College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘20
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I was originally born in China, and came to the United States at the age of 2. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, frisbee, and making memes!
From: Athens , Georgia
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: GA Tech, BC, UCLA
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Marching Band, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Computer / Technology Volunteer
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College Application Essays

He's different. Words that shouldn't mean anything, and yet they do. From my name to the way I look and speak, there's always been something different about me - just not quite like everyone else. Since I immigrated to the United States at the age of 2, I've long struggled to assimilate into the American culture - to become an exact copy of what I observed of others each day - something I'm glad to say I've failed in. My person...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
255 Words
Note to future roommate: Aloha future roommate, I hope you are a rather humorous individual yourself, because you're in for a pile of pun... sorry, that was weak. On a more serious note, though, I've lived a pretty peculiar life, resulting in quite a few rather quirky habits: What can I say? I enjoy experimenting with scents. I've amassed a collection of nearly every air freshener available to an average Walmartian, but still have yet to find the perfect combination...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
258 Words
What matters to you, and why? Why do we humans even exist? For what purpose do we to continue to strive day after day, knowing our inevitable end? As quickly as I have come into this world, I will soon be out of it; I am but a second on an ever-ticking geological clock. Yet, I carry with me an innate longing for greatness, the wish to be immortalized for what I will achieve for mankind. And in the 21st...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
498 Words
National Merit Scholarship Application Essay Fuuuufuuuufuuufuufuufufufufufufuuuu. Papers began to flutter and my hair was blown back as the rotor wash grew to critical speeds; there was no turning back now. I paused for a moment, hesitant, then mashed the key that would set me free from the ground. The motors purred perf - SKKRRRTTTKKK - a flurry of sparks flew amid an acrid cloud of burning plastic. Sigh. I flipped open my laptop and contemplated a discouraging screen filled with...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
287 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you've faced or something important that didn't go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?(*) (200-250 words)  It was the summer of 2015 as I sat waiting in the sweltering heat of Valdosta State’s concert hall. On a whim, I’d elected to minor in music for the duration of Governors Honors Program, but little did I realize that it actually cumulated in a massive, campus-wide performance. But too late now....

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
290 Words
How have you improved the lives of others in your community? (This could be one person or many, at school or at home, in your neighborhood or your state, etc.) (*) (200-250 words) Team Tech is a pilot program offered through my school, implemented to make possible our county’s ambitious policy of providing each student with a personal computer. Not surprisingly, this 1:1 student to device ratio requires managing massive amounts of electronics, and, just this year, I helped to set...

Supplemental Essay: Other
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The first and second essays were supplemental essays for my Stanford application. The third essay is an adaptation of my Common App personal essay that I submitted for the National Merit Scholarship application and the last two are short answer essays that I submitted for the MIT application. In each essay, I attempted to share with the reader my unique perspective of the world - my personality, the values I believe in, and what my dreams and aspirations are.

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
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I am a first generation college student, so I really didn't have much of an idea of where to begin the process of picking colleges. However, my family is...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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First off, you can definitely gain a surprisingly accurate impression of a school's atmosphere just through alumni interviews. I had interviews for UChicago, MIT, and Stanford. I'll start with the least favorite; My UChicago interviewer showed up 5-10 minutes late for the interview, then preceded to make a phone call. I could tell that he was annoyed at having to conduct an interview after hours (he was a professor at the university), and was simply going through questions and typing down my answers. To be fair, he was open to questions and there was no doubt that he was intelligent,...

Why I ultimately chose my school
140 Words
Stanford is a dream school that many people would have no hesitation to attend. For me, an aspiring techie, there is no better opportunity available than to study just minutes from Silicon Valley. The school has many internship and business startup programs...

Post-college plans
54 Words
I plan on working in the technology field, so I'm hoping to either join a startup...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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You can do anything... work, intern, code, write, anything... but do DO SOMETHING! The more experiences you have, the more you can develop your...

How to increase chances at my school (Stanford)
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With an acceptance rate of just 4.69%, Stanford continues to be the most selective college in the world. Undergraduates include olympic medalists, business owners, international awardees... but also rather normal people like me. However, the one thing that is consistent across Stanford students is that everyone has a passion - be it music, technology, literature, sports, or otherwise. You can...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (Stanford)
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The student experience at Stanford is extremely rich, diverse and full of opportunity. For such a small student body size (~7000 undergrads total), there are hundreds of clubs and organizations from dance groups to bird watching clubs to a Quidditch team....