B.A., East Asian Languages and Literatures
Southern Democrat, board game enthusiast, future China Hand. Got into Columbia because I didn't listen to my college counselor.
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Hometown Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Whiskey, Waffle House, and Jesus I stepped up to the podium, adjusted the microphone, and looked out. Thousands of judging eyes looked back. Okay, I thought, you only live once. Reserved for ceremonies and announcements, the McCallie School Chapel in Chattanooga, Tennessee was anything but controversial. “Hey, y’all. I’m starting a Young Socialists Club.” Silence. Despite countless debate tournaments, Model United Nations conferences, and oration contests, my confidence dwindled. I felt as though I'd been thrown overboard in...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.
I most value Columbia University’s connection to China and emphasis on Chinese studies. The concept of “cultural exchange” originates from the 16th and 17th centuries, when Jesuit missionaries decided that Christian and Confucian beliefs are compatible. While many things in the world have changed since then, the importance of cultural exchange and mutual understanding between China and the West has not; China and the United States have the most important bilateral relationship in the world today. Increasing interconnectedness of...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
308 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time.
Mandarin and Chinese culture have fascinated me since the first day I stepped into McCallie’s middle school Chinese classroom. Mandarin is one of the most difficult languages for English-speakers to learn. Therefore, Mandarin is particularly rewarding and humbling to study. The language is not only comprised of thousands of unique characters that need to be memorized, but also a vocabulary that is centered on tones. Words like “love” and “cancer,” or “mathematics” and “blood transfusion,” consist of the same...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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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?
New York University is at the forefront of global education because in contemporary society, cross-cultural understanding is essential. Increasing interconnectedness of the world means that it is critical to combine alternative viewpoints into a cohesive picture when analyzing and problem-solving. I have begun laying the foundations for cross-cultural understanding through reading, traveling, and studying abroad. I feel that New York University will develop my ability of how to effectively use cross-cultural understanding to solve real-world problems. Last summer while visiting...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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Sometimes asking the right question makes all the difference. If you were a college admission counselor, what essay question would you ask? Please craft and answer your own essay prompt – in your response, reflect on what your chosen question reveals about you.
Describe several of your intellectual interests. How would your pursuit of these interests help you contribute to the Richmond community? Mandarin and Chinese culture have fascinated me since the first day I stepped into McCallie’s middle school Chinese classroom. Mandarin is one of the most difficult languages for English-speakers to learn. Therefore, Mandarin is particularly rewarding and humbling to study. The language is not only comprised of thousands of unique characters that need to be memorized, but also a...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
253 Words
What in particular about Yale-NUS College has influenced your decision to apply?
Increasing interconnectedness of the world means that it is critical to consider alternative viewpoints when making decisions. I have decided to apply to Yale-NUS College because the institution is a leader in global education. My experience attending School Year Abroad has reaffirmed the importance of global education and cross-cultural understanding. I have traveled to cities like Xi’an, Chengde, Datong, Pingyao, and Taiyuan, Huangshan, and Luoyang. I have discussed the election of President Trump with tourists in a mountaintop hostel,...

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General Admissions Advice

Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
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Because I was one of the youngest students in my class, my parents encouraged me to take a gap year between middle school and high school. My coursework mainly consisted of six online classes through Brigham Young University. I also submitted biweekly analyses of The Economist and TIME articles to a former professor of rhetoric at the University of Texas Arlington. In addition to completing my home-made coursework, I also sought out real-world experiences. Educational trips...
Why I recommend taking a gap year
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Taking a gap year will allow you to become more global. As we live in an increasingly globalized society, experiencing and learning about places outside of our country is important now more than ever. Unless you've studied abroad in high school with a program like School Year Abroad (SYA) or the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), chances are you haven't been able to experience other countries for a significant period of...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I actually received a letter signed by the admissions representative of my region telling me why I was accepted to Columbia. In the letter, she wrote that the admissions committee chose my application because of passion for Chinese and activism. My passion for Chinese set me apart for two reasons. First, there are relatively few students in the United States who study...

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ActivitiesOther Club/Activity, Foreign Language, Model Congress / Model UN, Chinese Club, Debate Club/Team, Foreign Language, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Charity Drive Organizing, Political Campaign, Tutoring/Mentoring, Chess, Other Club/Activity
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