B.A., Biology
Born and raised in Southern California, Loves sports especially basketball and water polo, Plans to study Biology as a Pre-Med, Indulges on food of varying cultures
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Hometown Monterey Park, California
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2020
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
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Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Applied for a B.A. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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It’s hard to imagine life without clean water, insulated housing, and readily available health care. Ecuadorian villagers live this life every day. During this past summer, I joined a medical humanitarian effort as a health teacher to teach hygienic habits to these Ecuadorian villagers. During my time in the Ecuadorian highlands, I tried my best to offer services to the Ecuadorians who had limited access to severely strained medical facilities. When I first landed in Ecuador, I was amazed...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
222 Words
Notre Dame Question: What excites you about attending Notre Dame? (required response 150-200 words) I would be ecstatic to be part of Notre Dame’s exciting sports culture. The Fighting Irish have an illustrious athletic history in basketball, football, and many other sports. Throughout my whole life, I have been an athlete, playing sports such as basketball, water polo, and swimming. I also love watching sports teams such as my hometown Los Angeles Lakers. As captain of the water polo...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
247 Words
Notre Dame: Question: Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, served as a trusted adviser to U.S. presidents and popes. A champion for human rights, Fr. Hesburgh was one of the architects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Reflect on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, or the problems still being faced today. ...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
212 Words
Notre Dame Question: What’s broken, and how would you fix it? Social media is broken. Although it has streamlined communication to allow people from all over the world to connect instantly, sometimes the wrong information is spread. Communication has been simplified into posts and tweets, but the problem is that people, especially adolescents, can be affected easily by what they read on their social media sites. In the beginning, the initial threat of cyberbullying showed how people can manipulate...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
544 Words
Johns Hopkins: (I made an edit to remove a specific name as marked by [..]) Question: Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests (academic, extracurricular, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.) and how you will build upon them here. (300-500 Word limit) I identify myself in two ways: a...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
262 Words
University of Southern California Question: Describe your academic interests and how you plan to pursue them at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections (250 word limit). Undoubtedly, I have a natural inclination for the sciences, especially human and cell biology. The inner workings of the human body from small to large scale excite and intrigue me intellectually. At USC, I would like to take full advantage of the Human and Evolutionary Biology program since I...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
311 Words
University of Southern California (I made edits to remove specific names as marked by [..]) Question: USC students are known to be involved. Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit) For as long as I can remember, I have been part of the Scouting program, making my way from a Cub Scout to an...
Additional Essay Details
46 Words
I tried to be specific about the certain programs and classes that I wanted to take in the "Why us" essays. It helps be unique and positive to show that you're excited to attend these schools because ultimately, universities want students that want to be there.

General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
166 Words
The average Joe would most likely not know Washington University in St. Louis, but it is a very prestigious school. As a result, I had to do much more research to learn more about the school, and I found that I really like the school. From what I read when...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
143 Words
I didn't really use a private admissions counselor because there weren't any in my area. I just received advice on which colleges I should aim for from a director at one of the local test prep centers. She told me that my target...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
257 Words
I interviewed with people from Harvard, WashU, Vanderbilt, UPenn, Yale, and Brown. WashU was the only on-campus interview, and the rest were with alumni off-campus. I was accepted to WashU, rejected by Harvard, Yale, and Brown, and waitlisted by Vanderbilt and UPenn. I declined the Vanderbilt waitlist, but I accepted the UPenn waitlist and was released later on. The general feel I got from these interviews was that they were more about getting to know the person...
How to increase chances at my school
135 Words
Apply early! WashU, at least when I applied, doesn't have a supplement. That means once you have perfected your Common Application essay and have finished taking all of your tests, you should send it! After your application has been processed, you...
Post-college plans
25 Words
I plan to go to medical school after...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
49 Words
I applied for the school's merit scholarships which are accessible on the WashU Pathway after...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 1%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

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Converted SAT Score1540
SAT Prep
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details9 classes and scores


SportsWater Polo, Swimming/Diving


ActivitiesScience Club/Team, Boy/Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, Math Team
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