K Chairil
K Chairil,
UCSB ‘18
B.A., English, , Music
English and Music Studies double major studying at UCSB. Extracurricular interests include: reading/writing, seeing films, going where there's dogs, journalism, and amateur photography.
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Hometown Los Angeles, California
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish, Malay/Indonesian

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
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University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in English

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent + 1 more

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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I never accepted “happily-ever-after.” For one, my parents never emulated it. My father is a businessman, my mother a piano teacher. Their union of economics and art clashes harshly. Still, I’ve salvaged priceless values from the disharmony: frugal spending and emotional power. When I was nine, my mother compelled me to learn the piano. My first instinct was to rebel. I judged that she couldn’t choose what was best for me because she couldn’t even choose a...
Supplemental Essay Using a metaphor
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Traveling by glass box couldn’t be that bad, not if that was the only thing keeping you from plunging into the unforgiving South China Sea. So, when I found myself in this situation last summer, I elected to stay; besides, the cable car gave me a sweeping bird’s-eye-view of Hong Kong. In the hazy sky, the sun peeked behind shrub-dotted mountains. En route to the famed Big Buddha, I had no idea that fighting fear in the cable...
Additional Essay Details
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Admins like to see a bit of your own personality or sense of humor. But be honest about it! Use humor in conservative sprinkles and definitely never include a joke that even you don't find funny. I remember countless nights slaving over every word (mostly for the sake of fitting the word count limit) and as a result, some of the humor/personality had to be cut. Thus, my essays seem a bit grim, but as long as the message...

General Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
49 Words
As a humanities major, I never would have thought I'd enjoy a STEM/science-related class....
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
84 Words
Literature Club is a blast once you get into it. If you love books, you'll find great book-loving compadres here. Truthfully, my first few times...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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The Bottom Line is a weekly (indie) student-run newspaper that gives even novice writers, illustrators, and photographers a chance to build up their portfolio. In my experience (unlike the...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
26 Words
Every person is a complex individual, but the...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
112 Words
I never had a private admissions counselor, but looking back I feel that I would have really benefited from one. I thought my grades were enough to get me into a good enough school,...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
106 Words
Students are largely pretty laid back and know how to have a good time here, but come midterms and dead/finals week, we can really crack down. (One quarter during dead week...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 10%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1400
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SAT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores



ActivitiesAnimal Foster Care Provider / Animal Rescue Volunteer, Key Club, Community Cleanup / Service, Math Team, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
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