kanji_tatsumi
kanji_tatsumi,
Yale ‘25
B.S., Computer Science
First-gen, CS, Math, LGBTQ, Psych, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Music, Asian-American. Happy to help with any and all college app questions!
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9
Essays
10
Schools
11
Scores
3
Advice
9
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Tigard, Oregon
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
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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

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
When I place the wheat in my mouth, I transform into someone else. A crazy sparkle adorns my eye, and I begin to slouch. Saddle up, pardners. Farmboy Luc’s in town now, and I reckon he ain’t leavin’…until I remove the wheat. Using a single prop, I can switch in and out of character at will. I learned the secret to role-playing from my middle school theatre instructor: “Don’t just play your character. Be your character....
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
111 Words
As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Please indicate up to three. Why do these areas appeal to you?
Computer Science and Psychology, Cognitive Science, Mathematics and Philosophy Ever since I started teaching myself music theory, I've been fascinated by how brains and machines process information, musical or otherwise. I could discuss philosophical questions about cognition and AI (Can machines emulate emotion? Creativity? Language?) all day! At Yale, I'd like to conduct research with Dr. Brian Scassellati at the Social Robotics Laboratory, studying the application of human social cognition and behavior to AI. Through Yale's interdisciplinary research, I'll bridge...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
139 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
My favorite Spanish assignment was “Intersecciones,” an essay about my future plans. I have it taped to my wall so I don’t forget my aspirations. Here’s an excerpt (translated into English): In the future, I’ll be a cognitive scientist...I’ll play jazz clarinet, saxophone, and flute...I’ll write music for indie films and games...I’ll be an advocate for education and diversity in our divided world. When I read about Yale’s "spirit of...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
44 Words
What inspires you?
Jazz innovators like Dorothy Ashby (harp), Stuff Smith (violin), Buddy DeFranco (clarinet), and Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet) who pushed musical boundaries on instruments other people deemed too obsolete for post-'40s jazz. As a jazz clarinetist and composer, I intend to continue their work.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
47 Words
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?
"Mr. Turing, thank you for your insights on human cognition and artificial intelligence. Please tell us about your experiences with homophobia and persecution. What do you think about LGBTQ+ rights around the world today? About LGBTQ+ inclusion in STEM? Looking forward, what still needs to be done?"
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
13 Words
You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?
PHIL 492 / MUS 454, Aesthetics of Music: (Post)modernism, Audience, (A)tonality, Silence, and Culture
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
44 Words
Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six students. What do you hope to add to your suitemates’ experience? What do you hope they will add to yours?
Whether it's burgers, skewers, or Vietnamese lemongrass pork, I'll grill anything. As the Tigard Band Boosters' student cook, I'm always raring to barbecue something new! At Yale, I'll organize cookouts and outings with my suitemates. Hopefully, they'll share some new recipes to try out!
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
256 Words
Yale’s extensive course offerings and vibrant conversations beyond the classroom encourage students to follow their developing intellectual interests wherever they lead. Tell us about your engagement with a topic or idea that excites you. Why are you drawn to it?
In middle school, band students had two options: get private lessons or flunk out. My middle school band director often said, "You're never going to make it in music without outside lessons." No one else in my family was a musician, and we couldn't afford the fancy lessons, solo competitions, honor bands, and private orchestras the other kids would boast about. But I refused to let financial barriers obstruct my curiosity toward music. Instead of private lessons, I scoured the...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
255 Words
Reflect on your membership in a community. Why is your involvement important to you? How has it shaped you? You may define community however you like.
Tigard Public Library was always my second home. My family never had the time or money for Chuck-E-Cheese's or Oaks Amusement Park trips, so instead little two-year-old me explored the board books, phonics videos, and educational events the library had to offer. I never quite lost that bond with TPL—it's my go-to spot for studying (often with friends!), doing research for assignments, and just reading about whatever catches my interest (philosophy of mind, proof theory, music composition, artificial intelligence...). ...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

What I wish I had known as a first generation applicant
128 Words
I wish I had reached out to my teachers and counselors more. I mostly relied on advice I found online (namely, on r/ApplyingToCollege on Reddit), when I could have gotten much more personalized advice from the only...
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My advice about getting recommenders
99 Words
Make a list of all the teachers (and non-teachers) who know YOU best. These might not necessarily be your favorite teachers—instead, they should be people who know you inside...
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My insights about the IB (International Baccalaureate) program
68 Words
Use Google to find marked IAs, EEs, and TOK Essays in whatever subjects you choose. Analyze their structure and writing...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.20
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
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Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1560
 
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Band, School Jazz / Orchestra, Music: Instrumental, Theater/Drama, Library Volunteer, Philosophy Club, Tutoring/Mentoring, Family Responsibilities, Other Club/Activity
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