JHU ‘21
B.S., Computer Science
Undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University studying Computer Science with an interest in the biotech field. My hobbies include photography and playing the violin!
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Hometown Seoul, South Korea
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Stony Brook University - SUNY (Stony Brook, NY)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
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Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

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.
“Papillon, déploie tes ailes et envole-toi vers la lumière.”  (Butterfly, open your wings and fly towards the light.) - Le Papillon des Étoiles by Bernard Werber I discovered sealed boxes labeled “fourth grade” in storage. It had been six years since my family emigrated from Korea, but because of the frequent moves over the years, some of our belongings were perpetually being packed and unpacked in U-Haul boxes. In one such box, I picked up a book with...
1) Research I conducted two environmental research projects with my partner, Jordan Sanford, since sophomore year. Our first project was the Utilization of Optical Fibers to Maximize Algal Biofuel Production, in which we extracted glycerides from microalgae, Scenedesmus obliquus, that was irradiated with light, delivered by a solar powered optical fiber net to enhance algal lipid production, thereby producing an alternative renewable fuel. This project received Honors Award at the Long Island Science Congress and Syosset High School Advanced Research Award,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
252 Words
In no more than 250 words, please tell us why BU is a good fit for you and what specifically has led you to apply for admission.
I am a girl of many interests. My passions include dance, film, language, programming and literature. From an early age, I have sought environments that encourage my desire to learn and explore. I need more than a university that merely provides classes; rather, I need a university that allows me to grow both as a scholar and as a human being. Because BU values an individualized learning experience that mirrors my own ideals, it is the perfect university for me....
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
679 Words
Engineering Response
Bacteria work for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I cannot. This was the central obstacle I encountered in my research on Microbial Fuel Cells - a self-sustaining system in which bacteria generate electricity while purifying wastewater. My problem? I wanted to measure bacterial activities day and night, but the search for an adequate measuring system within budget turned out to be impossible. But the impossible didn’t stop me: instead, I decided to make my own measuring system,...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
473 Words
Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multidimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests (academic, extracurricular, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.) and how you will build upon them here. (300-500 Wor
Technology has not always been my greatest passion - I was better at breaking computers than fixing them. The first time I considered learning how to code was when I got a Tumblr blog. Soon, I became fascinated with theme settings where hundreds of lines of code were used to make my website play music, alter the shape of cursors, or even break the entire website. Since, I gained a wider perspective on what computer science entails beyond editing a...

School Specific Advice

How to balance class with social or extracurricular involvements
61 Words
At Hopkins, classes are pretty intense, I can't even cover that up. You will most likely struggle your...
Why I ultimately chose my school
80 Words
I was accepted as a dual degree student for Hopkins and the Peabody Conservatory for violin performance. Although this program was one of the...
How I would rate the alumni network at my school
77 Words
As a rising sophomore, I have not been exposed to much alumni network. Although, compared to my friends' experiences at an Ivy school,...

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
87 Words
I can talk about this a lot as someone who really enjoyed summer activities and tried to do a lot to set me apart from other...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
159 Words
This is something I dealt with heavily in high school and I handled it quite badly to be completely honest. Looking back, I now know how I could've made the experience better for me and everyone around me including friends and family. First of all, don't listen too...
What I wish I had known as a first generation applicant
140 Words
Although both my parents have gone to college, they went in Korea. I'm not a first generation college student in my family but I was the first to apply to US colleges. I didn't have any siblings or cousins I could ask...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.90 unweighted)
Top 5%
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores


SportsTrack & Field, Cross Country


ActivitiesComputer / Technology Volunteer, Music: Instrumental, Other Club/Activity, Music: Instrumental, Debate Club/Team, Robotics
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