College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘19
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 2 supplemental essays

Student Background

Currently a freshman at Columbia University: a California girl living it up in New York! I'm an engineer with an interest in computer science and basically everything from archery to travel to hackathons.
From: San Mateo , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: Brown, CalTech, CMU, UC Berkeley, UCSD, Columbia
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2270
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: American Red Cross, Debate Club/Team, Yearbook, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Model Congress / Model UN, School Jazz / Orchestra, Prom Committee, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

618 Words
In order to choose my name, my parents decided to write three down on slips of paper and put them into a hat. The name that got drawn, Vivian, was written by my mom and is supposed to mean “vivid.” It can also mean colorful, bright, lively, or anything that connotes or denotes the idea of being alive. I am really glad my parents had ended up going with this name as opposed to Helena or Angela, because I feel...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
301 Words
In my opinion, having a laser-like focus is more of a curse than a blessing – I could never throw my whole heart and soul into a single domain. This is what I appreciate most about Columbia: there is significant emphasis on holistic learning, ensuring that STEM majors are exposed to a core curriculum that encompasses arts and humanities as well. What’s a scientist who can’t draft a coherent paper about his experimental findings, or an engineer who can...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
296 Words
Upon visiting the de Young Fine Arts Museum for the first time, I was both outraged and curious to see the modern art exhibits that they had, in which one of the most prominent paintings was simply a blue circle on a black rectangle. How can anyone call that talent? However, after visiting the museum a second time and truly reflecting on the pieces, I realized that the artists were indeed insane – only, it was a mad genius sort of...

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