Cornell2022
Cornell2022,
Cornell ‘22
B.A., Political Science and Government
Cornell University Class of 2022, Biochemistry major
Features Included
6
Essays
6
Schools
18
Scores
8
Advice
6
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Taipei, Taiwan
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
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Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

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 never imagined that a game of handball could become a proxy battle for who was right about the China-Taiwan conflict, but here I was, my first time in Nepal, and the game was nothing short of savage. Getting into a conflict with my students probably was not the greatest way to introduce myself, but I refused to budge. After spending the first nine years of my life in Taiwan, I stood firm in my belief that Taiwan is an...
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Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Growing up, I was labeled as a “humanities person” and never considered myself strong in STEM subjects. The “C” on my math midterm in fourth grade definitely did not encourage me to pursue this area of study. This changed when my freshmen physics class was called to a demonstration meeting by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition team. My first reaction to hearing that we had an “engineering” presentation was boredom. However, after attending the demonstration, I was surprised:...
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Personal Statement
359 Words
Challenged a belief, Controversial topic
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.
I never imagined that a game of handball could become a proxy battle for the China-Taiwan conflict, but here I was, first visit to Nepal, and the game was nothing short of savage. Getting into a conflict with my students was not the greatest way to introduce myself, but after spending my childhood in Taiwan I stood firm in my belief that Taiwan is an independent nation. However, my Nepalese students asserted defiantly that Taiwan is a part of China....
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
“Nice to meet you, my name is Ashley,” I said, extending my hand to a tall Afghan boy. He smiled and introduced himself as Murtaza,. I then introduced myself to the other boys, Samir and Tariq. In April 2015, my school had the honor of sponsoring three Afghan boys to attend our school’s annual Model United Nations conference. I met them for the first time at a welcome dinner, and we started to talk about topics ranging from the political...
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Personal Statement
357 Words
Interest in other academic subject
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
When he fell off a cliff, Harold drew a hot air balloon to catch himself. When he fell in love with an apple tree, he created a dragon to guard its jewels. When he created too many pies for himself, he drew hungry animals to prevent waste. After becoming entrenched in the world of current affairs and politics through my endeavors in and out of school, I dreamed of having the power to change the world with as much ease...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
645 Words
Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests?
When he fell off a cliff, Harold drew a hot air balloon to catch himself. When he fell in love with an apple tree, he created a dragon to guard its jewels . When he created too many pies for himself, he drew hungry animals to prevent waste. After becoming entrenched in the world of current affairs and politics through my endeavors in and out of school, I dreamed of having the power to change the world with such ease. However,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
153 Words
What motivates you to learn?
For years, I had questioned the usefulness of the information I had learned in the classroom. I could not fathom the necessity of advance math for paying bills, nor would I ever need physics for playing volleyball. However, after becoming a part of the debate team and partaking in community service, I realized the fallacy of my logic. Education is not for the mere purpose of passing tests and excelling in assignments. Through knowledge garnered in a plethora of subjects,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
144 Words
What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film, book, TV show, album, poem, or play)? Why?
The movie Black Swan describes ballerina Nina Sayers’ journey as she started to lose grip with reality and descended into psychological chaos as she constantly strove for perfection, which she seemingly could never attain. “Perfection”, Nina whispered in the gripping final scene, as she fell off the stage with a bullet in her stomach after a successful performance. The thrilling psychological drama gripped me and thrust me in Nina’s head. Even though I have watched the movie more than...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
252 Words
USC believes that one learns best when interacting with people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Tell us about a time you were exposed to a new idea or when your beliefs were challenged by another point of view.
Sitting across a seventh-grade girl in rural Nepal, my face was contorted in confusion. In my hand, I held her math homework, and I could not fathom why she was learning what I had learned in freshman year. I wondered why with such rigorous education in a country of extreme poverty. Having interacted with kids from a variety of developing nations, it has seemed that education has little impact on the standard of living which undermines my belief that theoretically,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
256 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 word limit)
From the structure of regimes in Aristotle’s Politics to the theological or utilitarian justification arguments in Mozi, I have long been fascinated with philosophy and politics. Residing in Taiwan, I have drawn my interests from the constant upheaval of the Taiwanese government and its volatile relationship with China. At USC, I hope to continue my exploration of these subject matters as a Philosophy, Politics, and Law major. I cannot wait to dive into USC’s courses, from International Law...
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School Specific Advice

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
102 Words
Yes, Ithaca is in a rural location, but however, Cornell is such a big school that you really are in your own "bubble". There are stuff nearby (Wegmans, Target, cinemas, Ulta,...
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The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
84 Words
There are many rumors that Cornell is a pressure cooker, and this is true to some extent as the exam schedule (or "prelims" as we...
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How I would rate the alumni network at my school
64 Words
The Cornell alumni network is extremely strong due to the strong school pride. You can find Cornell alum in...
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The academic rigor of a typical course load or in my major
61 Words
The rigor at Cornell, like at many other top colleges, very much depends on your major. STEM majors,...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
58 Words
Develop close relationships with your high school teachers starting freshmen year! Many kids are scared to approach...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
60 Words
Do not spend all of your summers taking test prep courses or college classes. In my opinion, travelling...
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What set me apart from other applicants
51 Words
I think what set me apart is how my volunteer and entrepreneurship is international instead...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
71 Words
Yes, college is easier than high school in the sense that you have a lot more flexibility in regards to choosing...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.15
(equivalent to 3.70 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1550
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSquash

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Model Congress / Model UN, Science/Math, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl
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Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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