caitlinchun
caitlinchun,
Yale ‘22
B.A., Sociology
Hello! I'm an economics major on the pre-med track who loves dancing in her free time.
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Advice
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Background

Hometown Anaheim, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

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  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Sociology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

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.
“Caitlin, for our debate, could you choreograph a spoken word dance expressing why the United States shouldn’t employ a unilateral assault against terrorism?” I remembered rallying up the class with the Charleston, playing swing music to enhance our discussion about the culture of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, so naturally, I blurted, “Of course!”. As I walked to my next class, the gravity and relevance of the debate issue dawned on me. Panicking, I wondered: how would I effectively display...
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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.
While I was reading to the children in the local elementary school, introducing them to new characters and unknown realms, they gathered as close as possible, their bright eyes exuding an insatiable and genuine curiosity, their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations. I caught the gentle smile of Ms. Vicario, the OC Educational Arts Academy’s volunteer coordinator, who was sitting in the furthest corner of the cafeteria, and immediately felt belonging. Walking distance from my school, this elementary school...
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Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Inefficiencies and wasted time are inherent in almost all systems that we encounter. This past summer, I interned at the Veterans Affairs Hospital and discovered that these inefficient systems not only refer to mechanical processes, but also human actions and everyday life. From the first day I began the internship, all the interns collectively met in a conference group as we began to discuss possible strategies to reduce some of the inefficiencies present in the radiology department. At the conclusion...
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Personal Statement
359 Words
Art/acting/singing, Interest in fine arts
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
Portraits never cease to intrigue me. Beyond the individual brushstrokes comprising the subject’s face, I find the emotion behind the frozen image of an individual, trapped by the frame, to be more compelling. As I walked by the portraits in San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, I stared at each meticulously painted pairs of eyes as my brain began to process the visual stimulus. In art history, there lies an interplay between intuition and intentionality. My world was one...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
After the Manchester attack, as I was teaching a jazz routine to local elementary school children in the downtown community, I caught glimpses of one of the children, Seetha, in the back corner with her head down and hands folded in her lap. The more I attempted to approach her, the more she closed herself off. Once I finally reached her, placing my hand on her shoulder, a small tear made its way down her cheek. This third grade child,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
204 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
Brown’s fundamental value of “exploration”, embodied by the shopping period and pass/fail options, immediately attracted me as it allows me to craft my own intellectual experience. Phenomena like the pairing of Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart to co-host a cooking show transcends traditional sociology, and the open curriculum will enable me to explore these academic pursuits. I hope to participate in the Engaged Scholars Program in Social Analysis and Research, which bridges academic and non-academic partners while utilizing...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
147 Words
Explain your interest in your major selected.
Since attending a dance intensive that explored art’s impact on unifying and mobilizing society, I desired to find an equalizer. This experience first compelled me to pursue sociology, especially as analyzing power dynamics from an anthropological perspective revealed the inherent presence of economic disparities in hierarchical societies. However, in teaching dance to children from low-income households, I saw how talent and passion emerged, as the new scholarship kid outshone the girls who had been dancing for weeks and defied...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
102 Words
We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. (100-word limit)
On Labor Day, under the beaming sun, I scooped gelato alongside Mr. Kolb, my conservatory director, at our annual Commercial Dance fundraiser. Persistently grasping tongs in one hand and gripping a crutch in the other, his determination made me proud to be part of such a passionate art community. His mentorship inspired me to read to children at the local elementary school, their bright eyes exuding genuine curiosity. When I decided to attend OCSA, I expected to grow as an...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
273 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)
Hello!!!!! I’m writing this while listening to Wiz Khalifa’s “Something New”, hoping to find some clever way to break the ice. My music interests range from Ludovico Einaudi to Post Malone, and I guarantee you’ll catch me awkwardly jamming out to the latest YG track before our first day. If you agree that it’s Troy’s “Bet On It” from High School Musical that epitomizes preteen angst, I hope you’ll join me in some pitchy...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
45 Words
What is the biggest challenge that society faces today?
Complacency. From experiencing song title amnesia to blindly following social paradigms, no one should be satisfied in accepting what’s unknown or what feels comfortable. In order to innovate and prevent a stagnating society, people need to ask questions, seek answers, and crave learning. (43)
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
52 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
Nixon and Watergate - after listening to the 18 minute silence in the Watergate tapes at the Nixon Library, I have this insatiable curiosity to know what was so secretive to conceal. In today’s hyper-political world, I desire to find missing truth. “Curiosity kills the cat”, and it certainly got me. (50).
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
47 Words
Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 word limit).
If given the chance, of course I would spend the extra time teaching dance in the downtown community. I’m able to share a passion of mine, and learning from the students and watching them grow invigorates my own desire to continue creating art that inspires others.
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
260 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. (100 to 250 words)

