B.A., International Relations
Recent Brown University Graduate from France !
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Hometown Paris, France
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

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  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Barnard College (New York, NY)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
181 Words
International background, Story central to identity
“You were born in Vietnam, you are French, but you speak perfect English… Can you explain your life to me?” asked the Customs Officer in Logan Airport two years ago. Explain my life… I didn’t really feel like telling him about my whole life, but still, I did. (...) So yes, my identity is far from being clear, I often tangle my explanations about who I am, but I am genuinely happy to stand between two cultures. And unlike bi-national...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
153 Words
Why Brown? (150 word limit)
I choose Brown because of its open curriculum that would give me access to a personal, liberal and pluralistic combination of social sciences and visual arts, especially through Anne Bergeron’s unique Arts Initiative, encouraging me to intertwine as many subjects as I can. Because of its growing links with Asia and special opening to China that President C. Paxson has wonderfully described in her speech at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Because of the recent launch of the Watson Institute’s...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
147 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)

Once a month, I contribute to the Art section of TRIP Magazine, a review only written by passionate French students. I visit museums, galleries, exhibitions, fairs; I forge my opinion and finally I write. My last article was about the dissenting Chinese artist Ai Weiwei exposing his giant paper animals at Le Bon Marché. Truth be told, no one really cared what those animals meant, people just came because “it was Le Bon Marché”. So I like to think that...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
100 Words
We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. (100 word limit)
My weekend Art class is my one true community outside school. We are 40 students, sharing Art as a way of communication. I completely feel at ease among teenagers who are as committed to Art as I am. Finding them reassured me as I finally don’t feel alone preferring exhibitions to parties. However, bonding with them made me realize that I don’t want to become a fashion or graphic designer, but I would rather focus on social sciences and...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
99 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places. (100 word limit)
I was born in Saigon, but I don’t remember this period of my life. I was adopted when I was three months old and since then I have lived in Paris, my first home. However, Beijing, where I lived for three months while being in 8th grade, is my second home and I was able to find my second family “of heart”. Today, I am seventeen years old and I have lived in 30 different countries, only for a few...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
339 Words
Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved. (approximately one-half page)
In 2014, I embarked on a two-week journey to a remote region of the Sichuan province in south central China to volunteer as a veterinary research assistant alongside a team of Chinese scientists in charge of protecting Giant Pandas at the Wolong, YanAn Bifengxia and Dujiangyuan bases located at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. During my stay I was lucky enough to be introduced to ethology by studying pandas’ behavior in game reserves. I prepared their food myself and fed...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
755 Words
APPLICANTS TO THE WALSH SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE: Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.
This summer, I read this article about Overshoot Day. It happened exactly on August 8th, I remember, because it was actually 2016’s official Overshoot Day, and I have never felt so endangered in my life. Earth Overshoot Day is a symbol more than anything, no one can sense it on an individual scale, and I’m sure a majority of people went on with their lives on August 8th. It is a warning to Humanity in general, marking the day...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
765 Words
When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the ''Wellesley 100'' is a good place to start. Visit and let us know, in two well-developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize you and why. (p.s. ''Why'' matters to us.)
Wellesley 13. The way in which we have your back “I got you” is not something I have often heard over the last thirteen years of my academic life. Since 1st grade, I have been prepared to resist the ultra-competitive French system and rival my peers, even my friends, even my best friend. I therefore envy a community like Wellesley where people truly care and have each other’s back for academic work, for moral support, for sports, for life. “I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
253 Words
What factors influenced your decision to apply to Barnard College and why do you think the College would be a good match for you? (250 word limit)
Visiting Barnard a year ago, I was amazed by how comfortable our campus guide was when she spoke publically; I was mind-blown by all the buildings dedicated to women’s thriving. I wanted to be that young woman; she seemed to simply be who she was meant to be. I dream of a place where I can genuinely be myself, without fearing to be judged for my complicated identity. Barnard is a place that promotes my core values, inviting young...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
253 Words
Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about? (250 word limit)
Me: “Hello Olympe de Gouges. You lived right next to my house in Paris, I’m honored. I wanted to meet you because I believe I, or any woman for that matter, would not be standing here today if it weren't for you. You fought so diligently to have granted women the human rights they deserve, unfortunately The Terror got your head. I wonder, if you could relive those days back in 1793, would you do anything differently? Would you be...
Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
246 Words
Alumna and writer Anna Quindlen says that she “majored in unafraid” at Barnard. Tell us about a time when you majored in unafraid. (250 word limit)
People think it was easy, that I just had to socialize and everything would be fine… but what a terrible underestimation to believe surviving alone, at fourteen in a boarding school in Beijing is easy. Obviously I was not living in the wild like Robinson Crusoe, but in a jungle of concrete buildings inhabited by Chinese people. And that can be scary! Everything appeared as an obstacle that had to be overcome: the language was a serious barrier, I was...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
100 Words
Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (Required length is 50-100 words)
When I visited Tufts, Meghan McHale Dangremond said being there is “four years of testing yourself with people who disagree with you”. I couldn’t have found better opportunity. Tufts is a pluralistic environment promoting intercultural awareness through its International Center, therefore encompassing many challenging perspectives from around the world. Tufts prepares my generation to face international crises through its Institute for Global Leadership and therefore is home to study political sciences. Tufts also gives real importance to Art through...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
250 Words
There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised—your family, home, neighborhood or community—and how it influenced the person you are today. (Required length is 200-250 words)
I was raised in the most typical nuclear family, with my two parents, in an apartment in Paris. Although I have always stayed in only one city, I feel like I have lived in several places. I went to a kindergarten where most children had different nationalities; that was my first step to what I call my “international sphere”. I was lucky enough to have parents who wished their child could master English. I therefore entered the Ecole Jeannine Manuel...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
252 Words
Nelson Mandela believed that "what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." Describe a way in which you have made or hope to make a difference. (200-250 words)
During my last term of 8th grade, I decided to attend a boarding school in Beijing. Alone. Today, I believe that somehow my experience was life changing, both to me and to all the people I met there. I think my stay in Beijing actually impacted the entire Wang family I stayed with. “The Wangs”, as I like to call them, sure didn’t expect me to willingly ask to stay with them for another three months when we barely...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
248 Words
What in particular about Yale-NUS College has influenced your decision to apply? (250 words or less)
Upon arriving to Singapore by train after having travelled through Thailand and Malaysia for 67 hours, I believe I found the perfect multiculturalism I had been seeking. Yale-NUS is part of that multiculturalism. It is the crossroad, not only between American and Asian ways of thinking, but among all other countries’. It is, in my opinion, the most diverse, multiethnic, polyglot community that might be the first sample of its kind. I yearn for a place like Yale-NUS where people are...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
494 Words
Why try something new? Illustrate with a personal example. (500 words or less)
Reinhold Niebuhr and Lao Tzu may have agreed on one point: changing, and therefore trying, is what makes human existence worth living. I think trying is the most personal way to educate oneself: as a toddler one can try standing on one’s feet, stumbling but eventually walking; as a teenager one might try playing an instrument and maybe become a maestro at piano, guitar or saxophone; as an adult, one might quit one’s job for a totally different...

