College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘19

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Personal statement
  • 1 supplemental essays
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

Matt Yao
From: Fairfax , Virginia
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1470
Highest SAT: 2110
Highest ACT:
Other ACT Scores:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

None reported Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
653 Words
Connecting the Dots Inside the power rack is where I feel most natural, even though there’s a couple hundred pounds of weights dangling over me. Before I begin my first repetition of squats, I take a huge breath to build intra-abdominal pressure, a method used to reduce injurious compressive forces on the spinal disks. In plain English, all I did was breathe deeply and hold the breath. But when I was first taught to do this, my instinct was...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
419 Words
Growing up in a bilingual, immigrant household has shaped me into a diverse individual with a broad world view. Both of my parents grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. They wanted me to have a different childhood so they raised me to have an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning. While other kids were playing with their Nerf guns, my eyes were stuck to the television screen where I watched a scientist with a monotonous voice dip various...

Additional Essay Details:
15 Words
This is about my childhood and how it shaped me into the person I am.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
15 Words
Provide more support for first...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
27 Words
There is a huge variety of extracurriculars at...

My favorite course thus far, and why
14 Words
I am really enjoying...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Passionate, Driven,...

What I’d change about my application process
19 Words
I would have spent more time...