Yale ‘21
B.S., Undecided
Asian-American undergraduate at Yale University pursuing a degree in chemistry, who managed to get into school despite being bad at everything.
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Hometown Fair Lawn, New Jersey
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Undecided

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.
“Hi Man Hing. Pick up or delivery?” Whether I liked it or not, this phrase has and will continue to follow me throughout my entire life—and not just because I say it about 100 times a day. Growing up as a Chinese kid in a predominantly Caucasian area, I was often alienated because of my foreign lifestyle. Not taking into account the cruel, savage nature of children, I often blamed myself for not fitting in with the status quo. The...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
114 Words
Why do these areas appeal to you? (up to approximately 100 words).
Chemistry is a world of endless possibilities, constantly seeking new answers and explanations: a reminder that there are always discoveries to be made. It serves as a medium through which I can view a world different from what exists, while helping me visualize and understand what actually does. With aspirations to benefit people worldwide, I plan to pursue chemistry or chemical engineering. Drawn to mathematics and science because of their complexity and Promethean natures, yet infatuated by the creativity of...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
Why does Yale appeal to you? (100 words or less)
At Yale, I see a place to pursue all my interests through its interdisciplinary collaboration and programs including “STARS” and “Expository Writing”, not to mention College Teas. I see the best research university and endless resources “to engage in life-long learning.” I see the fountainhead of world-class professors and students who will shed light upon the darkest corners of my world, or perhaps re-enlighten it completely, to collaborate with and grow as a scientist, writer, and artist. I see an...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
37 Words
Please respond in no more than 200 characters to each of the following questions:
1. Who or what is a source of inspiration for you?
2. If you could live for a day as another person, past or present, who would it be? Why?
3. You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?
4. Most Yale freshmen live in suites of four to six students. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite?
1. Possibility—with it on my side, I am unstoppable 2. Anne Frank—to see the virtue within everyone 3. How to be Hipster 101—to encourage people to transcend beyond conformity 4. A mean wonton soup… and vitality
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
203 Words
Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
When I realized my passion for chemistry, I spent every waking moment learning more about it. However, the initial magic of examining matter eventually began to feel like a routine. I became desperate for something, anything, to free me from this cyclical pattern. I found my escape in writing. Penning a story instilled a rush of adrenaline similar to when I first discovered chemistry. The ability to evoke emotions through words inspires me to explore this different side of life....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
203 Words
2. Write about something that you love to do.
While it may seem superficial and trivial, I love taking photographs and uploading them on Instagram. In the technology-obsessed, selfie-taking world today, I look past Instagram as a means of social media but rather as a medium of expression. Although my original intentions were to create an aesthetic collection of photographs, the reasons behind my photography have evolved into something much more than simply "taking pretty pictures.” It’s evoking emotions and thoughts and telling a story that truly draws...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
665 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. (400-650 words)
Throughout high school, I’ve been warned time after time, “Don't bite off more than you can chew.” Being the sassy, adamant freshman I was, two thoughts came to mind. First: Don’t tell me what to do. Second: I’ll bite off as much as I want to bite off. By defying these limitations, I’ve pursued whatever interested me, eventually discovering what I truly love: community service, photography, mathematics, biology, and chemistry. While most colleges only allow me...

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
6 Words
Passionate, genuine,...
How to increase chances at my school
26 Words
Do your research! Don't be vague when answering...

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
63 Words
I ended up writing about growing up and working in my parents' Chinese take-out restaurant my entire life because...
My advice about getting recommenders
102 Words
I asked my Calculus and Physics teacher for recommendations for several reasons. 1. I was most close to my Calculus teacher because she taught me for 2 years and she was the advisor...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
82 Words
Don't waste your summers doing things that aren't meaningful to you! Do things that genuinely excite you! You can even write about them sometimes because...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
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Top 10%
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved
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ActivitiesRotary Club, Debate Club/Team, Science/Math, Student Council / Government

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