College Admissions Info

University of California - Santa Barbara, ‘20
BS, Psychology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a first-generation student at UCSB who hopes to work for nonprofits and/or become a civil rights lawyer.
From: Rosemead , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: UCSC, UCSD, SDSU, CSULB, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly, Pacific
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Vietnamese

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1290
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: American Red Cross, Gay/Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, Student Activities Committee
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College Application Essays

My mother and I have always had a very close relationship. She’s basically my best friend since our bond is so strong. We forget about the time as we talk for hours; she helps me when I’m going through tough times; and most importantly, she’s supportive of everything I do. Meanwhile, she does so much for our family by making meals, cleaning the house and bringing in the income. Even though our life was seemingly perfect, I...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
478 Words
One of my most important accomplishments is how being accepted into my high school’s ASB made me grow as a person. The Associated Student Body consists of many people who come from completely different cliques. There are band members, artists, athletes and “nerds”. However, we are able to put our differences aside in order to work together for a common goal. Rather than simply doing the minimum for the “A,” we spend days and weeks coming up with a...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
200 Words
The question asked, "Did you utilize any additional support at your high school, such as tutoring? Do your grades in high school and/or college reflect your academic ability or potential?" My answer was, "I struggled through honors chemistry because it was a class focused on independent work and I often did not understand the material. Once I realized that I needed help, I sought out a tutor. Since my grades were not low enough, I could not get an...

College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
50 Words
When it comes to letters of rec, the teachers/staff members who have known you...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
116 Words
UCSB is a paradise, it's crazy to think it's an actual university. You're right by the beach, which is especially awesome if you plan on going into something like marine biology. (We have our own...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
91 Words
I didn't use a private admissions counselor. I simply asked for advice from peers and family members who have already gone through the process. Don't use cliché...

Why I declined other schools
85 Words
It came down to population size, distance from home, academic performance, athletics, clubs/extra curricular activities at the school, financial aid, and campus. If it was...

Why I ultimately chose my school
140 Words
UCSB has been my dream school for the past few years. I was admitted into Pre-Psychological and Brain Sciences to pursue psychology, which is my first choice major. It's a green and smoke-free school that is beautiful as it's right by the...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
101 Words
Most people on campus are very welcoming and wouldn't hesitate to answer your questions or provide help. There are many organizations that make sure that you feel at home by...

What I’d change about my application process
89 Words
Rather than focusing so much on choosing schools because of their reputation for being renowned, you should also make sure to research its other aspects. Sometimes, the ...