oliverli
oliverli,
CMU ‘23
B.S., Computer Engineering
Keen engineer, computer programmer, and problem solver. Proud member of CMU Class of 2023, College of Engineering.
Features Included
4
Essays
7
Schools
5
Scores
4
Advice
2
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Singapore, Singapore
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
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Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
"What? You don't use Windows? Not even a Mac?!" At this point, at the risk of sounding like an evangelist, I explain that I am using Linux, a free and libre operating system, unlike Windows and macOS, the 2 other more well-known operating systems on the market today. My decision to leap into the world of Linux began when Microsoft was rolling out its newest edition of Windows, Windows 10. The upgrade initially had me excited - who doesn't love the newest...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
308 Words
“When we’re connected to others, we become better people,” said Carnegie Mellon University’s Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture. At Carnegie Mellon you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of scholars, artists and innovators. Given the students, faculty, staff and resources that have been available to you as a student, how have you collaborated with others, in or out of the classroom? Or, what lessons have you learned from working with others in the past, that might shape your experience in the future? (300 word maximum).
I remember feeling unusually liberated as President Trump shook Kim Jong Un's hand in Singapore, not just due to the prospect of lasting peace in Korea, but also because it marked the end of my most onerous assignment in the army: to setup and maintain the army's computer network used throughout the event. The army likes selling itself as an institution of leadership. Ironically, I felt it has shaped me into becoming a better follower, which is not as easy...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
301 Words
Most students choose their intended major or area of study based on a passion or inspiration that’s developed over time – what passion or inspiration led you to choose this area of study? (300 word maximum)
For me, choosing Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) is simply a natural progression of my computer programming hobby for the past 9 years. Indeed, from automating my driving lesson bookings to simulating physics phenomena, I've always loved programming for its ability to solve a vast array of problems. In fact, if not for Semiconductor Physics & Devices, I would probably have chosen computer science instead. Yet, this course opened my eyes to the world of hardware - and I was hooked. Semiconductor Physics &...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
302 Words
Consider your application as a whole. What do you personally want to emphasize about your application for the admission committee’s consideration? Highlight something that’s important to you or something you haven’t had a chance to share. Tell us, don’t show us (no websites please). (300 word maximum)
To most people, I am known as the computer geek, configuring servers and poking around in operating systems. My closer friends, however, also dub me the "Walking Wikipedia": it seems I know a bit of everything, from historical events to obscure topics like the Marblelympics (think Olympic races but with marbles). Indeed, I have a habit of reading up on anything remotely interesting for hours on end. I am often on sites like Wikipedia, hopping from one link to another....
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
80 Words
Even though CMU no longer considers demonstrated interest, that doesn't mean you can put their application into the back seat! They still consider what...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
117 Words
Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm! I got friends to tell me what sort of a person I am. I searched deep into myself and asked myself what made me "me". I listed out my values, my beliefs,...
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My advice about getting recommenders
67 Words
Be close with your teachers! It's much easier for them to write recommendations if they have a strong impression of...
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Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
82 Words
I took a gap year as I am an international student from Singapore, where all males have to serve for 2 years in the army....
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1560
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details1 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesComputer / Technology Volunteer, Computer / Technology Volunteer

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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