College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BA, Political Science and Government, Public Relations

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hello! I'm an incoming freshman at the University of Southern California (live 15 minutes from campus). I'm majoring in Political Science and plan to double-major in Public Relations.
From: Los Angeles , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UCLA, Cal Poly, SDSU, BC, Lehigh, UC Davis, UCSD, UCSB, USC
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1480
Highest SAT: 2130
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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: Key Club, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Student Council / Government, Other Religious Affiliation
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College Application Essays

A red envelope with golden Chinese characters shimmers underneath the lamp light. I open it and pull out the dollar bill. “Xīnnián kuàilè”, I say to my mom, who attempts to say it back. It’s Chinese New Year once again, and through this small gesture, I feel connected to the culture I’ve known little about. Though I am biologically Chinese, I don’t feel that my cultural identity can be described in just one word. ...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
466 Words
Taiko is a drum that is meant to be played with earth-shaking passion. Each strike of the drum must be hit with fierce elegance and each movement of the drummer’s body must be powerfully swift. “Yo-ka-ta” and “Ta-ka-shi” have been part of my vocabulary since I was in the sixth grade, when I joined a local taiko group and discovered my affinity for Japanese drumming. Two and a half years ago, I stepped up as the leader of a...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
225 Words
I want to be a “gladiator in a suit”. No, I don’t want to fight to my death or wear a tie and trousers, but like Olivia Pope in Scandal, I want to work in Washington, D.C, striving to make our country a better place. Having been the President of Key Club at my school for almost a year now, I’ve experienced American politics hands-on in addition to reading about current events in NPR articles. Though many...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
2 Words

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
13 Words
Though helpful, I could...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
11 Words
Very happy and...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
22 Words
Lehigh University- The interview went really well,...

What set me apart from other applicants
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
11 Words
Mentioning specific programs...

How to increase chances at my school
33 Words
SHOW INTEREST--whether it's a fly in program or interview. Everybody...

Why I ultimately chose my school
42 Words
I chose USC over Lehigh because I realized that USC could offer me...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I based my decision to...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
5 Words
Greek life,...

What I’d change about my application process
16 Words
I would have started writing...

My advice about getting recommenders
24 Words
Make sure to stand out in the...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
13 Words
Apply for as many...