College Admissions Info

justin.tran.jt
justin.tran.jt
Princeton University ‘20
BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a first-generation college student from a middle-class background at an underfunded high school in Beaverton, Oregon. I love technology and computers are the greatest thing in the world to me.
From: Beaverton , Oregon
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Sibling
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Princeton, USC
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese

Test Scores

2090
SAT
34
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1460
Highest SAT: 2090
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Debate Club/Team, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Movie or book that changed you
656 Words
A Magical World The cover is shredded from over a decade of use. The plastic is disintegrating and the binding fails to hold. Yet, under the worn cover are hundreds of pages containing fluorescent oranges and yellows from a collection of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. The premise of the comics is simple, a six-year-old boy named Calvin and his best friend Hobbes (an anthropomorphic tiger) explore the world around them. When I discovered the comics at age eight, my...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
598 Words
"Who are you going to school for? Me and mom, or you?" This question presented by my father proved to be more thought-provoking than the typical dinner table discourse of, "How was your day?" With no answer in mind, I pondered how I could possibly respond to this inquiry. Why would my dad even worry about this? My mother and father were from Vietnam. During the 1980's, they ventured half a world away to the United States for the cliche...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
498 Words
As technology progresses with leaps and bounds every passing year, general understanding of how these complex systems work does not follow the same pattern. Instead, most people living in our increasingly complex society of electronic systems find solace in ignorance of the inner workings of technology. But as a child, I could not sit well with not knowing. Could I acknowledge such wonders as the CD player and internet as magic? Of course. But, that would be accepting that I...







Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
165 Words
When tourists choose Mexico as their destination, they tend to stay within the comfortable confines of various luxury resorts. However, my family and I had different plans during July, 2014. During this adventure, I traversed Yucatán and Quintana Roo, two Mexican states not unlike the rest in the country. Though I was only an average tourist, I learned about the warmth and value of average people in a foreign land. On the bus, men would tell me about the history...



Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
152 Words
Beginning Junior Year, I was appointed team captain of my high school track and field team. With this position came an immense amount of responsibility I was not accustomed to despite my years of athletic experience. For seventeen years, I looked up to coaches and did nothing but learn from their lessons. But, things were different as a captain. In the past, I was simply a friend to my teammates. Now, I would be a mentor to those teammates in...



College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Committed, hardworking,...





What set me apart from other applicants
38 Words
I had few activities and distinguished awards but really achieved a...





Why I ultimately chose my school
48 Words
Princeton stresses their undergraduate education and it is no joke. They push their students...





My advice about getting recommenders
42 Words
Look for somebody you have known for a long time. That person knows...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
44 Words
I interviewed with Harvey Mudd University and Princeton University. My general framework around...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
44 Words
It is a small pocket of New Jersey that is nice to look...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
57 Words
Research the school and the programs that they offer. Perhaps they have outreach programs to local companies...





Why I declined other schools
18 Words
USC provided very little aid...





How to increase chances at my school
44 Words
Write a fantastic essay. I'm sure you've already had a lot of work...