College Admissions Info

Amherst College, ‘19
BA, Economics, Sociology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I was raised by imaginary friends. I'd like to think they did a bang-up job, no?
From: Lansing,MI
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Northwestern, UPenn, NYU, USC, Emory, UCSD, Northeastern, Amherst
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2330
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving (Recruited)
Extracurricular Activities: Church, Tutoring/Mentoring, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Student Activities Committee
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College Application Essays

I could only watch as my parents sent my friends away. I was to practice the piano, not waste my time watching the hummingbirds go by. I was supposed to be a model student, and digging mud holes was apparently unnecessary in achieving that goal. I was, unlike my friends, going to be someone happy. Except I wasn't. By keeping me captive, my parents deprived me of a typical childhood, one that could have been filled with the company and...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
59 Words
For Amherst, they give you five quotes to which you are required to respond to with a personal argument. The prompt for the supplement below is as follows: “Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted.” - Attributed to William Hastie, Amherst Class of 1925.

Additional Essay Details:
252 Words
It all started when my father announced he would go back to school. And it wasn't until he started attending that I found out that he had to commute to Los Angeles to attend, eventually moving over a hundred miles away from our home in San Diego in order to save money. That year, the rest of my family moved into low-­income housing. As a freshman, I felt paralyzed, watching my family disappear before my eyes. My mother took...

College Admissions Advice

Why I declined other schools
55 Words
I declined more selective, presitigous schools, like UPenn Wharton, Northwestern and UC Berkeley, and chose Amherst because...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
50 Words
Do what you want. No, really. Don't worry about what colleges want. I was accepted...