izzitrin912
izzitrin912,
Yale ‘24
B.S., Computer Science
Recent Yale admit/STEM kid from the Midwest! Aspiring engineer. I love reading, baking, opera/classical music, and Seinfeld.
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Advice
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Background

Hometown Columbia, Missouri
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
  • University of Maryland - College Park (College Park, MD)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Rebuilding your entire life’s work in one afternoon is a pretty daunting task. That’s what I attempted a few Sundays ago, my life’s work being the glorious, 151-track opera playlist I spent years cultivating, accidentally deleted with a few careless taps on a phone. Eventually, through sheer force of will and hours of tedium, I recreated a playlist of 118 songs. Maybe I’ll remember some of those missing 33 eventually, but the rest is lost to me forever....
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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.
Marching band is all about conformity. For eight minutes, 120 of us have to look and sound identical, not a step or note out of place. But if conforming to the standards of marching and music is hard enough, conforming socially is another story. Anytime I saw one of my quiet saxophone freshmen feeling overwhelmed by the sheer vivaciousness of the biggest, loudest section in the band, I thought back to three years ago, when I thought I would never become...
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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.
Rebuilding your entire life’s work in one afternoon is a daunting task. That’s what I attempted a few Sundays ago, my life’s work being the glorious, 151-track opera playlist I spent years cultivating, accidentally deleted with a few careless taps on a phone. Eventually, through sheer force of will and hours of tedium, I recreated a playlist of 118 songs. Maybe I’ll remember some of those missing 33 eventually, but the rest is lost to me forever. That...
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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?
Last spring, I had to read easily the most personal thing I’d ever written out loud to 54 people. My poem was about my mother’s upbringing in poverty in China, worked her way to the best university in Beijing, full of hope for her future, only to see from the front lines the hope of her country’s future and her classmates’ lives shattered at Tiananmen. Public speaking had always been something I’d struggled with. How could I...
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Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
On our last night at YYGS, the six of us sat overlooking the dining hall and played one last game of cards with the deck I’d had them all sign. Logan was terrible and Hazuki won with her quiet, unassuming cleverness, as usual. Then we sat quietly until midnight, soaking in each other’s company, turning our memories of the two deliriously fantastic over in our heads so they would stay there and new forever. Early the next morning,...
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MIT ESSAYS Please tell us more about your cultural background and identity in the space below (100 word limit). My last name, Trindade, means “Trinity” in Portuguese. While I’m not religious, it’s fitting for my cultural background because I grew up trilingual, with a family stretched across three countries on three continents. Nowadays, my Mandarin is a little worse for the wear, but still passable because I speak it at home. However, after years of underuse my Portuguese has...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?
When the day came to read our poems to the class, I told myself that I would just go up there, shut my brain off for a few minutes, emotionally detach myself from the piece that I had poured so much of my heart into, and sit back down. That is not what happened. My poem was about how mother’s arrival at Beijing University, full of hope for her future, only to see from the front lines the hope...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
262 Words

Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections
I am excited to experience Viterbi’s interdisciplinary approach to engineering and its emphasis on real-world impact and problem solving. I appreciate the fact that USC makes research available to all students, including programs such as the Merit Research Program, which allows undergrads to be engaged with faculty and lab work from year one. I’m drawn to Viterbi’s interdisciplinary research opportunities such as Bio-Inspired Engineering research (with applications including both medical and aerodynamic transport systems), which would allow...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
257 Words
What do you personally expect to get out of studying engineering or computer science in college?
I will freely admit that I cried when Opportunity died. Despite his silicon brain, Opportunity wasn’t just a robot. He was thoroughly human--a pioneer, the first to explore the vast red planet he called home, no one around to disturb him. He was alone on Mars, but not lonely. There was a whole planet full of people behind him, cheering him onward, so he had a family mourning him when he died after 14 extraordinary years. Opportunity was human because...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
While the world as a whole may be more technologically advanced than ever before, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 Grand Challenges that engineers should focus on to improve life on the planet. Learn about the Grand Challenges at www.engineeringchallenges.org and tell us which challenge is most important, and why.
As a Mathnasium tutor, I’ve learned firsthand that a one-size-fits-all approach to education is extremely limiting. When teaching students, I find myself constantly adapting my teaching style to suit each student’s individual needs based on how they respond to various teaching methods. I work with around three students at a time, but magnify that by a factor of ten or a hundred and it becomes clear how traditional teaching models can fall short, and why advancing personalized learning...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
291 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 University of Washington.
My last name, Trindade, means “trinity” in Portuguese, which is fitting for my cultural identity which, like my face, is ambiguous. I am split three ways-Chinese, Portuguese, and American, a part of all three and yet not fully belonging in any. Like other Chinese-American kids, I grew up speaking Mandarin around the house and English at school, making dumplings with my mom and bringing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to school, all of the experiences that are embedded into the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
279 Words
Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more in the program/area of study that you indicated. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.
I will freely admit that I cried when Opportunity died last year. Despite his silicon brain, Opportunity was not just a robot or a project. He was thoroughly human. He was a pioneer, the first to see the vast red planet he called home, no one around to disturb him as he did what he loved most: exploring. He was alone on Mars, but not lonely. There was a whole planet full of people behind him, cheering him onward, so...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
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.