Portraits never cease to intrigue me. Although I processed the emotion behind the strokes comprising the subject’s face, the frozen image of an individual trapped by the frame still implied something more, something latent. As I walked by the portraits in San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, I stared at each meticulously painted pairs of eyes, immersing myself in the worlds of these artists. In art history, there lies an interplay between intuition and intentionality. My world was one...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
254 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why. (100 to 250 words)

As I was reading at the local elementary school, introducing new characters and unknown realms, the children gathered as close as possible, their bright eyes exuding an insatiable and genuine curiosity, their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations. I caught the gentle smile of Ms. Vicario, the OC Educational Arts Academy’s volunteer coordinator, who was sitting in the furthest corner of the cafeteria, and immediately felt belonging. Walking distance from my school, this elementary school was my home on...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
156 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)
Walking down from my System-Redesign internship office, I noticed a veteran in a wheelchair, the words “Korean War” his only identifiers. I felt compelled to speak. He lifted his cap with callused hands to reveal tired eyes. With fragmented speech, he explained the traumas of war. A few years prior, news had surfaced, criticizing the Veterans Affairs Hospital for indifference due to a lack of access to patient care. Now, watching this veteran patiently wait for hours beyond his scheduled...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
503 Words
The quality of Rice's academic life and the Residential College System are heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspective would you contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit)
Personally, music has constantly functioned as both a form of therapy and a source of motivation. The lulls in the melodies invoke serenity amidst a chaotic world and the thumping baselines foster release from the routine of mundane life. In dance, increased movement energy mimic the crescendos in the singer’s voice while dynamics mirror the underlying harmonies. I had this convoluted idea that both dance and music were primarily introspective art forms, focused mainly on self improvement; I couldn...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
584 Words
In addition to the essay you have written for the Common Application, please write an essay of about 500 words (no more than 650 words and no fewer than 250 words). Using one of the themes below as a starting point, write about a person, event. “One of the great challenges of our time is that the disparities we face today have more complex causes and point less straightforwardly to solutions.” Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics, Princeton University. This quote is taken from Professor Wasow’s January 2014 speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Princeton University.
Personally, music has constantly functioned as both a form of therapy and a source of motivation. The lulls in the melodies invoke serenity amidst a chaotic world and the thumping baselines foster release from the routine of mundane life. In dance, increased movement energy mimic the crescendos in the singer’s voice while dynamics mirror the underlying harmonies. I had this convoluted idea that both dance and music were primarily introspective art forms, focused mainly on self improvement; I couldn...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
253 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) (max 250 words)

