College Admissions Info

University of California - Santa Cruz, ‘15
BS, Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: UC Merced, UC Riverside, UCSC, Stony Brook
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1240
Highest SAT: 1730
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 10%
High School Type: Religious
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Yearbook, School Theater/Plays

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Chinese heritage
512 Words
As Rudyard Kipling once said, “East is east, and west is west.” Two different worlds, which one do I belong to? As a Chinese-American growing up in America, I personally experienced the ¬¬¬¬¬blending of two cultures. Both my parents immigrated to America with a similar goal in mind: to pursue the esteemed American Dream. They were born and raised in Hong Kong, while I was born and raised in a completely different environment, America. Growing up with Chinese parents in...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
464 Words
Eight years ago, my life altered drastically. My grandmother began the long battle with many illnesses due to her old age. She would be admitted in and out of the hospital countless times because each time she seemed to recover, she would suffer another blow from a different illness. Her illnesses required constant care and attention. Thus as an only child, my mother has a very tough decision to make. She decided to put her life in America on hold...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
182 Words
My life was affected as my grandmother began battling many ailments. As she lived alone in Hong Kong, her frequent sickness required constant care. My mother made a tough decision to put her life in America on hold and moved back to care from my grandmother. Though I was ten years old, I knew I had to take up more responsibility by becoming more helpful around the house via sharing the duties. I learned to be more independent and to...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
219 Words
University of Rochester provides ample opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside with faculties and researchers in science majors. With the resources provided by the University of Rochester, I am very excited to be able to work alongside many prominent professors and researchers. Dr. H. Allen Orr, a renowned professor at University of Rochester, has contributed a vast amount of research to the biological field. I would enjoy working with Dr. Orr because of his outstanding research in evolutionary genetics. I...

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