Rice ‘19
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Experience with applying as a Low-Income First Generation College Student and with QuestBridge; Also Waitlisted at Harvard, WashU in St. Louis, and UChicago
Features Included


Hometown Rock Island , Illinois
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Vietnamese

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
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Rice University (Houston, TX)

Applied for a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
564 Words
Anxiety before a competition
The intimidating building now lay before me. I took several deep breaths before entering Centennial Hall of Augustana College for the first time. Months of stress accompanied the training, sometimes resulting in restless nights affecting day-to-day life. At times, the pressure to succeed along with regular expectations grew immense for the mind of a fifth grader to endure. I wanted nothing more than to lift the golden trophy nearly half my size and punch my ticket to the national spelling...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
253 Words
As the campus is an important aspect in any college decision-making process, the campus of Northwestern University is an architectural masterpiece where I could definitely see myself attending amidst the vibrant culture of the Evanston area. With the diversity, I hope to take advantage of the many clubs offered by Northwestern such as the Asian/Asian American Student Affairs Program and the Vietnamese Student Association. These also offer opportunities for participating in student government and leadership in order to receive...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
554 Words
I am a slightly watered-down passion fruit. One sip of a passion fruit-flavored bubble tea and the existence of such a profound essay prompt led me to research the pH of a passion fruit. My inquiry led to the answer of 3. Such an acidic number inaccurately describes my personality, so adding some water, a neutral and more basic solution, would bring the pH of the passion fruit to a more pleasing number, a 5. Being that the human body's normal pH...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
744 Words
Passion and desire motivate me to win every point, every set, and every match. In tennis, winning seems to be the most important aspect, an outright mesmerizing feeling of euphoria. I remember times when the finish line was merely steps away, only to have it become miles long right before my eyes due to crushing failures. It is through overcoming adversity that champions are made and victory becomes commonplace. The analytical and passionate sides of me are evident in my...

General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
27 Words
I would absolutely recommend getting lots of perspectives...
How to increase chances at my school
30 Words
I would definitely advise applicants to visit and take...
Why I ultimately chose my school
201 Words
At first, a beautiful locale, nearby relatives, and prestige were the primary motivations for applying to Rice University, but a campus visit in the summer of 2014 completely changed my reasoning. Immediately, the statue of William Marsh Rice in the middle of the vast Academic Quad entranced me. The campus is an architectural masterpiece where I could definitely see myself attending...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
30 Words
I was waitlisted at 3 schools: Harvard, UChicago and WashU...
How I chose schools to apply to
104 Words
The main thing I focused on was best fit. This old cliche is a cliche for a reason because it is highly integral for your success as an undergraduate to find...

High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School TypeReligious
Academic Performance in High School Steady
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

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ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Community Cleanup / Service, Habitat for Humanity
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Application Additional Materials

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