Despite my busy year, marked by ten hour school days, I don’t crave relaxation. Lying on the warm sand of the beach is far from serene since my mind continues to wander, incessantly seeking knowledge amidst this rare lull in my normally chaotic life. So inevitably, my summers have become times to accomplish everything possible. In 2017, I engaged in a Fullerton College Cultural Anthropology course, learning about the influence of power dynamics on individual societies and writing an ethnography...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
535 Words
Prompt 2: For Pomona students, the College’s location in Southern California is integral in shaping their experience. Tell us about a location, real or fictional, that has shaped you in a meaningful way.
As I was reading at the local elementary school, the children gathered as close as possible, with their bright eyes exuding genuine curiosity and their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations that revealed new characters and unknown realms. Amidst the bookshelves with the most cherished books ripping apart at the seams from the countless backpack shoves, I caught the gentle smile of Ms. Vicario, the OC Educational Arts Academy’s volunteer coordinator, and immediately felt belonging. Walking distance from my...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
648 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?
Personally, music has consistently functioned as a form of therapy and a motivating force. The lulls in the melodies invoke serenity amidst a chaotic world and the thumping baselines foster release from the routine of mundane life. I had this convoluted idea that dance was a primarily introspective art form, focused mainly on self improvement; I couldn’t have been more mistaken. Since attending a dance intensive that explored art’s impact on unifying and mobilizing society, I desired to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
405 Words
Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience. (300-400 words)
The house lights dimmed and soft red hue of the stage lights brightened to illuminate fifteen students posed in three straight lines. Amidst the chaos of parents cheering and cameras flashing, I was hypnotized by the children’s bright eyes and goofy smiles that revealed nothing but genuine joy. I glanced over at Lauren, who had collaborated with me on this journey, as we both watched this performance that represented an endeavor that tested our patience, communication, and pride. At...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
358 Words
Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.
Inefficiencies and wasted time are inherent in almost all systems we encounter. However, my internship with the System Redesign department at the Veterans Affairs Hospital helped me realize that these inefficient systems not only refer to mechanical processes, but also to human interactions. On the first day, I walked into a large conference room to meet my boss Vi. A large packet of LEAN efficiency principles thumped onto my desk, and Vi immediately said, “Start creating your projects,” and left...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
668 Words
1. As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay, either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you.
“Caitlin, for our debate, could you choreograph a spoken word dance expressing why the United States shouldn’t employ a unilateral assault against terrorism?” I remembered rallying up the class with the Charleston, playing swing music to enhance our discussion about the culture of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. So naturally, I blurted, “Of course!” As I walked to my next class, the gravity and relevance of the debate issue dawned on me. Panicking, I wondered: how would I effectively display...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
615 Words
Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study? (If you are applying to major in the FLL or in a Science, please specifically address those interests.)
As I was reading at the local elementary school, introducing new characters and unknown realms, the children gathered as close as possible, their bright eyes exuding genuine curiosity, their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations. I caught the gentle smile of Ms. Vicario, the OC Educational Arts Academy volunteer coordinator, and immediately felt belonging. This is the embodiment of what drew me to Georgetown: an academic community that vows to foster knowledge to create active citizens who advance the well-being...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
659 Words
Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)
As I was reading at the local elementary school, introducing new characters and unknown realms, the children gathered as close as possible, their bright eyes exuding genuine curiosity, their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations. I caught the gentle smile of Ms. Vicario, the OC Educational Arts Academy volunteer coordinator, and immediately felt belonging. This is the embodiment of what drew me to Cornell: the fundamental maxim of “Learning. Discovery. Engagement.” Rather than learning to create eloquent writing, I cherished...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
308 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.

