nctoca
nctoca,
Stanford ‘22
B.A., Chemistry
Interested in linguistics, learning languages, & the intersection of economics and STEM, happy to give advice!
Features Included
8
Essays
8
Schools
16
Scores
7
Advice
8
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Cary, North Carolina
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Chemistry

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

As I enter the double doors, the smell of freshly rolled biscuits hits me almost instantly. I trace the fan blades as they swing above me, emitting a low, repetitive hum resembling a faint melody. After bringing our usual order, the “Tailgate Special,” to the table, my father begins discussing the recent performance of Apple stock with my mother, myself, and my older eleven year old sister. Bojangle’s, a Southern establishment well known for its fried chicken and reliable...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
663 Words
The University of Pennsylvania cultivates a focus on diversity of intellect, research, art, and community that brings me home. These emphases will allow me to refine my abilities as a chemical researcher while exploring the multidimensional aspects of economics, policy, and social justice. The UPenn CURF program provides invaluable opportunities to pursue undergraduate research in chemistry. In larger American cities and particularly in China, the evidence of pollution and environmental damage is clear. In fact, the declaration of a pollution...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
128 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. (100) I like to move it, move it. Much like the headdress-adorned eccentric lemur King Julien, I often find myself breaking into dance and singing. Stemming from my background in jazz, hip hop, and ballet since the age of four, I immediately turn to dancing and movement when I feel overwhelmed. A...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
127 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100) In a “values” auction at Governor’s School, I bid $800 of my allotted $1000 dollars on a single value: Making an impact. I learned from my past research in catalysis and medical textiles that research has an incomparable ability to affect lives. MIT’s focus on collaboration and innovation, whether through the UROP, the MSRP, or the Media...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
281 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you've faced or something important that didn't go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (200-250) I had it all planned out–I would run my 36 simulations for a month, giving me the following months to analyze the reaction products and mechanisms and compare them to academic literature and experimental results detailing the degradation of P4HB. Yet, as I began to run the simulations, each completed in just a few...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
159 Words
Duke cultivates a focus on diversity of intellect, research, art, and tradition that brings me home. In unique courses such as Chemistry, Technology, and Society and Environmental Economics and Policy, I will marry my interests in chemistry, economics, and environmental studies and gain insight into the political and societal influences on my research. These courses are integral to truly understanding the economic trade-offs that impact the environment or other natural processes. The URS and B-SURF will allow me to further...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
292 Words
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development. (100-250) I suffered from paralysis by analysis. But not in the typical sense. Growing up, I was plagued by incessant stage fright. After hours of diligent practice and memorization, I would overthink the notes of my pieces during performances and my hands, which operated like oiled machinery during practices, ground to a sudden halt. Even with careful attention to precise...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
281 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (250) Hikes along the Great Wall. Sharing freshly fried green onion pancakes from food stands with my cousins. Three-person moped rides through busy streets. Dinners with my extended family. Every trip back to Wuhan, China, is marked by these events and numerous other shared moments with family. Yet when I am reminded of China, I instead...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
84 Words
I interviewed with all of my schools, except Columbia and UNC. I generally had very strong interview experiences across the board, because I was always...
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How to increase chances at my school
72 Words
The student body is extremely diverse and vibrant, and I would say that Stanford is definitely looking for driven, passionate, and inspired...
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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
167 Words
I am personally extremely STEM-focused, and I was always looking for a way to work on improving environmental sustainability, whether through solar cells or plasmonics. So, when looking for activities over the summer, I pursued research internships (which I found simply by emailing TONS of professors near me who had...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
126 Words
Before you begin writing essays, plan your essay topics!!! You'll soon find that many of the schools that you are applying to actually have overlapping themes and questions. If you are able to write essays that fit...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
108 Words
Start early. I started planning essay topics in July of the summer before my senior year, and I truly believe that this helped me with the creative process. I had to go...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
79 Words
I am not taking out loans, and I've applied for several small, local scholarships. My advice would be to have your application ready early...
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My advice about getting recommenders
75 Words
Find people who believe in you academically and who know you personally. Above all, recommendations should show that part of you that isn't...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.50
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2310
 
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Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details11 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Dance, Music: Instrumental, Tutoring/Mentoring, Science Club/Team, Research, Science Club/Team, National Honor Society
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