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Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm an incoming freshman at Princeton University. I grew up in New England and am interested in art, creative writing, geoscience, and potentially a lot more (I applied undecided whenever that was an option!).
From: Salem , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Princeton, UMass, Penn State, Georgetown, Tufts
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1530
Highest SAT: 2230
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High School Performance

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High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Fencing
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

688 Words
In the fall of sophomore year, I fell in love with a girl in the grade above me. Her laugh was infectious. Sometimes she would end up on the floor, curled up with the force of her own hilarity, gasping for breath. When she hugged me, it was all warmth. And when she realized that I had a hopeless crush on her, she pulled away. Stopped talking to me. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, not really. And I...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
590 Words
[essays for Tufts, Columbia, & Georgetown] The one and only time I burst out in uncontrolled laughter on a college tour was at Tufts. The tour guide told the tale of the misfortunes of Jumbo the elephant: a story at once never­ending, absurd, and tragic. I made eye contact with my mother, and both of us devolved into helpless giggles. At Tufts, everything has a story. The funny and the sad, the thought­provoking and the ridiculous—everything has a...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
507 Words
[Culture prompt from Princeton's supplement] The name my parents gave me means iris. Stand tall and proud, my mother wished for me, like spring green spear and purple-gold crown, bend in the wind but return unbroken, do not let life snap you in half. In her mouth, my name is beautiful. On the roll call, it is three syllables of stumbling tongue, whispered apology. I know my name comes next in the list by the pained pause, the bitten lip,...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
274 Words
Tufts prompt: "There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised—your family, home, neighborhood or community—and how it influenced the person you are today. (200-250)" My family has always been one based in faith. We pray before every meal and light candles to count down the weeks to Christmas, sing prayers in the car on the way to school. My father, a priest, gives me a blessing before I head...

Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
284 Words
Tufts prompt: "Science and society are filled with rules, theories and laws... Pick any law and explain its significance to you." Grammar has a certain kind of power: a simple tense change can affect the meaning of a sentence. To speak about things that have already happened, use the past tense. I ran. I studied. I applied to college. Slightly more complicated: to speak about things that have already happened but the time they are happening in is not yet...

Additional Essay Details:
77 Words
Most of my essays revolved around aspects of my personality or family history that I thought significant - an ongoing attempt to tell a story about myself to the college admissions office. And while there was a lot of me trying to portray myself in a positive light, the writing that I found most authentic and true to who I believe myself to be was also the writing that my college counselor thought most suitable for submission.

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
273 Words
I interviewed with Princeton (since I applied early action) and Georgetown (since they have mandatory alumni interviews). Both interviews were with alumni. My Princeton interviewer was a local, recent graduate who worked in pharmaceuticals but who wanted to go back to graduate school. She had done her thesis on public schools in New York. (A tip for Princeton interviews: ask about their senor thesis! It's a big deal and they're almost always guaranteed to talk about it for awhile, especially...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
181 Words
Personally, I struggled most with the "Why us?" type questions that schools posed on their applications. Talking about myself, while challenging, was nothing compared to coming up with something that sounded authentic rather than contrived when explaining why I really did want to attend a particular school. A strategy that worked well for...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
52 Words
One of the reasons I love Princeton is because they didn't have a "why us?" question....

Why I declined other schools
49 Words
Even though I got into Princeton under early action, I applied to several other schools...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
153 Words
I used my school's college counselor! She was very nice and helpful and encouraging, which was something that I needed. Probably the best advice I got was to avoid trying too hard to impress colleges, and instead to focus on telling them a story about...

How I chose schools to apply to
110 Words
I visited all of the schools that I applied to. This might've limited the schools I applied to, but I made sure to visit a range of different types of colleges -...