therealdydx
therealdydx,
Yale-NUS ‘24
B.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics
You've seen what to do, now take a look at my profile to see what NOT to do. Connect and PM me on LinkedIn (Link is below, General Advice section) for questions. (International)
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15
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11
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4
Advice
7
ECs
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Sports

Background

Hometown Singapore, Singapore
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University College London (London, England)
  • King's College London (London, England)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Warwick (Coventry, England)
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Yale-NUS College (Singapore)

Applied for a B.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
I always felt that something was off. In Singapore, community service always seemed like something to tick off a checklist. A bunch of activities to put on your CV or to make you sound like a ‘good’ person. What was particularly popular in my school was the opportunity to go overseas and volunteer in repainting some old schools in the poorer countries in this region. It was definitely fun, and eye-catching when put on a CV. One of my friends...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
“I’m ashamed I actually believed it.” “I lost $888.” These were some of the comments from my friends after falling for financial ploys. While serving in the military, I would see friends and colleagues fall prey to dubious schemes such as multi-level marketing (MLM), pyramid schemes, or questionable savings plans. These predators would target the financially illiterate: mainly students and conscripts. Knowledge is power, and the nefarious agents used their power to coerce innocent youths into regrettable decisions. To me,...
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Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
It was finally time for college applications. Looking at my peers, I noticed how many had enlisted admissions consultants to refine essays. Sure, I could afford a consultant too if I stretched my measly military pay. What about less-privileged students, who are unable to hire consultants, nor find much help with underprepared school counsellors and teachers? These thoughts accompanied me as I drafted my own essays, until an idea struck me. I could create a database with troves of applicant...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
As a child, I was always fascinated with the science feats displayed in movies such as the Axiom in WALL-E, or the Death Star in Star Wars. Amazed and inspired by the capability of science in building such cool machines, I decided to further my interest in science. I started by picking subjects like physics in school, but found no inspiration there. Gradually, science became a collection of tests rather than subjects of interest. Having found school lacking and discovering...
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What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
“Nah, it’s disruptive”. That was the answer I was given, when I tried to improve my school bands’ practise sessions, from memorisation to experimentation through learning sight-reading and intonation. That, however, was not an answer I was satisfied with. It felt like my proposals had been shut down on a whim. And it wasn’t an isolated case. Singapore’s education system includes a mandatory Project Work (PW) subject where students propose a project. I felt that it was...
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Personal Statement
604 Words
Interest in other academic subject
The maritime dispute between Singapore and Malaysia has given rise to a concern that I wrestle with as I question the validity of each nation’s arguments. During my National Service (NS), my formation was thrust into the spotlight when Malaysia encroached into Singaporean territorial waters. After months of additional patrolling and close incidents with Malaysian vessels, I asked myself how dispute and conflict between Singapore and Malaysia could be reduced. It seemed, a strong rule of international law and...
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(NUS Law) It was time for college applications. Looking at my peers, I noticed many had enlisted admissions consultants to refine essays. I began thinking about those students who were unable to hire consultants, nor find help with their school. Such considerations accompanied me as I drafted my essays, and it was not long until I had an idea: a database with troves of applicant information and statistics for instant and low-cost access by students. I started developing the product....
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
138 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
Sirens were blaring. I jumped up, hitting my head against the top bunk. Stunned and groggy, I grabbed my gear and twisted the handwheel. Struggling to fit my boots, I entered the gun-bay. Missiles were ready. During my military conscription, I was a XXX, handling firearms and conducting shipboard duties such as firefighting onboard an offshore littoral vessel. We were always ready for action against foreign threats. At that point, conflict with XXX seemed inevitable due to territorial disputes. Amidst...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Exponentiality. How do we deal with the exponential increase in our population and our demand for energy, food, and water. As a society, we should deliver solutions that instead of restricting consumption, would focus on creating support for the exponential progress of humankind, as we reach for the stars.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
59 Words
How did you spend your last two summers?
During two years of military conscription, I - attended Command School, served as Weapons and Operations XXX in XXX task force; - started a platform and connected with first potential investor; - joined recreational floorball group - began MATLAB and Python programming; - participated in pitch and coding competitions; - amongst others.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
48 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
Having spent many late nights watching soccer, I would’ve loved to watch the goal Michael Thomas scored in 1989 to win the League. An Arsenal fan myself, I would experience sheer joy by seeing the moment in which Arsenal earned its place on the map of world football.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
5 Words
What five words best describe you?
Fear regret more than failure.
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
50 Words
When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch?
I view online courses, such as Coursera and Corporate Finance Institute’s videos, as well as guides that put others to sleep, such as MATLAB’s and Python Institute’s online guides. I also watch South Park, as I enjoy the current affairs, political and cultural undertones in each episode.
