B.S., Computer Science
MIT Math and CS Major; First generation Chinese immigrant; Drummer; Tennis player; Looking for new and exciting intellectual endeavors.
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Hometown Scarsdale, New York
Class of2015
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Nickname It’s 5:00 P.M. I’m still at school carefully arranging the articles for the December edition of Campus. Rubbing my eyes, I lean back in my chair as my mind drifts to the space on the Common App for “Preferred Name.” While many of my foreign friends had eagerly filled in their American nicknames, I had left the space blank. I resume my work as I contemplate my lack of a “preferred name.” I first saw the problem...
The “apartment” is an old and familiar concept for me. Every time I move into a new home, the same whitewashed walls and smell of newly-applied paint confronts me. Unlike living in a house, living in an apartment always had a feeling of impermanence, and this continual uprooting presents a challenge for me when I was young. In China, I grew up always mindful of not jumping around for fear of disturbing the elderly couple that lived below. Every night,...
Personal Statement
161 Words
Interest in med/sci/math, Leadership experience
I am not an athlete. I am a mathlete. My equipments are pencil and calculator. The court is my desk, and my opponent is the sheet of diagrams and numbers. Face down, the paper taunts, “You will never solve me!” Adrenaline surges through my body as I wait for the start of the meet. Suddenly, the proctor shouts, “Go!” and the room fills with the sound of pencil scratching. First problem. Done…Last problem. Reading. Understanding. Formulating. Finally. Need to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
589 Words
English and Harry Potter During a recent Science Scholars class, the senior students were asked to talk about our research topics and which book or article inspired us to pursue science. After stating my research topic as modeling cancer cell cooperation and tumor development, I answered the second question with the statement, “Harry Potter.” Muffled chuckles permeated the classroom amidst whispered comments about my questionable abilities in distinguishing science and fantasy. As a child in ****, China, I would sit in...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
258 Words
I have often wondered, “What is infinity?” Its dictionary definition is “unlimited extent of quantity.” But how can we imagine something that is infinitely large (such as our ever-expanding universe)? We can imagine something large. Then, we can imagine something larger. We can continue doing this for hours but we will never reach infinity. The lemniscate curve that represents infinity has no end and no beginning; so, if an ant decides to travel around the curve, it would be traveling...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
352 Words
At the age of four, my grandfather (my yéyé) proudly declared that I had learned all the Chinese characters I would ever need. He was exaggerating, of course, but I felt assured that I would never have to memorize another word again! Two years later, I proceeded to relearn the names of every object: this time in English. On one sweltering summer afternoon, I sat in my grandfather’s lap as I tried to decipher the strange letters filling...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
78 Words
Harry Potter, crazy hats, sustainable garden—everything I like in one place. The “Harry Potter” atmosphere of Yale with its twelve residential “houses” allows physicists to chat with philosophers, authors, or musicians in a tightly-knit environment. Wearing headgear on Class Day shows a student body composed of individuals who are not afraid to show their creativity. Because I loved growing tomatoes in rural southern Illinois, I look forward to once again working outside in the garden at Yale.

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
100 Words
Self-motivated, intelligent, nerdy, eccentric, and don't-give-a-****. If any of you are lucky enough to come here, I can assure you that if you are like me, you will have the...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
91 Words
I was waitlisted at Harvard and Princeton during my application cycle. I sent in an updated letter to the schools informing them of my new awards, specifically...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
218 Words
I interviewed with alumni from all the schools I applied to except Caltech and Stanford. Most of my interviews were very enjoyable and happened in coffee shops, libraries, and, in two cases, MIT and Yale, in the interviewer's home. My most memorable and favorite interview was my MIT interview. It was ironically also my first interview. My interviewer asked me the typical questions like why...
Post-college plans
80 Words
I'm currently in graduate school (PhD) for computer science. MIT is one of these places where you can start research as early as freshman...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
141 Words
Honestly tell the school why you like them. Trust me, schools really appreciate honestly (however, if you honestly want to go to a school solely because of its amazing party scene, you might want to reevaluate wanting to go to that school)....
Why I ultimately chose my school
218 Words
Ultimately, I ended up choosing between two schools, Yale and MIT, and making the decision 2 minutes before the decision deadline. I flipped a coin, and when the coin came up heads (for Yale) I felt disappointed. That is when I realized that the only reason holding me back from MIT was that I was daunted by its academic rigor. I loved the atmosphere that offered...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
105 Words
I went to a math camp my junior summer (the summer after my junior year) and did nothing the previous summers before my junior year. I suggest going to at least one...
What set me apart from other applicants
110 Words
I think my college application exuded more quirk than most other college applications. Aside from my college application essays, my college application is pretty standard. I had a good GPA, good test schools,...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
91 Words
I was lucky enough to go to a school that provided abundant financial aid. The only scholarship I applied to (passively since it was based on PSAT...
Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
78 Words
I didn't reach out to any professors or coaches in any of the schools I applied to specifically about my high school application....

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