Vanderbilt: Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
The “Flashlight Game” is only played at night, a tradition that’s been passed down through the saxophone section’s end-of-season bonfire for years. One person stands in the middle of the circle, looks straight up at at the sky, and spins as fast as they can. Suddenly, someone shines a flashlight into the person’s face and they try not to fall (but they always do). The journey to reach the point where we’re comfortable letting each other...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
176 Words
Please briefly elaborate on an extracurricular activity or work experience of particular significance to you.
Each summer, I sacrificed two weeks to spend ten hours each day on the football field, teaching freshmen to suppress human instinct to move with perfectly straight legs, trying to corral seventeen rowdy saxophone players, calling commands until my voice is hoarse, marching sixteen steps from point A to point B so many times I could do it in my sleep (then repeating for 75 more points). It was worth it. Before every competition, the saxophone section always found time for...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
314 Words
"Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted."
Attributed to William Hastie, Amherst Class of 1925, the first African-American to serve as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals
When the day came to read our poems to the class, I told myself that I would just go up there, shut my brain off for a few minutes, emotionally detach myself from the piece that I had poured so much of my heart into, and sit back down. That is not what happened. My poem was about how mother’s arrival at Beijing University, full of hope for her future, only to see from the front lines the hope...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
103 Words
Students at Yale have plenty of time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Why do these areas appeal to you?
My ideal career would be one that is interdiscplinary and focused on problem solving for the advancement of humanity in some way. Senior year has given me my first-ever taste of computer science, and the combination of analytical and creative thinking required in that field are right up my alley. There’s a thrill in working for hours to fix one bug in a program, then finally having it run properly. I hope I’ll be able to combine the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
125 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
As a school with a strong liberal arts foundation, where students are encouraged to take courses spanning a variety of subjects, Yale would teach me to think critically, communicate effectively, and let me further my interests outside of STEM, including lessons at the School of Music open to all undergrads. As a research school, Yale would assist me in my goal of advancing educational AI technology. In particular, the STARS would provide me from day one with the experience and...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
Yale Short Takes: Please respond in no more than 200 characters (approximately 35 words), to each of the following questions:
1. What inspires you? From Hypatia to Ada Lovelace, female mathematicians who defied their society’s expectations by spreading their wisdom, learning and passion for furthering humanity. 2. Yale’s residential colleges regularly host 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? Julie d’Aubigny, the vagrant, swashbuckling, adventurous, unapologetically bisexual fugitive with a heart and voice of gold who scandalized the French opera...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
261 Words
Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?
People call education the “great equalizer,” and it’s easy to see why. Education is the foundation from which all other innovation is born. Today’s first graders will be the next generation’s inventors and entrepreneurs, and the years of education it takes to reach that point need to be as efficient as possible. As a Mathnasium tutor, I’ve learned firsthand how limiting a one-size-fits-all approach to education is. When teaching, I find myself constantly adapting my teaching...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
The Flashlight Game is a tradition that’s been passed through the end-of-marching-season saxophone section bonfire for years. One person stands in the middle of the circle, looks straight up at the stars, spins as fast as they can, and try not to fall (they always do) as someone shines a flashlight into their eyes. As section leader, it was my job to help people feel welcome in the group. I watched out for freshmen overwhelmed by the vivaciousness of...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
234 Words
USC Short Takes
Describe yourself in three words. First Word: serial Second Word: pen Third Word: collector What is your favorite snack? Anything I can bake myself, from gooey butter cake to red velvet cookies to mint chocolate fudge. Best movie of all time: The Princess Bride--a paragon of something I find absolutely brilliant but have a lot of difficulty explaining why that is. Dream job: If I had the vocal cords, opera singer. Otherwise, astronaut or bubble expert If your life had...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
80 Words
Honestly, having other people review your essays is so important. I originally wrote about 4-5 different drafts of my common app, all about different...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
99 Words
Start early! I applied to about 20 schools, which is definitely a lot, but honestly I don't think I ever felt terribly stressed about it because I started early and was...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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YYGS was such a great experience. In just 2 weeks, I made a really solid, amazing group of friends who I am still in touch with, which is pretty unusual for me. I am very introverted and making friends quickly is not a strong...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
4.00
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1550
 
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SAT IIs
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesMarching Band, School Theater/Plays, Research, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Math Team, Tutoring/Mentoring
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Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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