yujin2023
yujin2023,
Brown ‘23
B.S., Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Nature lover, STEM nerd. Will likely be late because of who I am as a person.
Features Included
24
Essays
21
Schools
14
Scores
9
Advice
7
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Shanghai, China
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • 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 - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
As a child in Shanghai, I loved navigating the patternless paths of open-air markets with my grandmother, searching for bamboo shoots or daikon radishes. After moving to California, I missed the hustle and bustle of the markets, but rediscovered the same organic and animate nature of food in the community garden. Richly crinkled lettuces, jewel-toned lupines… In this vibrant and lush oasis, gardeners from all over my city craft verdant masterpieces in the freedom of their own 20x20 foot squares....
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Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
When my dad was diagnosed with cancer , I set a goal for myself to incorporate healthier habits into my family’s lifestyle. To learn more about the wellness resources that my community offers, I attended the XXX City Health Fair. However, to my disappointment, I found the fair to be quite boring. The vendor booths offered assisted living services and chair zumba classes, and coincidentally, most of the visitors were above age 60. Although the health fair was meant to serve...
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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’ve played piano for the past 13 years, but while I can infuse pieces with my own emotions, I’m still limited by the rigid notes on the page. Rather, developing original music has become the most energizing expression of my creativity. I began improvising in middle school through playing Baroque music from composers like Bach. With figured-bass notation, or guidelines to chord progressions, players must spontaneously play different chord inversions. Despite how nerve-wracking it is to simultaneously read music...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
After moving from Shanghai to California, I missed navigating the patternless paths of open-air markets. But in the community garden, I rediscovered the same organic and vibrant oasis. Richly-crinkled lettuces, jewel-toned lupines… gardeners craft verdant masterpieces in the freedom of 20x20 foot squares. Although I spend so much time there, I don’t actually have a plot. Rather, I walk the wood-chip paths, lending a hand here and there, transplanting seedlings and mulching rows. I snip zucchinis for the mustachioed...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
When I was young, I lived and breathed Indiana Jones: I drew my own ochre-colored treasure maps and carried flashlight “torches” everywhere. As I’ve grown, my love for adventure found a more practical channel—biology. But as much as I enjoy bushwhacking, globetrotting voyages, I’m no Darwin, fascinated by evolution’s protracted vastness. Me? I’m drawn to the infinitesimals. The molecular machinery of life is thrilling: how do cells deploy antibody weaponry or aggregate into organs? To...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
256 Words
1. Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? (You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn, or any experiences beyond coursework that may have broadened your interest.) (250 word limit)
From tinkering with Arduino heart-rate monitors to analyzing inertial-sensored mouthguards, engineering synthesizes my passions for science and service, allowing me to generate creative, compassionate solutions to real-world problems. After my father was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, I became fascinated with the body’s molecular defense-mechanisms and investigated serum-levels of cancer-biomarkers during immunotherapy, which my father underwent. Through studying biomedical engineering, I hope to continue exploring novel cancer therapeutics—such as genomics-based targeted therapy—especially for those with late-stage cancer....
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
265 Words
2. What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community? (250 word limit)
I love learning, and in Brown’s total embodiment of learning without boundaries, I can explore my mind’s idiosyncrasies and intricacies to my heart's content. I can synthesize my passions for health and horticulture through Botanical Roots of Modern Medicine, or delve into the science behind my father’s immunotherapy treatment with Principles of Immunology. I can even take my baking hobby to a whole new level with Kitchen Chemistry. Who knows? With the curricular-flexibility and academic freedom to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
259 Words
3. Tell us about the place, or places, you call home. These can be physical places where you have lived, or a community or group that is important to you. (250 word limit)
The cart squeaked as I threw my weight against the biting wind, fighting to protect my precious cargo of 12 extra-extra-extra large pizzas: I knew that 200 expectant faces were depending on me. Delivering pizza for team powwows is one of the countless unglamorous duties of being a speech and debate team manager. But over the years, I’ve discovered that it takes much more than rigorous practices and personalized T-shirts to keep a team together. To prevent last-minute panic attacks, on...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
293 Words
Option A Prompt 1: “Rigorous reasoning is crucial in mathematics, and insight plays an important secondary role these days. In the natural sciences, I would say that the order of these two virtues is reversed. Rigor is, of course, very important. But the most important value is insight—insight into the workings of the world. It may be because there is another guarantor of correctness in the sciences, namely, the empirical evidence from observation and experiments.” Kannan Jagannathan, Professor of Physics, Amherst College
The day of the Health Fair was hectic, and I certainly took on many duties beyond those of Co-Chair. Between emceeing speaker-series, locating the lost mayor, and directing traffic, I guided a man with questions about heart disease to the “Ask-A-Doctor” booths. He was homeless – my heart sank as I realized how difficult it’d be for him to eat healthily and get routine checkups. I started noticing what I hadn’t before: my community, though largely affluent, has health...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