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General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
215 Words
I interviewed for Brown University of course, but also for Georgetown University (required) and Wellesley College (optional). All three were very different. The first one I interviewed for was Georgetown, it only lasted 25min, the alumna mainly asked me questions about my academics, school life and extracurriculars. It was in a cafe, but was the most formal one. The second one was for...
How I chose schools to apply to
286 Words
As a European student, I was very attracted to the East Coast, not just because it's closer to Europe but also because the culture is somewhat closer to European countries' cultures. So my first advice would be: choose your location wisely according to where you will feel most comfortable. Therefore, I focused on universities/colleges in this area. I selected schools which were quite selective (among them, 2 ivy leagues) but for me, all had to be liberal arts colleges with a strong international community, an important...
What set me apart from other applicants
343 Words
I think what really set be apart was my personality. I was a good student at school, but there was always better than me to be honest. I didn't have amazing SAT scores or subject tests. So I don't think numbers are what made me stand out. I believe I had really worked (partly unconsciously) at shaping a personal story that made sense. Because I was born in Asia, I wanted to keep a link with Asian culture, so I persisted in learning Chinese. I really showed my interest for China by going on a three-month stay in Beijing in ...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
177 Words
If you have the means to do it, I recommend trying as many pre-college programs offered by universities during summer. Almost all schools have some, they are often very diverse, offering many different courses. Choose the ones you are most interested in, you might as well make the best out of your stay,...
My advice about getting recommenders
164 Words
My advice would be to choose teachers with who you really have a strong "bond", meaning who appreciate you for your academic achievements but also for your personality. Therefore choose wisely, pick a class where you participate, have decent grades and show a real personal interest. I think teachers...

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