kqian5
kqian5,
Brown ‘21
B.S., Computer Science
Hey! I'm an aspiring applied math-cs major at Brown!
Features Included
20
Essays
9
Schools
17
Scores
4
Advice
7
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Alpharetta, Georgia
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
“Tick, Tock, Tick!” The clock ticked and soon enough, my heartbeat could be heard doubling the tick of the clock, synchronizing with every downbeat. My eyes burned from straining too long at a piece of paper and my hand was indented from the weight of the pencil. I nervously glanced around the room, and noticed that a few of my classmates had abandoned hope and were sleeping in despair. On the other hand, there remained a few intent individuals who...
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Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
One chilly April morning, while other people were still buried in the warmth of their bed, I was in the woods with my buddy, Will. We were on a mission to catch turtles, one that we had planned for hours on before deciding upon a satisfactory plan. Once inside the forest, I felt the call of adventure in my blood. I was unstoppable, ready to take on any obstacle. As we started our journey, the icy winds blew harder, seemingly...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
149 Words
Why Brown?
Year in, year out, Brown is ranked among the happiest colleges, with a 98 percent freshman retention rate. Perhaps it is Brown’s open curriculum that brings this happiness, as students can concentrate on their true passions. As a result, the students are some of the most accomplished and driven, and all share a sincere passion for learning. I have always thrived in this sort of independent, yet supportive environment. At Brown, I could see myself pursuing my major of computer...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
144 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
I have played in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past four years and it has been an unforgettable experience. Not only have I been able to play the symphonic pieces I have always dreamed of playing, I have been able to do so with others who share this same passion. Through this orchestra, I have attended numerous masterclasses with world-renowned musicians and visited various cities all over the world. Every Saturday morning, I eagerly wake up at 6:00 AM...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
131 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated in our Member Section, earlier in this application? If you are “undecided” or not sure which Brown concentrations match your interests, consider describing more generally the academic topics or modes of thought that engage you currently.
My passion is computer science, the art of problem solving. Perhaps, what I really love is how there are so many ways of finding a solution to a problem, and how everyone does things a bit differently. I love experimenting and seeing the code that I write actually work. I love the wide range of applications of computer science, not just to technology, but from business to mathematics to healthcare, etc. I have witnessed first-hand, professors demonstrating how to solve...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
100 Words
Tell us where you have lived – and for how long – since you were born; whether you’ve always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places.
I was raised in Dallas, Texas for the first six years of my life. It was there that I learned to ride a bike at the ripe age of five. I have lived in Georgia ever since. Many afternoons here have been spent uncovering all of the local mysteries, alongside my neighborhood partners in crime. The streets are paved with bicycle skid marks and the lawns, with trampled grass. Meanwhile, my house is filled with the smell of candles, a...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
101 Words
We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.
I belong to a group of ballers. We have weekly games at a local park, and spend hours perfecting our craft. Although our games do get intense, we always have each other’s back. I have experienced crushing defeat and overwhelming victory, but have learned neither is as important as the journey there. This friendship goes beyond just the basketball court. During lunch, we have discussions ranging from homework to politics to T.V. shows. Although, basketball has created a...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
154 Words
Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech?
My eyes have been set on Georgia Tech for a long time. I have always been fascinated by computer science, and would like to be a part of Georgia Tech’s programming community. I look forward to learning under world-renowned professors such as Gregory Abowd and David Bader, whose works have had profound impacts. This vibrant community contains one of the highest concentrations of engineers in the country, and I would love to be a part of this along with...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
151 Words
Students are often told what classes they should take. If you had an opportunity to create a class, what would it be and why?
I am the repair-man around the house, the tech-support, as well as the top-shelf reacher. I am the trash can mover, the bug killer, the laundry man. I am the dish-washer and the plant waterer. But above all, I am the diligent student and the dutiful son. This experience has allowed me to flourish academically while also developing everyday skills. I would create a life-skills class to help others succeed in a similar manner. Many students entering college will be...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
150 Words
If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as a first year applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering and why you would like to study at Duke.
As a prospective engineering student, I am attracted to Duke’s strong emphasis on innovation and research, which are central themes within the engineering curriculum. Undergraduates have a chance to work with faculty members on various research projects and can become authors of publications in Duke Today. I am particularly interested in Professor Jungsang Kim’s work involving quantum information sciences, where his group researches how to construct quantum communication networks. These extensive research opportunities attract me because I have...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
213 Words
If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so.
Performing in an orchestra is quite an incredible experience, one that I would certainly love to continue at Duke. I have been a part of countless performances and each is as magical as the next. When the lights dim and the curtains rise, I become just as enthralled as the audience, waiting for the conductor to raise his hands. With the flick of a wrist, the instruments start to sing in perfect harmony and the magical journey begins. I’ve...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
660 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying.
