College Admissions Info

Maroon
Maroon
University of Chicago ‘20
BA, Economics, Public Policy Analysis

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

2016 Crazy Ways to Get into College! You Won't Believe #189! Counselors Hate Him! [clickbait aside, I'm a recent high school graduate, so the pains of the college admissions process are still fresh for me. I've got a bunch of advice to give! :D]
From: SoCal , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UCSD, UC Irvine
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin

Test Scores

2280
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High School Performance

4.39
GPA
Top 5%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Drama production crew, Student Council / Government, Political Campaign, Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for UChicago, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UCSD, UC Irvine, UPenn: Art/acting/singing
2 Words
No essay

Supplemental Essay: Other
244 Words
Don't hold back. Like seriously. Go hard. There's a bunch of people applying to the top 25 schools with high SAT scores and GPAs. You need to find a way to differentiate yourself. My extracurriculars were decent, but they weren't anything spectacular. I'm 100% sure the reason that I got into my school of choice was because of my essay. I wrote about Bernie Sanders, Minecraft, Lord of the Rings, Donald Trump, Mantis Shrimp, and a bunch of other random, crazy things!...





College Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
91 Words
At the April Overnight, I noticed that there were a bunch of Speech and Debaters there. UChicago LOVES to promote discussion based learning. It's one of the cornerstones of the school's curriculum and philosophy. In that sense, I'd assume that the school especially likes applicants who are able to articulate their thoughts clearly and well. UChicago also has a crazy...



What I’d change about my application process
128 Words
I would have probably spent more time on my essays. I procrastinated really hard, so there were some grammatical errors in my writing. I probably would have applied to more schools. I applied to UChicago Early Action, and once I got in in December, I stopped applying to my list of schools for the Regular Decision round. I'm happy where...



My favorite course thus far, and why
103 Words
The course I look forward to the most is probably Power, Identity, and Resistance! It's a sequence in the social sciences core requirement and it explores how power accumulates and how it's used. You read critical theorists and philosophers like Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc. I've read that reading the texts really changes ones perspectives on...



Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
147 Words
I worked with a College Advising Corp's private counselor. The organization provides free online college counseling for low income and first generation students. I highly recommend applying for it if you qualify! I met with my counselor once or twice every month through Google Hangouts for an hour during the college application season, and she helped me find schools, revise...



5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
134 Words
Intellectual, quirky, nerdy, passionate, motivated. The people you meet at UChicago are absolutely AMAZING. Everyone here is extremely smart and an expert in their own academic niche. There are plenty of stories about how students go out to a party and get drunk and casually start debating about Marx or Hayek. Sunday nights are also pretty hype once Game of...



List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
155 Words
I did not interview with UChicago. The only school I interviewed with was Penn, and that was during the Early Decision round. USC was already filled, and UCs did not offer interviews. I interviewed with Penn virtually through Google Hangouts. It felt like more of a casual conversation than an interview. At the end of the session, you can ask...



What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
117 Words
There's been a lot of controversy lately about the free speech restrictions at UChicago. The school received national media attention when the administrators threatened the Student Government President by not letting him graduate after he let other students into a building for a protest. As a school that prides itself in free inquiry and discussion, I find it appalling how...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
248 Words
Honestly, you can do whatever you want during the summer as long as it is productive. You don't really need to go out on a crazy missionary trip to save starving children from third world countries. That does NOTHING to show that you're a caring individual. It probably gives off the impression that you have a bunch of extra travel...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
113 Words
The motto "where fun goes to die" is a lie. Sure the Chicago winters are brutal, and sure the classes are hard, but fun is there if you go out to find it. UChicago holds the record for the LARGEST scavenger hunt in the world. It's extremely fun, and a great way to destress from finals. Most people also have...



What set me apart from other applicants
118 Words
ESSAYS! I cannot stress how important essays are, especially for UChicago. My extracurriculars weren't relatively exceptional, and my SAT score was actually in the 25th percentile once you took the writing section away. UChicago is a school that emphasizes fit over anything else. Once you pass a certain threshold for your GPA and test scores and extracurriculars, it's all about...



