College Admissions Info

Dartmouth College, ‘20
BA, Comparative Literature

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

18, INFP, South Korean, SoCal resident. Talk to me! I won't pass up any convo about language, literature, modern art, music (especially classical), feminism, racial identity, LGBT+ rights, and education in general.
From: Diamond Bar , South Korea
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Dartmouth, UPenn, Amherst, Swarthmore, Bowdoin, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2330
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School Jazz / Orchestra, Nursing Home Volunteer, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Theater/Plays, Spanish Club, Student Council / Government, Animal Foster Care Provider / Animal Rescue Volunteer
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Issue of personal significance
555 Words
I used to turn over every single stone I found when I was in middle school. I’d sit down and painstakingly look up every one of my findings in an encyclopedia of rocks and minerals; then I’d draw them, write about them, get up at night to arrange them again and again. Soon cardboard boxes overflowed with them, and my mother tried to throw them out despite my protest and tears. Obsessed with making the best collection, I...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
662 Words
There exists a very delicate relationship between a work of art and the space it occupies. The place in which these masterpieces are exhibited largely determines their effect because it is not a storage room, but a sacred shrine made to display the messages encrypted in painting and sculpture. One particularly well-arranged gallery is the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. An inhuman stillness surrounds the outside, contributing greatly to the effectiveness of its layout. Once inside, it...

Additional Essay Details:
165 Words
I took it upon myself to be as honest as possible. After writing many of my own admissions essays, reading past successful essays, and peer editing friends' essays, I came to believe that college essays, especially personal statements, should aim to present the most honest version of yourself. To do that, think about what's most important to you-- for me, it's intellectual engagement in relation to the human experience. I'm very drawn to different aspects of the humanities, and both...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
96 Words
I would only have applied to schools I really wanted to go to-- that is, schools that were right for my personality and my learning style. I applied to...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
93 Words
Dartmouth is a well-known private university, but it also has the elements of a liberal arts education. The class sizes are much smaller, on average, than the other...

My advice about getting recommenders
125 Words
People often make the mistake of simply asking teachers they like for recommendations, forgetting that the teacher you like is not always the teacher that likes you (i.e. you might have a favorite teacher, but that teacher...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
127 Words
I went to a learning center for college consulting. I think that most of the time, having a counselor is usually better than not having one at all (though the effectiveness varies across different institutions and for different...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
255 Words
Dartmouth-- I interviewed with an undergraduate senior via video chat. It was the most casual conversation out of all my interviews, no doubt because he was much closer to my age than any of my other interviewers. Yale-- I interviewed in person with an alumnus in my area. It was my very first interview, but she made it easier than I thought it would be (I was a nervous wreck and she probably sensed that)....

How I chose schools to apply to
110 Words
Mostly everything was online research. since I didn't have time or the financial liberty to visit every school I was interested in. I read all the emails I got from possible schools I'd...

Why I ultimately chose my school
245 Words
I was lucky enough to be accepted to a variety of schools (mostly because I applied to a lot of schools)-- public, private, and liberal arts colleges in different locations in the U.S. I knew that I wanted to go somewhere the students had support, and where I could interact with professors and ask questions. Towards the end of April, I was deciding between three colleges (Amherst, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth) that...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
99 Words
Do something that will show colleges that you're actively pursuing your goals. My summer activities are by no means the best, but I included them to demonstrate to colleges what...