College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘18
BA, History, Literature

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Writer, music fan, teacher, student and lifelong learner! :)
From: South Pasadena , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Decision
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Yale, Harvard
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1580
Highest SAT: 2350
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Debate Club/Team, Library Volunteer, Church, Best Buddies
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College Application Essays

The first thing I remember about childhood is vomit, little me retching Wonderbread and grape juice on Calvary Preschool’s shag carpet. Even now, walking the September streets of Seoul with my big sister, Miriam, I feel something swelling in me, pushing to get out—bitter and warm, like the stench of the ginkgo nuts oozing under my footsteps. Don’t blow this. “Miriam? Do you have LGBT people at your school?” “Why?” I tilt my head to play to...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
534 Words
I peek over the laptop screen. My teacher isn't looking. Good. If he sees my flushed face, he'll investigate—and discover I’m not writing the essay he thinks I am. I should’ve texted my mom a few hours ago, but that’s the last thing on my mind. How is it that I can blow my forty-something parents off while weeping at the fictional plight of a forty-something woman? A question I've always pondered: many of my intimate...

Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
351 Words
1. Imagine looking through a window at any environment that is particularly significant to you. Reflect on the scene, paying close attention to the relation between what you are seeing and why it is meaningful to you. Please limit your statement to 300 words. With one click of my mouse, the computer window opens. I'm a humble dot navigating a white space, surrounded by beacons firing spiky bullets at me. When I impale myself, I glow, and the game treats me to...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
303 Words
You learn some things as a school garbageman—mostly how quickly things pile up. We are a school of future CEOs, lawyers, politicians. Yet here I am, two containers of cans piled in my hands, a mixture of coffee, juice and milk staining the tips of my fingers. The stench is the worst, especially in the dead heat of August. I wonder: is this elite education of mine only a ticket out of the junkyard? Who appreciates the garbagemen of...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
212 Words
Some schools will interview you, but not all - it's usually optional, declining a request has absolutely no bearing on your chances for admission, and it's by FAR the least important part of your application, unless you seriously bomb or ace it. You may want to practice some of the most expected questions (Why our school? Why this major? What do you think...

My favorite course thus far, and why
123 Words
As a History and Literature student, I've really enjoyed the chance to do intensive writing and research in an intimate academic setting! My favorite class has been the Contemporary Culture Lab, a freeform experimental class in which...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
curious; interdisciplinary;...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
43 Words
More social spaces on campus that aren't built around partying or networking; more...

Why I ultimately chose my school
21 Words
Access to academic and social resources;...