youngkim0121
youngkim0121,
Naval Academy ‘22
B.S., Engineering Studies
I'm a student who is passionate about the politics and legalities in the STEM field
Features Included
26
Essays
13
Schools
12
Scores
4
Advice
7
ECs
4
Sports

Background

Hometown Rockville, South Korea
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • University of Maryland - College Park (College Park, MD)
  • United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, NY)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
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United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)

Applied for a B.S. in Engineering Studies

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

His golden iconic political comb-over mimicked the perfect ocean wave. His chiseled jaw-line cut sharper than his daunting glare. He was the living reincarnation of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Trent Folk: he screamed hard-pressed politics, courageous leadership, and raw potential.                Beside him, I was Shrek, choking people with the sight of me. Flashback to fall 2016, sitting in the school conference room, I pointed at Mr. JFK, claiming him as my partner for the 2017 Model UN circuit. Though Trent had no experience,...
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Personal Statement
377 Words
Reaching a goal, Role model/inspiration
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
His golden iconic political comb-over mimicked the perfect ocean wave. His chiseled jaw-line cut sharper than his daunting glare. He was the living reincarnation of JFK, Trent Folk: he screamed hard-pressed politics, courageous leadership, and raw potential. Beside him, I was Shrek, choking people with the sight of me. Flashback to 2016, sitting in the school conference room, I pointed at Mr. JFK, claiming him as my partner for the 2017 Model UN circuit. Though Trent had no experience, I was confident...
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What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
When elementary school teachers asked me what I wanted as my superpower, I’d always responded with this unconventional power: impressing the ladies. In pursuit of this elusive superpower, I looked for weapons to add to my arsenal. First, I focused on my butt-kicking skill. Mastering Taekwondo, Kendo, and Hapkido through nine years of training, I learned not only how to fight, but also how to meditate and prepare my mind for the romantic battlefield. To accompany my fighting skills,...
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Personal Statement
359 Words
Career aspirations
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
A styrofoam model of Saturn hung over me as I slept. Years later, the model turned into wallpaper decorations of the Trifid Nebula and then into the Muscular System Anatomical Chart. My whole life, I have been surrounded by the life sciences. Beyond my room, I joined my high school’s prestigious Science Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) program, eventually I was elected onto the STARS council in charge of organizing science fairs and NIH lectures. Inspired, I joined my...
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Personal Statement
368 Words
Controversial topic, Development of personal values
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Teachers, students, and administrators stared blankly at me. Behind me, etched in white chalk, read “STUDY CIRCLES.” “Welcome!” Cue: dead silence. Even the staff members didn’t want to be in that room. But, my mission was to make people want to be in Room 206. As a facilitator for Study Circles, a program created by the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Equity Initiative Unit, I’m tasked with leading sensitive conversations about racist, sexist, and/or homophobic bias within the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
156 Words
1. If you are applying to Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something in particular at Duke that attracts you (150 words).
Every morning as I drive up to the student drop off, Dad always asks me to repeat his personal motto: work hard, play hard. My whole life has been about living up to this motto, spending hours in the local library studying for my classes, before participating in extracurriculars, like church lock-ins spent creating and breaking friendships over the Settlers of Catan board game. And, so I’m looking to attend a college that embraces this same philosophy. At Duke,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
569 Words
Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study? (If you are applying to major in the FLL or in a Science, please specifically address those interests.) (500 words)
Sitting in the cramped backseat of the SUV, I noticed Mom glaring at me through the rearview mirror. Oh shoot. I was wearing Dad’s Hoya Saxa t-shirt. Dad noticed too, and smirked. As if to purposefully escalate the situation, Dad uncovered his faded G-Town hat from the glove compartment. “Young! What majors are you thinking about!” Dad already knew my answer, but he could never pass up an opportunity to pester Mom, a GWU alum. “Biology of Global Health...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
275 Words
2. Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. 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 cu
Even the staff didn’t want to be in that room. But, my mission was to make people want to be in Room 206. As a facilitator for Study Circles, a program created by the Montgomery County Public Schools Equity Initiative Unit, I’m tasked with leading sensitive conversations about racist, sexist, and/or homophobic bias within the school environment. Montgomery County is known for its wealth and education system, however the county is not as homogenous as it seems. Through...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
148 Words
2. What motivates you to learn? (150 words)
