B.S., Statistics
Studying statistics and mathematics at Penn.
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Hometown Seoul, South Korea
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Statistics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
At the end of third grade, a major change occurred in my life. I left Seoul, South Korea, where I had lived since I was born, to attend a school in Australia. As my mother later explained, she chose to send me there because she was dismayed by the burden and pressure the Korean educational system was putting on young Koreans. In Seoul, I spent most of my time after school going to hagwons to learn excelled mathematics. After that,...
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are? To me, archiving one’s past with transient forms of recollection—such as diaries—undermines the significance of the event. If a memory is worth keeping, the incident should possess the capacity to preserve itself. With such conviction, when I was able to recall every...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Occasionally, students feel that college application forms do not provide sufficient opportunity to convey important information about themselves or their accomplishments. If there is something you would like us to know, please inform us below. If you wish to include an additional essay, you may do so.

Possible Topics:

- Unusual circumstances in your life

- Travel or living experiences in other
Six feet tall, with narrow shoulders and lanky limbs, I may not look like a typical entertainer. Modest and usually not the type to stand out in a group, people often get the impression that I am demure and shy. But I am a performer. I like to sing, I like to act and I like to make people laugh. You will know this the moment you first hear me humming Vienna Teng’s City Hall in the shower or...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
374 Words
Ben Franklin once said, 'All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.'

Which are you?

(Please answer in 300-500 words.)
I woke up to the loud ringing of my bedroom clock at 6:00 am. My pillow was drenched in cold sweat. The air under my blanket felt humid. My shirt was rolled up to my chest. It seemed as though the heat had become unbearable during the night and I could not resist exposing my flesh to the cooler air outside. It was show night. After countless rehearsals for the past two months, our school play was ready for performance. I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
233 Words
(For Arts and Sciences Applicants Only) 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?
Looking through Duke’s website, I found a sentence that sparked my interest in the university: “Let yourself imagine how one of our programs might enhance your academic and personal growth.” And that’s exactly what I did. The range and diversity of opportunities for intellectual and personal growth are seemingly endless at Trinity College and elsewhere in Duke’s vast academia. From the community-based efforts of the Hart Leadership Programs to the personal input of Program II and the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
466 Words
maximum of 500 words

College of Engineering: Tell us about an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized by - and linked to - specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish.
I have often found myself to be most appreciative of learning when it stirs a deep interest within me—not just to the extent that it induces curiosity, but to the point where I imagine a future in the field. Inarguably, there are numerous ways of satisfying one's hope to understand the world, but I am inclined towards methods that are inherently simple and logical. Physics, in general, attempts to understand the world and its mechanics using numbers and words....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
423 Words
College of Arts and Sciences: Describe your intellectual interests, their evolution, and what makes them exciting to you. Tell us how you will utilize the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences to further explore your interests, intended major, or field of study.
I remember reading in an introductory book for neuroscience: “The brain is the most complex system known to mankind.” I thought to myself, What is it about the brain that makes it so complex? Why study it? Trying to grasp this concept is not as easy as it seems; technically, one must have knowledge of all other complexities in the world, from the mysteries of the universe to the complexities of quantum mechanics, to prove such stance. This summer, I...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
151 Words
I got the help of an admissions counselor during my application. She helped me out with logistics, looking over essay drafts and giving general advice. Regardless of whether you use an admissions counselor, which I would only recommend if you really have no idea how...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
153 Words
Before even reading the essay prompts, write down significant experiences you've had in you life. The goal is to write as many as you can. I've found skimming over the history of my life helpful. Where I've lived, who I was friends with, what I remember...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
171 Words
During the school year, there is very little time to pursue interests you have outside academics/extracurriculars/volunteer work. At least for me, that was always the case. I was taking 5 AP courses at a time, was in the school orchestra and choir, running 3 clubs, doing cross-country and volunteer work. Take...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 10%
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
SAT Score Details
Converted SAT Score1580
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores


SportsCross Country, Fencing


ActivitiesMath Team, Science Club/Team, School Choir, Student Council / Government, National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity

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