College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘22

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Overzealous public speaker
From: Beijing , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Russian, Mandarin

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: After School Program Coordinator, Theater/Drama, Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television, Debate Club/Team, Model Congress / Model UN, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Academic, Career Oriented
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College Application Essays

Penelope, the first donkey born with long ears, propelled herself towards a lucrative career as herd president, forever modifying the humble species. At nine, this was the short story I devised about how donkeys evolved to have long ears. My naive understanding of genetic heritability and politics apart, I still feel attached to Penelope. She grew into herself with something I desperately lacked: moxie. I was the shy kid terrified to ask the waitress for water, the perpetual new girl...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Extracurricular activity
358 Words
I become a play-frame as Little Tiger climbs onto my shoulders. He pulls my hair lightly to balance himself and holds his grip to feel its texture. "Do they have escalators in McDonald's?" He asks eagerly. "Have you been in an elevator?" I start to answer but he cuts me off, louder than before, "Do they have escalators in elevators?" He asks me this every time. He requests my hand to help him get down and commands me to tell...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Intellectual interest
356 Words
Punks in 80's Cuba injected themselves with HIV in protest of a restrictive government and, ironically, for self-preservation. This phenomenon was the focus of my Higher Level IB History internal assessment, examining how Cuban politics, social policies, and international context lead to such a movement. It ended up becoming my favorite academic project to date. Politics has always been significant to me; from covering the recent U.S. Presidential election for various student magazines, and devouring every documentary Youtube has...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Issue of personal significance
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My father passed away last Wednesday; a man of +40 years of tireless humanitarian work and an extensive global footprint was gone in a nefarious incident that sent a woman to jail and left me equally devastated and conflicted. Although certainly not an original sentiment, my relationship with my father was not without its complications- my parents recently separated and he left to the Philippines. Nevertheless, the last week was the most draining and testing of my life. Happening just before...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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As much as a relaxing summer break sounds fun, don't forget to maximize on your the time! I took college classes at universities, which were a great way to see what college life is...

How I narrowed down my essay topics
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Before I started writing anything, I made a big list of every single group I was a part of, every award and recognition I received, every important moment in my life and major story, and key...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Think about what teachers/employers have known you for the longest about of time, you feel closest to, etc. Ask them in person if they would be willing to write you a rec, stressing why you chose to ask them (I ask you because I feel as though you have a strong grasp of my abilities/know...

What set me apart from other applicants
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I have a diverse background due to my multicultural identity and life experience growing up all over the world. I'm basically a 5th...

How I made up for low grades in high school
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Although my grades were pretty high, math was totally my weakness. This was reflected both in my school grades and my math SAT, which were not on par with my...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (UC Berkeley)
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Hipster, driven,...