kelleyliu
kelleyliu,
Columbia ‘22
B.A., Creative Writing
I got in with a B-
Features Included
6
Essays
2
Schools
11
Scores
3
Advice
4
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Troy, Michigan
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Creative Writing

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

          Two whistles sliced through the tumult and the band lurched forward. Cymbals, drums, tubas, and the buoyant pop of confetti cannons reverberated through the humid Texan evening as all 216 members of our Troy High marching band thundered through San Antonio for the Fiesta Flambeau, America’s Largest Illuminated Parade. The LED lights we had threaded down our pant legs and across chest straps set our uniforms ablaze against a dusky purple sky. Advancing in unison, I remembered why I joined...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
312 Words
I value most Columbia’s intellectual atmosphere: the Core Curriculum fosters vital discussions and rigorous conversations around questions I view as crucial to my intellectual and personal growth, such as “what is the good life?” and “what does it mean to be ethical?” Through courses like Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, and Music Humanities, I could develop a strong foundation upon which to critically analyze masterpieces of Western philosophical thought, and literary, visual, and musical art, providing me with the thinking...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
298 Words
I hope to major in Creative Writing and English. Although my main essay explored how my mom’s decision to return to China sparked my interest in creative writing, I was also influenced by my older sister, a poet who majored in Creative Writing and English, to try writing. Watching her craft poetry inspired me to articulate my own artistic vision; however, unlike my sister, I write prose. I like telling stories and creating narratives with symbolic weight that help...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
138 Words
I would continue Creative Writing and submitting to competitions – it is through writing about the encounters I have with people at school, the route I take home every day, or my emotions regarding my mother’s departure, that my emotions are magnified, more acute, and easier to understand. I am more attentive to small details, like how the lint on my bedsheet clumps together like snow, or the way car headlights shine erratically through trees, splashing light and shadow upon...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
291 Words
Troy High's Writing Club is defined by self-growth – the weekly workshops that we have reinforce the idea that criticism can only improve your work. Seminars and lectures are student-led and based in various fields in the Humanities – just last week we analyzed the introduction scene to Stephen King’s IT (2017), focusing on the effects of the camera angles and the foreshadowing of later events in the movie. The ideas discussed in Writing Club, that every scene or every moment in...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
551 Words
I am interested in majoring in Creative Writing and English. The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ English 223, 323, and 423 would be integral to my growth as an aspiring writer. Working closely with creative-writing faculty, the focus on workshopping appeals to me greatly because of my experiences both doing workshops in my high school Writing Club and from attending the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio (IYWS). At IYWS, I had the opportunity to participate in daily workshops and seminars in a...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
342 Words
Grades and test scores do not matter as much as you think they do! Of course, keeping most classes at an A and getting a score around the 50th percentile of your dream school is preferred and almost a prerequisite, but if it comes down to a 34 vs. a 36 on the ACT or 4.0 vs. a GPA that has one to two B's, it does not matter. The main point of standardized testing and GPA's are to show colleges that you are able to handle their coursework and challenge yourself in rigorous classes. What really makes you stand out are not...
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My advice about getting recommenders
147 Words
Make good relationships with your teachers! Colleges have no other way to see who you really are besides a short interview, so make sure teachers really know your character. As a general rule of thumb - if you're sending two or more recommendation letters...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
150 Words
Find a summer program that fits your "theme". My theme when applying was a writer; I won writing awards and was both an editor and contributor to national magazines, and attended the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, a two-week long intensive residential camp for young writers....
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.25
(equivalent to 3.98 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1520
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesMarching Band, National Honor Society, Music: Instrumental, Academic
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