College Admissions Info

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a first-generation Asian-American, but not a first-generation college attendee. I am an incoming freshman at Dartmouth College.
From: Sherborn , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Both Parents, Grandparent, Sibling, Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Bowdoin, Wellesley, UMass
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Debate Club/Team, World/Global Affairs Club, Book Buddies, Tutoring/Mentoring, Library Volunteer, Philosophy Club, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

This past summer I participated in the Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages (AID) Summer program which provides English lessons to disadvantaged children in Taiwan. The first week was a crash course not only in how to develop a curriculum, but also in how to bridge the cultural and socioeconomic gap between us and our students. When the time came to choose classes, my partner and I told each other, “We like challenges,” as we confidently and naively volunteered to take on...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
819 Words
In English class of junior year, we read “The Loss of the Creature,” by Walker Percy. In his essay, Percy discusses how every traveler “will only be conscious of the disparity between what it is and what it is supposed to be [or]… the measuring up of the thing to the criterion of the preformed symbolic complex” (Percy 566). Our journey will always occur in the context of our expectations. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
283 Words
S a family friend who passed away recently, is my first choice partner for a tutorial. Since I rarely see my extended family, S was my stand-in aunt; her home was even the venue of my first “real” Thanksgiving. S never minced words. While many found her blunt, I appreciated her insistence on truthfulness. She was never afraid to let my mom know that yes, fashion has evolved since the eighties, or to ask me if I had gotten a...

Supplemental Essay: Other
77 Words
This is the full essay from which I excerpted essays that I sent to the school I eventually got into, but I did not get into Harvard (this was the supplemental optional essay I submitted to Harvard). I started working on my essays pretty late, so I did not have as much time to edit them. Additionally, my older siblings and teachers at my school helped me make extensive edits and helped with brainstorming quite a bit.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
58 Words
I would have started much earlier and approached the process with much less stress. Sometimes, I think...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
154 Words
I interviewed with 4 of the 7 schools I applied to. Two of my interviews (Harvard, MIT) went pretty badly and that's mostly because I was stressed out (they were my top two choices) and did not prepare well and did not act the way that I usually...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
55 Words
I did not use one, but many of my friends did. The private counselors seemed to be...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
2 Words

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
90 Words
Do not waste your summers!! If you are not working and saving money for college, then at least try to do some volunteering or go to some...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
191 Words
I was waitlisted/deferred at two schools, both of which I was ultimately denied from. For one my schools, I submitted some more awards that I did not list on my application awards section. In retrospect, I do not think that this was a very good idea as these awards were all awards from my school (i...

My advice about getting recommenders
46 Words
Ask early, be polite, be responsive and communicate clearly. Make sure you ask people...

Why I declined other schools
87 Words
A large part of my decision was financially based; however, if a school's financial package is not good enough or enough for you, I believe that...

Why I ultimately chose my school
18 Words
Good reputation, best financial aid...