lucyc16
lucyc16,
Columbia
B.A., Astronomy and Astrophysics
Incoming freshman at Columbia University in New York, studying astrophysics and computer science.
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Advice
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Sports

Background

Hometown McLean, Virginia
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
Class of2025
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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?
Few have heard about Camp Kesem, the camp where kids are treated like princes and princesses. Even fewer are “lucky” enough to attend: kids impacted by a parent's cancer. I was one of those "lucky" kids. “ICE CREAM!” Sitting at a picnic table, I watched as a wave of little kids surrounded the Camp Kesem counselor, rainbow sprinkles cascading onto the freshly cut grass. I also wanted to feel this pure joy...but I was old enough to know exactly...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
I was whisked into astrophysics after traversing the absurd universe with Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. As I met Vogons, pan-dimensional beings, and Betelgeusians, I wondered if aliens truly did exist. My curiosity led me to Area-51 conspiracy theories and alien abductions, but as I confronted reality through BBC exoplanet documentaries, I realized aliens were more likely microbes than green humanoids. Yet, I continued to search: in AP Physics, at the Virginia Aerospace Science and...
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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.
Growing up, my parents wanted me to learn coding -- but I refused for five years, thinking it was “too dry” and “extremely isolating”. Everything changed when I attended AI4ALL’s artificial intelligence program and saw students eagerly collaborating on computers and drawing on whiteboards. My contempt towards programming turned to love. I still regret rejecting the field out of ignorance, but I realized that my belief stemmed from a lack of engaging computer science opportunities. Overcoming my own...
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Personal Statement
369 Words
Extracurricular passion
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
I used to cry during in-class presentations. But as I watched classmates speak confidently, I saw the need for my own personal growth and petitioned for a debate club at my middle school, driving myself to debate at hundreds of practices and matches to battle my fear. When I moved to our new community, I was disappointed to find it devoid of any middle school debate programs. Debate made me a stronger risk-taker, leader, perseverer, self-advocate...and I wanted the...
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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?
When I was younger, I didn’t do more than asked: never washing the dishes unless my parents asked me to. It never mattered -- until my dad was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Worry and frustration crushed me when I saw his ashen face after chemotherapy. Though the doctor tried to console us by saying he still had a 20% chance of survival, I feared he would likely not make it. With my dad fatigued and my mom busy...
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Personal Statement
257 Words
Interest in fine arts
Textbooks crowd the table where I eat, Sal Khan’s voice whispers to me as I sleep – my busy schedule runs on constant productivity. But with pottery, the chaos ceases. Hundreds of possibilities fly through my mind as I examine the clay block at my workspace, carefully pressing my fingers into the substance. Pottery is where I can experiment with spontaneous ideas and inspirations, taking risks, sometimes failing. I show my friends my cracked Peppa Pig sculpture, warped potter’s...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
85 Words
Would definitely recommend reaching out to your recommenders in early March because requests start piling in April and May. Start keeping track of how you're contributing...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
40 Words
College is very independent. I found it helpful to do research on...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
43 Words
Whatever it is, it helps to fit your summer activities under a certain...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
79 Words
Location actually matters! I am so grateful I picked Columbia University as it sits in uptown Manhattan – close enough to visit downtown whenever I...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.40
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1560
 
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Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSwimming/Diving, Volleyball

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Experience & Awards

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