College Admissions Info

kai.yan.372
kai.yan.372
Dartmouth College ‘18
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Dartmouth College Class of 2018, Economics Major
From: Iowa City
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Duke, Dartmouth, Northwestern, U Iowa, UMich
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

2140
SAT
35
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1490
Highest SAT: 2140
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High School Performance

4.00
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Overcoming personal struggle
690 Words
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? Growing up, I only had one pet, a goldfish named Mike who was two-and-a-half inches long, (three when I had a friend to impress). I would spend countless hours of my youth watching him dart to and fro in his bowl. I loved him. I loved his tranquility, his mundane attitude, but most of all, his...











Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
263 Words
DARTMOUTH: Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below. (250 words max) For me, debate is much more than an extracurricular activity--it is a lifestyle. Over the past three summers, I have spent eighteen weeks at the University of Michigan’s Debate Institute working to perfect argumentative, logic, and research skills that I have found invaluable both during debate and for life in general. For fifteen weekends every year, I travel across the...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
153 Words
What most attracts me to Duke is its process over product mindset. While other schools embody the metaphorical assembly line, pumping out students with a narrow set of skills, Duke’s methodology captures the essence of scholarship itself. Its emphasis on learning not just for a career but rather as a progression to further thinking over a breadth of topics coupled with its focus on research through programs like the Economic Research Imitative at Duke create both highly detailed and...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
403 Words
Having experienced both the quarter and semester system during high school, I find that Northwestern’s quarter system gives its students an unmatched advantage by allowing them to enroll in diverse combinations of classes to foster intellectual curiosity. While I love economics, the opportunity to permute that knowledge with political science and Chinese classes creates a more worldly understanding. Weinberg College’s dedication to research differentiates itself from other economics departments. Being a committed policy-debater, I have spent countless hours...







Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
566 Words
Economics was not always my favorite subject. In fact, when I was first learning the material, I thought it was just a bunch of dead white men arguing about their own pet projects—after all, no consumer really walks into a store with a demand curve in hand. However, midway through the course, my teacher shifted his focus from a theoretical approach to a more practical one. Soon, the principles of economics became fascinating to me; I couldn’t help...









College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
71 Words
I feel as though Dartmouth really prioritizes excellence at one (or more) fields rather than competence at many. A lot of...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
303 Words
Of all my favorite pastimes, few give me as much pleasure as a Malcolm Gladwell book. His ability to break down concepts through logic and rationality takes the reader on an enlightening journey. In particular, the message in his novel Outliers resonated with me. His conceptualization for what is takes to be an outlier is that essentially, success occurs at the intersection of hard work and opportunity. While some are born with cognitive advantages, the true determining factor that separates the elite from the very good is persistence; spending the necessary amount of time, ten thousand hours, is a pre-requisite...







Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
30 Words
Some of the more popular activities at Dartmouth include...





What I’d change about my application process
68 Words
For me, I wish that I would have been less stressed out about the process. Yes, I know everyone says...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
33 Words
I did not receive an admissions counselor. I felt that...