Stanford ‘20
B.S., Computer Science
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Hometown Sunnyvale, California
First Gen College StudentNo

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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Lessons I Learned From a UFC Fighter His fingers are bleeding, but when I blink again, they are typing. I blink a couple more times and two very separate, very different images keep shifting, like slides in my vision under a microscope. Bleeding. Typing. Bleeding. Typing. Broken teeth and 404 errors. Knee tape and Javascript. I rarely watched UFC fighting because of my dad. If a fight ever came on TV, my father, the most aggressive pacifist I know, would angrily...
I was born into a world of bedtime stories. I liked the sound of my dad’s voice and the way Dr. Seuss rhymed each line in an odd, sing-songy fashion. But as a wide-eyed kindergartener, I was unaware that Sneetches on the Beaches, was, in fact, a form of satirical poetry. I was merely fascinated by the rhyming words and the silly Sneetches who cared far too much about the stars on their bellies. I still live in this...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Idea or experience important to intellectual development: I crouch at the lip of the Song Tra Bong river, flinching at the sharp sounds of shrapnel erupting around me. I taste the Vietnam rain on my tongue, feel the smoke seep through the pores of my skin. I am part of a world that is no longer my own, but one that Tim O'Brien has molded for me: his vivid descriptions in The Things They Carried blending into one surreal yet...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Note to future roommate: Dear Roommate, If Stanford Housing tells you that you are rooming with a horse, I have to say they are not entirely wrong. You see, the first Friday of almost every month, I am decked out as the Homestead Mighty Mustang Mascot: a stuffy suit that reeks of sweat and deodorant with the minty tinge of some old car air freshener. I have a pair of furry hooves and a long tail trailing behind me, often...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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What matters to you, and why? Sitting on my grandmother's bed, I close my eyes and listen to the subtle tinkle of her knitting needles, a metronome to the beat of her words. Her stories overflow with fascinating treasures: her unusual upbringing in a motherless household of twelve siblings, of being the only girl in her family to attend college. Listening to her, I am transformed; I see pieces of myself in her past—our similar stubbornness, independence, and curiosity...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
299 Words
I am a rainbow of colors. My hair is streaked with pink, my left cheek smeared with green, my white shirt a patchwork of blues, yellows, and oranges. Weaving my way through the crowd with a heap of powdered colors cupped in my hand, I sneak up behind Micah, who stands unsuspecting. “Happy Holi!” I scream, rubbing the colors into his hair--a dirty blonde that now, too, boasts a beautiful spectrum of colors. Holi is the annual Indian celebration of...

School Specific Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
1040 Words
For anyone reading this, congratulations! I am so thrilled that you are taking the time to consider Stanford in your list of prospective schools. It is an incredible school with some of the most beautiful, resilient, and insightful people I have met, and I hope that you too will become a Tree very soon! As a rising sophomore at Stanford (and as someone who has very recently been through the admissions process), there are a couple things that I would like to tell you about applying to Stanford that I feel you would only hear from a honest Stanford student ...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Colleges don't necessarily look for how many different activities you are doing; they are more interested in depth versus breadth. If you are interested in fashion...
My advice about getting recommenders
136 Words
You do not necessarily have to get a recommendation from a teacher whose class you got the best grade in. Pick a teacher that knows you well, has seen the way you interact with other students, how you take leadership,...
What set me apart from other applicants
158 Words
I know that when applying it is very common to think, "I am going to sound like the million other applicants they get," and that is perfectly normal. I felt that too. The thing is to believe that you will occupy a completely new, and refreshingly interesting...

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Converted SAT Score1580
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ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Student Activities Committee
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