msakai
msakai,
USC ‘22
B.A., International Relations
Hey! I'm an incoming freshman at the University of Southern California with a passion for politics, travel and netflix!
Features Included
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Essays
13
Schools
13
Scores
3
Advice
3
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Los Angeles, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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 lost the greatest debate round I ever had. On a cold January morning at a tournament during my freshman year, I checked the pairings to see who my round one opponent would be. When I saw the name, I began to nervously click my heels. ----- was rumored to be the best debater in the district and that day the competition gods decided that I, a measly freshman, was to be his first adversary. I slowly made my way...
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Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
The staircase in my house is lined with family photos. One, from my parents’ 1996 wedding, has always stood out. Look closely and you will see half the guests wearing traditional Japanese kimonos and the other half wearing yarmulkes. And almost as if the beginning of a cheesy joke, it was officiated by both a priest and a rabbi. That humid afternoon in Dallas, Texas, two very different worlds diverged. And so began my family, with our strange traditions and our...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
99 Words
Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (100 words)
I remember my Tufts tour guide passionately recalling an astronomy class he took in the Ex College, despite science never being his “thing.” He rambled about it for some time, and while everyone else was slightly confused (yet politely listening), I raised my hand to ask him about a star he had studied. Delightfully surprised, he answered confidently. At Tufts, passionate students are given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge while stepping outside of their comfort zones. That small “geek-out”...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
264 Words
Celebrate the role of sports in your life.
Some people use an alarm clock. For five years of my life it was a leap of faith into ice-cold water at 5:00 a.m. that woke me up. But that’s what had to happen if I wanted to swim in the Olympics, and I knew that with enough dedication, it could happen. I began to rise in state ranks, swim faster than ever, and I even went to the Junior Olympics. Soon enough, collegiate level swimming was a path...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
255 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 word limit)
As an aspiring International Relations student, I appreciate the value USC places on an interdisciplinary and immersive approach to all aspects of life. USC will allow me to explore the past, make connections to the present and deepen my understanding of the world. Courses such as “The Political Economy of Autocracy ” and “Terrorism and Counterterrorism” will surely challenge my view of global policy. The emphasis on integrative experiences seeps into student life as well. I envision myself joining student groups...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
89 Words
Don't compare yourself too much to those around you! During the college season, you'll be hearing a lot of exciting and disappointing news, both in regards to...
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What set me apart from other applicants
90 Words
I sincerely believe that your essays are the most important part of your application. Your essays put a narrative to an otherwise pretty boring number-based application — they're...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
120 Words
APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS! When it comes to higher education, there is no doubt that wherever you go, it will cost some amount of money. So, my best advice to you is to try and find any...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.62
(equivalent to 3.84 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSwimming/Diving

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Student Council / Government, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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