College Admissions Info

Northwestern University, ‘20
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

My high school career didn't go perfectly, and I still got into my dream school! Here to help! <3
From: Lansing , Michigan
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Northwestern
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1440
Highest SAT: 2050
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High School Performance

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Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Mountain Biking/Cycling
Extracurricular Activities: After 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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College Application Essays

“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...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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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...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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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...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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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...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
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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...

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...

College Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Greek is widespread! I also advise finding a...

My favorite course thus far, and why
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My favorite...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Hard-working, stressed,...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did not! Couldn't...

Post-college plans
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I am interested in working...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Start early! Build rapport with teachers beginning your freshman year. I used my Calculus...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Lovely weather and...