Tsetsen
Tsetsen,
Reed ‘23
B.A., Anthropology and Archaeology
Mongolian-Chinese/polyglots/flute and various woodwinds/linguistic anthropology
Features Included
11
Essays
7
Schools
7
Scores
3
Advice
0
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Ulanqab/Shanghai, China
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Reed College (Portland, OR)
  • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
  • Smith College (Northampton, MA)
  • Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
  • Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
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Reed College (Portland, OR)

Applied for a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  My Stage I was playing Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs on my flute in the middle of the street as the winter and the people poured down on me. Every meditator has their own ashram, zone of practices, where they embark upon their journeys to achieve enlightenment through experiencing setbacks and revelations. Just like Siddhattha Gotama who sat under the Bodhi for seven days before becoming the Buddha, the street is my ashram as a flutist. “Music is the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
197 Words
How did you first learn about Macalester? (200)
I first learned about Macalester through my friend Simon Wang when we were both attending Veritas Academy in the summer of 2017. Although our academic interests largely differ, Simon and I still found great similarities between us: IB students from Shanghai with deep faith in liberal arts education whose favorite subject is TOK. Simon left for Mac shortly after we met at Veritas but our friendship continued. During the past two years, Simon gave me a lot of insight about college...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
513 Words
*Application forms like this often require people to uncomfortably categorize their race, ethnicity, gender, or other identities by checking boxes. Is there anything about your (or your family’s) background that you would like us to know that is not addressed elsewhere in your application? If so, please elaborate. (500)
I grew up in a very diverse family with almost no two members coming from the same ethnic background. My father’s parents are ethnic Mongolian and Manchurian from China’s northeast grassland, while my mother’s are Muslim Uyghurs and Huis Chinese from the far west of China. In the summers, my grandpa would take me back to the Mongolian plateau, where he introduced me to the folk music and lifestyles of various nomadic tribes: the loggers of the...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
514 Words
Macalester is a community that includes people from many different backgrounds. Please write an essay about how your background, experiences, or outlook might add to the Mac community, academically and personally. (250-500 words)
“What do you want, sweetie?” The shop assistant asked me. Tiptoed, I pointed to a jar of candy on the shelf behind her. But without knowing how to answer in Mandarin, I could only forge out a muffled sound like a baby cry. After about ten minutes of eager but frustrated communication in gesturing, headshaking, and nodding, I finally got what I want. The shop assistant said something that I later understood to be: “that poor kid is mute.” This...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
99 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below. (Minimum 50 words, Maximum 100 words)
Using the resources of Chinese students, my friends and I opened a club to give private Mandarin lessons to our foreign teachers to help them adapt to the local life. We designed our own learning materials and personalized lesson plans for each “student”. So far, fifty-two foreign faculties at my school have improved their Mandarin from beginner to conversation level. By reversing the traditional classroom roles, I began to see that a curious attitude and consistent application of knowledge are...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
250 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250)
We, a team of musicians, technicians, and composers, are on a mission to produce music scores for blind students. We transcribe musical notations into voice synthesizer software to generate audio scores that can sing out the notes with precise dynamics, trills, and changes in meters. Our invention has helped over 50 blind students to develop a sense of ownership of their music at home on their own instead of solely rely on their teachers. Although our final project was received well...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
254 Words
Why do you wish to attend Colorado College and how would you contribute to the community? (No more than 250 words)
While working for Veritas Academy in Beijing over the past two summers, I encountered some interesting friends, Sam, Zoey, and Angelina, who were students at Colorado College. Through them, I saw CC’s unique adventurous spirit that really set them apart from my other colleagues. They were amongst the wittiest and most innovative minds in our teams and always seemed to have calm and creative solutions to emergencies. My CC peers gave me a deep understanding of why CC would...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
495 Words
The Block Plan at Colorado College has a tradition of innovation and flexibility. Please design your own three-and-a-half week course and describe what you would do. (no more than 500 words)
In an effort to trade in the traditional classroom walls for a serene outdoor environment, I wish to design a course called The Secret of Plants for my block. In this course, I would lead my “student” to explore the vegetation in the Pike’s Peak, and introduce them to the medical usage of ordinary plants. I’m always been intrigued by the way Chinese and Tibetan medicines connect plants with our body and soul. Sometimes I think I understand...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
669 Words
At Pitzer College, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement, and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world's challenges. Please choose from the following prompts and answer below
Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer's core values?
During my childhood, I lived in a Mongolian yurt with my grandparents on the grassland. Our nomadic lifestyle maintained an intergrowth relationship with nature; we migrated from place to place without disturbing other lives. Beside the illuminating fire inside the yurt, I first learned to be gratified for nature. Outside, the bad guys kept their greedy eyes on the coals buried under our grassland. Their tractors broke the ground with demonic noises, leaving ugly scars on our peaceful land. They...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
177 Words
We know that colleges ask a lot of hard questions on their applications. This one
is not so hard and we promise, there is no hidden agenda-just have fun! If you
“All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended.” This golden line comes from The Cloud Atlas, an epic film that interweaves the stories of six reincarnations across hundreds of years, and overwhelmed the 10-year-old me by the intricate connections between the characters. I was especially impressed by the fact that each incarnation story is played by the same group of actors, who cast in six roles that transcends their ethnicities, genders, and age; such as Halle Berry, who not only...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
511 Words
For one week at the end of January, Reed students upend the traditional classroom hierarchy and teach classes about any topic they love, academic or otherwise. This week is known as Paideia after the Greek term signifying “education” – the complete education of mind, body and spirit. What would you teach that would contribute to the Reed community? (200 words minimum, 500 words maximum)
The Secrets of Plants Dawn break in the Brahmaputra Canyon. Walking on the steep mountain path with a bamboo basket on my shoulder and a sickle in hand, I trekked with a few Tibetan villagers to collect herbs. Most of the rare Tibetan herbs such as yarza gunbu (Cordyceps) and dompeng (Gastrodia) have to be gathered with the morning dews in order to preserve their freshness for a good prize. As the outside demands for precious herbs rushes in, the...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
227 Words
Unlike most of my peers, I did not hire an agent for my college application because of the ridiculous market prize in China. My counselors at schools are not really helpful either, so I was all on my own during this process. It could be somewhat stressful when you're not sure if your writings are effective. I recommand using all the avialable resources you can grasp, such as...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
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My insights about the IB (International Baccalaureate) program
314 Words
My top advise would be if you have any alternatives in your school, then it's better to not do IB. Taking IB could be a really stressful period because of its huge and sometimes unnecessary(I believe) workload. It consumes the times that could be spending on developing your hobbies and extracirrculars. In addition, October to January of senior year is also the time when your IAs, EE, ToKs are due, and life becomes really hard when you have to submit course works and college applications at the same time. Another setback for IB is that you can only take...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.80
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1500
 
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