College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘19
BA, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi! My name is Alan Shum.
From: Temple City , California
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: UCLA, UC Davis, UCSD, UC Irvine, Stanford, Brown, Cornell
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Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Boy/Girl Scouts, Math Team, Science Club/Team, After School Program Coordinator
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College Application Essays

It was my seventh birthday. As I sat down in my grandfather's brown, smoke-scented chair beside the desk, my dad opened up his game of Diablo II on the ancient computer. I stared at the screen, my eyes filled with wonder as I contemplated the exciting new worlds I might visit together with my dad. When it finally loaded up, he looked me in the eye with that same excited face I had, and said to me, "Let's do this."...

"Chris! What are you doing? You have to make dinner now or we'll..." I sputtered as I noticed my entire patrol rampantly running off with complete disregard for making dinner. As I stepped into a portable bathroom for respite from the chaos, I heard a click. Muffled laughter followed, and I soon discovered I had been locked in a hot, stenchy box. It was my first time leading a patrol at Camporee, a Boy Scout competition testing various Scouting skills...

College Admissions Advice

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
40 Words
You really shouldn't pick extracurriculars that don't interest you or are forced...

My favorite course thus far, and why
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CS162: Operating Systems and Systems Programming: This class gave perspective to a lot of what our OS's actually do and...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I didn't use them, and I think...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I chose mostly schools...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (UC Berkeley)
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Lots of weed, lots of people, but the people here are all really intelligent and passionate about their...