chmo
chmo,
Stanford ‘20
B.S., Computer Science, , Electrical and Electronics Engineering
I love robots and languages! Feel free to ask me for any advice.
Features Included
7
Essays
10
Schools
9
Scores
11
Advice
5
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Palo Alto, California
GenderOther
EthnicityAsian, Prefer Not to Share
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Harvey Mudd (Claremont, CA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S.

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Kindergarteners often want to be astronauts; a former kindergartener, I stuck with my dream longer than most. But no dreamer, I recognise being the first human on Mars takes planning. Last year, I started learning Russian to communicate with cosmonauts. I read every NASA astronaut’s biography. Over the last few years, I’ve dedicated myself to pursuing the core values of NASA astronauts: resilience, creativity and adaptability, teamwork, and curiosity. My four years on my NASA-sponsored FIRST robotics team,...
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For the past four years, I’ve spent my nights in a rundown building by a NASA airfield, home to our all-girls FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, the Space Cookies. On a typical night, the programmers rule the whiteboards. We scribble free-body diagrams, drafting complex algorithms to keep our robot aligned. “Aha!” cries Divya,“the derivative of rotational error is rotational joystick speed!” Lynn, another rookie, doodles a smiley by “dtheta”. Our rookies love calculus but couldn’t have solved...
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As a child, I filled notebooks with symbols and ciphers of my own devising, each with a certain meaning. I know now that I was creating rudimentary languages. Back then, I simply loved the patterns I found everywhere around me. To me, computer science (CS) is a field based in the study of patterns. From its roots in math, which Michael D. Resnik called the “Science of Patterns” in his 1981 text, to the concept of design patterns, CS interests me...
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For the past four years, I’ve spent my nights in a rundown building by a NASA airfield, home to our all-girls robotics team, the Space Cookies. On a typical night, the programmers rule the whiteboards. We scribble free-body diagrams, drafting complex algorithms to keep our robot aligned. “I got it!” cries Divya, three months into the team. “The derivative of rotational error’s the rotational joystick speed!” Lynn, another rookie, doodles a smiley by “dtheta”. Our rookies love calculus...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
257 Words
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
The summer before sophomore year was a prime summer. I participated in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science. For four weeks, I explored topology, symmetry, hyperbolic geometry, and the twin prime conjecture, the widely accepted but still unproven concept that there exist infinitely many twin primes. To me, math is reassuring in its truth. But prime numbers fascinate me because although math is a study of patterns, in all the research, primes have evaded any predictability. As...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
543 Words
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
The largest of only three Girl Scout FRC teams in the world, the Space Cookies have played a huge role in impacting not just my life, but in the thousands of youth we reach locally and globally with our unique science and engineering opportunities. As a rookie on my robotics team, I was one of the few who made it onto the programming subteam--an isolated group lacking sufficient trained members to create a sustainable infrastructure. The programming leadership seemed to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
655 Words
Tell us about an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized by "and linked to" specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish. (650 max.)
As a preschooler, I filled notebooks with symbols and ciphers of my own creation. I know now that I was creating rudimentary languages. Back then, I loved the patterns I found everywhere. To me, computer science (CS) is based in studying patterns. From its roots in math, which is the science of patterns, to the concept of design patterns, reusable solutions to recurring problems, CS interests me because it harnesses patterns to address challenges. My current interest in CS is...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
510 Words
What influenced you to apply to Harvey Mudd College? What about the HMC curriculum and community appeals to you? Please limit your response to 500 words.
As a preschooler, I filled notebooks with symbols and ciphers of my own devising, each with a certain meaning. I know now that I was creating rudimentary languages. Back then, I simply loved the patterns I found everywhere around me. To me, computer science (CS) is a field based in the study of patterns. From its roots in math to design patterns, reusable solutions to recurring problems, CS interests me because it harnesses patterns to address challenges. My goal at...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
252 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (~250 words)
For the past four years, I’ve spent my nights in a rundown building by a NASA airfield, unobtrusive compared to nearby Hangar One. Inside, our robotics lab is warm, vibrant, and home to my all-girls team, the Space Cookies. On a typical Saturday night in January, the programming team holds sovereignty over the whiteboards. We scribble out free body diagrams full of vectors and angles, drafting complex algorithms to keep our robot moving straight. “I just thought of something!”...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
668 Words
Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you've chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know.
As a preschooler, I filled notebooks with symbols and ciphers of my own devising, each with a certain meaning. I know now that I was creating rudimentary languages. Back then, I simply loved the patterns I found everywhere around me. To me, computer science (CS) is a field based in the study of patterns. From its roots in math, the science of patterns, to the concept of design patterns, a generally reusable solution to a recurring problem, CS interests me...
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School Specific Advice

What I’d change about my application process
34 Words
I would apply to less schools. I already applied to...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
30 Words
I used a private admissions counselor and she wasn't...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
122 Words
Princeton - my interviewer was really nice. He was friendly and interested in the topics I talked about. We met at a Starbucks for about 2 hours and he asked me about my interests. Cornell...
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My advice about getting recommenders
56 Words
Ask people you have had interactions with outside of just class. I asked my history teacher, with...
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How I chose schools to apply to
56 Words
I was very focused and wanted a school with a good engineering program that wasn't too large....
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The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
60 Words
People are extremely stressed, but there is a culture of pretending that it's fine and that you're all...
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How to increase chances at my school
15 Words
have parents that work at...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
41 Words
A lot of people do a capella and dance groups. There are...
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More Essays

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Kindergarteners often want to be astronauts; a former kindergartener, I stuck with my dream longer than most. But no dreamer, I recognise being the first human on Mars takes planning. Last year, I started learning Russian to communicate with cosmonauts. I read every NASA astronaut’s biography. Over the last few years, I’ve dedicated myself to pursuing the core values of NASA astronauts: resilience, creativity and adaptability, teamwork, and curiosity. My four years on my NASA-sponsored FIRST robotics team,...
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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
47 Words
I was not very well-rounded compared to other applicants -- I spent a lot...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
63 Words
I had low grades for a couple semesters due to health issues. Because I had low grades in classes...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
58 Words
I honestly just chose topics that I loved to talk about. You're not going to enjoy writing...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.96
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2360
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1590
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details5 classes and scores

Sports

SportsFencing

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesRobotics, Boy/Girl Scouts, Other Club/Activity, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Research
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Experience & Awards

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