Columbia’s core, which fosters exploration in various fields of study, immediately attracted me. Phenomena like the strange pairing of Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart co-hosting a cooking show require more than sociology to understand, and the core’s emphasis on arts and music humanities will allow me to investigate these academic pursuits. While I possess this insatiable curiosity to learn and discover, I more greatly value the ability to utilize knowledge to enact change. Rather than simply learning to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
132 Words
List words/phrases to describe your ideal college community. (150 words or less)
A campus with a culture and influence that bleed into the surrounding city Courses that foster meaningful discourse and engagement A place where students are encouraged to find new avenues to achieve social justice Mentors who so profoundly inspire, compelling students to inspire others in return A place where you can simultaneously motivate others and be motivated A diverse yet connected student body in which an aspiring Broadway actress and biomedical engineer can learn from each other A school with...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
125 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)
An overarching spirit of “both/and” that fills Yale’s campus drew me in. Students engage in sociological debate while analyzing art with Ron Eyerman, understanding the strange pairing of Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart as cooking show co-hosts. These interdisciplinary links manifest themselves in the randomized residential college system, fostering communities of individuals with wide varieties of interests. This both/and spirit translates to campus dance troupes, as A Different Drum maintains the foundations of traditional ballet and modern...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
253 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community? (250)
As I was reading at the local elementary school, introducing new characters and unknown realms, the children gathered as close as possible, their bright eyes exuding an insatiable and genuine curiosity, their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations. I caught the gentle smile of Ms. Vicario, the OC Educational Arts Academy’s volunteer coordinator, who was sitting in the furthest corner of the cafeteria, and immediately felt belonging. Walking distance from my school, this elementary school was my home on...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
31 Words
What inspires you?
I am inspired by savants with unexplainable ingenuity and by revolutionaries like Maya Angelou, challenging paradigms and creating eloquent art as an act of defiance made accessible to the public. (196)
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
35 Words
Yale’s residential colleges regularly host intimate conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask?
Shirin Neshat! What was it like to return to Iran after the Iranian Revolution and adoption of Western customs? How did you bridge the influences of Iran and the United States in your portraits? (194)
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
29 Words
You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?
Western Dance in Western Media. Through the extravagant social dances of Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby or jazz-inspired political rebellions in Carter’s Swing Kids, dance depicts cultures unexplored. (195)
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
31 Words
Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite?
I would be the fitness task master, hosting impromptu ab workouts at 1 a.m., teaching 80s aerobic classes during television commercial breaks, and leading N-SYNC dance tributes right upon waking. (195)
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
622 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)
As I was reading at the local elementary school, the children gathered as close as possible, their bright eyes exuding genuine curiosity, their faces glued to the vibrant illustrations that revealed new characters and unknown realms. Rather than learning to create eloquent writing, what I cherish most is utilizing these mediums as forces for change. This is the embodiment of what drew me to UPenn: the fundamental maxim of “well-done is better than well-said”. In retrospect, this maxim sparked thought...
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School Specific Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
72 Words
I was initially deferred when I applied early action to Yale. After being deferred, I wrote a letter of interest to the...
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How to increase chances at my school
40 Words
Show that you are engaged in the community and the arts. Yale...
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How I would rate the diversity of the student body
32 Words
Yale's student body is extremely diverse and we have preorientation...
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How to increase chances at my school
53 Words
UC schools get many many applications. I think that grades are really important in these applications...
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How to increase chances at my school
65 Words
These schools all have early decision rounds. If you are highly considering these schools, I would recommend applying early. Early...
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How to increase chances at my school
45 Words
Columbia loves reading and loves the core! Instead of talking about New York (they...
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How I chose schools to apply to
81 Words
I would recommend choosing schools that fall into multiple categories: reach, target, and safety. It's important to apply to schools in each of these...
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How to increase chances at my school
57 Words
I believe that Stanford is looking for more than just the generic, intelligent applicant. Show Stanford a...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
174 Words
I interviewed at each of these schools, and generally, the interview format will similar. Make sure to be able to talk about who you are, where you are from, some details about growing up, what you are interested in, and what you are passionate about. Make sure to dress in business casual...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
106 Words
I interviewed for Berkeley because of their Regent's and Chancellor's Scholarship. It was honestly a pretty chill experience and the interviewers definitely just wanted to have a calm conversation with you. That...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
93 Words
College application season is an extremely stressful time, characterized by uncertainty and fear. While things may seem overwhelming at times, it's important to take everything day by day....
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My advice about getting recommenders
142 Words
Make sure that you get recommenders who know you on a personal level. Even if you scored lower in one class in comparison to another, focus on the teachers/mentors who know about your work ethic, participation, and community engagement. If anything, great...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
135 Words
Remember quality over quantity. It's a cliche but entirely true. The UC and Common Application both limit the number of activities that you are able to list, so make sure that you choose consistency and continuity. Also make sure that you...
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My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
159 Words
AP Courses and exams are necessary to take because they serve as another benchmark or standard for colleges to see you in comparison to a national or international student sample. Balance the number of AP courses with the scores that you think you can obtain. I personally took 9...
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What set me apart from other applicants
51 Words
I think that what sets people apart is the combination of community service, academic rigor ...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
98 Words
No matter how much you prepare, the transition from high school to college will be unexpected. I moved across the country for college and found myself surrounded by a...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
95 Words
I narrowed down my essay topics by brainstorming and jotting down notes about what I could potentially write for each essay topic. Usually, some topics will generate more notes...
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How to approach transferring schools
93 Words
I personally did not transfer schools but I have many friends at community colleges or larger state universities who are looking to transfer. I would recommend taking general...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
164 Words
I personally did not use a private admissions counselor, but I do know many friends who did use these counselors. I have heard that it is important to craft a story when creating your application. Make sure that all of your courses, essays, and extracurriculars come together in order...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.75
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1580
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

SportsDance

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesCommunity Cleanup / Service, Dance, Hospital Volunteer, National Honor Society, Key Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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