Brown ‘21
B.A., International Relations
I'm from the Bay Area. I was deferred ED to Brown, accepted regular to Columbia Univ (CC), Dartmouth College, Brown Univ, and Wesleyan. Waitlisted Stanford (did not pursue spot).
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Hometown Palo Alto, California
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Barnard College (New York, NY)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
I’m an accidental cheerleader. I’ve been planning my life since the first grade, and football games were never part of “the plan.” But beyond the embarrassingly short skirts, sparkly bows and exceedingly loud pop music, it turns out cheer is excellent practice for the life I hope to lead. In first grade, I planned to conduct clinical research to store human memory on USB’s. I wanted to be a doctor like my grandfather. Within 7 years of landing...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Oh, The Places You'll Go is one of the most popular books by ''Dr. Seuss'' (Theodore Seuss Geisel, Dartmouth Class of 1925). Where do you hope to go? What aspects of Dartmouth's curriculum or community might help you get there? Please respond in 100 words or less.
I hope to make films, and touch people’s hearts, act, write and direct, then screen my art! A film studies major plus international relations, I hope to craft stories like Beasts of No Nation. Engaged on campus, I'd join Dartmouth cheer, live in Chinese Language House and shuō Hànyǔ all year! Become fluent in Spanish on an FSP, use Sophomore Winter to intern for TV. With Arabic fluency from an LSA+, first-hand conversations with real refugees, would inspire...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
103 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the

same place, or perhaps in a variety of places.
My first memories are from Tacoma, WA. There, my friends’ parents were privates deployed to Iraq and my babysitter adopted us into her family, taking me shopping at the Commissary. I learned love, not blood makes families. In kindergarten, we moved to Normandy Park, a city of 6,000 where extended families live next door to one another. I yearned for the breadth of my cousins’ LA, NYC and DC. Freshman year, my mom and I moved to Palo Alto and lived...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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What matters to you, and why? (100 to 250 words)
July in Seattle It’s July in Seattle: the sun sets so slow on Puget Sound that you leave time behind. As you paddle, your kayak cuts a trail. You stop and the water heals itself, once again as smooth as glass. The ocean’s so clear that the twenty feet down looks like it’s only two. The bottom seems close enough to touch. Purple starfish laze around on the black rocks as palm-sized crabs scuttle about. Jellyfish caught...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
270 Words
Stanford Students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been

important to your intellectual development. (100 to 250 words)
I believe in creative intellect. When I was nine, there was some lavender ice cream in my family’s freezer––wonderfully intense, but too sweet and creamy to eat alone. I wanted to balance it out with something fresh, like... ice… but you can’t put ice on ice cream…. oh! What about Dentyne Ice… mint gum...MINT! ice?? No…. Mint syrup? No, no… that wouldn’t be fresh. Ah! What better way to balance out something...

School Specific Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
22 Words
After I was deferred from Brown, I...
How I chose schools to apply to
259 Words
I didn't apply to very many schools. My plan B was to apply to schools in the UK and they often had later deadlines/if I were to do that I would have taken a gap year since their programs are 3 years long. Brown became my first choice very early on. Growing up, I'd always idolized Yale and Stanford and never thought I'd want to go to Brown. When I started actually researching schools I realized I wanted...

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
37 Words
It all works out. The applications I had the most fun...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
37 Words
Write without editing, once the page is no longer blank it...
What I’d change about my application process
49 Words
I wish I spent less time worrying about where I would get in. I was...

High School Performance

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ActivitiesTheater/Drama, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television, Photography / Film
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