Harvard ‘17
B.A., Economics
Hi! Harvard senior (brother in class of '19 here as well) studying Economics and East Asian Studies while journalism, wood design, dance, baseball, cultural, & professional groups.
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Hometown Pasadena, California
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  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

“Where are you going?” the incredulous Amtrak official demanded. “How old are you boys?” Michael and I were fourteen. While our peers sat in summer school preparing for the advanced math track, we were alone on a crazy adventure in NYC, trying to get to Boston. The disbelieving officer continued. “What? Your parents let you travel alone?!” When I first heard our parents’ outrageous proposal of traveling without them, my emotions turned from the immediate thrill of freedom to utter...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
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[Disclosure: I wrote this essay after my sophomore year at Harvard, a direct reflection on my common app essay from a few years prior] 13 years. For almost two-thirds of my life, I saw pretty much the same people 200 days of the year—and some much closer to me a lot more than that. I enjoyed my time in the idyllic bubble that was my small private high school in sunny SoCal—the friends, the teachers, the sports, the learning. But...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
668 Words
[Scholarship application for Summer Program for Harvard students] I went to Korean school on Saturdays from kindergarten to fourth grade or so, learning the basics of the alphabet and rudimentary vocabulary words. The classes took up most of Saturday afternoon, which in my head was prime time for going outside to play. My parents didn’t speak Korean at all at home; their parents had both moved to the States when they were little more than toddlers, and went to...

School Specific Advice

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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In my time at Harvard, I've participated in a whole spectrum of activities. I started freshman year with sports journalism and print newspaper design with The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper on campus. After writing 50+ articles in my first year, I eventually became the Sports Chair and then a design executive my sophomore year, fulfilling my desire to continue journalism...
How I chose schools to apply to
121 Words
During the application process, my college counselor and I worked together to create a list of potential schools ranging from schools that seemed to be good fits for me to schools that we felt may be ...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Extracurricularly, Harvard can both be a diverse and a pressure-filled place. This is not necessarily due to overt competition between people, but because there's an overwhelming sense among the freshman class that "if I'm not spending every moment of my free time doing an extracurricular or schoolwork, I'm wasting my Harvard education and...
My favorite course thus far, and why
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Harvard offers a wide variety of courses, and one of these was East Asian Studies 140: The Major Religious Texts of East Asia. This course, which was just 12 people with a professor, centered around books that we read each week...

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General Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Driven, Sociable, "Has...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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Harvard Interview: My interviewer and I met at a coffee bean down the street from my high school. She was in her early forties, with two children in middle school and elementary school, and worked in the area. She went through my personal profile and a short resume I had brought to the interview, reading things aloud as she went and asking me a thing or two about what I had been interested in. Suddenly, she stopped at the part where it said that I had been the fencing team captain at our school. Fencing isn't a huge thing at...
Post-college plans
323 Words
The Harvard experience is generally focused around three things for postgraduates: Entering the corporate world, Applying for graduate or masters programs, and everything else. The first, which comprises up to 35% of the graduating class, is devoted to the corporate space, especially finance and consulting companies, which come to campus in the fall and spring to recruit potential applicants. For finance (as of 2017), the process can start as early as your first day on sophomore fall with local internship informational sessions in the ballrooms of local Harvard Square hotels. For consulting, the process is generally begun junior fall (as of 2017), with...
My advice about getting recommenders
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As someone coming from a small private school, recommendations was always at the forefront of my mind by the time I reached junior year of high...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I've looked at my Harvard admissions file from the time I applied and have seen the comments that the Harvard admissions committee wrote about my profile—about me. What's interesting is that...
What I’d change about my application process
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In hindsight, what would have been slightly better for my application profile would have been to demonstrate more passion for the groups and the activities that I had been a part of. I could tell, by looking at my college admissions file after I had been at Harvard for...

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SportsBaseball, Fencing


ActivitiesSchool Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Tutoring/Mentoring, Athletics Organization, Church
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