Princeton ‘21
B.S., Chemical Engineering
I am majoring in chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University.
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Hometown Mesa, Arizona
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Applied for a B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I catch a whiff of dental disinfectant as gloved fingers poke at the ends of my braces. “Say goodbye to these metal menaces,” Dr. Brown jokes, positioning his pliers on the bracket of tooth number 17, my third left molar. As the pliers forcibly wrench each bracket upwards off my teeth, I try to remember a time before I ever had braces, dimly grasping a memory of my first appointment with Dr. Brown. “A smile is a curve that sets everything...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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My family visited Malaysia the summer after 10th grade. Because Dad wanted me to live his teenage life, he enrolled me in his old high school, Hin Hua, a segregated Chinese Malaysian institution. When I’d adjusted to teachers traveling between classrooms instead of students, I joined the school’s traditional Chinese orchestra and told stories about America during English class since I couldn’t speak Mandarin well. However, my conversational Chinese skills improved while I attended the school due...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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After hearing Dad complain about other teachers' racism towards minority elementary students in the school where he worked, I decided to intern at Project Humanities, an organization at Arizona State University dedicated to improving race relations. I published advertisements for and attended project-sponsored lectures focusing on issues such as portrayals of African American masculinity in the media—topics which seemed dry compared to the Ferguson riots—until follow-up discussions citing scientific studies forced me to acknowledge the significance of unconscious...

School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
207 Words
Princeton was my first choice because of its reputation for undergraduate focus, and its liberal arts curriculum combined with the strong engineering school was very attractive to me. I have to say that it's definitely very easy to get individual attention from professors here, and most of the other students definitely aren't the elitist WASPY types that I previously thought might make...
How I chose schools to apply to
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I applied and received admission to Princeton early action. I withdrew my Rice application once I was accepted to Princeton (I had only applied to Rice 20 days before the deadline so...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
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I spent a lot of time on my Common App essay, and it was a very personal one about being born with a cleft lip. I think my involvement in non-STEM fields relating to social justice might have also helped (especially since Asians are overrepresented in STEM), and I wanted to emphasize as much of my differences as possible. I actually initially applied sociology/chemistry to reflect this as well even though I'm currently in the engineering department. The fact that I organized a book drive at my school (since we didn't have a library) in the fall of senior...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
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So I feel like being born with a facial deformity really affected my outlook on life, and I used this as the basis for my Common Application essay. So the prompt I chose ("an event that marked your transition to adulthood") might not seem super related at...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
87 Words
Haha so start your essays early even though I didn't do that for all of them RIP me. I spent months perfecting my Common App, but...
My advice about getting recommenders
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So this is pretty obvious but get to know some of your teachers well and don't be a jerk. It doesn't really take that much effort to get involved in your classes in some way (helping classmates, doing extra readings to learn more about the topic, even making jokes, etc) so your teachers have a...
What I’d change about my application process
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Start. The. Essays. Early. It's not the end...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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One of the things I was really worried about when I was applying was that I didn't have a fancy internship program or NYO or something like that on my resume. Academically, I was pretty solid, but I worried that the admissions people would think little about my summer involvements. So...

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ActivitiesLocal Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television, School Jazz / Orchestra, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team, National Honor Society
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