B.S., Biology
Stanford '24. Internationally acclaimed pianist, nationally acclaimed violinist. Majoring in Human Biology with an intended career in healthcare.
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Hometown Sammamish, Washington
Class of2024
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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?
The show must go on. Even when a fire erupts down the street, rendering the concert hall powerless. Even when the air conditioning fails in the scorching 110-degree heat of Northridge, California. Even when everything that could go wrong… goes wrong. Throughout my classical training, I’ve always had a sense of consistency and forethought drilled into me. My fingers need to be precise to a 64th of an inch on my violin, my brain needs to calculate the interlocking...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
271 Words
What is your understanding of the UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program and why do you want to be a part of it?
The UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program is the epitome of a wanderer’s world - always adapting, exploring, and fueling curiosity. When I tell people that I’d like to become a physician, they assume that I will study biology and the health sciences rigorously, succumbing to a strict path. While I certainly do embrace my love for medicine, I know that compassionate healthcare doesn’t stop at the mere memorization of anatomy. I want to delve into the complexities of...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
290 Words
Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the UW.
I wanted to be a cave-aged, creamy wheel of Gruyère more than anything. In the Great American Melting Pot, there’s always the pressure to be the most expensive, refined cheese of them all, while still being able to pleasantly homogenize with the other cheeses. Ironically, even as a musician, I never found a satisfying harmony within myself. Cheese is actually one of my favorite foods; I fancy a fine slice of savory, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester from the UK,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
314 Words
Consider at least two very different subjects you’ve studied in school; tell us how you imagine bringing those together in your first year at UW to engage with a pressing global concern.
To: cecc@uw.edu Subject: Honors 393 A: Rhetoric of Science Dear Professor Leah Ceccarelli, Hello! My name is Emily Jeeho Park, and I am a freshman at UW. I’m emailing because I attempted to register for your class (Honors 393 A: Rhetoric of Science) but it seems that the four spots reserved for freshmen have already been filled. I truly believe that I belong in that class, and I’m hoping to convince you to take on one more eager...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
392 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
Growing up, I never had a doorframe with pencil marks showing my height over the years. Instead, I had Club Med to mark my growth. In my freshman year, I was too afraid even to sign up. Terrified and timid, I slunk past the plethora of various club propaganda plastered along the walls. The only goal in my mind was making it from class to class without being pushed aside by the gargantuan football players. When sophomore year rolled around,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
47 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Far too many people speed through life on autopilot. With the advancement of mobile technology, mindlessness typifies our everyday interactions with the people around us. We forget about the excitement of exploring new territories, ideas, and perspectives. We lose curiosity about the world we take for granted.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
49 Words
How did you spend your last two summers?
Sustaining eye damage from staring into an absurdly bright dissecting microscope, hiking to the highest point of the Santa Monica Mountains at 3AM, admiring every shade of blue in the skies of Kauai, and trekking a mile in an evening gown and heels through the cobblestone streets of Italy.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
Kingsway Hall, 1965. Jacqueline du Pré lands the powerful opening chord of the Elgar Cello Concerto, her fingers firm and resolute - it’s six years before her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Her bow flies through the scherzo, capturing every note with delicate accuracy. She completes the recording in one breathtaking attempt.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
5 Words
What five words best describe you?
Regrets? Never. I prefer failure.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
50 Words
When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch?
Anything that evokes profound satisfaction, to scratch an itch that only true magic can reach. Arthur Rubinstein’s recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto 2nd movement at precisely four minutes and three seconds and a video of Michael Phelps swimming the 100M Butterfly in the 2008 Beijing Olympics are always effective.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
52 Words
Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.
I’ve been preparing for the Primal Scream my entire life. Throughout the years, I’ve practiced screaming into my pillow, out the car window (yes, like a dog), and into my grand piano (with the lid propped up and the pedal pressed for maximum resonance). A battle cry before Dead Week.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
52 Words
Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time?
Completely immersed in another language. I’d explore the Romance languages first, migrate to the East Asian languages, dabble in the Slavic languages, and then tackle the mighty beast of South Asian languages. This hour would undoubtedly have to take place during dinner time to allow for a cultural dining experience.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
246 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 spent four days wheezing for breath in a child-size life jacket, drenched in my efforts to collect water samples from the bottom of a murky pond. I shed a frustrated tear while trying to count hundreds of strands of algae through a microscope that overheated every three minutes. Turns out, algae is not that helpful when it’s cooked in the petri dish. It was undoubtedly the best week of my life. What was previously an innocent curiosity in...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
266 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, I’m excited to be spending freshman year with you! If there’s anything you should know about me, it’s that I’m fascinated by medicine. In fact, I’ve compiled a list of scientific conclusions that I’ve made throughout my life as a prospective physician. Owning a sweatshirt is crucial to your education. You’ll witness me studying with the hood up and the strings tightened around my chin. My unsupported research says it mimics...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
233 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
A white 2018 Chevrolet Malibu with a red leather interior. This is my friend Olivia’s car. This is the car that picks me up at 10PM when I have the sudden urge to rock out to Whitney Houston or attempt to rap every word of Fergalicious. This is the car that I find myself wanting to be in after a particularly mind-numbing practice session or a grueling evening of homework. This is the car that I stick my head out...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
239 Words
My interview for Stanford University was my first interview ever, and it was the most nerve-wracking experience ever. My hands were shaky and my heart was beating at an inhumane speed. However, I found the time to pass by fast as I talked about my passions. My goal was not to impress my interviewer, but to talk about my life and the activities that shaped my dreams. It felt like sitting down...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
93 Words
UW gets a ridiculously large amount of applicants, so it's really important to stand out. I love unique formats as a way to make an essay special without...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
98 Words
An interplay between music and biology set me apart from other applicants, with extremely focused extracurriculars that showed my potential for becoming a healthcare professional even with an extensive...
My advice about getting recommenders
75 Words
Ask your recommenders very early for letters! I had teachers who were already full by spring of junior year. I would recommend either...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
143 Words
Start writing your essays very early. You have all summer to be preparing for these essays, and many schools use the same prompts every year. You will need to write and rewrite each and every one of your essays until you can recite...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
98 Words
I used a private admissions counselor who looked over my essays maybe three or four times, but other than that, I navigated the process without the help of a...

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