College Admissions Info

w_quan
w_quan
Harvard University ‘20
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Excited about the world.
From: Somerville , Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At:
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2250
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1540
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
SAT IIs:
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Science Club/Team, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring, Outdoors/Hiking Club
Work:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Harvard: Place you’re content
557 Words
Alex is an integral part of my life. He regularly comes by my house at night with a few other friends, and although he stays for only a short time, he usually makes me look stupid. Most odd of all, he always has a pretentious way of only stating sentences, and then looking around for answers. I have thought about kicking him out of my house before, but excitement always overrides the painful experiences. Most surprisingly, Alex is simultaneously in...









Supplemental Essay for Harvard: Using a metaphor
155 Words
It was too early. My head was pounding and my eyes inextricably blurry. Yet, I still felt butterflies as we turned toward Amherst Center. It was a pilgrimage to Ultimate's Mecca. It was another annual weekend of joy at the Invitational. Building a successful team entails bonding with teammates. But with "Spirit of the Game," Ultimate also stresses individual sportsmanship. Playing with my high school, my select team, or even pickup at the Coliseum has made me internalize Ultimate. I...



Supplemental Essay for Harvard: “Why us” school essay
710 Words
I need the cotton balls! That was all my three-year-old self worried about when I dropped my art supplies on the ground as my mom and I were running to catch the 96 Bus. Luckily, I saved all of them and we rushed onto the bus to school. It’s strange I still remember this seemingly nominal event. I find it interesting that, as a bus-riding three-year-old infatuated by soft cosmetic items, I was completely oblivious to the world around me....











College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
76 Words
When you build relationships with adults that can write recommendations don't just try to impress them, but rather also engage them into your...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
92 Words
I participated in a program that was nationally competitive, which obviously boosts the resume. Even applying to competitive programs is a useful thing to do because it allows...





Why I declined other schools
79 Words
I took advantage of the Early Action program, notifying me of my acceptance earlier in the application process. This allowed me to investigate my...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Harvard)
92 Words
Harvard gives you the opportunity to write a supplemental essay. This can be about simply another aspect of you, which is fine and ultimately may help you. But...





Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to (Harvard)
122 Words
I took a Freshman Seminar in the fall of my freshman year on virtual realities. There are about 150 different seminars that you can apply to during your first two semesters at Harvard. The classes are generally limited...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received (Harvard)
92 Words
I did not use any outside help. It was partially because admission counselors are really expensive. It was also because most if not all of the information that...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Harvard)
5 Words
Happy, ambitious,...





How I chose schools to apply to (Harvard)
95 Words
I actually was going to apply to Columbia ED, but the valedictorian at my school decided to applied to a different school than Harvard. I figured that I might...





How to increase chances at my school (Harvard)
125 Words
This is a big question that I've still be wondering. Otherwise people tell you to think otherwise, it is natural to wonder why or how you can be accepted to a certain college. You have to know why...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college (Harvard)
75 Words
There are a great deal of student publications at the school, covering a broad range. There are publications that are entirely managed by...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Harvard)
95 Words
I fortunately did not get waitlisted or deferred but I remember that I sent in some supplementary materials during the application process that were not noted during my initial...





How to approach transferring schools (Harvard)
84 Words
Transferring schools, especially at prestigious schools, is a big challenge and something to not take lightly. The process involves reaching out for recommendations and a...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Harvard)
129 Words
Harvard was the only school to which I applied. I had an alumni interviewer at a local cafe. I had a pleasant conversation that went about an hour long, which I believe is more than usual. This is the...





Why I ultimately chose my school (Harvard)
117 Words
This school speaks for itself. It is not by any means perfect but realistically it is not an opportunity to be passed up. I believe that you are not everything that four years of schooling...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice (Harvard)
115 Words
Harvard provides amazing financial support for 99% of its admitted students. I have heard of rare cases in which the cutoffs have made attending Harvard financially burdening, but for the vast majority of students Harvard has...





What set me apart from other applicants (Harvard)
69 Words
I think that everybody that goes to Harvard has some sort of special quality that the admissions officers believe can be...