B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hello, I'm Justin Feng, USC Class of 2020. My high school GPA was probably lower than other applying candidates. My application centered around a personal project that I completed. If this sounds like you, feel free to ask me a question!
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Hometown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2020
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Mandarin, French

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
623 Words
My career aspirations were earnestly impacted by a trip to the Tiger-Leap Gorge, a remote mountain area in northwestern China in the summer of 2013. During my stay, I befriended a 12 year old boy who had to walk six hours daily on narrow mountain roads to attend school. There was no school bus, and dorms were reserved for students who lived eight hours away. Living conditions there were harsh, healthcare scarce. Doctors had limited access to modern medicine. I made a...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
235 Words
I have held a volunteering position at the NAME REDACTED Hospital System for the past two years. My responsibilities included interacting with dementia and post operative patients. The patients had limited mobility, and depended on the staff of nurses and volunteers to attend to their needs. I want to continue being a part of the healthcare community. I have always enjoyed helping people, no matter the question or concern. I find it to be my duty as a young man...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
255 Words
I have always had a profound interest in biomedical research. It is an interdisciplinary science incorporating the modern technologies of engineering, mathematics and computer science with that of biological sciences. Biomedical research has always been at the forefront of technological breakthrough in medicine. I want to be part of this vibrant field of science. My motivation to attend USC is inspired by its academic excellence and reputation as one of the world's premier research institutions in biomedical sciences. USC is...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
249 Words
I have always wanted to be a doctor. When I was a child, my father enjoyed telling me stories about his youth. He attended the First Shanghai Medical School, but forfeited his degree to immigrate to the United States in search of a brighter future. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he was overcome by the freedom and opportunity that awaited him around every corner. My father worked in manual labor for years to pay for his college education. In...
Additional Essay Details
141 Words
I am pretty stiff in all of my essays. They are objective and to the point. Some people are better at the whole 'creative' and casual type essay in which they use the first person and personal anecdotes to carry their ideas. I avoided that format as I tend to ramble when I try. Instead, I used a very controlled voice to describe myself, my aspirations, and my accomplishments. You should know which type of essay you want to write....

General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
281 Words
I applied to two safety schools (Drexel/Pitt, I also applied to a competitive BS/MD program at Drexel). You should consider two safeties, because it is an unfortunate possibility that you will not get into your top schools. Having choice even when your first choices are void is good. That being said, you should not go crazy and apply to 20 schools. Know the schools you want to go to before you apply. You should have an idea about which schools you can realistically...
What set me apart from other applicants
193 Words
Unlike some, I didn't apply to college with a 4.0 GPA or a 2400 on my SAT. Relatively speaking, I was an above average student in high school and performed near the top of my class. I participated in a bunch of extracurricular activities and held leadership roles in a few, and became pretty friendly with the staff at school....
How to increase chances at my school
119 Words
Legacies seem like they're a big deal. While you might not get the same treatment as a multi-millionaire's (who has donated generously) child, a legacy helps a bit in the admissions process. You should research your...
My advice about getting recommenders
160 Words
I hope you were tight with at least two teachers/coaches in high school. If you were a jerk to the staff, then there's not much you can do here for letters. Your counselor will write a rather bland letter discussing your performance in school using numbers the...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
266 Words
I interviewed for U Penn and the Drexel BS/MD program. The Penn interview took place in a Starbucks with a friendly alumni. This is the standard format for Penn, other schools may have different circumstances in which you wait with other prospects and are interviewed one by one rather than an informal meeting. For casual interviews in local coffee shops, the dress code is business casual. Do not show up in jeans and a polo, or a full on...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
68 Words
I did not use a personal admissions counselor, but I would recommend talking with your high school guidance counselor or...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
113 Words
If you are waitlisted or deferred, you should reflect on how much you really want to go to that school. I was not waitlisted anywhere, but I understand that the chances of your acceptance...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
139 Words
In high school, you should get out and volunteer somewhere that pertains to your interest. Hospitals and museums where you work with scientists score great brownie points if you want to study science. I don't know much about other fields, but you...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
132 Words
My advice here is limited. I think it's important to understand finances. You should know your family's finances and if you are able to afford attending a particular school. If your parents are unwilling to contribute any money, then you...
Post-college plans
61 Words
I plan on becoming a flight surgeon with the United States Navy Medical Corps. This is a specific...
Why I declined other schools
73 Words
I declined other schools for several reasons. My safety schools (Pitt, Drexel) were safeties in the event I didn't get into any...
Why I ultimately chose my school
67 Words
Ironically, the choice came down between my top school USC and Pitt, my safety. I guess I picked USC because...

High School Performance

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Converted SAT Score1530
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SportsGolf, Track & Field


ActivitiesSchool Band, Hospital Volunteer, Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Student Council / Government, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Yearbook
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