Sharon Lin
Sharon Lin,
MIT ‘21
B.S., Computer Science
MIT '21, BS in Computer Science & Physics
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Hometown Corona, New York
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
640 Words
Failure experience
A malfunctioning Parrot drone grazed the side of my face as I huddled over a broken Macbook Air, the sounds of overheated CPUs interlacing with the blaring EDM. Just as the volume in the room reached its peak, the elevator door opened to reveal yet another dozen attendees arriving with an armload of hardware and equipment. The day had hardly even begun, and yet the hackathon was already a bevy of chaos. ... I learned to program in middle school, after...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
143 Words
While hackathons may not seem to be a major component of student culture at Columbia University, I am confident that through my passion and experience in the New York developer scene, I can bring about greater enthusiasm for student development projects and the open source community. By expanding the reach of DevFest beyond the IEEE And MakeCU to a greater audience, as well as increasing university-wide awareness for the strength of Columbia Computer Science, I plan on incorporating social entrepreneurship...
Supplemental Essay: Other
167 Words
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Snow Falling on Cedars by David Gutenson The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgokov Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean Rats by Robert Sullivan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott...
Supplemental Essay: Other
195 Words
Television Shows Mr. Robot Twin Peaks Bojack Horseman Stranger Things Gilmore Girls Sherlock Elementary Jessica Jones Black Mirror House of Cards Rick and Morty Parks and Recreation The West Wing Firefly Daredevil Orange is the New Black Archer Breaking Bad The Walking Dead Films Boyhood Zootopia Moana 2001: A Space Odyssey The Battle of Algiers Interstellar Gravity The Martian Schindler's List Blade Runner Fight Club 12 Angry Men Inception Forest Gump The Matrix The Silence of the Lambs Spirited Away Back to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
278 Words
In the midst of New York, Columbia University presents itself as a center for innovation, intellectual development, and cultural freedom that far exceeds the possibilities of nearly any other college campus. For a student with dual interests in computer science and public policy, finding an academic institution with the means to support my interdisciplinary interests while providing opportunities for developing robust applications in both research and entrepreneurship is rare. Through Columbia's Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Collaboratory @ Columbia University, and Startup...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
500 Words
Much of my passion for computer science has been derived from my experience working on projects for open source communities, hackathons, and computer science competitions. In addition, through collaborative projects from internships and government agencies (including the US Department of State), I've developed an understanding of the potential uses of my skill for technological problem solving, and how my specific interests can be harnessed to help solve real-world problems. The degree to which Yale University embraces innovation and student leadership...

School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
49 Words
Talk about the exact program you're interested in. Carnegie Mellon has very specific schools that...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
74 Words
Ask teachers who are familiar with your academic performance, and how you act outside of the classroom. I'd recommend asking primarily junior...

High School Performance

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Converted SAT Score1550
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

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ActivitiesCommunity Cleanup / Service, Buddhist Club, Key Club, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Mock Trial, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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