katefromtexas
katefromtexas,
Cornell ‘24
B.A., Computer Science
interested in computer science & social justice!!
Features Included
4
Essays
4
Schools
8
Scores
5
Advice
9
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Dallas, Texas
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
"What do you do if you love someone that lives across the ocean?"  At 2 a.m. one night junior year, I sat on the ground in tears. I had no family around me; the only people I could confide to were my classmates. Flashback to fourth grade.  Found in a ragged Chinese textbook: "Facial masks are a significant part of Chinese performing arts. Each color signifies a different value. Black means neutrality. Red means courage. Purple means justice. You can...
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Personal Statement
359 Words
Family background, Leadership experience
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
"Yue Yue, zhe xie zi zen me shuo," my grandmother asked me as she pointed to our street name; her eyes beamed with curiosity. My mind raced to translate her Chinese into English. Moments later, I successfully deciphered her question: How do you pronounce these words? Since I was two, my mother single-handedly balanced caring for and financially supporting me. To relieve her workload, my grandparents came from China to help cook and clean while I became the family mechanic....
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
Listen. From a young age, I was taught to obey, to accept everything I was given. As a child in a traditional Chinese family, these Confucianist values were passed from generation to generation, and I conformed to them. In first grade, my ten dollars went missing in a classmate's hands. Rather than speaking up for myself, I remained silent, deciding this was my fate. Years later, I read about a group of students from Parkland that ignited a nationwide movement...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
I serve as a troop leader, a troop of middle school girl coders that is. Armed with our proficiency in HTML, CSS, and Javascript, we develop websites. MORNING BRIEF. I stand on the podium in front of the brightly-lit room, defended by a microphone and two teaching assistants. "Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper were women who pioneered computer science; we can too," I proclaim in front of a class of sixteen girls. My motivational words were followed by a video...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
699 Words
Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into multifaceted academic interests, embodying in 21st century terms Ezra Cornell’s “any person…any study” founding vision. Tell us about the areas of study you are excited to explore, and specifically why you wish to pursue them in our College.
10 a.m., Statler Hall. As a student in Arts and Sciences, I listen attentively to Dr. Gries in Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures. The complexity of Object-Oriented Programming contrasts the simplicity of animations I programmed as a high school freshman. Poring over Khan Academy videos, I gradually progressed from developing drawings in middle school to creating websites now. I fell in love with coding's similarity to solving a puzzle: I would picture the outcome beforehand and then piece together the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
307 Words
Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?
Freshman year, I was confused about what I wanted to pursue in the future. I then enrolled in Pre-AP Computer Science and developed an interactive calculator that can easily solve problems with less than 50 lines of Java. The simple logic yet lasting impact of code intrigued me. Sophomore and junior year, I continued exploring code by enrolling in higher-level courses, attending summer camps, and teaching myself programming. Coding is like a puzzle; I can combine creativity with problem-solving. When I...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
303 Words
Each Sunday night, in a tradition called Storytime, students, faculty and staff gather to hear a fellow community member relate a brief story from their life (and to munch on the storyteller’s favorite homemade cookies). What story would you share? What lessons have you drawn from that story, and how would those lessons inform your time at Williams?
Listen. From a young age, I was taught to obey, to accept everything I was given. As a child in a traditional family, these Confucianist values were passed from generation to generation, and I conformed to them. In first grade, my ten dollars went missing in a classmate's hands. Rather than speaking up for myself, I remained silent, deciding this was my fate. Sophomore year, I read about a group of students from Parkland that ignited a nationwide movement for...
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School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
152 Words
I was so torn between Cornell, UT Austin, and Williams. Ultimately, I chose Cornell because it's computer science program was unbeatable, and I was able to receive a liberal arts education like Williams within the College of Arts and Sciences. The combination between a top 5 ...
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What are opportunities unique to my school
180 Words
Though I did not end up enrolling at Williams, I was drawn to Williams because of the small, tight-knit community. When I visited, it felt so warm (despite being cold and windy) because the student body felt so close. I truly fell in love with the school when I went. Academically, Williams offers "tutorials",...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
33 Words
APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS EARLY!! Start looking and applying for scholarships...
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What set me apart from other applicants
86 Words
Regarding my essays, most of them were centered around a simple item or idea. For example, my friends and I referred to my Common App...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
78 Words
Breathe :) I know everything may not seem alright at the moment, but it will be FINE. Trust me. In the end, you will...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1520
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details5 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Academic, Research, Community Cleanup / Service, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Council / Government

Experience & Awards

Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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