College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘20
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

women's tennis enthusiast
From: Scarsdale , New York
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UChicago, Dartmouth, Georgetown
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1590
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, School Jazz / Orchestra, World/Global Affairs Club, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Stanford, Dartmouth, Harvard, UChicago, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern: Overcoming personal struggle, Family background
735 Words
My dad lives in an old, Mao-era apartment in the outskirts of the modernized Chaoyang district in Beijing. Distinctly anti-American, my airport arrivals are always coupled with a reprimand for my new pair of Nike tennis shoes and my carefully-instilled mannerisms. His deeply fervent recitations of the Chinese national anthem strike me as an anomaly from American multiculturalism—in his apartment, inscrutable Chinese brand names replace the Colgates, Polos, and Apples that dominate my Westchester home; the fridge is filled...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
241 Words
Hi future roommate! I'm confirmation bias's ultimate fighter. We'll get into a lot of arguments. Substantial ones, that is, over the latest Supreme Court ruling or the latest Twitter movement. And I'll always take the opposite side. Don't worry, I'm not disingenuous: I've spent my whole high school career doing switch-side debate. But, as a result, we'll both check our worst biases. Together, we'll become two of the most flexible, fluid thinkers at Stanford! I love to decorate my walls...

Supplemental Essay for UChicago: Unique question posed by school
507 Words
Today I am in Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, as preppy as can be in my Sperry shoes and an Abercrombie button-down. I sit cross-legged, sipping a freshly-brewed Le Pain Quotidien latte, oblivious to its pungent heat until the mist renders my glasses invisible. Still early, I take out a threadbare copy of Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse for analysis, waiting for others to arrive, reveling in my embrace of Western elegance and tradition. Places are set for...

Supplemental Essay for UChicago: “Why us” school essay
1182 Words
The University of Chicago’s commitment to creating dynamic, transformative thinkers through its academic and extracurricular opportunities, as well as through social life, makes the school a perfect fit for me. Though many schools have general education requirements, UChicago’s core curriculum is truly unique in its seminar-style classes and its ability to produce fearless inquirers amongst the student population. Debating has made me realize that, in order to be a literate and productive citizen in the 21 st century, a...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
103 Words
I would have started my essays much earlier. The essay-writing process is not like a school assignment--you can't cram the night before and expect a good result. It's a process that...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
265 Words
I used a local private admissions counselor, and here were a few helpful tips and tricks he gave: 1. Writing a "cover letter," or detailed email to your recommenders as to what you want him/her to write in your recommendations can be extremely helpful. Though this idea may initially seem to be a bit presumptuous, as if you're "telling" what your teacher to write, I found that my recommenders reacted positively to my letters, as it gave them an...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
109 Words
I interviewed with almost every school I applied for. Though each interviewer asked different questions, a common theme that emerged was their interest in knowing why I wanted to go his/her...

How to increase chances at my school
122 Words
Stanford seems very committed towards breaking the stereotype of being a purely-engineering/STEM-focused school. From what I've seen in the class of 2020, Stanford seems to be admitting a lot more students with a humanities/social sciences...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Avoid generics. A LOT of schools utilize a liberal arts curriculum, a LOT of schools a located in or near a city,...