karenlu653
karenlu653,
Yale ‘22
B.S., Economics
Deeply curious about everything
Features Included
7
Essays
15
Schools
21
Scores
4
Advice
11
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Cooper City, Florida
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

  “Manager to Checkout-7, we got a problem,” the cashier calls over the intercom. The bottle-blond cashier—Erica, her nametag reads—huffs impatiently and examines her scarlet nails. Behind us is a line of grumbling customers, shifting from one foot to the other, annoyance emanating from every pore. I observe all of this in shamed silence, arms crossed as if it would protect me from the accusing stares. The cause of the turmoil? The colorful pieces of paper lying innocuously on...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
249 Words
Tell us about yourself.
Even in the darkest of moments, I have found the strength to continue to be happy because of what I love: running. I first began running as a hobby, as a way of relieving stress. Soon, I began to run even on days when I was content. Sometimes I run in the mornings, to witness the sound of chirping and the promise of a rising sun. Sometimes I run in the nights, illuminated by the artificial glow of the streetlamps...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
248 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
In my school, we all speak a common tongue—the language that comes from diversity. Although my school is a mix of people from every continent—French, Arabic, Hispanic, Chinese, Australian, Nigerian, and Native American—we are united by our love of beaches and our fear of hurricanes. Although we may differ in customs and habits, and in fashion and native language, we share the belief that from diversity springs harmony. It’s more than a school—it’s a...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
636 Words
Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you’ve chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know.
When I looked at colleges, I looked for those that taught students to observe the world around them and translate their knowledge into service. I didn’t want to just show up to class, copy down notes, then walk into an exam and regurgitate everything I knew onto a piece of paper. I want a more engaging learning experience, one that is not defined by tests and notes but, rather, discussion and collaboration. Carnegie Mellon is that college. As someone...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
162 Words
Please briefly elaborate on an extracurricular activity or work experience of particular significance to you.
Some of the greatest political and social successes come not from bitter battles with Congress but from one of the most powerful institutions—the Supreme Court. The political power that the legal system wields was what first drew me to that area. I became an officer in my school’s pre-law society, but the guest attorneys and speakers only piqued my curiosity. I decided to join mock trial and moot court, but competing as a witness and as a lawyer...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
306 Words
Please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted.
Reading Barthes's Mythologies was an eye-opening experience. The fact that wrestling was the topic for theoretical discussion piqued my curiosity. The intellectual beauty and lyricism as Barthes explored humanity through the banal topic of wrestling astounded me. English became more than simply a study of language and meaning—it was a study of the past; a study of the various geographical, historical and social conditions surrounding literary production and reception. There were so many ways to approach a text, from...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
298 Words
Tell us what attracted you to Columbia College, and why.
When I looked at colleges, I looked for those that taught students to observe the world around them and translate their knowledge into service. I didn’t want to just show up to class, copy down notes, then walk into an exam and regurgitate everything I knew onto a piece of paper. I want an engaging learning experience, one defined by discussion and collaboration. I want to be in an environment where no matter what I do, I will transform...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
205 Words
If you're reading this, it's because you love Yale (or if you just want to get in, that's okay too). The most important thing is that you SHOW that you love Yale. To increase your chance of getting into Yale, you have to SHOW not TELL why you want to attend Yale, and why Yale should want you in your supplemental essays....
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
74 Words
Passion. I had a genuine, deep, passionate love for my interests (English and running, among other things), and that was reflected in...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
144 Words
College is a match to made, not a prize to be won. If you apply to all the top 30 schools, you won't get in to all of them. You will get into the ones that you are fit for, and the ones...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
94 Words
Be organized. Make to-do lists, and be diligent in getting all of the things done in a timely manner. Separate each college application in it's own tab or...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
5
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1580
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details14 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesAcademic, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Academic, Mock Trial, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Model Congress / Model UN, Art, Hospital Volunteer, Library Volunteer, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
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