B.A., Psychology
International Applicant from Indonesia with a Low SAT score but High Intellectual Vitality
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Hometown Jakarta, Indonesia
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Psychology

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.
The Joy of Life. As an eloquent narrative goes, the main character finds the love of his life to be inconspicuous. I have long determined that I would always cherish the joy of life in both pits and pinnacles of my story, but remained oblivious on how to obtain it–urging myself the same question each morning, “What can I do to attain genuine enjoyment in my story?” When researching for the HighScope MUN conference, articles of diversity greeted my...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
267 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – know you better. (100 to 250 words)
Hey roomatey! I brewed two cups of mint tea on your desk. I figured some tea would calm you down from those sentimental goodbyes with your fam! In case you’re wondering, I’m on the rooftop of McMurtry, stargazing tonight’s scene. The nightly breeze, the utter peace, the scenic masterpiece–all brings me back to the times I stargazed with some friends back in Jakarta. I can vividly recollect the view from my friend’s rooftop: how the...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
154 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (50-150 words)
The highlight of my ESRI internship program was easily the social outreach project I led. When the teacher of an Islamic elementary in the slums of East Jakarta refused to look at me upon finding out that I wasn’t a Muslim, the handshake I had initiated was replied with a slight touch of his finger. Although it came as a surprise that a fellow educator would demonstrate such action in front of his students, it quickly became an indicator...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
263 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why. (100 to 250 words)
With no shelter or home, they were left to wander and roam. The murky muds were the foundation of their sheltered huts. There, I stood within the Cisarua Refugee Camp, overseeing some children playing the games we just taught them. A few steps nearby, stood a boy of distinguishable presence. Clueless of what to say, I conveyed my warmest smile; he smiled back unhesitantly and we began to converse, little by little. From sharing about his passion in design engineering...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
53 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit)
“Cycle of Poverty” I learned from rural areas in Indonesia: 1-Parents force their child to drop out of school starting age of 10 2-Child obliged by parents to work in paddy fields 3-Child absorbs the perception of work > education 4-Child eventually becomes a parent, implements the same perception 5-Repeat
Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
55 Words
How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit)
2017: -Challenged myself to walk over a semi-wrecked 330-feet-long wooden bridge across the Timang Ocean -Took some breathtaking photographs along the way 2018: MUN for Everyone -Recruited new writer volunteers (Panama, Pakistan) -Worked with two Peruvian delegates to launch Spanish platform -Created journal project with Taiwanese organization “The Munual”
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
49 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit)
What is belief? What is religion? I would love to witness a moment where Jesus, Buddha, Prophet Muhammad, Gora (activist of positive atheism), Laozi, Guru Nanak, and Gandhi come together in a yoga room to discuss "Religion and the Universe". Ultimately, Ellen DeGeneres is the moderator of the talk.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
5 Words
What five words best describe you?
Spiritually innovative mint tea connoisseur! ^.^
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
62 Words
When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch? (50 word limit)
Read: Any random threads on Quora: -Philosophy of Life -Human Perception -Psychology Fun Facts Listen: -A Spotify collaborative playlist my friend and I made called “SHIBUYA”, filled with underrated and undiscovered music that produce “authentic muse” & create instrumental goosebumps Watch: -Ancient Aliens -Trevor Noah -YesTheory -A Million Little Things
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
52 Words
Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. (50 word limit)
Develop my idea of “Refugees: Life AfterWARds” with Stanford’s Design for America, initiating a collaborative project to assist refugees who seek settlement around Palo Alto by providing traumatic consultations and teaching them skills of employment like writing CVs, crafting job applications, and interviews–essentially helping them adapt with the American society.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
52 Words
Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 word limit).
-Practice British accent to sound cool, making random strangers confused to hear an Indonesian man talking like Gordon Ramsay -Practice French accent to sound sexy, bolstering self-confidence -Practice Russian accent to sound tough, in preparation for bed so I don’t get terrified when going to the bathroom at night

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
230 Words
A lot of applicants try to shape themselves into that “general image” of a competitive applicant because they have the perception that there is a fixed method to get into college. This would include joining the same clubs and creating the same projects that others do, perhaps even writing essays that follow the same format as others as well. I personally disagree with this perspective since doing that would...
Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
90 Words
After getting deferred in the Restrictive Early Action (REA) round, I sent to my regional admissions officer at Stanford my personal letter of continued "passion". My letter...

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
224 Words
For essays, I personally feel that the essence of “showing” your personality is way more powerful than just “telling” the college admissions about what kind of person you are. I would try to let the admissions officers in a way guess my personality without explicitly stating them. So, rather than saying, “I am a very approachable person”, I would show it through my stories, “I sent my...
What set me apart from other applicants
237 Words
Alright, so this is very important. It is crucial that you express what you did, but even better if you express what you learned. I realized that most of the time, it’s more impactful to express your emotions in addition to telling the admissions officers about what you did. If you have an experience of your own or an activity that you enjoy doing or something you’ve created that...
How I made up for low grades in high school
98 Words
“Passion”. This is probably the one word everyone keeps emphasizing. But I don’t think it’s enough for one to state what their passion is. You should show...

High School Performance

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