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
50 Words
Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.
Having met several alumni, I found them permeating start-ups and communities. Whether they were venture capital owners, graduates or exchange students, all gushed over the vibrant start-up culture and programs. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I see myself in this community of change-makers that enables early exposure through programmes like StartX.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
50 Words
Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time?
A friend has asked me to help co-found a geolocation events platform. I wish we could review the feasibility of the idea. Developing an online platform myself, I am drawn to his proposal. But I have already committed to design a financial literacy workshop program for students and army enlistees
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
255 Words
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
It was time for college applications. Looking at my peers, I noticed how many had enlisted admissions consultants to refine essays. And I began thinking about those students who were unable to hire consultants, nor find help with their school. Such considerations accompanied me as I drafted my essays, and it was not long until I had an idea: a database with troves of applicant information and statistics for instant and low-cost access by Singaporean students. I got down to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
217 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – know you better.
Good morning! Sorry for switching on the lights, I wake up early. No worries, I’ll be out soon! Actually, I’m keen to know you! I wonder if you’re into the things that I do, and whether we could do something when we’re not busy. 1. Music Maniac According to Spotify, I’ve played over 120,000 minutes of music in 2019! In fact, I can’t think of any time which I haven’t played music or played my guitar...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
264 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
“I’m ashamed I actually believed it.” “I lost $888.” While serving in the military, I would see friends and colleagues fall prey to dubious schemes such as multi-level marketing, pyramid schemes, or questionable savings plans. Knowledge is power, and the nefarious predators used their power to target and coerce the financially illiterate: students and conscripts. To me, this was outrageous. I hate being taken advantage of. And when the same fate befell my peers, annoyance turned into anger, and anger...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
358 Words
Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest, inside and/or outside the classroom. You may also explain how this major relates to your future career goals.
As a child, I was always fascinated with the science feats displayed in movies such as the Axiom in WALL-E, or the Death Star in Star Wars. Amazed and inspired by the capability of science in building such cool machines, I decided to further my interest in science. I started by picking subjects like physics in school, but found no inspiration there. Gradually, science became a collection of tests rather than subjects of interest. Having found school lacking and discovering...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
264 Words
At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc.
“I’m ashamed I actually believed it.” “I lost $888.” While serving in the military, I would see friends and colleagues fall prey to dubious schemes such as multi-level marketing, pyramid schemes, or questionable savings plans. Knowledge is power, and the nefarious predators used their power to target and coerce the financially illiterate: students and conscripts. To me, this was outrageous. I hate being taken advantage of. And when the same fate befell my peers, annoyance turned into anger, and anger...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?
It was time for college applications. Looking at my peers, I noticed how many had enlisted admissions consultants to refine essays. And I began thinking about those students who were unable to hire consultants, nor find help with their school. Such considerations accompanied me as I drafted my essays, and it was not long until I had an idea: a database with troves of applicant information and statistics for instant and low-cost access by Singaporean students. I got down to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
266 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations?
“Nah, it’s disruptive”. That was the answer, when I tried to improve my school bands’ practises, from memorisation to experimentation through learning sight-reading and intonation. That, however, was not a satisfying answer. It felt like my proposals had been shut down on a whim. And it wasn’t isolated. Singapore’s education system includes a mandatory Project Work (PW) subject where students propose a project. Amidst my frustrations with traffic jams, I suggested an e-scooter sharing system for PW....
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
100 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it
I enjoy learning. Breaking out of the shackles of a rigid education system, I’ve found more interest in learning over the past few years. I’ve taken courses and passed certification exams in python, MATLAB, data science and Excel. I’ve also sought to improve my understanding of personal finance and financial markets, finishing the CFA Investment Foundations certification. Recently, I’ve begun studying financial modelling and valuation analysis, as I move forward as an aspiring entrepreneur. Indeed, I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
100 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why?
Creating and developing solutions gives me a satisfaction, as I seek to solve problems in my community and the larger world. Naturally, the MIT Sandbox Program greatly interests me, as an aspiring entrepreneur. The program will allow me to continue building my ideas through funding, access to resources and mentorship with some of the world’s best. More than just building my ideas, the program will allow me to develop the aptitudes and skillsets to be a successful entrepreneur, regardless...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
229 Words
(RESEARCH PORTFOLIO) Provide a brief description of your research.
The main sources of energy today are from hydrocarbons, which are finite and polluting in nature. In recent years, Hydrogen, an alternative with renewability and non-polluting processes of energy production has been explored. To produce Hydrogen, water splitting is used, which consists of two half-reactions: Water Oxidation and Hydrogen Reduction. The Oxidation half-reaction (Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER)) is less energy efficient and slows down the Hydrogen producing Hydrogen Reduction half-reaction, stunning the use of Hydrogen fuel. Current research focuses on...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
226 Words
(RESEARCH PORTFOLIO) What did you learn about the research process and your research interests?
