quaker schools since the second grade. Unlike other theologically based models, Quaker education does not lecture its students on how to be “good Quakers”. Rather, it aims to instill values. This foundation helped shape who I am today by demonstrating the importance of community, stewardship, integrity, and equality. It was Quakerism that inspired me to join my school’s service club, Helping Hands. Initially, my experience with service was largely...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
263 Words
Press that. Push this. That’s all I thought I’d have to do junior year as Friends Select’s new stage manager. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As a sophomore I had just been on tech crew, and suddenly I was responsible for the entire production of the fall musical, Pippin. It would be a lie if I said everything went smoothly. I learned the hard way that if lights are dimmed three...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
489 Words
Having been raised in a rural village with virtually no technological innovations, I quickly developed a fascination with electronics once I returned to America. As a kid, I was often found tinkering with old and broken electronics my parents had lying around. Despite the fact that I often became frustrated with my inability to make sense of what I was playing around with, my attempts at repairing these gadgets helped me develop a sense of curiosity and love of learning...
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School Specific Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
84 Words
First of all, DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR TEACHERS EARLY. Most people don't have the same 10-15 class sizes as I had in high school, so...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
100 Words
I did interviews for both MIT and UPenn (but not Drexel). I have to say, both were pretty laid back and more of a conversation than an interview. For MIT,...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
55 Words
At the time of writing, I am not actually a student at MIT yet since I'm still...
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More Essays

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Personal Statement
652 Words
Story central to identity
If my life were a play, there would be two sets, two acts, and two sets of characters. Like many first-generation Americans, I was born in the US to immigrant parents who spoke a foreign language, cooked foreign foods, and lived a foreign lifestyle in a crime-ridden community on the "wrong side" of the SEPTA tracks. But, unlike my neighbors, I was shipped away. Although my journey technically began in a small apartment in Manhattan, I have always considered the...
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Supplemental Essay Other
81 Words
I felt that my upbringing and path in life was integral to who I am today, so I chose that as the central theme in my essays. I incorporated things that are unique and important to me, and I tried my best to present my story in an interesting yet truthful way. For my personal statement, I decided to use the stage as a way to tell my story because theater was such an important part of my high school...
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General Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
100 Words
First and foremost, grades really do matter. I know it may be hard, but try your best to get A's and A+'s if your school has them. Standardized testing...
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Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
36 Words
I was not waitlisted or deferred so I cannot talk about...
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What I’d change about my application process
30 Words
I would keep myself distracted and try my best...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
32 Words
I did not use a private admissions officer, but one...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
64 Words
I only know of one summer opportunity, and that would be MIT's Office of Engineering and Outreach Programs. The...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
41 Words
My family situation is kind of weird, so we did not get...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
44 Words
For the "why us", definitely make sure you're familiar with the school. Talk...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
32 Words
At the time of writing, I cannot comment on this....
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Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
18 Words
I did not reach out...
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What set me apart from other applicants
50 Words
Quite honestly, I think it was my essays that got me into my colleges. It's...
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What I like about my school’s location and culture
48 Words
I cannot really comment on the location since I haven't been there much, but...
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High School Performance

GPA
4.00
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 5%
 
High School TypeOther Private
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
32
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1940
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1370
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesComputer / Technology Volunteer, School Theater/Plays, Community Cleanup / Service, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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