159 Words
2. Please briefly elaborate on an extracurricular activity or work experience of particular significance to you.
Composing is weaving tapestries of emotion, atmosphere, and beauty from strands of sound. I love the freedom in designing musical narratives, but the struggle for sonorous chord-progressions and just the right Dominant-7ths never ceases. Using software like Noteflight and LogicPro, I tinker on my laptop with one hand and try piano melodies with the other. With a 13-year background in playing virtuoso piano symphonies, I initially composed classical-style fugues. But my curiosity led to exploring alternative genres: I was...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
116 Words
1. Briefly describe how you learned about Santa Clara University. (150 words maximum)
As an avid debater, I’ve attended Santa Clara University’s Dempsey-Cronin Invitational every year with my school’s speech and debate team. As I explored SCU’s lush and beautiful campus through wandering from one debate round to the next, I fell in love with the school and became driven to learn more about where I hope to spend my next four years. From attending my SCU Admissions Counselor’s visit to XXX High School, I learned about the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
146 Words
2. If you visited campus, describe what aspect of your visit experience most influenced your impression of SCU. (Maximum 150 words)
Upon my visit to SCU during Open House, I was immediately drawn to the friendly and deeply engaged student body. Through an in-depth tour of campus facilities, student organizations, and departments given by welcoming Student Ambassadors, I gained an intimate perspective on SCU’s culture of service. Given my experiences with organizing the XXX City Health Fair, SCU’s commitment to fashioning students who make a positive difference especially appeals to me. From the Thriving Neighbors Initiative, to the Santa...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
674 Words
Why are you drawn to studying the major you have selected? Please discuss how your interests and related experiences have influenced your choice. Specifically, how will an education from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell University help you achieve your academic goals? (650 words)
When I was young, I lived and breathed Indiana Jones: I drew ochre-colored treasure maps and carried flashlight “torches” everywhere. As I’ve grown, my love for adventure found a more practical channel—biology. But while I enjoy bushwhacking, globetrotting voyages, I’m no Darwin, fascinated by evolution’s protracted vastness. Me? I’m drawn to infinitesimals. The molecular machinery of life is thrilling: how do cells deploy antibody weaponry or aggregate into organs? To understand these processes, I’ve...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
154 Words
1. If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as either a first-year or transfer applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering and why you would like to study at Duke. (150 words)
From building Arduino heart-rate sensors to tinkering with inertial-sensored mouthguards, engineering synthesizes my passions for science and service, allowing me to generate creative and compassionate solutions to real-world problems. For me, engineering is incredibly illuminating because it draws upon a diverse array of scientific fields, which is why Pratt’s embodiment of interdisciplinary learning appeals to me. With unique programs like Duke FOCUS and Bass Connections, I’d have a collaborative and intellectually-diverse environment to nurture my interest in immune...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
104 Words
1. While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ''It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!'' As you seek admission to the Class of 2023, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest? (100 words)
I’m an adventurer – trail-runner, biology scientist, film-score composer– and in Dartmouth’s commitment to learning without boundaries, I find the academic freedom I crave. With the uniquely-flexible D-Plan and its unparalleled opportunities for off-campus education, I can examine how Denmark’s egalitarian economy impacts health-disparities in Copenhagen or delve into the Tropical Biology FSP’s spectacular ecological diversity. I can gain a rich and broad education with Dartmouth’s liberal-arts focus that emphasizes cross-disciplinary connections. Dartmouth students’ unrestrained sense...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
292 Words
In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it?