During the research process, I strengthened on my ability in writing, project management and presentation skills. But more than that, I ventured into fields beyond those I was comfortable in – significantly, data science. As part of the research process, I attended modules in data and statistics. Although the modules opened my eye to the world of data science, it was the research process of data analysis that allowed me to test out my knowledge in the classroom in applying mathematics...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
682 Words
Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into multifaceted academic interests, embodying in 21st century terms Ezra Cornell’s “any person…any study” founding vision. Tell us about the areas of study you are excited to explore, and specifically why you wish to pursue them in our College.
Diverse. Inclusive. Radical. My distillation of Ezra Cornell’s vision isn’t too different from my own values and life. Drafting several “proper” essays, I wondered whether any of those truly represented me, what I was looking for, and what I’m planning to achieve with Cornell. An aspiring entrepreneur and workaholic, my heart and mind have gradually fixated on Cornell. Solely Cornell. I’m not your typical Singaporean applicant. I’m not a government scholar lured by Ivies, nor...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
471 Words
How did you discover your intellectual and academic interests, and how will you explore them at the University of Pennsylvania? Please respond considering the specific undergraduate school you have selected.
I’ve always loved exploring. In school, I explored – participating in a year-long research mentorship at NTU, where I discovered my passion for sustainability, working on water-oxidation catalysts. I realized sustainability could go beyond saving energy; rather, new solutions and resource management proliferate energy. This sparked my interest in economics, a field centered on scarcity and resource allocation. It intertwined with my knowledge of public policy that I acquired through debate. There, competitive debating on incentives and economic systems intrigued...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
212 Words
At Penn, learning and growth happen outside of the classrooms, too. How will you explore the community at Penn? Consider how this community will help shape your perspective and identity, and how your identity and perspective will help shape this community.
Over the past year, I’ve been exploring the start-up ecosystem in Singapore, be it networking with venture capitalists, hackathons, or acquiring first-hand experience in start-ups through projects. Having explored the wider ecosystem, I’m looking to use college as a platform to delve deeper into specific disciplines in business, specifically start-up development and consulting. Naturally, I was fixated on Penn. Undoubtedly, Penn provides me the perfect launchpad to explore its world-famous business ecosystem and career-oriented clubs. I’m excited...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
733 Words
How did you get caught? (This was a bad essay, didn't put much effort into it)
U. I scrutinized the paper, trying to spot any marking errors. With the finals of my ISEF regional qualifying fair, Model UN, and my hockey season approaching, I faced difficulty in balancing a new content-heavy subject – organic chemistry (orgchem). Now here it was, the U grade staring back at me. “If you don’t attend tuition, you will mess up your A-Levels!” Peeking at my grade, my friend suggested I attended “AB”, a chemistry tuition center. Now, I’ve definitely...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
730 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
Diverse. Extraordinary. Defiant. These words encapsulate my thoughts of UChicago, and it isn’t too different from my own values and life. Drafting several “proper” essays, I wondered whether any drafts truly represented me, what I was looking for, and what I’m planning to achieve with UChicago. An aspiring entrepreneur and workaholic, my heart and mind have gradually fixated on UChicago. Solely UChicago. I’m not your typical Singaporean applicant. I’m not a government scholar lured by Ivies,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
682 Words
Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.
Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: “In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.” I had an epiphany a year back, when I thought my peers’ access to expensive, even exorbitant, consultants for college applications should not be exclusive to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
523 Words
Describe a time in your life when your perspective on an issue of importance was fundamentally altered. What contributed to your change of perspective?
I had an epiphany a year back, when I thought my peers’ access to expensive consultants for college applications should not be exclusive to only those who could afford. Equal access to education was a hallmark of Singapore’s, yet the underprivileged couldn’t find help, nor from underprepared counsellors and teachers. Exasperation turned into reflection, and reflection turned into action. As I drafted my essays, an idea struck me: a database with troves of applicant information and statistics for...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
256 Words
What in particular about Yale-NUS College has influenced your decision to apply?
Over the past two years, I’ve been exploring the Singaporean start-up ecosystem, be it networking with venture capitalists, or acquiring experience in start-up development. Having explored the wider ecosystem, I’m looking to use college as a platform to delve deeper into the realm of start-up development and consulting, while studying a broad array of disciplines to develop technical skills and inquiry. Naturally, I was fixated on Yale-NUS, and its vision, ‘founded by two great universities’. It means to...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
48 Words
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dys-profile/ Served in the military in combat and operations...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
51 Words
Keep one safety that you can enter into. My safeties were NUS Law and SMU...
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What I’d change about my application process
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Too many...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
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The question that...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.50
 
Rank
Top 25%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Some good some bad
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1500
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

SportsField Hockey

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Career Oriented, Community Cleanup / Service, Research, Other Club/Activity, Marching Band, Model Congress / Model UN
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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