College Admissions Info

Mount Holyoke College, ‘19
BA, Physics, Computer Software Engineering, Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a first year at Mount Holyoke looking to study and major in biology, computer science, and physics.
From: Eagle , Idaho
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: Holyoke, UIdaho, College of Idaho, Lewis & Clark, Colorado, Oregon State, Mines
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1500
Highest SAT: 2160
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 10%
High School Type: Magnet
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Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: Boy/Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, Drama Production Crew, School Theater/Plays, Debate Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “Yeah, this is my mom.” As I make the introduction I see my friend’s eye’s flick from me to my mom, and back to me. Confusion furrows her brow and she opens her mouth, “But she’s white?” August 1998 my mother returned from China...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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"Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity -- I am my language." Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera:; The New Mestiza, 4th ed.; (San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books, 2012), 81 I was born in Sichuan Province in April of 1997- I think. I cannot read my birth certificate, its slanted characters and bolded typeface in a language entirely alien to me, a language that graced my lips for the first time only fourteen years after I was born. And even...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
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Since I was a little girl, I have always loved making things and I have always wanted to help people, friend or foe, and these values have stayed with me well into (young) adulthood because of how fortunate I have been and the opportunities I have been given to see others who are less fortunate. When I was in the fifth grade, I remember helping a boy in my class construct a Rube Goldberg, even though we were competing against...

Supplemental Essay: Explaining low grades/scores
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My sophomore year of high school, I took chemistry and struggled in it. I ended up finishing second semester with a C, 79%, Because of this, I elected to retake chemistry over the summer and as a result, my transcript displays an R for a replaced class. I retook chemistry and was able to get an A. Other red flags for CSU might involve

Additional Essay Details:
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My essays are very personal, but I also had some "why this school" essays. With these ones it is always good to remember to highlight why this school will help you grow and how you will help those around you grow.

College Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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The Model UN team is really popular....

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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1. Ambitious 2. Committed 3....

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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My school is fiercely liberal and has a very tight knit community, but this...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do activities that demonstrate real interest in your academic extracurriculars. If these activities are at the college you want to go to,...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
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I would hold open socratic seminars...

What I’d change about my application process
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I would have applied...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I used a private admissions councilor, and did not find...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with Columbia over skype and absolutely loved it. It was...

What set me apart from other applicants
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I have done a lot of extracurricular activities and really demonstrated a lot...

Why I declined other schools
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I liked my college way too much. I didn't want...

Post-college plans
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I would like...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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My college has this great sense of community, and I saw...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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I'm on Class Board as Vice President and serving again as Social Chair. I chose to get involved with student government because the thing I loved most about MHC is the sense of community. I know...

My advice about getting recommenders
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I always gave teachers a heads up about a month in advance of me actually asking...

How I chose schools to apply to
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When I was looking at colleges, I was looking for something that would provide me a well balanced liberal arts education....

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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My college is on the east coast, which is great....

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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With schools I visited, I talked to their math and physics professors...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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A why us essay should always be about...