UC Berkeley394638,
UC Berkeley
B.A., Computer Science
Just a Cal girl interested in computer science, data science, and informatics :)
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Hometown Fremont, California
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
As a little girl, I was terrified of practically everything. And I mean this in the most literal sense. Around every corner was a different monster: nightmares, ghosts, even the tooth fairy lying in wait to steal my teeth. Despite all this, my parents called me their “little star”, an embodiment of their beliefs that I was capable of anything. I thought they were crazy. With time, new fears replaced old ones. Fear of the unknown, of the spotlight, of...
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
On the day of my graph transformations test, I could vividly hear my heartbeat following a strict, piercing rhythm. It sped up as I turned in my test, and again when the sheet came back filled with red corrections. I collapsed into my bed that night, turning to the only solace I had in these moments of disheartenment: a Disney movie marathon. Coaxed by the darkness, my eyes slowly began to droop, eventually concentrating solely on the blurry outlines of...
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Joining my school's cheerleading team was a decision made with apprehension. With the build of a fragile bird, I feared 1) falling and 2) breaking. Yet the first time I tried a stunt, I felt secure. I trusted my teammates. This trust was soon shattered during our first attempts at twist baskets. I flailed through the air, receiving a concussion that prevented me from stunting for a month. In time, I noticed that due to my fall, a lack of faith had...
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Captivated by the creative freedom of art and design, growing up, I never associated math and science with anything other than restrictions or theoretics. Hindered by this fixed-mindset in STEM classes, I constantly found myself questioning the purpose behind lessons and unsolved problem sets. I consequently sought opportunities to broaden my perspective, and one day I submitted an application to a professor for a spot in his human-computer-interaction internship. Under his tutelage, I was assigned a project to develop a...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
A time-traveler is a pretty fancy title for someone who gets to bring past experiences to life, but hey, I’ll take it. As someone who sees my city’s history museum as a piggy bank of memories, I've dedicated years of volunteering with the objective of helping others preserve time and beauty. Devastated by her grandfather’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, a local woman in her quest to preserve his childhood before his own memory loss could erase it...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
159 Words
Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them?
I experienced the rigor of high school first. The older sister, I was forced to walk the planks of high school’s murky waters without any guidance or forewarning. I felt completely lost. When it came to my sister Jeslyn’s turn, I was determined to help orient her. Offering myself as a moderator during her disputes with our parents, I became her support system, the one she turned to for comfort and advice. And when all the pressure got...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
257 Words
Why do you want to study your chosen major at Georgia Tech, and how do you think Georgia Tech will prepare you to pursue opportunities in that field after graduation?
As a student, techie, designer, and fashionista, I am someone who thrives on constant creation and problem-solving. I love computing for its complexities and challenges. I love fashion and the arts for their gifts of self-expression. Together, they stimulate the innovator within. Enter Georgia Tech. Here, amongst its buzzing atmospheres of innovation, is where I hope to meld my analytical left brain tendencies with my colorful right brain ambitions. From stitching conductive wires to designing interfaces, I believe that a...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
414 Words
We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. Why NYU?
I’m an artist in the works. Many people do not consider an artistic mindset an inherent aspect of disciplines such as engineering and computer science, but I disagree. As beautiful as it is intriguing, the ones and zeros at my fingertips become more than mere lines of code, but rather, flowing brushstrokes on an artwork that never dries. And no longer limited to a sketchpad, engineering has become the inventive craft that showcases the circuitries underlying my design’s...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
255 Words
What in particular about Yale-NUS College has influenced your decision to apply?
Many people do not consider an artistic mindset an inherent aspect of disciplines such as statistics and computer science, but I disagree. From stitching conductive wires to designing interfaces, these are fields that provide me with the freedom to express myself as an artist, deepen my unshakeable passion for constant learning and exploration, and stimulate the innovator within. My dreams as an artist are already in the works. Amongst a school that not only recognizes but supports STEAM’s intersections,...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
307 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
Up until the age of six, I spent equal amounts of time between an unknown locale in China under my grandmother’s care and my familiar home in California. Growing up, I felt excluded from both cultures because I comprised aspects of the other that didn’t fit in. Accustomed to forks and knives, I was scolded by my relatives for holding my chopsticks like “a white person.” Bringing stinky tofu, my favorite dish, to my fourth-grade potluck, any shrivel...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
558 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
Many people do not consider an artistic mindset an inherent aspect of disciplines such as information science, mathematics and computer science, but I disagree. As a fashionista, techie, mathematician, and designer, I have found passion in these subjects because of the freedom they provide to express myself as an artist. As beautiful as it is intriguing, when I program, the ones and zeros at my fingertips become more than mere lines of code, but rather, flowing brush strokes on a...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
257 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?
As a techie, fashionista, and freethinker, I love STEM for its complexities and challenges and fashion and design for its gifts of self-expression. Each stroke of paint, line of code, and discovery has summed up the experiences that I can only communicate through creation, stimulating the creator within. Frequently described as a unique blend between an arts and science school, Boston University is where I seek to meld my analytical left brain ambitions with my colorful right brain tendencies. A...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
162 Words
Don't settle for less. When I was considering certain schools, I definitely focused too much on statistics and ended up applying for easier programs to try to increase my chances of getting in. As a result, I had a more difficult time writing supplementals for these schools, and...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
76 Words
Start early. I started brainstorming and writing my rough drafts towards the middle and the end of the summer, and I was able...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
165 Words
There is a misconception that to get into top tier schools, a student has to take an insane amount of APs and SAT 2 tests. In my experience, I based a lot of high school course selections on easier weighted and AP classes in order to try to boost my GPA,...
What I’d change about my application process
84 Words
Consider very carefully before you decide to apply to a school if you're doing so for early decision. Even though it wasn't my dream school,...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 25%
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

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SportsCheerleading, Cheer/Spirit Squad


ActivitiesArt, Career Oriented, Community Cleanup / Service, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Mathematics, Engineering, Science, and Achievement (MESA)
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