UC Berkeley
B.S., Molecular Biology
UC Berkeley Class of 2019 graduate working in the biotechnology industry as a Research and Development Associate for a drug stability testing company.
Features Included


Hometown Oxnard, California
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

Born to an Asian mother and a white father, I have come to learn that the benefits of being ethnically mixed go beyond physical traits, and have taught me many things about the two different cultures from which my parents were raised. The values they have handed down to me provide me with a balance in my life. Their two diverse cultures have enabled me to shape my own identity. Since childhood, I have grown up with two different voices...
From the time I could pronounce my first words out of a book, reading has been my passion. Family and teachers were astounded by the fervor with which I consumed the contents of books. Rarely was I seen without a book in my hand. Being the only other big reader in my family, my father recognized this affinity. He nurtured it and encouraged me to read thicker, more challenging novels. By sixth grade I was reading at a twelfth grade...

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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A typical Berkeley student in five words: Creative, Liberal, Competitive, Determined, Intellectual. Now this doesn't necessarily apply to every...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
131 Words
After being waitlisted, I e-mailed the admissions office regarding my concern and how deeply interested I am in the school. I included the fact that my sister attends the university and due to my family circumstances this school would...
How I chose schools to apply to
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I chose schools to apply to based off their location, distance from home, and the general values that every student embodies at that school....
How to increase chances at my school
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To increase your chances of getting into Berkeley, you should first begin with finding a few extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs and committing to them throughout your high school career. Colleges wants to see that you are involved, can bring skills to your department, can socialize, and can...
Why I ultimately chose my school
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I ultimately chose my school because of the atmosphere of the campus and its academic standing. Berkeley is known as being the #1 public university and so of course I was drawn to that fact. But what really locked it...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Many undergrad students participate in extracurricular activities that are specific to their major or career...
My favorite course thus far, and why
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I am now in my second semester of my junior year at UC Berkeley. My favorite course thus far is Human Anatomy (IB 131). To be more specific, it was the laboratory course IB 131L that really had me excited about the topic....
Why I declined other schools
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One has to consider the social environment surrounding their schools, as well as the academic environment. I was already well aware of Berkeley's rigorous academic environment. So when I visited the campus my junior year of high school,...
Research, job or internship opportunities available to students at my school
175 Words
There is an abundance of research, job or internship opportunities at UC Berkeley. There is honestly no end to the amount there are. Almost every lecturer/professor is currently doing research in their field and there are always applications open for positions on their team where you can assist them with their work....

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General Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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1. Studious 2. Innovative...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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1. Research 2. College courses/Summer bridge programs 3. Travel abroad 4. Volunteer (this is a big one!) 5....
What I’d change about my application process
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I definitely would have done more volunteering and tried to get in on research if I had known how...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
60 Words
After being waitlisted, I sent an email to the admissions office letting them know how much I wanted...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did not use a private admissions counselor. However, if you are worried about your chances of getting in without one, let me tell you something. The chances of you...
My advice about getting recommenders
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Buddy up to your teachers, your counselors, or any adult in your life that can potentially influence that standing of your application! I knew I wanted to...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Do you want to make a huge impact on the world through your field of interest? Then you already have...

High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
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Test Scores

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Highest SAT
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Converted SAT Score1510
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores


SportsCross Country, Track & Field


ActivitiesQuiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Council / Government, Science Club/Team, Community Cleanup / Service
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