College Admissions Info

Brown University, ‘20
BS, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Freshman at Brown University
From: Singapore , Singapore
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Brown, Wellesley, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Scripps
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2320
SAT Prep:
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Other Standardized Tests:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
High School Type: International
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Befriended a neighbor's pet goat that was slaughtered for Eid; outraged before realizing people have different worldviews

Supplemental Essay for Brown: “Why us” school essay
25 Words
"I love Brown because of the outlets in quad lampposts." Talked about the intellectual curiosity and willingness to have complex discussions with classmates

Supplemental Essay for Brown: Diversity statement
15 Words
Finding a community that embraces the multi-cultural/US citizens abroad experience (through bubble tea runs)

Supplemental Essay for Barnard: Issue of personal significance
14 Words
Mentoring young girls interested in science/female quiz players--> passion for gender equality

Supplemental Essay for Brown: Unique question posed by school
66 Words
Where have you lived? Quirky answer that brought humor to explaining how I didn't fit in in my hometown (essay began with "This particular cellular conglomeration came to be in Shanghai, where it remained for seven years."), and ending with reference to University's location ("I’ve never lived where winter means snow, not gray sludge or oppressive humidity- I’m excited to try it.")

Supplemental Essay for Wellesley: “Why us” school essay
38 Words
Explained breadth of my intellectual curiosity (referencing treasured nerdy items like art history socks and anatomy coloring books) and how that relates to the school's students, then passion for gender equality and experience of attending a women's college

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process (U Illinois)
15 Words
Don't apply EA! The pool...

My advice about getting recommenders
18 Words
Take classes with the sponsors...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
29 Words
Be honest– even if it's just "I love the...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Brown)
36 Words
If you're deferred, send in additional materials (I sent a resume...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
24 Words
Only accept federal direct subsidized loans– they're...

Why I declined other schools
33 Words
Some other top choices didn't give me enough financial aid;...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
15 Words
You don't need one! Get ...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
22 Words
Didn't interview at safeties or Wellesley, and...

What set me apart from other applicants
44 Words
I did one thing really, really well, and devoted an unspeakable amount of...

Post-college plans
14 Words
Pretty undecided, but maybe...

How I chose schools to apply to
25 Words
College visits, but mostly paid attention to what...

What I like about my school’s location and culture (Brown)
35 Words
Close to Boston and urban opportunities but still in a school...