College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘21
BS, Physics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

A broad-interested international student
From: Guangzhou , China
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: UVA, Georgetown, UMich
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
Academic Performance in High School: Some good some bad
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for UVA, Georgetown, UMich, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, UPenn, Stanford: Overcoming personal struggle
645 Words
Her hand stung my face. Her words slapped on my face. “Shame on you!” she said before walking away. It was a drowsy summer afternoon when my mother flung her hand at me at the gate of my elementary school. As she walked away, one of my classmates noted, “Wow, that was intense!” My humiliation was complete. That afternoon my mother was infuriated at my ranking of 28th out of 800 in the final, because I did better last time. Even...

Supplemental Essay for UVA, Princeton, Stanford: Amusing anecdote
228 Words
I am a prolific author of trashy romance stories. Back in China, my teenage romance stories handwritten on the back of test papers garnered fame as they were passed hand to hand. Students went short of breath reading them in class, partly for fear of getting caught. My reader base expanded to neighboring schools, and loyal fans helped me evade investigation by the school administration. I reveled in undercutting the repressive, Confucian values that permeated our lives. Apparently, the prevailing...

Supplemental Essay for UMich: “Why us” school essay
472 Words
As much as I love science, I always want to invoke a personal renaissance. Michigan College of Literature, Science and Arts and the University of Michigan perfectly resonates with my pursuit to excel in both physics and humanity. Having attained first places in multiple national-level competitions, I have long been an outstanding STEM student, yet my specific passion for physics was sparked not by doing thousands of Olympiad practices but by browsing interesting topics of physics online. Therefore, I am...

Supplemental Essay for Harvard: Unique question posed by school
585 Words
Whether it is combating discrimination in my family or empowering Maasai girls through community organizing, I fight social inequality wherever I am and however I can. Because my cousin Lili was adopted, my grandparents maintained that as an outsider, and a girl at that, she should receive no help from the extended family. Naturally sensitive to inequality and prejudice, I shared my toys with her at five and spoke up for her at every family reunion. While none of my...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
60 Words
I think the best advice I can give is to give full attention to your essays. I haven't...

My advice about getting recommenders
30 Words
Choose not the ones who like you the most,...

What set me apart from other applicants
19 Words
My experience in Africa definitely sets...