College Admissions Info

Northwestern University, ‘21
BA, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Northwestern HPME ‘25 (BS/MD)
From: Central NJ , New Jersey
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Pitt, Northeastern, Case, Emory, WashU, GWU
Denied At:
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Test Scores

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High School Performance

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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Science Club/Team, Hospital Volunteer, Science/Math, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Northwestern, Northeastern, Case, Emory, WashU, GWU, UPenn, Princeton, Harvard: Academic achievement, Career aspirations, Family member’s disability, Interest in med/sci/math, Issue of personal significance, Leadership experience
655 Words
All it took was a single gesture before I knew what he needed. At the age of three, my brother still had trouble using his words. In fact, he barely spoke at all, warranting weekly visits from a speech therapist. While my brother struggled to discover his own voice, my parents struggled to uncover his needs and decode the cause of his tears. Luckily, I knew his language, consisting primarily of gestures and facial expression patterns. Although I was enveloped...

Supplemental Essay for Northwestern: “Why us” school essay
301 Words
Although I currently call New Jersey my home, my life’s story began in Evanston, Illinois, my place of birth. I was then too young to understand the abstract concept of “selflessness,” but my grandmother tells me that life would have been very difficult without our neighbors. As my father was away in graduate school and my mother held a full-time job, our Evanston neighbors constantly lent a hand, whether it was carrying my stroller up to our fourth-floor apartment,...

Supplemental Essay for Princeton, Harvard: Extracurricular activity
156 Words
From the humble beginnings of nursery tunes to performing at Carnegie Hall, I can truly say that music has grown up alongside me. At first, I played just for myself. My living room was my concert hall, my family my audience. Hence, during my first piano audition, I was so nervous that I skipped an entire page of Bach’s Minuet in G. Luckily, that didn’t stop me from loving my art. Music has taught me that “making a...

Supplemental Essay for Emory: Unique question posed by school
157 Words
RuPaul’s Drag Race isn’t just a reality television show about LGBT issues; it’s an inspirational resource. Not only are drag queens multifaceted performers who entertain with fierce fashion, comedy, and dance, but they can also be intelligent scholars and influencers. Sasha Velour, a recent competition winner, is a Fulbright Scholar who lost her mother to cancer. As the daughter and caregiver of a cancer survivor, seeing Sasha pay homage to bald beauty encourages me to continue advocating...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
111 Words
There's not a specific activity that will "guarantee" admission. You can take summer classes, volunteer, take on a job to support your family, or participate in a summer program or research position. If...

What I’d change about my application process
126 Words
I would apply to more school that offered good merit aid. Many of the schools I applied to did not give full tuition scholarships unless there was financial need (ie Northeastern and GW). If you are a...

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
85 Words
That name matters for med school. It doesn't as much as one may think! Also that I didn't care thattt much about money. My parents...

How I narrowed down my essay topics
35 Words
Definitely focus on pieces not already clearly visible in your application....

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
111 Words
Don't let other people get you down. The process is individual and is about you (and your family). Take advice from qualified individuals (ie counselors or advisors or mentors) but make sure you...

How I would rate the alumni network at my school (Northwestern)
28 Words
amazing!!!!! so many HPME students and alumni reached...

How to increase chances at my school (Northeastern)
8 Words
visit the...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Northwestern, Pitt, Northeastern, Case, Emory, WashU, GWU, UPenn, Princeton, Harvard)
15 Words
I sent in an update...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Northwestern, WashU, UPenn, Princeton, Harvard)
128 Words
All of my interviews except my Penn interview were great. They all went over time and had clear positive feedback. Penn was fine but the interviewer was for the LSM (life science and management program) and was not...