B.A., Undecided
Language enthusiast headed to Columbia University
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Hometown Anchorage, Alaska
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Undecided

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.
At the tender age of six I didn’t understand why my grandma wasn’t like other grandmas. I was mortified when my friends mocked the way she talked and acted, and I hated the fact that the painful truth of my ethnicity could not be concealed. Why couldn’t she speak English? Why did she ferment smelly soybeans instead of baking cookies? In a desperate effort to hide all traces of my heritage, I began to teach my grandma...
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?
I had probably cried in his arms over a thousand times. My brother’s soft whispers of comfort and soothing smell of pine could not fill the hole in my heart. The air was thick with tension and fear, and it was evident that neither of us could do much more than offer solace in silence, afraid to speak our thoughts into existence. My mother burst into the kitchen and splashed a glass of water onto my face. “Die,” she...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
273 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.
If students were stars, then the Core would be what forms the grand constellation that is Columbia. It is a bridge that connects the leaders of the next generation through cultured intellect, a bastion of worldly scholarship. As the academic hub of New York, Columbia is filled with dreamers from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives on the world. But the Core and its texts are what gift students a common ground and a launchpad for academic discourse, and...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
307 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)
“Hajimemashite. Watashitachi no gakkou he youkouso.” Nice to meet you. Welcome to our school. I sputtered my first words of Japanese to the new exchange student, not having any idea what the individual parts meant; I was just reading the romanization on Google Translate and hoping for the best. But when she grinned from ear to ear and thanked me, her eyes lighting up like Christmas, my existing love and curiosity for language grew. The fact that I could provide...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
160 Words

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.
My soft, unworked hands enveloped the calloused palms of a girl who had endured famine, lost her family, and crossed the freezing Tumen River for her freedom. Despite the adversity she had faced, she did not pound her fists on the ground for revenge—her revenge was gaining the knowledge that had been stolen from her. My moments with Yooyoung, a North Korean refugee, planted in me seeds of awareness. We bonded through broken English and never-ending games of charades...
Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
154 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (About 150 words)
I took my first steps toward my dream of traveling the world in the summer before my junior year when I went on exchange to the historical city of Valladolid, Spain. I walked the dimly lit streets in a flowy black dress at midnight for my daily fix of tapas, welcomed the exciting arrival of Sahrawi refugee children, and connected deeply with minds unlike my own through late-night, heartfelt conversations in Spanish. After this valuable global experience, I was moved...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
257 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?
Boston University is where I could go beyond the borders of my education. With the school’s extensive undergraduate research opportunities, I would be able to pursue my passions and advance society’s knowledge. I am especially interested in participating in the Language Production, Perception, and Learning research at the PAMLab to uncover the mysteries of language acquisition pertaining to perception and developmental differences. Moreover, as someone who is passionate about cultural understanding and global interconnectedness, I plan to take...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
172 Words
I knew that to stand out among the competitive pool at top-tier schools, I had to be very talented/passionate in a certain area and show that through achievements and extracurriculars. However, I had only done generic service clubs in freshman and sophomore year, and I still did not know what I...
My advice about getting recommenders
63 Words
Pick teachers who know you well and can speak for you on your talents, work ethic, etc.—anything that...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
125 Words
I knew that the essay is one of the most important factors in the application, so I wanted it to be unique. I recommend thinking about childhood memories that stand out to you, or experiences that made you...

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