College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BFA, Film, Video, and Photography

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: , Texas
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: SMU, USC, UCSB, Pomona, Pitzer
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1380
Highest SAT: 1960
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High School Performance

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High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television, Community Cleanup / Service, Drama Production Crew, Film, French Club, School Theater/Plays, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

My interest in film began with my first movie—or my first love: Monsters Inc. Engrossed in the magic of animated movies, I became an elementary school animation aficionado. As I was immersed in Disney 24/7, their films taught me that stories are not just for kids, but for people of all ages, and that there are no limits to what stories you can tell. Naturally, I became obsessed with creating my own. I spent my days crafting my stories by...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
190 Words
An education at CMC interests me because I can combine and pursue two of my interests: media and business. I aspire to be a film producer, and I believe that it is important to not only pursue a media studies major, but also a broad liberal arts education. Film isn't only just about creativity and storytelling. It's also about the economics behind putting a film together, marketing a film, managing a budget, analysing and forecasting results, and fundraising. CMC offers...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
592 Words
Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer's core values? In my school community, I practice and advocate for student engagement in the arts. My participation in my school's art program helps bring people together to create and back fellow artists and the arts community as a whole. I'm involved in a several arts communities, such as dance, theatre/drama, technical theatre, and film, which are all...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
200 Words
I'm attracted to Scripps because I've had a fulfilling experience surrounded by young women at Hockaday. I've been a student at Hockaday since elementary school, and I've loved being immersed in one of the most positive and empowering environments. My experience here has shown me that as a girl, I can pursue anything, and my community will support me to the end. I've learned how to lead and follow my passions, whether it's academically or in the arts, and that...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
325 Words
You have just been invited to give a TED talk. What is your topic and how would you engage the audience? My TED Talk topic would be "The Art of Turning Your Passion into Your Career," and I would engage the audience by sharing my personal experience in overcoming the same challenges faced by every audience member: proving life's naysayers and doubters wrong. I have always faced people who have discouraged me from a career in the arts because my...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
228 Words
I've grown up hearing about SMU. Many of my family members are proud alumni, and I've always wanted to continue the legacy. I've known many graduates with an SMU education that have gone on to do really impressive things locally, internationally, and in film. And now that I've seriously looked into SMU, I feel like I would fit well in the community and in the film department. There are so many outlets where I know I can continue being creative...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
270 Words
SMU is a diverse learning environment shaped by the convergence of ideas and cultures. How will your unique experiences or background enhance the University, and how will you benefit from this community? (250-word limit) Though I'm from Dallas, I have a broad perspective of the world. Studying in Switzerland or travelling to Asia and Europe, I learned that I aspire to connect the world through film, and I can begin working towards this goal in the SMU community. To reach...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
149 Words
After school, I can be found at a theater rehearsal, stage managing for my school's theater program. I'm in charge of coordinating the seemingly effortless magic of theatre, but stage managing comes with challenges, responsibilities, and tedious work, which I'm not afraid to take on. The final product makes stage managing worthwhile. With every cue I call, I see shows come to life in front of my eyes and I love seeing the company's work come together. Then, I can't...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
65 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit) Using media to properly reflect society and including diversity in content respectfully, behind and in front of the camera. With the power of modern—especially digital—media, media should reflect society as a whole, a melting pot of people, places, and ideas, in order to enrich society and create global positive change.

Additional Essay Details:
670 Words
I used the additional information section of the common app for explaining my activities. Most of my essays were done close to the deadline, as I used the time before it to brainstorm before actually writing to get the best ideas for my essays. Otherwise, this how I did it: Journalism: I lead online broadcast video production in my school's newspaper, The Hockaday Fourcast. I've produced individual news stories, including coverage of a mammoth skeleton discovery in Texas, and to...

College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
47 Words
I would get to know the teachers well beforehand, by going in for office...

What I’d change about my application process
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I would have done everything...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
26 Words
The alumni network is so strong, and stronger...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
63 Words
I had a private counsellor and the individual attention helped me more. I did like having two people give...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
29 Words
USC - Very professional, and also kind, despite me...

What I’d change about my application process
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I would prepare more...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I would do my interview...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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What set me apart from other applicants
53 Words
Probably my extracurriculars. I was very into "real world experience" because I wanted to get out...

Why I declined other schools
44 Words
I didn't have a first choice school, I ended up have THE choice...

Post-college plans
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Graduate school if...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I chose an area and a major and that was my criteria....

Why I ultimately chose my school
48 Words
For its major program that I was accepted into. Its prestige and their resources...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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There's so much to...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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They actually reached out to...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I applied for scholarships, but I wasn't going to get any. However, that's...

How to increase chances at my school
27 Words
Having good grades, or luck, on your side....

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
19 Words
If you have a chance to...