College Admissions Info

Princeton University, ‘18
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 3 supplemental essays
  • 10 advice topics

Student Background

Normal high school student (no accolades) who got in with good essays. Currently majoring in computer science.
From: Charlotte , North Carolina
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: UNC, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Cornell, UPenn, UC Berkeley, CalTech, Duke
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1600
Highest SAT: 2400
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High School Performance

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Top 10%
High School Type: Boarding
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl
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College Application Essays

My mother never wears makeup, save lipstick on special occasions, and she considered it a  triviality that my preteen self needn’t engage in.  Her views were defined by the Chinese society  she grew up in, whereas mine were shaped by my identity as a second generation Chinese-American. It was almost inevitable that our beliefs would someday be at odds.     I don't know what possessed me to become interested in makeup when I first started middle  school.  Regardless of my...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
510 Words
“Science” is derived from the Latin root "scio, scire—to know." Although the pursuit of knowledge is a noble task, it was something far too abstract for me to appreciate until my junior year of high school. Chemistry was the first branch of physical science, and of any subject really, that inspired me to do exactly that. I became fascinated with periodic trends and reaction mechanisms, but even beyond that, I realized that chemistry is readily apparent in my everyday...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
472 Words
“If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants.” – Isaac Newton, Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675 As I further my intelligence, the interconnectedness of various subjects, events, and people has become more and more apparent to me. In addition, I have realized that many problems, in both academia and society, simply cannot be effectively solved through the efforts of a single person. To me, this realization has signified the importance of collaboration and the learning...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
280 Words
Cosmic Cantina: a popular Mexican restaurant within walking distance of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the boarding school I attend. Its casual atmosphere and fresh ingredients make it a local staple. So much so, in fact, that some earlier NCSSM students decided to paint select lines of T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” on its steps. It may come as no surprise that “Prufrock” is an established element in the American Studies...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
54 Words
My father hired a college counselor for me. My college counselor made a lot of changes...

What set me apart from other applicants
11 Words
High school research,...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
30 Words
I joined an improv comedy group, which is my...

My favorite course thus far, and why
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I took a freshman seminar called "The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Games," which was...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
37 Words
The area around Princeton is fairly boring, but luckily NYC is...

Why I declined other schools
96 Words
MIT had always been my dream school, and after getting accepted, I thought I would go there for sure. Even after visiting both MIT and Princeton, I was still...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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I emailed a professor at Princeton about one of his...

My advice about getting recommenders
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For my science recommendation (n.b., I'm a science/engineering major), I chose my...

How I chose schools to apply to
53 Words
I applied to my state school (safety) and then the rest were essentially reach schools. I...

What I’d change about my application process
152 Words
Since I did use a college counselor, I don't know if I would have been accepted on my own merit. I'm glad I ultimately decided to trust my instinct (rather than my counselor's advice) on my common app essay and MIT application essays. Although the typical...