College Admissions Info

Princeton University, ‘21
BA, Physics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a curator of dichotomies. (And before you ask--I'm taking a gap year, which is why I'm class of 2021, not 2020)
From: Claremont , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: Yale, Yale-NUS, Princeton, MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1520
Highest SAT: 2210
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, School Theater/Plays, Science Club/Team, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, National Honor Society, School Choir, Habitat for Humanity, Photography / Film, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

The secret to getting customers to buy your Costco samples, I’ve realized, is by doing pull-ups on the sample stacks. I wear the company apron. My parents seem to think that since it has our family’s coconut coffee logo on it, somehow I’ll be blessed with magical toddler-coaxing powers, and everyone knows that if you employ the right tactics—i.e. start the trend of pull-ups yourself—to entice babies to turn your sample table into a...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
671 Words
Princeton University supplemental essay: We are burning zhiqian again. Dad drags a lighter gently across the joss paper stack's edges, and flames leap to interrupt the blue-bruised twilight. The zhiqian curl, fire hungrily charring their edges, outlining my dad’s face in a tapestry of blood red and ebony. Mom and I hold each other's hands as we both think of gonggong, my grandpa. We remember different things, but our pain is the same: sharp and bitter, infused with a...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
22 Words
Supplemental essay about my fight against uveitis, a debilitating inflammatory eye disease that rendered me blind more times than I can count.

Additional Essay Details:
45 Words
I tried to write completely from my heart, and I think that's what really matters. If you care about what you're writing about, that will come through. Sincerity is so rare these days, I think it can really be what makes an essay stand out.

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with every school except for the UCs. Frankly, I didn't really prepare for any interviews, but that's because I had already thought a lot about what I want out of life...

What I’d change about my application process
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I mainly applied to Princeton early and everywhere else regular because of Princeton's tuition-free gap year program. I wish I wasn't so fixated on just that...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I'll tell you one thing I DON'T recommend: going to an "exotic" country to "volunteer." If you're going to go abroad, have a real reason instead of ...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Most private colleges only let scholarships replace the student contribution part of the financial aid package--AKA about $5000 or so a year. After that, if you are getting any sort of grant from the school itself, any outside scholarship replaces that grant first. When...