justadreamer
justadreamer,
Stanford ‘23
B.A., Communication and Media Studies
NorCal local interested in Computer Science, Sociology, & Communications at Stanford. Passionate about impactful storytelling, connecting with others & using tech for social good.
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12
Essays
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Schools
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Scores
4
Advice
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ECs
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Sports

Background

Hometown San Jose, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

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?
Physically, besides our Chinese complexion, there’s one characteristic that has defined the Wei family: hair. Lots of it. I tie my bushy ponytail with two actual rubber bands, because normal hair-ties keep breaking—and still, it whacks my face when playing tennis. My brother never wears shorts on first dates, to hide his hairy legs. And since I was young, I’ve loved ruffling my mom’s abundant hair. That changed my junior year, when my mom came home...
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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 I saw the iconic photo of Alan Kurdi washed ashore, I cried. After class, I stayed behind with my friend Meghana, trying to grasp the complexities of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, wishing we could do something. Online, Meghana and I discovered Paper Airplanes: a non-profit that connects students with Syrian refugees to tutor. We established Lynbrook’s chapter, inviting students to join through social media. Twenty committed to help. Through Paper Airplanes, I tutored a 17-year-old Syrian refugee living...
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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.
My junior year, creative problem solving took on a new meaning for me when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. To help with the challenges arising from her chemotherapy, I found solutions with creativity and love. Chemotherapy killed my mom’s taste buds, and her once-favorite foods became difficult to swallow. I knew she needed her nutrition; I thought, if she were to try foods that she hasn’t eaten before, she would have no prior expectation of their...
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Personal Statement
370 Words
Career aspirations, Interest in tech/engineering
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
I’m fascinated by the interdisciplinary potential of computer science. Beyond data structures and algorithms, it’s about solving problems creatively. When I entered high school, I started teaching myself through MIT’s OpenCourseWare, working my way through problem sets with Python. In sophomore year, I took C++ courses at Foothill College. In addition to teaching me about object-oriented programming and pointers, my professor introduced me to the 3 P’s: Patience, Practice, and Perseverance. Today, I strive to use the 3...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
As a student journalist, I’ve learned that every person has a meaningful story to tell. Sharing and listening to stories can make us more open-minded, compassionate, and understanding of the people and the world around us. I seek out the stories of others, listening and sharing them with compassion. Stories bring awareness and create tangible change. My co-editor and I filmed a documentary on the wave of youth activism following the Parkland shooting to capture this movement for our...
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Although I joined the school newspaper on a whim and had previously planned to take AP Computer Science, journalism has become a core part of the person I am today. To me, journalism is a way to see the world with curiosity and compassion. Everyone has a story, and journalism allows me to hear those stories — to learn more about the people around me and be inspired by them. Journalism tells people, “Your story matters,” and I want to be...
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It’s Tuesday lunch. My club officers and I begin with a presentation about spicing up grammar lessons for English learners. Then, the classroom lights up with discussion, each tutor sharing about their student. “He’s so motivated!” says Sanjana, describing her 17-year-old student who wants to fight for peace in Syria. Zahra poses a question; her student from Saudi Arabia speaks Arabic during lessons because she is afraid to make mistakes in English. “What do you guys think I...
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Why that College or School? Computer science isn’t just writing code to create a project; it’s a way of assessing problems and devising solutions for them. This way of thinking — of breaking large problems into smaller, manageable pieces that can be solved by teams of people, of constantly coming up with ways to improve — can be applied to so many fields, from medicine to education to journalism. At the University of Michigan, I hope to double major in...
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Personal Statement
272 Words
Childhood memory, Interest in tech/engineering
Idea or experience that makes you excited about learning I stared at Big Hero 6 on the screen, a substitute teacher’s attempt to control a class of 8th graders. Fascinated by futuristic San Fransokyo, I fell in love with Baymax and the way he could help others—with super strength and knowledge about every medical procedure. That day I knew I wanted to learn computer science: to push possibilities like Tadashi, Baymax’s designer, to create something to help people...
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Personal Statement
285 Words
Creative personal story, Story central to identity
Note to future roommate Dear Roommate, To me, mornings and nights are special, and I’m so excited to share these times of the day with you! Mornings are filled with possibility—a chance to build upon who you were yesterday—and nights are a chance to reflect. Both are times to appreciate the present. I started morning runs this year. Will you join me? A friend created a workout for his sports science class, and one for me too....
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Something meaningful to you and why “I overdosed on purpose,” he* said, “When I woke up in the hospital, I saw my mom crying next to me. I finally realized life is worth living.” I sat next to him, listening intently. In that moment, there was no one more important. HIs words reminded me that every person is a world in itself, wrapped in stories, experiences, and emotions, that, when shared with another person, gives them a new perspective. His...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
261 Words
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
