shelovespiano
shelovespiano,
Northwestern ‘20
B.S., Computer Science
My high school career didn't go perfectly, and I still got into my dream school! Here to help! <3
Features Included
6
Essays
5
Schools
6
Scores
7
Advice
7
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Lansing, Michigan
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionEarly Action
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French, Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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“I haven’t eaten yet, but I’ll take some fruit to the car.” My twelve-year-old self then witnessed a shift in my father’s face as his jaw slacked and his light blue eyes snapped to mine. Fear bubbled to my throat when I saw that cold gaze. In one bound, a monster’s face was before me, claws tightening beneath my chin, making me see stars as they threatened to wring my head from my shoulders because I...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
621 Words
Northwestern It was like walking on holy ground. The fluorescent lights exposed technology that gleamed from wall to wall and though Dr. Marfuggi encouraged us to look closer, I was wary of the atmosphere. After some instruction, I gingerly stepped to the nearest footstool and grasped a hemostat in each hand, ready to compete using the laparoscopic training system. The exercise used little triangular pencil grips placed on a nail board, and the objective was to transfer all 10 pencil grips...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
184 Words
What interests you? I was researching fractional derivatives during an internet search for a project for Calculus class when I became distracted by their visual renderings: Fractal Images. Impressed by the beauty and symmetry of the visuals in the Julia set, with its swirls on a rhombus-shaped plane, I did more investigating. Apparently, fractals conceptualize randomness through systematic recursions and phenomena of self-similarity. More searching revealed that even simpler mathematical sets such as Fibonacci also produce images with self-similarity, and...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
116 Words
Who would you pose this question to: If you could do one thing and you were guaranteed to succeed, what would you do? I would pose this question to Nikolai Tesla. He is notorious for having ideas stolen and concepts seen as ludicrous though he often had honorable goals for society. I wonder if he would want a failed project to succeed, or if he would want a social success entirely unrelated to his experiments. How would he weigh the...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
410 Words
Discouraged, exhausted, and 12 years old, I climbed out the window and escaped into an endless night sky. My accomplishments had begun materializing, but self-doubt followed every failure, no matter how rare one occurred. I grasped the value of education at a young age and developed the reputation I desired for myself, but I did not feel fulfilled by my hard work. I studied for hours on end during Gifted and Talented programs at Michigan State, yet when I fell behind...
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Additional Essay Details
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I have piles of essays and short answers from all schools applied to! The main theme of the essays posted have to do with my personal life, a risk I took that paid off in the end. I find that there is a specific way to explain a hard home life and additional ways to paint your past as a ladder to the future as opposed to a speed bump :) Eloquence and word choice can make or break an admissions...
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General Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
28 Words
Greek is widespread! I also advise finding a...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
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My favorite...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Hard-working, stressed,...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
14 Words
I did not! Couldn't...
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Post-college plans
18 Words
I am interested in working...
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My advice about getting recommenders
48 Words
Start early! Build rapport with teachers beginning your freshman year. I used my Calculus...
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What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Lovely weather and...
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High School Performance

GPA
3.92
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 5%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2050
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1440
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Sports

SportsMountain Biking/Cycling

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesAfter School Program Coordinator, Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Charity Drive Organizing, Community Cleanup / Service, Gay/Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Hospital Volunteer
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Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
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