Princeton ‘21
B.A., Comparative Literature
CS major moonlighting as a poet.
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Hometown Acton, Massachusetts
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Applied for a B.A. in Comparative Literature

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Miles of farming roads, untouched by motorcycles or cars. A bone white sky. Train stations swallowed by dust. Here, seventy years ago, a young Chinese schoolteacher was pummeled by the high-tide of Mao’s Revolution. Here, sixty years ago, that teacher’s son forsook his plow and picked up a rifle. The army brought him to Taiwan, where he married and had three children. That man was my grandfather. Once, when I asked him why he enlisted, my grandfather told...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
491 Words
I am on an odyssey for knowledge, perpetually in pursuit of new worlds; like the eponymous character in Ulysses, I view “all experience [as] an arch wherethro'/Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades/For ever and forever when I move” (Tennyson). In an attempt to venture beyond my small suburban town, I joined the staffs of international literary magazines: Polyphony H.S., Winter Tangerine Review, Siblíní Art and Literature Journal, and more. Although I’ve traveled to many...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
668 Words
Stigma is the proverbial elephant in the room. Left unchecked—well, suffice it to say that an elephant does not spontaneously turn into a flea. It only grows. I sensed the shame attached to mental illness even before I understood it. Learned the insidious nature of silence from my relatives, who tried to shield me from a great-uncle’s schizophrenia and demonized him instead. Once, having overheard a conversation about his erratic behavior, I asked my mother what was wrong...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
225 Words
I came to learn about Rice through a Texan friend’s fond reminiscences about its environs: the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park. What motivated me to apply, however, was the humanitarian bent of its courses and research opportunities. Rice’s Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities fuses theory with action by offering courses on poverty alleviation and internships in direct service of underprivileged communities. In a similar vein, the Center for Women, Gender, and...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
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Do’s and Don’ts: -Do choose a topic that you feel strongly about even if people say it’s cliche. A “unique” essay isn’t effective if it comes across as outlandish, unfocused, or worse—contrived; it’s the way you approach a subject that matters, not the subject itself. -Do aim for sincerity over memorability. -Don’t address risky (sensitive) subjects like mental illness or drug use. There’s a fine line between vulnerability and TMI; what strikes a chord with one reader might offend another. Think about how you can communicate similar ideas using different anecdotes. See...
What I learned transitioning from high school to college
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1. The highs can be very high and the lows can be very low. 2. You might get homesick. Don’t be ashamed to call/video chat your parents and friends from home a lot, but maybe wait until you’ve settled into college before doing so. 3. Be open-minded. Sign up for dozens of activities—ones you never would have considered in high school—at the Activities Fair. Drop the ones you...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.90 unweighted)
Top 1%
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1580
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ActivitiesJunior Classical League / Latin Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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