matt8539
matt8539,
Northwestern ‘22
B.S., Statistics
Sophomore at Northwestern studying Neuroscience and Economics! Love counseling high schoolers with college app.
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Background

Hometown Seoul, Korea, Illinois
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

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  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Applied for a B.S. in Statistics

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.
“Dingdong!” Every five minutes, the bell rang ominously. One by one, patients arose from their waiting room seat and disappeared into the exam room. My mother and I waited for our turn to come, and I with each passing ringing of the bell, I became more anxious, while she remained unflustered. Her deafness, it seemed, had a small benefit. She had begun going deaf during her pregnancy, when an allergic reaction to an antibiotic damaged her ears. So, every year...
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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.
During my third year working as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology in Korea University, I landed a volunteer position at Seoul’s Public Internet Addiction Recovery Center. When I arrived at the center, I was assigned to three elementary students: Kangmin, Hyunjae, and Jaehyuk. All three sat with their legs shaking and their eyes glued to their smartphones while I asked them questions about their Internet use. Their school transcripts contained poor grades, and their attendance records...
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Personal Statement
345 Words
Overcoming personal struggle, Your disability
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
In high school I realized that I had glossophobia, fear of public speaking. My anxiety was so severe that I had to take prescribed medication before any class presentation, but the medication caused uncomfortable symptoms of its own. It numbed my body in an intense way, causing me to just spill out my words without being able to feel or engage with the audience. Wanting to rid myself of glossophobia, I had always run for various leadership positions, volunteered to...
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Personal Statement
328 Words
Overcoming personal struggle
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
Because of my excessive gaming in middle school, I often slept in and skipped school, yet was in denial of my addiction. My GPAs at the time were 1.25, 1.38, and 1.00 (out of 4.00). My father, a psychiatrist, tried everything to help me. The school principal, my homeroom teacher, my best friends, and Ms. Oh--the most famous pediatric psychiatrist in Korea--counseled me to help me get back to school. After completing the first semester of eighth grade, our family moved to Pittsburgh. During...
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Personal Statement
341 Words
Volunteer/public interest work
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
I have been serving as a Peer Mentor at my school since tenth grade. Peer Mentors supervise incoming students by helping them adjust to school life. During school orientation programs, they meet with these students daily. I wanted to be involved in peer mentoring because I knew all too well what it was like to be a new kid in school. Throughout my school years, I have moved schools about six times. Through this position, I was able to meet...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
277 Words
"I will make you good writers, not just hard workers." I had always struggled as a writer, and hearing that my professor values outcome over effort felt quite daunting. As a Mathematics major, I had friends who questioned why I would put myself through the torture of pursuing mastery of a skill that I lacked. But I had experienced the power of purposeful language and believed that a true education needed to be broad, not just deep. This sense of...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
227 Words
1 Please brieflfly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
"Vote Ham and Go Ham!" That slogan helped get me elected as Hall Council President in my first-year. Excited to foster the community through leadership, I made a commitment to serve breakfast and host weekly social mixers. It has been a rewarding eight months, leading the hall council that I appointed. Due to the novelty of the club, there were no guidelines, and it was particularly challenging to execute this as a freshman. Realizing that we have a very limited...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
839 Words
Having triumphed over four years of a personal struggle with gaming addiction, I can say I’ve had a life-changing transformation I will never forget. Since then, I have explored my interests in psychology through research internships at Korea University, community service at the Seoul Public Internet Addiction Recovery Center, and school mentoring activities. To continue delving into the complexities surrounding addictions and disorders, I hope to become a part of Carnegie Mellon’s pioneering research-driven psychology department, which goes...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
86 Words
List the books (if any) you've read this year for pleasure. Choose one and in a sentence describe its impact on you.

(500 characters)

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson; Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; The Kept: A Novel by James Scott; and Relativity and Quantum Physics For Beginners by Steven L. Manly. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch contains many lessons that my father emphasized, and it also helped me overcome my glossophobia when I was campaigning for...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
156 Words
What motivates you to learn?
My past struggle and curiosity for cyberpsychology motivates me to understand people with personal struggles. At the Seoul Internet-Addiction Recovery Center, I was assigned to mentor three elementary students who had gaming addictions. I could empathize because I had struggled with the same addiction in middle school. Using my seventh grade P.E. teacher’s tactic of playing games with the students to build close relationships, I was able to find out the causes of their behavior. This led the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
197 Words
After overcoming a two-year period of gaming addiction during middle school, I quickly gained interest in the relationship between psychology and technology. Notre Dame’s eMotion & eCognition lab and Programming for Video Game Development course under director Dr. Villano, a professor of both psychology majors and Computing & Digital Technologies (CDT) minors, grabbed my attention. eMotion & eCognition Lab’s current concentration on rehabilitation of mental disorders using technology interventions such as humanoid robots would teach me a great deal about the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
664 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.)
I often cringed inwardly as my school friends asked, “Is your mom deaf?” The answer was yes, but it was never that simple. Yes, my mother was hearing impaired and suffered depression. Despite her rather desperate situation and lack of strong social support, I was impressed by my mother’s ability to read lips and faces. Observing her behavior and paying attention to her moods led to my interest in depression and the social prejudice around it. As a survivor...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
258 Words
2. What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?

My past struggle and curiosity for cyberpsychology motivates me to understand people with personal struggles. At Seoul Internet-Addiction Recovery Center, I was assigned to mentor three elementary students with gaming-addictions. I could empathize because I struggled with the same addiction in middle-school. Using my seventh-grade P.E. teacher’s tactic of playing games with me during internet-addiction to build close relationships, I was able to find out the causes of their behavior. This led the center to implement constructive solutions...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
416 Words
We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU's global network; regardless, we want to understand - Why NYU? (400 word maximum)
Having triumphed over two-years of gaming-addiction, I’ve had a life-changing transformation. Since then, I have explored my interests in psychology through school mentoring activities, service at the Seoul Internet-Addiction Recovery Center, and research internships. I hope to become a part of NYU’s research-driven psychology department, where I hope to examine behavioral addiction more closely. As a research assistant at Korea University’s Psychology department, I organized fMRI bold signals. During this study, I learned the concept of habituation,...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How to approach transferring schools
57 Words
Try best to stand out from your own school as there will be many other applicants applying...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
125 Words
For why us? essay, try to really research the college. try to research the programs that they are unique in. I know that most top colleges will have all the programs. But try to at least mention the...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
129 Words
If you have a dream school you want to go but if you already have a bad GPA, try also think about your options on transferring college. That was my case. Honestly, after attending both Emory and NU, I...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.32
(equivalent to 3.91 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
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