College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘21
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

My spirit animal is Pikachu (that is, a math/science, politics-loving Pikachu!)
From: Bethesda , Maryland
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
Other ACT Scores:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving, Basketball, Tennis, Football
Extracurricular Activities: Math Team, Science Club/Team, Debate Club/Team
Awards Received:
Application Additional Materials:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Stanford, Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley: Interest in fine arts, Issue of personal significance, One moment that changed you
638 Words
I subscribe to what the New York Times dubs “the most welcomed piece of daily e-mail in cyberspace.” Cat pictures? Kardashian updates? Nope: A Word A Day. Out of the collection of diverse words I received, one word stuck out to me in particular.  Entoptic: relating to images that originate within the eye (as opposed to from light entering the eye). Examples of entoptic phenomena: floaters, thread-like fragments that appear to float in front of the eye but are caused...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford, Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley: Unique question posed by school
158 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit) “The word is YES, say it a million times…it always leads to something good.” Jim Carrey, Yes Man But there are dangers to being a Yes Man. Accepting opportunities and information without questioning can lead to sticky situations and embarrassing moments. Fortunately, my participation in policy debate has taught me to be anything but a yes man. Sifting through databases of information to research both sides...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
280 Words
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development. (250 word limit) What’s more probable: dying from a shark attack, or dying from falling airplane parts? Surprisingly, the answer is falling airplane parts. But why does our intuition point us towards shark attacks? The answer lies in the availability heuristic, or the WYSIATI (“what you see is all there is”) rule, which describes how our minds evaluate decisions based...

Supplemental Essay for MIT: Unique question posed by school
127 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words or fewer) I am drawn to both the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Linguistics and Philosophy programs at MIT. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with computers, starting with trying to hack the online game Club Penguin when I was five to make my penguin waddle faster. Throughout high school,...

Supplemental Essay for MIT: Unique question posed by school
286 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (200-250 words) There is something indescribably cathartic about staring at the stripe at the bottom of the pool, lungs burning, fighting to touch the wall first. That’s not to mention the exhilarating feeling of pure camaraderie after a tough workout—high-fives and smiles all around. Hopping in the pool is one of my...

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
104 Words
Truly, write your heart out. I spent months trying to craft essays based on what I thought admissions officers "wanted to see". Once I decided to write about a topic that...

My advice about getting recommenders
86 Words
All my recommenders had not only had me in class but also known me through extracurriculars. Be sure to pick the teachers that you are closest...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
105 Words
Do something that you really want to do - *curate* your own summers, rather than doing things you think you need to be doing. While my friends all attended high-level research camps,...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
153 Words
During high school summers, I highly recommend getting a head start on classes you will be taking the following year. This is especially true of the summer of your junior year (when you are a rising senior) -- the more you get ahead on your...

What I’d change about my application process
139 Words
Starting my applications in June definitely was the best decision I made throughout the entire process, but there are also a few things I would change. Specifically, many of my essay breakthroughs took place not when I was staring at the computer...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
77 Words
Apply for as many scholarships as possible! It gives you a lot of good practice for not only interviews but also writing supplements....

How to increase chances at my school (MIT)
119 Words
Out of the schools I applied to, I think that my experience with competition mathematics and science helped me the most for MIT. I would highly recommend participating in such exams as the American Mathematics...

How to increase chances at my school (Stanford, Harvard)
178 Words
Out of the schools I applied to, I believe that Harvard and Stanford place the most focus on intellectual vitality. Yes, the word has been tossed around so much in admissions talk that it has become somewhat of a cliche, but to me the phrase can be roughly defined as "love for learning...

How to increase chances at my school (UC Berkeley)
110 Words
I applied to the new Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (M.E.T.) program at UC Berkeley. I think that the interview (if you are offered one) was heavily important. Specifically, communicating the intellectual...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley)
101 Words
For Harvard and other top/prestigious liberal arts schools, I highly recommend writing an essay through a sophisticated writing device/structure such as using a metaphor to frame the essay....

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Stanford, Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley)
75 Words
This advice will also serve as advice for the "five adjectives" short answer prompt. Definitely try to go outside of the "Top 50" adjectives...