U of Minnesota ‘23
B.A., Computer Science
UC Berkeley M.E.T. '23
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Hometown Palo Alto, California
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)

Applied for a B.A. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Out of the blue one lunchtime, my friend punched me. “Ow, Kristie, abs of steel?” She recoiled, shaking out her knuckles. The circle of people standing around us tittered. “Plastic,” I corrected. Part of me wanted to disappear into the ground. On the other hand, I was basically the Man of Steel in real life. I laughed along instead. I was a hard(y) fourth grader—literally. When I was nine, my doctor told me I had scoliosis and put...
Personal Statement
368 Words
Leadership experience
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
I've learned that a successful leader has to be willing to take risks. So, like any good editor-in-chief, I arrived at school on recruitment day as a walking billboard, dressed in a red tutu, a sandwich board, and black stilettos. Why? Pandora’s Box Creative Magazine was a failing club. After twenty years, our school’s only magazine was threatened with shutdown for lack of membership. As an officer sophomore year, I knew the problem was the exclusionary, cliquish environment...
Personal Statement
357 Words
Art/acting/singing, Extracurricular passion
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
From the age of four, I believed I was destined to become an oil painter. I was essentially fostered for twelve years in a small, unventilated art studio, and trained myself to approach artistic problems from multiple angles—imagining results, testing, making choices, and revising. At the dinner table, my father, my younger brother, and I frequently talked tech, discussing topics such as the parallels between cryptocurrency and the Dutch tulip mania. I was especially curious about product design and...
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
When I attended the Yale Young Global Scholars program, what I found most fascinating was how current international affairs and domestic industries were increasingly intertwined. As I devised a policy proposal for the recent Sino-American trade war, for example, I began by examining its repercussions on American industries—particularly agriculture. But after researching the issue, I realized the conflict’s effect on American farmers led me directly to the effects on farmers in South America and the European Union, who...
Personal Statement
364 Words
Issue of personal significance
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?
Out of the blue one lunchtime, my friend punched me. “Ow, Kristie, abs of steel?” She recoiled, shaking out her knuckles. The circle of people standing around us tittered. “Plastic,” I corrected. Part of me wanted to disappear into the ground; part of me wanted to claim I was the Man of Steel in disguise. I was a hard(y) fourth grader—literally. When I was nine, my doctor told me I had scoliosis and put me in a thick...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
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I brainstormed for a long time and wrote my four UC essays first! This way, I...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I'd love to...
What I’d change about my application process
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Start early!!...

High School Performance

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ActivitiesSchool Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Other Club/Activity, Debate Club/Team, Career Oriented, Art, Music: Instrumental, Student Council / Government

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