The day of the Health Fair was hectic, and I certainly took on many duties beyond those of Co-Chair. Between emceeing speaker-series, locating the lost mayor, and directing traffic, I guided a man with questions about heart disease to the “Ask-A-Doctor” booths. He was homeless – my heart sank as I realized how difficult it’d be for him to eat healthily and get routine checkups. I started noticing what I hadn’t before: my community, though largely affluent, has dire...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
675 Words
How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)
When I was young, I lived and breathed Indiana Jones: I drew ochre-colored treasure maps and carried flashlight “torches” everywhere. As I’ve grown, my love for adventure found a more practical channel—science. But while I enjoy bushwhacking, globetrotting voyages, I’m no Darwin, fascinated by evolution’s protracted vastness. Me? I’m drawn to infinitesimals. After my father was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, I became fascinated with the body’s molecular defense-mechanisms and investigated serum cancer-biomarkers during...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
237 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.
The day of the Health Fair was outright hectic, and I certainly took on many duties beyond those of Co-Chair. Between emceeing speaker-series and even directing traffic, I guided a man to the “Ask-A-Doctor” booths. He was homeless, and I realized how difficult it’d be for him to eat healthily and get routine checkups. I started noticing what I hadn’t before: my community, though affluent, has dire health disparities. My realizations led me to WELL-for-LIFE at XXX’s...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
265 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)
After my father was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, I became fascinated with the body’s molecular defense-mechanisms. At USC, I hope to continue investigating novel cancer-therapeutics, like immunotherapy, which is why I’m drawn to biochemistry. Like me, this partnership-major between USC’s Biology and Chemistry Departments recognizes the value in exploring the full scientific spectrum, providing a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to nurture my interest in regenerative medicine. I’m eager to delve into fascinating classes like Principles...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
5 Words
Describe yourself in three words. (25 characters)
effervescent, compassionate, evolving
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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What is your favorite snack? (100 characters)
Avocado! On toast, of course. Delicious and energizing, healthy and hipster.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
14 Words
Favorite app/website: (100 characters)
NPR; I get lost in its podcasts, learning about everything from entrepreneurship to microplastics
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
9 Words
Best movie of all time: (100 characters)
Spirited Away, or anything else by Hayao Miyazakibro
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Hashtag to describe yourself: (100 characters)
#naturephile
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Dream job: (100 characters)
A science communicator like Neil Degrasse Tyson
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Place you are most content? (100 characters)
Trader Joe’s, wandering its whimsical aisles and greeting irrepressibly friendly employees
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
326 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150-400 words)
The day of the Health Fair was outright hectic, and I certainly took on many duties beyond those of Co-Chair. Between emceeing speaker series, locating the lost mayor, and directing traffic, I guided a man with questions about heart disease prevention to the “Ask-A-Doctor” booths. He was homeless, and I realized how difficult it’d be for him to eat healthily and get routine checkups. I started noticing what I hadn’t before: my community, though one of the most...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
158 Words
What motivates you to learn?
When I was young, I lived and breathed Indiana Jones: I drew my own treasure maps and carried flashlight “torches” everywhere. As I’ve grown, my love of adventure has found a more practical channel—biology. Uncovering inconspicuous operons is as exhilarating as spelunking in Mt. Diablo. But while I enjoy bushwhacking, globetrotting voyages, I’m no Darwin, fascinated by evolution’s protracted vastness. Me? I’m drawn to infinitesimals. How do cells deploy antibody weaponry or aggregate into organs?...
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School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
6 Words
Creative, conscious,...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
45 Words
I narrowed my choices down to between Duke and Brown, and after visiting both...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
66 Words
My interview with Brown went terribly. I had a Zoom interview with an alumni who was in France, and I...
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How to increase chances at my school
108 Words
Definitely show that there is something that makes you happy and is an important part of yourself. For some people, that can mean academic passions that translate to essays about scientific research...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
93 Words
I started writing my common app during the summer before senior year, and by started, I mean that I brainstormed and wrote dozens of half-finished drafts that were...
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My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
112 Words
Like everyone else says, AP test scores really don't matter that much in that you won't be rejected by a college if you have a couple low scores. So... no worries if you got 3...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
173 Words
My parents hired a private admissions counselor for me because they did not go to college in the US and had no idea how to approach the application process. They took one look at the Common App, and told me that they couldn't help me with anything except moral support. Where I...
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What I’d change about my application process
86 Words
I wish I did the research early on and applied to more schools early. I applied to ZERO schools early decision / early action, and now that...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
110 Words
I am a huge procrastinator and I was really stressed out by the college application process. I wanted everything to be perfect, and my desire for perfection was paralyzing. On some days, I...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.57
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country, Track & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Music: Instrumental, Research, Research, Other Club/Activity, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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