Why I declined other schools
205 Words
The other schools I got into were pretty expensive. I didn't decline them because they were necessarily bad schools. The schools I got into were pretty amazing. It's just that UChicago was much more amazing. I could see myself choosing UChicago as my school for most scenarios, but I could also see myself choosing an alternative school as well. All...





Post-college plans
98 Words
I do not have an exact career in mind yet, but I am interested in working for the government. I want to pass public policy reforms in how the government structures itself. I'm particularly interested in fixing income inequality, and I believe that I can do so with an economics degree. Eventually, I may get involved in politics or law...



Why I ultimately chose my school
112 Words
UChicago was the best school for the field I wanted to study, and it gave me the most financial aid. In fact, UChicago was about $5k cheaper than my cheapest public in state school. This all goes without mentioning that the people here are AMAZING. Everyone you meet here is extremely smart and interesting. It really pushes you to work...



How I chose schools to apply to
98 Words
A resource I really loved using was The College Board's Big Future feature on their website. It provided pretty much everything you need to know as an overview for the school. Location, average GPA, test scores, majors, clubs, sports, costs, etc, are all there! Niche also does a good job of providing good overviews of colleges. Figure out which aspects...



What I like about my school’s location and culture
71 Words
Chicago is a beautiful city. The school is only fifteen minutes away from downtown. Plus it's right next to Lake Michigan. When it snows, the school looks AMAZING. It looks as if it was the setting to Winter Wonderland or something. There's always something to do here. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, and there's a...



Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
241 Words
One of the great things about UChicago is their no loans policy. Because of The Odyssey Scholarship, the school has eliminated all of its loans with grants. The only loans available now are loans either from the government, or from a private source. This has significantly lifted the financial burden off of many families. UChicago is also one of the...





How to increase chances at my school
187 Words
Be yourself! The admissions team is extremely talented in differentiating genuine and manufactured voices in your personal statements. Don't write what you think the admission officers want to hear. Write about what YOU want to write about. Geek out in your essays. Talk about all of the crazy theories and fandoms your have. If you aren't laughing and having fun...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
243 Words
I've personally had great success writing my Why X College Essay through the narrative structure. Most Why X College Essays are generally bland and boring, following the five paragraph argumentative structure. Making your essay into a narrative adds flavor and color. Maybe you could plan out a typical day of your life as a student at the college you want...





My advice about getting recommenders
346 Words
I asked my English teacher and my Government teacher for my recommendations. I've had my English teacher for about three years (7th, 8th, and 11th grade) and I've been on my Government teacher's cross country team for all four years of high school. I was a bit worried about my choices at first since the subjects my recommenders taught in...







Most popular extracurricular activities at my college (UChicago)
91 Words
At the April Overnight, I noticed that there were a bunch of Speech and Debaters there. UChicago LOVES to promote discussion based learning. It's one of the cornerstones of the school's curriculum and philosophy. In that sense, I'd assume that the school especially likes applicants who are able to articulate their thoughts clearly and well. UChicago also has a crazy...



My favorite course thus far, and why (UChicago)
103 Words
The course I look forward to the most is probably Power, Identity, and Resistance! It's a sequence in the social sciences core requirement and it explores how power accumulates and how it's used. You read critical theorists and philosophers like Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc. I've read that reading the texts really changes ones perspectives on...



5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (UChicago)
134 Words
Intellectual, quirky, nerdy, passionate, motivated. The people you meet at UChicago are absolutely AMAZING. Everyone here is extremely smart and an expert in their own academic niche. There are plenty of stories about how students go out to a party and get drunk and casually start debating about Marx or Hayek. Sunday nights are also pretty hype once Game of...



What I’d change about my school if I were student body president (UChicago)
117 Words
There's been a lot of controversy lately about the free speech restrictions at UChicago. The school received national media attention when the administrators threatened the Student Government President by not letting him graduate after he let other students into a building for a protest. As a school that prides itself in free inquiry and discussion, I find it appalling how...



What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (UChicago)
113 Words
The motto "where fun goes to die" is a lie. Sure the Chicago winters are brutal, and sure the classes are hard, but fun is there if you go out to find it. UChicago holds the record for the LARGEST scavenger hunt in the world. It's extremely fun, and a great way to destress from finals. Most people also have...