College Admissions Info

cerealjess
cerealjess
Brown University ‘21
BA, Area and Ethnic Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a daydreamer passionate about societal transformation... who also happens to spend way too much time watching makeup tutorials.
From: Bellevue , Washington
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Vanderbilt, Smith, Harvey Mudd, Washington, UC Berkeley, Duke, UCLA, Swarthmore
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:

Test Scores

1580
SAT
36
ACT
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 5%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Dance, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Harvard, Vanderbilt, Smith, Harvey Mudd, Washington, UC Berkeley, Duke, Swarthmore, Princeton, UCLA: Art/acting/singing, Challenged a belief, Chinese heritage, Embracing your heritage, Interest in fine arts, Leadership experience, Story central to identity, Volunteer/public interest work
672 Words
One of the first dances I ever performed was a trio with my two best friends: a frivolous, cheerful number with far too many sequins, gauzy handkerchiefs disguising the awkwardness of our skinny arms. Backstage, we trembled in terror at the prospect of presenting ourselves in front of the friends we had so foolishly invited. But it was too late to worry about how embarrassed I felt telling people I did Chinese dance, too late to worry about our distinctly...









Personal Statement for Harvard, Vanderbilt, Smith, Harvey Mudd, Washington, UC Berkeley, Duke, Swarthmore, Brown, Yale, Princeton, Columbia: Challenged a belief, Leadership experience, Story central to identity, Volunteer/public interest work
671 Words
The Washington Student Math Association’s mission statement is as ambitious as it is vague, but the nebulous prospect of “empowering the next generation of problem solvers” seemed to fourteen-year-old me a noble cause. My childhood was punctuated by the clatter of tangrams and rattle of dice, and I explored the world of math not through worksheets and textbooks but through puzzles and number games. I was lucky to have teachers and family who went out of their way to...









Supplemental Essay for Brown: “Why us” school essay
150 Words
Only at Brown would I be able to truly integrate my interdisciplinary interests. With Brown's open curriculum and flexible pass/fail grading system, I'd be free to investigate messy academic intersections on my own terms--and maybe discover something totally new in the process--while UTRAs would provide extensive opportunities to pursue research of my own, regardless of the discipline. I'm particularly interested by research at The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society regarding the global impacts of climate change at...



Supplemental Essay for Brown: Unique question posed by school
138 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places. (100) The tree-lined sidewalks of downtown [city name] make walking particularly enjoyable. Walking around the city--whether it's to work, the transit center, or the library--affords me a brief respite from the hectic demands of my myriad destinations, and I find a unique sense of tranquility when I'm alone with my...



Supplemental Essay for Brown: Unique question posed by school
130 Words
We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. (100) The senior class at Hengda Dance Academy is filled with girls like me--Chinese-Americans, otherwise estranged from our heritage, seeking to rediscover it here. At age 7 we squealed at our first set of fluttery dance fans--by 17, we've learned to fill the air with floating color. As we've gotten older, we've explored...



Supplemental Essay for Duke: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
I’m struck by Duke’s commitment to not just diversity but social justice and equity through programs like COMPASS and Duke Technology Scholars. It’s also clear through the Trinity general requirements that the Duke community values personal engagement in politics and in community, which is something that really matters to me. Additionally, because I’m interested in so many disparate academic areas, Trinity is appealing for its accommodation and even encouragement of intellectual flexibility via the availability of...



College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
148 Words
- definitely apply to college-sponsored scholarships. Many schools, such as Duke and Vanderbilt have extremely high-value scholarships; smaller schools like Smith can also be very generous. Watch out for application deadlines, because often the submission deadline for scholarship consideration is much earlier than the...





My advice about getting recommenders
48 Words
If you've been heavily involved in an extracurricular activity, definitely ask your coach or...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
143 Words
I was able to get some free initial consultations with very pricey private counselors, and I didn't end up paying for them. Overall, their feedback was generally that I needed to "package" myself better with a more cohesive "theme," which wasn't something...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
195 Words
I'm sure you've heard this a billion times by now, but it's really important to make sure that you do something with your summer. Whether it's camps, volunteering, classes, art, etc. - the summer is a valuable time to add to your skillset, experiences, worldview. There are some pretty prestigious/selective summer camps (TASS, RSI) that basically guarantee...





Why I ultimately chose my school (Brown, Vanderbilt, Washington, UC Berkeley, Duke)
368 Words
As is obvious, I ultimately ended up choosing Brown. That being said, here's how I eliminated my top few choices: -- UC Berkeley - though I was admitted directly into the prestigious Chemistry program, I would be committed to doing a chemistry major, as Berkeley's school of chemistry is separate from its school of letters and sciences. This meant that if I wanted to do anything else, I'd have to go through a transfer application process. -- University of Washington - I was admitted directly into the highly competitive CS program, but I wanted to travel farther (UW is around 1...







How to increase chances at my school (Brown)
235 Words
I think that Brown as an institution really prides itself on its commitment to social justice and generally making the community better, so that's something to keep in mind fit-wise. What this means for the application is that you should really emphasize your role in for example, making your school or community better or more inclusive or more equal etc. The personal statement I submitted was about my work with...





Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to (Harvard)
128 Words
If you're nationally competitive in your activity at all, it's probably worth a shot to try to reach out to coaches. If you're not top-20 ish in the nation at your activity, however, the chances that it makes...