1. As an intern for the GW Hospital, I spent my summer chasing my mentor, Dr. Yang, around the entire hospital. One particular experience I’ll never forget is following Dr. Yang into the operation room (OR). Despite the high-risk lung lobectomy taking place, the doctors seemed unperturbed, calmly explaining to medical students how smoking causes lungs to literally turn black. Soon, after the surgery, I even found my own hands in the da Vinci robotic machine that the previous surgeons...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
167 Words
What will you miss the most about your current community when you leave for college?
1. As a facilitator for Study Circles, a program created by the Montgomery County Public Schools Equity Initiative Unit, I’m tasked with leading sensitive conversations about racist, sexist, and/or homophobic bias within schools. So, here I was, facilitating difficult conversations at Damascus High. An hour in, a junior, began expressing how he felt left out because of de facto discrimination: “Everyone sits with people who look like them during lunch. It’s like segregation.” “So, let’s think of...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
665 Words
1. Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (650 words)
As I walked down the snow-covered sidewalks of Tower Road, I contemplated which landmark to take a picture with first. Mcgraw Tower and its chimes? Sage Chapel? Or a selfie with Ezra Cornell? I was able to snap quick photos with the first two, but was called away by my Model UN (MUN) sponsor before I could take additional photos. Sophomore year, I had the opportunity to compete in the Cornell Model UN Conference. So, when I traveled to Ithaca...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
670 Words
1. 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. (400-650 words)
As I walked down the snow-covered sidewalks of Woodland Walk, I contemplated which landmark to take a picture with first. Love statue? Gothic Revival-inspired College Hall? Or a selfie with Benjamin Franklin? I was able to snap quick photos with the first two, but was called away by my Model UN (MUN) sponsor before I could take additional photos. Every year since freshman year, I’ve had the opportunity to compete in the Ivy League Model UN Conference. Each time...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
95 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you? (100 words or fewer)
Lawyer. No, Doctor. Why not both? By pursuing both molecular biology and political science, I can take advantage of Yale’s educational opportunities to broaden my abilities to help others. While my interests were spurred initially by Suits and Grey’s Anatomy, they grew steadily as I found myself wearing a white lab coat for my STEM internships one day and then suiting up for congressional briefings the next day. Through my experiences, I’ve found that these two pathways...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
111 Words
2. What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)
“This place will make you love reading more than your own mother.” This twelve-word statement engraved in hieroglyphs at the entrance of Sterling Memorial Library truly sold me on Yale. Yale’s values for intellectual fulfillment is definitely reflected by the 15.2 million volumes of literature held on campus. These books are not just books, they are historical artifacts that Yale students can gain wisdom and knowledge from (obviously with latex gloves and perfect room climate control). Just by walking into...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
35 Words
What inspires you? (35 words or fewer)
Nature inspires me to live life to the fullest. By watching the sunrise or the stars in the night, I am inspired to cherish the beautiful phenomena in life that are often taken for granted.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
34 Words
Yale’s residential colleges regularly host intimate conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask? (35 words or fewer)
I’d invite Sir Archibald McIndoe and ask, “How did you muster the courage to perform a seemingly unknown skin graft procedure on the burnt pilots knowing it may threaten your life and career?”
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
10 Words
You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called? (35 words or fewer)
Comparative Healthcare Systems and Their Influences from Governments and Cultures
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Supplemental Essay: Other
32 Words
Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite? (35 words or fewer)
Back at home, they call me Microwave Chef. Learning from hours of “cooking,” I’ve perfected the craft of making flawless Chef Boyardee, Mac & Cheese, and Ramen cuisine, turning instant into gourmet.
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
131 Words
1. Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)
Every Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm, I can be found at my church. As a crew member of the American Wheat Mission, I’ve developed close-knit relationships with students with disabilities and organized a Saturday school program teaching basic American Sign Language. After years of volunteering, I was rewarded by a remarkable friendship with one of the students I taught. Marked by the times we tried to unclog toilets flooded with toys and rolls of tissues and made cookie friendship...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
43 Words
2. What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit
The concept of college has changed for both students and universities. For some students, college has turned into an unavoidable debt; for some universities, college has turned into a business. In the meantime, the true meaning of education has lost its significance.
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Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
49 Words
3. How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit)
For the past two summers, I spent my time working for my local congressman, Honorable John Delaney. I spent hours commuting to reach communities that slammed doors in my face. I was also tasked to be the technological bridge between the senior volunteers’ burners and our sleek computers.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
