College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘20
BS, Mechanical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Born in small town, interested in math, science, and literature. Attending Stanford University starting fall of 2016, planning on studying engineering or computer science, with a minor in a foreign language.
From: Medford , Oregon
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2280
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field, Water Polo
Extracurricular Activities: Church, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Tutoring/Mentoring, Science Club/Team, School Jazz / Orchestra, National Honor Society, Math Team
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College Application Essays

My feet strike the ground with the familiar sound of a metronome keeping time. My chest expands and contracts as I breathe in the cool morning air. I smell the comforting scent of pines as the green trees rush by the path, reminding me of my favorite camping trips deep in the heart of a forest. While running, the human body functions like a machine, a complex network of levers and pulleys. The fact that I live in a machine...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
250 Words
Sweet potato pie, dry turkey, and bright fluorescent lights became my family's reality Thanksgiving of 2013. Rather than being drawn in by the cuisine or the ambiance, we were at a hospital in San Francisco that week for my mom's surgery on her recently discovered brain tumor. Emotional strain aside, I now look back on that week with some fondness, realizing that these experiences would become essential to developing the goals I pursue most passionately today. While attending appointments and meetings...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
258 Words
My name is Tannar, and I cannot touch my tongue to my nose. I’ll start out by giving you the candid details about my eighteen years upon this wonderful spaceship called Earth. Most notably, I’m known to be a ruthless player of board games (Settlers of Catan in particular), I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, I love Christopher Nolan films (Interstellar, Inception, etc), and one of my most exciting adventures took place on a fog cloaked Mount Thielsen....

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
248 Words
After nervously stepping off the plane and onto a new, yet very old world, I was immersed in an entirely foreign and beautiful culture, China. Shortly after settling into my room, I found a small park across the street, consisting of two basketball courts and ten or more ping pong tables. Noticing the large crowd gathered there, I decided it was time to put my rudimentary language, and ping pong skills, to the test. Rising early, I went to the...

Additional Essay Details:
67 Words
First Essay prompt was: "Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development." Second prompt: "Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better." Third prompt: "What matters to you, and why?"

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
119 Words
If I could change anything about my application process, I would tell myself to enjoy the process more, and to realize that I will be happy wherever I end up. Although I really hoped to end...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
169 Words
I only interviewed with Stanford. I greatly enjoyed my interview experience, and I would recommend the interview to anyone who is applying to Stanford. I met with my interviewer in a small coffee shop, and we simply talked about what interested us for nearly two hours. He started off by asking...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
73 Words
I highly recommend that students do what they are passionate about over the summer. If your passion includes white water rafting, then...

What set me apart from other applicants
106 Words
I strongly believe that my love of learning and belief that I can achieve anything is what set me apart from other applicants. Throughout my high school career, I took many classes ...

Post-college plans
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After college, I hope to pursue...

Why I ultimately chose my school
127 Words
I chose Stanford because it has extremely diverse academic options. If I continue studying engineering, or if I decide to switch to any of the humanities, I know I will be learning in a great program. This diversity...

How I chose schools to apply to
98 Words
I applied to schools that had science and technology majors, but I preferred the schools that had the sciences I was interested in, but also the options in the...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
61 Words
I personally enjoy the west coast styled, non-competitive culture of Stanford. It feels very laid back, and not...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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I have reached out only to...

How to increase chances at my school
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Do what you want...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Stanford's diversity of academic opportunities is a great aspect of the school, and one that I would write about for a "why us?" essay. Also, the collaborative spirit of all the students and professors...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Get recommenders who know you well, and who know what you are capable of. Both of my main...