College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BA, English

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Communications student (Annenberg) at University of Southern California with a minor in Applied Analytics (Viterbi).
From: PLEASANTON , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: NYU, CU, Emerson, Santa Clara, UCSB, U Oregon
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Golf
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Debate Club/Team, Habitat for Humanity, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Theater/Plays, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for CU, Emerson, Santa Clara, UCSB, Duke, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, NYU, U Oregon, Stanford, Pomona, Brown, Columbia: Feeling out of place, International background, Leadership experience, Overcoming personal struggle, Story central to identity, Volunteer/public interest work, Failure experience, Reaching a goal
515 Words
Wake up. Go to school. Hang out with friends. Watch TV. Do a little homework. Sleep. Repeat. This was my routine. I did everything I needed to get by but nothing more and nothing less. Maybe a little less sometimes. Alright, maybe a lot less sometimes. Okay, maybe a lot less all the time. What was “getting by?” Simple—I got solid Bs, in everything. Why? At the beginning of high school I realized all I needed to please everyone...

Supplemental Essay for USC: “Why us” school essay
250 Words
I’d always hear about the University of Southern California from family and friends, but my desire to attend derived from my brother Vikram, USC class of 2017. I did considerable amounts of online research on the official USC website, and checked out everything from the USC Trojans Facebook page to its page on U.S News to the reviews on Niche. I have visited USC several times, and enjoyed learning even more at my on-campus interview. For as long as...

Supplemental Essay for NYU: “Why us” school essay
407 Words
New York University is a very well-known school, but my desire to attend it derived from particular people. I remember hearing about it from various family friends and teachers, but I got firsthand knowledge from my friend Peri, class of 2019. After learning more, I did considerable amounts of online research on the official NYU website, as well as several other Facebook and Twitter pages by current and former students. I checked out everything from the NYU Student Resource Center Facebook...

Supplemental Essay for USC: Other
73 Words
USC Short Answers: 3 words: Compassionate, open-minded, balanced Favorite food: Sushi Favorite fictional character: D.J. Tanner Greatest invention: Cameras For fun: Express my creativity through photography Role model: Nellie Bly Favorite book: Jane Eyre Best movie of all time: Grease Favorite musical performer/band: Celtic Thunder Dream job: Investigative journalist

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Other
251 Words
I was sitting in Mr. Quinlan’s second grade classroom, staring at the clock, trying to remember whether the small hand was for minutes or hours. That's when my friend Lucy said something that would impact the rest of my life. “Did you know that the sun’s gonna crash into the earth in a hundred years, and everyone’s gonna die?” When I got home, I fully processed the idea that life was finite. That there was going to...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
318 Words
Firstly, I think I got too wrapped up in the "prestige" of a lot of schools. I applied to way too many schools that were really far "reaches" for me. That being said, I think it's important to try and apply to all the schools that you love because otherwise you'll always wonder what could've been. However, in my case, I applied to schools that I couldn't even see myself at simply because they had good name value. Time I spent working on those essays, I could've spent working a lot harder on other ones. Looking back, I would say...

My advice about getting recommenders
212 Words
By the middle of your second semester junior year, start having an idea of the teachers you'd like to ask for recommendations. That way, by the end of the semester you can ask them ahead of time so they may start working on them over summer or at least have it in their heads at the beginning of the following year. Around September/October...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
83 Words
Volunteer work always helps, but that's unfortunately become a little bit cliche to college admissions officers. Internships are definitely super beneficial, particularly in the field...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
186 Words
I did use a private admissions counselor and he was extremely beneficial! He gave me lots of advice on my essays and helped guide them in better directions. He often discussed how college admission officers are reading application after application which means your first few lines really need to stick out to them and catch their...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
65 Words
No, I didn't take out any loans. I didn't separately apply for financial-based scholarships, but applied by merit-based scholarships in...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (USC)
18 Words
- Balanced (work hard,...

What I like about my school’s location and culture (USC)
104 Words
Los Angeles is an incredible city that has opportunities on literally every corner. In terms of business, there are endless places that you could intern at, get a side job at,...

My favorite course thus far, and why (USC)
112 Words
My favorite course so far has been for one of my GE's in the category of humanistic inquiry. It was called Reading the Heart: Emotional Intelligence, and in it we read tons of literature...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (USC)
57 Words
I interviewed with USC and had a great experience! They asked about what I was interested in,...