Both of my parents were computer engineers and so I was exposed to technology from an early age. I soon became very adroit at surfing the internet and learning the ins and outs of the computer, surpassing my parents in that regard. I could double click and type faster, maneuver multiple windows and tabs, and use obscure shortcuts, but that was not all. In school, I always did well in the math and science classes, showing early signs of a...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
101 Words
Oh, The Places You'll Go is one of the most popular books by ''Dr. Seuss'' (Theodore Seuss Geisel, Dartmouth Class of 1925). Where do you hope to go? What aspects of Dartmouth's curriculum or community might help you get there?
As a prospective engineering student, I am attracted to Dartmouth’s strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students have the opportunity to work on research projects with faculty members and can even become authors of publication in the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. Furthermore, Dartmouth is very entrepreneurship-friendly. For instance, I can already see myself working alongside other talented and driven students of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network and pitching our ideas together at the DEN Business Plan Competition. In the...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
561 Words
Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.
The ending has always been my favorite part of any concerto or symphony. Perhaps because it embodied the culmination of excitement and tension in the entire piece. As a result, I would usually sound rushed, hacking away at the chords, in order to get to my favorite part: the end. My violin teacher, Mr. Pu, pointed this out to me one day during private lessons and instructed me to relax. So, on my next run-through of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto,...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
162 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.
I have been a part of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past four years and it has been my most memorable experience. Not only have I been able to play the symphonic pieces I have always dreamed of playing, I have been able to do so with others who share this same passion. Through this orchestra, I have attended numerous masterclasses with world-renowned musicians and visited various cities all over the world through our annual tour. Every Saturday...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
156 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held.
The summer of my 11th grade year, I participated in the Governor’s Honors Program for Georgia. Selected through a rigorous two round audition and interview process as a violin major, it was there that I made some of my fondest memories. Whether practicing at late nights with my string quartet or participating in a game of Ultimate Frisbee under the hot Valdosta sun, these are the moments that I can still vividly recall. The following summer, I took a...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
460 Words
A topic of your choice.
The ending was always my favorite part of any concerto or symphony. Perhaps because it embodied the culmination of excitement and tension of the entire piece. As a result, I would usually sound rushed, hacking away at the chords, in order to get to my favorite part: the end. My violin teacher, Mr. Pu, pointed this out to me one day during private lessons and instructed me to relax. So, on my next run-through of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
95 Words
Why does Yale appeal to you?
Yale’s community is very welcoming and supportive. The faculty members genuinely care about the undergraduate students, which is a quality that is hard to find in many universities. Here, I can discuss course material, eat lunch, and even do research with the professors. Additionally, the class sizes are small, with a 1:6 faculty to student ratio, showing that no one gets left behind. Alongside the close-knit residential systems, these collective traits create a supportive and collaborative environment that is essential...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
166 Words
What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left. (You may define community and footprint in any way you like.)
I belong to a group of ballers. We have weekly games at a local park, and spend many hours perfecting our craft. Although our games do get intense, we always have each other’s back. I have experienced crushing defeat and overwhelming victory, but have learned neither is as important as the journey there. This friendship goes beyond just the basketball court. During lunch, we have discussions ranging from homework, to politics, to T.V. shows. Although basketball has created...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
202 Words
Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
For years, I was perplexed by my grandfather’s magic tricks. There was this one card trick, where he would ask me to pick a card and then after a series of complex shuffles and cuts, the card would appear in whatever location I named. Of course, I always tried my best to figure out how he did it, but I never could. It wasn’t until last year, that my grandfather finally passed the secret down to me. He...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
499 Words
If you selected one of the computer science or engineering majors, please tell us more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what experiences (if any) you have had in computer science or engineering, and what it is about Yale’s program in this area that appeals to you.
Both of my parents were computer engineers and so I was exposed to technology from an early age. I soon became very adroit at surfing the webs and learning the ins and outs of the computer, surpassing my parents in that regard. I could double click and type faster, maneuver multiple windows and tabs, and use obscure shortcuts, but that was not all. In school, I always did well in the math and science classes, showing early signs of a...
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School Specific Advice

What are opportunities unique to my school
77 Words
Brown has the open curriculum, which allows you to choose classes without worrying about fulfilling general education requirements. This truly is a blessing,...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
121 Words
I wrote about topics that were not covered as much in the rest of my application. Since I had such a strong focus on music in my extracurricular activities already, I tried to focus my essays...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
71 Words
Definitely try to do something over the summer, whether it involves summer camps, research, working at a job, internships, or volunteering....
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
93 Words
College is really different from high school. You spend a lot less time in class, and it can be tempting to skip all your classes because attendance isn't...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
5.00
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2400
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1600
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details12 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesLocal Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Math Team, Music: Instrumental, Tutoring/Mentoring, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Music: Instrumental, Science Club/Team
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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