B.S., Computer Science
Sports lover, computer geek, avid photographer, and entrepreneur.
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Hometown San Jose, California
EthnicityAsian, Hispanic
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
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University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
591 Words
Creative personal story
As I sat in my backyard, admiring the Moon’s glow through my Nikon’s viewfinder, a thought popped into my head. What if the Moon landing was fake? The sheer space between the faraway rock and my plastic lawn chair felt unfathomably large, as my camera, even fully zoomed in, could barely capture the speck of light. How long would the journey even take? I wondered. I had always believed that man had landed on the Moon, but what...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
538 Words
Living in the Bay Area my whole life, I’ve grown up around technology. The Google and Apple headquarters are down the street from my house, and I’ve seen technology everywhere from computer automated trains to smart toasters and voice assistants in my own home. Thanks to the tech-centric philosophy of the area I live in, I’ve seen firsthand how technology is taking over the world; by building on my technical knowledge at CMU, I can continue to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
333 Words
Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. . . . My Hispanic heritage reminds me to view the world...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
160 Words
The theme of connection will underscore my studies at Duke; the University’s incredible academic programs, combined with my peers’ diverse perspectives, will teach me about the world. Connection begins within the classroom. Through the interdisciplinary FOCUS program, I’ll find links across different fields of study. Similarly, Duke’s unique liberal arts education will diversify my studies in Computer Science, pushing me to relate various academic spheres to my knowledge of the machine. The University’s academic resources will...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
201 Words
I first found out about Rice University while reading the Princeton Review’s list of “20 Happiest Colleges,” in which Rice is ranked #1. As I learned more about how happy the Rice undergraduate experience is, I became convinced it’s the perfect place for me. My high school experience so far has been dictated by my ultimate life quest for happiness. Whether I’m teaching kids programming, learning about the history of artificial intelligence, or kicking a soccer ball around on...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
875 Words
(Pose your own question) Considering that buttered toast always lands face down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you duct tape a piece of buttered toast to a tabby cat’s back and drop it? . . . Ah, the classic Buttered Cat Paradox. It’s the stuff of Internet lore, a question that forever haunts those who dare try their hand at answering it. Where do I even begin? Like any inquiry, perhaps the BCP is best tackled...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
275 Words
My experience at UChicago will be defined by one word: exposure. Every aspect of my life will involve exposure to new ideas, whether I’m in the classroom or just eating lunch with friends. As someone who seeks intellectual growth, I cannot wait. For one, I’m going to be widening my perspective in the classroom. The Core Curriculum touches a wide variety of disciplines, and being exposed to such a broad base of knowledge means I’ll learn to...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
105 Words
Purdue’s philosophy of “making,” as well as interdisciplinary opportunities at the Discovery Park, will let me feel the impact of my computer science research in my hands. I imagine myself designing a new algorithm to improve crop irrigation systems or writing software to power surgical robots, using the University’s resources. Civic engagement also steers close to my heart—I’ve organized multiple local service opportunities in my hometown. I eagerly await meeting peers with whom I share this...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
420 Words
I am interested in joining the Honors College because its four pillars—interdisciplinary academics, leadership development, undergraduate research, and community and global experiences—speak to my personality as a learner and leader. The activities to which I have dedicated myself directly reflect the College’s values, and I know that the spirit of collaboration I can bring will fit in perfectly among them. I am not just a scholar of computer science, but of political science and psychology as well....

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
106 Words
UChicago in general is a pretty weird school, in the sense that it houses people who think uniquely. Their essay prompts definitely reflect this, but the interview did too—I was...
Why I ultimately chose my school
142 Words
I've always loved the idea of big school spirit, especially through sports. Coming from a small private school that primarily emphasized academics over sports, I loved the idea of waking up and feeling proud to be a UCLA Bruin, or of...
Why I declined other schools
143 Words
Though I loved how intellectually nurturing smaller private schools can be, what ultimately set my school apart from the ones I declined was the social aspect. College is definitely a malleable experience—no matter where you go, you'll find good friends, and...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
117 Words
My biggest regret is applying to too many schools, since it didn't give me enough time to perfect each application. Instead of sending out 16 applications, I wish I had limited myself to 9 or 10, since I...
What set me apart from other applicants
137 Words
My profile was well-rounded enough to show my broad interests, while also having a spike—my accomplishments in computer science. Working at two summer internships, coding apps on my own, and founding a non-profit to teach kids coding (with over 115 students...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
127 Words
I didn't feel the need to use a private counselor because my school counselor was so good. My advice is to draft your essays completely alone—don't look online for advice, or for examples, just write from the...

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