College Admissions Info

Princeton University, ‘21
BA, Comparative Literature

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Humanities kid
From: Acton , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Vanderbilt, Cornell, Amherst, Rice, Georgetown, UVA, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Emory, UNC, UMich, Pitt
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Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1580
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Junior Classical League / Latin Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Princeton, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Amherst, Rice, Georgetown, UVA, Emory, UNC, UMich, Harvard, Williams, Yale: Chinese heritage, Embracing your heritage, Feeling out of place, Issue of personal significance, Story central to identity, Transition to adulthood
124 Words
I think about how I looked coldly at the laughing schoolchildren when I could have laughed along with them. How I walked away from my aunt when she had only been trying to bridge the distance between us. I think about how I’ve exchanged no more than a few words with my grandfather during the entire trip, fearing that he would rue the foreign lilt of my Mandarin. But silence is too high a price to pay. My aloofness...

Supplemental Essay for Vanderbilt: 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 for Princeton, Harvard: Issue of personal significance
670 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 for Rice: “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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