I stared at Big Hero 6 on the screen, a substitute teacher’s attempt to control a class of 8th graders. Fascinated by futuristic San Fransokyo, I fell in love with Baymax and the way he could help others—with super strength and knowledge about every medical procedure. That day I knew I wanted to learn computer science: to push possibilities like Tadashi, Baymax’s designer, to create something to help people in ways never before imagined. When my mom was...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
279 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—get to know you better.
Dear Roommate, To me, mornings and nights are special, and I’m so excited to share these times of the day with you! Mornings are filled with possibility—a chance to build upon who you were yesterday—and nights are a chance to reflect. Both are times to appreciate the present. I started morning runs this year. Will you join me? A friend created a workout for his sports science class, and one for me too. His random idea made...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
261 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you, and why?
“I overdosed on purpose,” he said, “When I woke up in the hospital, I saw my mom crying next to me. I finally realized life is worth living.” I sat next to him, listening intently. In that moment, there was no one more important. His words reminded me that every person is a world in itself, wrapped in stories, experiences, and emotions, that, when shared with another person, gives them a new perspective. His world affirmed the importance of empathy...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
153 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
In world history class, when I saw the iconic photo of little Alan Kurdi and his small shoes, I cried. After class, a friend and I stayed behind for hours talking to our teacher about the Syrian Refugee Crisis and its complexities, wishing we could help. We then created the Lynbrook chapter of Paper Airplanes, which pairs students with refugees to tutor. I tutored a 17-year-old Syrian refugee living in Turkey. I used empathy to guide my teaching, hoping that...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
151 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why?
Although I joined the school newspaper on a whim and had previously planned to take AP Computer Science, journalism has become a core part of the person I am today. To me, journalism is a way to see the world with curiosity and compassion. Everyone has a story, and journalism allows me to hear those stories — to learn more about the people around me and be inspired by them. Journalism tells people, “Your story matters,” and I want to be...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
309 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
It’s Tuesday lunch. My club officers and I begin with a presentation about spicing up grammar lessons for English learners. Then, the classroom lights up with discussion, each tutor sharing about their student. “He’s so motivated!” says Sanjana, describing her 17-year-old student who wants to fight for peace in Syria. Zahra poses a question; her student from Saudi Arabia speaks Arabic during lessons because she is afraid to make mistakes in English. “What do you guys think I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
537 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
Computer science isn’t just writing code to create a project; it’s a way of assessing problems and devising solutions for them. This way of thinking — of breaking large problems into smaller, manageable pieces that can be solved by teams of people, of constantly coming up with ways to improve — can be applied to so many fields, from medicine to education to journalism. At the University of Michigan, I hope to double major in computer science and communications to...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
265 Words
What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?
“I overdosed on purpose,” he said, “When I woke up in the hospital, I saw my mom crying next to me. I finally realized life is worth living.” I sat next to him, listening intently. In that moment, there was no one more important. He told me about his struggles with depression, the loneliness he felt when others judged him. His words reminded me that every person is a world in itself, wrapped in stories, experiences, and emotions, that, when...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
45 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Lack of understanding divides us, which leads to discrimination and judgement of others. Truth often has multiple facets, yet most see just their own. By treating others with respect and taking time to understand instead of attacking others’ viewpoints, we can help each other grow.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
Ed Daly is taking matters in his own hands, and I want to see it. The flight attendants and I carry 57 orphans onto this unsanctioned flight. When we arrive in California from Vietnam, President Ford announces he’s going to do more. This act of passion catalyzes a movement—Operation Babylift.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
5 Words
What five words best describe you?
Compassionate, determined, optimistic, confident, appreciative
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School Specific Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
171 Words
Stanford is a Restrictive Early Action school, meaning that it is the only private school you can apply to for its early deadline. Unlike Early Decision, it is not binding, meaning that if you get in, you are not obligated to go. This served me well because I did not...
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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
263 Words
Take the college application process as a chance to reflect on your life so far. 17 years worth of experiences, memories, valuable lessons... take the time to think about what has made you who you are and shaped your values. I remember thinking about how applying to colleges in the U.S. is such a privilege: one that my parents never had. It's a long and stressful process, but it gives you a chance to...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
112 Words
"The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday." Don't stress about what your peers are doing. It's your application, and yours only. Do your own thing. ...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
92 Words
"Make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks." Calc BC was a really difficult class for me, and my first semester, I was so close to getting the...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.97
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details3 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTennis

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Tutoring/Mentoring, Cultural
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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