College Admissions Info

Brian Min
Brian Min
Columbia University ‘19
BA, French Language and Literature, Women’s Studies

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 7 supplemental essays
  • 6 advice topics

Student Background

A former high school just like you who is a freshman at Columbia University and want to help you game the admission process! :)
From: Winter Springs , Florida
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Georgetown, Williams, UVA, Florida
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean, French

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 0
SAT Prep:
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Religious
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Chess, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Debate Club/Team, Math Team, National Honor Society, School Jazz / Orchestra, Tutoring/Mentoring, Political Campaign, Science Club/Team
How Spent Summers:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Family background
665 Words
"You have no family," my father roughly said to me. Those words echoed inside my head as my mother and I approached our new rented house. I could tell by the paraphernalia in the trunk and the pain on my mother's face that I would not be seeing my father for a long time. Because my dad had to work in South Korea, I only saw him during the vacations until I was in ninth grade. After he retired and...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
306 Words
Why Columbia? I felt the rush of adrenaline as I stood before the meeting place of the UN Security Council. At this place, history was changed with the decision to send peacekeepers to the Congo, to place sanctions on North Korea, and to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. After traveling across one of America's most vibrant cities to the Upper West Side, Columbia's incredible Beaux-Arts architecture and active student body immediately amazed me. However, I find Columbia's location in New York...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
213 Words
Why Brown? I Am The Free Quark Crying "Equality!" As I lamented the discrimination against leptons with my postmodern snowball poem in English class, I combined language, mathematics, physics, and philosophy into art. With this interdisciplinary endeavor, I channeled my love of various academic fields. With its liberal learning and open curriculum, Brown provides me a unique opportunity to pursue all of my interests beyond a public policy major. Embracing the Diverse Perspective Courses, I'd love to analyze the means...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
683 Words
Why UPenn? “What’s your name?” asked the immigration officer. “Byung Ju Min,” I hesitantly replied. “Could you spell that? I have no idea what you said,” the officer responded. Since Uncle Sam opened the gates of America to me, the “immigrant life” has never been a breeze. The language barrier that my father faced prevented him from getting a job or taking out loans. These challenges left him financially insecure and forced him to remain in South Korea for...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
865 Words
Georgetown SFS - Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it. The international illicit drug trade has harmed the economies of nations, the safety of civilians, and the well­being of the future generation. According to the LA Times, 125 million to 203 million people use marijuana, 14 million to 56 million people use amphetamines, 12 million to 21 million people use opioids, and 14 million to 21 million use cocaine. Illegal drugs...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
313 Words
Georgetown - Indicate any special talents or skills that you possess. Tick... Tick... Slam! Breaking the monotony of the chess clock, the pawn marches menacingly next to my black king as it opens the barrel of the gun for his bishop. Gradually, the neurons begin to hijack my body: in the past, I have found myself in positions similar to this one, and I lost. However, I recall my favorite equation: E=mc2! No longer are my pieces blocks of...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
340 Words
Imagine yourself in a tutorial at Williams. Of anyone in the world, whom would you choose to be the other student in the class, and why? “Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop,” Emma Watson boldly proclaimed at the UN. I’d attend a tutorial class with Emma Watson. After having enhancing my political knowledge with Extemporaneous Speaking, I...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
316 Words
UVA - We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer this question, which corresponds to the school/program you selected above, in a half page or roughly 250 words. What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way? After nearly four hours of Jane Eyre, I couldn’t take my eyes off the chef d’oeuvre. Because I could fully understand the...

Additional Essay Details:
245 Words
Beep! Beep! Beep! The sound of the YMCA buzzer pierced my ears as I was finishing my 50-yard freestyle. Although boys and girls usually don't swim together, my swim coach decided to pit us against each other because there were too many swimmers. "One minute ten seconds! Nice job!" he yelled as I scrambled onto the wall. Even though I came in second to last with the girls my age crushing me, I was happy that I shaved off a...

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
146 Words
Location, location, location. What better place to go to college than in NYC? Columbia provides access to the Met and so many art museums that are part of the Core Curriculum. Likewise, the UN helps to promote my interest in internationals relations (which is a part of the Political Science major at Columbia). And, of course, fans of entertainment and...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
163 Words
Overall, the interview has very little impact for elite institutions. However, the interview is important to break potential ties for applicants from the same school or to solidify the love for the school you are applying to. In my district, the Harvard interviewer and Yale interviewer were oddly cold and did not appear to care about the student. The Yale...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
188 Words
Excluding perhaps the summer of senior year, I would recommend applicants go to a variety of summer camps where the camps do not necessarily pertain to what one is interested in studying in college. For instance, I went to math camps, political camps, and science camps even though I wanted to major in political science. Because many applicants tend to...

Post-college plans
38 Words
I plan to attend Law School or work for the U.S. government with international policy because I value public service greatly and want to serve my fellow peers who are applying to college to game the system.

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
25 Words
Almost half of the dorms at Columbia are singles! So, if you like to have your own space, Columbia could be the place for you!

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
83 Words
I am currently a columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator. I've always wanted to go into law or public policy, so I find journalism to be an excellent platform through which I can find myself heard. I also am a member of AllSex, which is a gender & sexuality club where members become empowered and discuss issues involving women, gender, and...