50 Words
4. What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit)
It would have been truly amusing and eye-opening to see how animals were named after the creation of the world. In Genesis, God gave Adam the power to name the creatures in the garden, and I wonder why Adam named the giraffe a “giraffe” instead of “long-neck yellow-spotted deer!”
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
6 Words
5. What five words best describe you? (10 word limit)
Quirky, Heuristic, Ebullient, Perseverant, Willing
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
45 Words
6. When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch? (50 word limit)
I’m a self-made super sleuth, taught by the famous investigator’s code, the Sherlock Holmes series. I also enjoy reading self-improvement books (Make Your Bed). When I have free time, I choose to watch Korean melodramas, mockumentaries (The Office, etc.), and occasionally Naruto.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
52 Words
7. Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. (50 word limit)
During summers, I look forward to riding my bright red and white striped 8-speed road bike down Campus Drive from Governor’s corner to Green Library, soaking in the bright Californian sun. During winters, I see myself running frantically in Stanford’s underground tunnels with friends, attempting to map the labyrinth.
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Supplemental Essay: Other
47 Words
8. Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 word limit).
Oftentimes in a world pressed for time, it’s crucial that people take the time to slow down. By allocating an extra hour to meditation, my mind will catch up, allowing me to reflect and learn what I can do to make the next day better.
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
468 Words
Describe what led to your initial interest in the naval service and how the Naval Academy will help you achieve your long range goals, and Describe a personal experience you have had which you feel has contributed to your own character development and integrity.
In fourth grade, I traveled to Annapolis to watch the parade of navy and white march down to Worden Field. The moment when I saw the men breaking through the heavy mist that rose from the Chesapeake, the midshipmen became my childhood heroes. And on that day, my passion ignited and continually grew. When others wore their mask and cape on Halloween, I wore my Party City blue camouflage to school. When others waited hours to watch Marvel and DC...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
417 Words
Think of some things in the past that were difficult for you. Pick one and discuss what steps you took to address it. Include whether you turned to anyone, the role that person played, and what you learned about your character as a result of this challenge.
I am extremely grateful to live in a time that revolves around a digital world. If it were not for this online application, I may have not been able to “really” apply for the appointment through a handwritten letter. My biggest weakness in the past was simple: my horrific handwriting. Most times, english teachers complain, but I felt as if every department at my school had complained at least once about my horrid hand-writing. It was my kryptonite. One time,...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
402 Words
Compose your own response. West Point and the Army are committed to the idea that respect for others and an understanding of diversity are important leadership traits. Why will you be successful in working with leaders, peers, and subordinates of a gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or religion different from your own?
Teachers, students, and administrators stared blankly at me. Behind me, etched in white chalk, read “STUDY CIRCLES.” “Welcome!” Cue: dead silence. Even the staff members didn’t want to be in that room. But, my mission was to make people want to be in Room 206. As a facilitator for Study Circles, a program created by the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Equity Initiative Unit, I’m tasked with leading sensitive conversations about racist, sexist, and/or homophobic bias within the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
491 Words
Compose your own responses. In the space below, Explain why you want to attend the United States Military Academy and serve on active duty as an Army officer.
In sixth grade, I traveled to West Point to watch the parade of gray march down at the Parade Grounds. The moment when I saw the men breaking through the heavy mist that rose from the Hudson, the cadets became my childhood heros. And on that day, my passion ignited and continually grew. When others wore their mask and cape on Halloween, I wore my Party City green camouflage to school, mimicking the marches I saw when I was eleven....
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
37 Words
College is definitely a stressful thing to think about, but you...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
44 Words
College admissions shouldn't be perceived as an end all be all, but rather...
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My advice about getting recommenders
53 Words
Do not choose any teacher to be your recommender. Most teachers have generic templates and slide...
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What set me apart from other applicants
87 Words
When choosing what to do for extracurriculars, you want to do something you are good at and passionate at. There are only ten EC that you...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.79
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details12 classes and scores

Sports

SportsLacrosse, Cross Country, Track & Field, Football

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesModel Congress / Model UN, Debate Club/Team, Science Club/Team, Science/Math, Student Council / Government, National Honor Society, Spanish Club
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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