USC ‘21
B.S., Biology
A slightly awkward, but also motivated student who loves dogs and food.
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Hometown Portland, Oregon
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
  • University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I don’t know what’s worse - waking up in a different country and realizing that I’d been drooling on the person next to me the whole time or proceeding to loudly apologize to that person in a language they couldn’t understand. The 13-hour flight to Shanghai had left me drowsy, confused, and wondering why I had decided to travel 5,783 miles by myself to a country full of people speaking a language I could barely comprehend. Yet...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
254 Words
Masala pears are an interesting concept. A freshly-ripened pear’s sweetness mixed with the strong flavor of red masala spice can make for either a delectable snack or an unpalatable mess. When I first tried them, the salty-soury taste of the masala made me gag. The three clashing flavors combined into one came off as strange to me. My friend, on the other hand, savored every last piece before proceeding to judge me for my reaction. To her, the masala...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
255 Words
As a human being, I’ve always been drawn to learn more about how our bodies function and fit into the grand scheme of things, from the way our cellular makeup effects our physical makeup to the way this physical appearance is perceived by everyone around us. At USC, however, where the minorities make the majority, this perception of physical appearance is suddenly not a large factor of our human interactions anymore. Instead, we’re able to focus solely on...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
218 Words
Growing up in a rather suburban area, I was ready for a change. Boston University’s ideal location, right in a major city full of people from different backgrounds, called out to me. Particularly, I was looking for a university that was larger in size and had a good student to teacher ratio that would allow me access to more research opportunities, especially in the biological sciences. Being a top research university with a 12:1 ratio and biological sciences as a...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
333 Words
If you were to walk through the halls of any school, you’d take note of three types of conversations: the after-school plans conversation, the did-you-hear-about conversation, and the why-am-I-here conversation. Personally, I fit into the last category. Every day at school was just another day of added stress and confusion about obscure topics I didn’t have any interest in. That is until I dissected my first frog in my anatomy and physiology class. Now, don’t get me...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
70 Words
I didn't take enough advantage of my high school summers - I spent most of the time lazing around and hoping...
What I’d change about my application process
61 Words
I definitely started writing my essays too late, so make sure to start way before (like the summer...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
70 Words
I honestly didn't use one, and from what I've heard from friends, some can be very helpful but others can be...

High School Performance

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