College Admissions Info

Northwestern University, ‘20
BS, Chemistry, Journalism, Computer Science, Marketing

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

A Wildcat double majoring in marketing & computer science.
From: Suwon , South Korea
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: CMU, UCLA, Reed, Northwestern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2300
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: International
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Yearbook, Photography / Film
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College Application Essays

Praseodymium. ‘What a fascinating name for such an unexceptional element,’ I thought as I stared at my blank sketchbook page. Attempting to create an original cartoon character for praseodymium made me feel like a mother trying to dress up her child for a concert with clothing from a thrift store. I had a lot more materials to work with for the other elements. Carbon is the “king of the periodic table” for its unmatched versatility; it forms fancy diamonds on...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
308 Words
Mixing phenolphthalein indicator, concentrated ammonia, and water creates a solution that turns clear when heated and pink when cooled. From experience, I know that it can be used for an adorably awkward confession on Valentine's Day. The Undergraduate Chemistry Council at Northwestern shares my love for public displays of chemical reactions. It would be a blast, both literally and metaphorically, to help Mr. Zwergel prepare for the annual Eberhard beach show. Who would not want to witness Lake Michigan erupt...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
480 Words
I Have a Dream Art teachers suggested that I enter the publication industry after leafing through my graphic heavy books What’s for Dinner? Is there Dinner? and The Cartoon Periodic Table. Their convictions were further strengthened when several magazines published my artworks, with one used as the cover art. Science teachers encouraged me to pursue chemistry when they observed my active involvement in class and browsed my science website However, I want to expand my undergraduate...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
239 Words
Hyper six year old boys, somber high school students, tired businessmen, and elderly couples formed a long line that snaked around the aged wooden pews. This procession for holy communion moved forward step by step to the pulse of the soothing hymn pouring from the church organ. The sounds of music my fingers made on the keys and the singing voices of the attendees merged into one collaborative performance that was as moving as “Una Furtiva Lacrima.” None of us...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
250 Words
Amid the squeaks of sneakers, I stood next to the bleachers, perplexedly examining a Nikon camera. To a fourteen year old neophyte photographer, setting up a DSLR for a poorly lit gym full of fast players was a mentally taxing procedure. I started with a high shutter speed of 1/250, so that the players wouldn’t be unrecognizable blurs. Unfortunately, a fast shutter speed limits light, so my adjustment resulted in dark photos. In response, I raised the ISO to 1000, which...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
37 Words
Start soon. I didn't work on my college essays until I...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
60 Words
I did not use a private counselor. In my opinion, private counselors are a waste of money. I...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
67 Words
Do activities you are truly passionate about, not just stereotypical clubs that you think "Ivy League students" do. I didn't...

What set me apart from other applicants
41 Words
I did activities because I WANTED to, not because I thought a...

Why I declined other schools
56 Words
Northwestern has the most prestigious business school (Kellogg School of Management is a top 5 business school, standing...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
60 Words
I did not apply for any scholarships, because many schools are not need blind for international students. If...

My advice about getting recommenders
55 Words
Choose teachers that are relevant to the majors you are applying as. I applied as chemistry and...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
40 Words
Northwestern is ranked top in the world for chemistry (Weinberg College of...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
20 Words
Due to its incredible journalism program,...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
42 Words
Evanston is a nice place to study. When I want to have fun,...

How I chose schools to apply to
39 Words
Location, general prestige, prestige in the areas I am interested in (check...

How to approach transferring schools
26 Words
Transfers are very difficult. I personally suggest you...