College Admissions Info

Chanel.li
Chanel.li
Princeton University ‘19
BA, Public Policy Analysis

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Jersey raised. Bio nerd in high school. Formerly pre-med but now I dabble in statistics, economics, policy, and East Asia. Intensely passionate about public health.
From: Holmdel , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Duke, Brown, Cornell, UMich, CMU, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, NYU
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

2350
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1580
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Math Team, Science Club/Team, National Honor Society, Science Club/Team, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Chinese Club
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College Application Essays

“So why aren’t we doing anything?” Silence. A rarity in my five weeks at the [omit program name] Program. Sitting at the head of the table, my professor tried again. “We’ve read everything there is on global warming, there’s no question it’s happening! But take China, they’re making carbon dioxide by the truckload, so why aren’t they doing anything?” I’m not sure what caused me to speak up while my fellow scholars remained...











Supplemental Essay for Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UChicago, MIT, Duke, UPenn, Cornell: Strong beliefs/principles
264 Words
I initially regarded the New Jersey Scholars Program with a certain degree of skepticism. The camp promised an “interdisciplinary” study of climate change delegated among the realms of science, literature, philosophy, and sociology. But having cultivated my passion for Biology at a UPenn research academy the previous summer, the latter three disciplines were about as interesting to me as creationism was to Bill Nye. Day one: the first words of my philosophy professor only seemed to confirm my reservations. “Climate...





Supplemental Essay for Cornell: “Why us” school essay
690 Words
The three quintessential high school questions: 1. What do you want to be? 2. What’s your favorite subject? 3. Where do you want to attend college? #1 came easy: I am, first and foremost, a scientist. To prove it, I could write about the fascinating transgenes I researched at Rutgers, or the fulfillment of publishing my very own genetic sequence in the NCBI. But I’m not. Because ironically, I discovered Biology’s greatest gratification through two activities that have ostensibly little in...











Supplemental Essay for Brown: “Why us” school essay
210 Words
Stashed in my drawer are two keepsakes: a glossy pebble from my professors at the NJ Scholars Program, and a wood-crafted eagle from my advisor in the Y-MUN officer corps. These two experiences, both central to my identity, occurred months apart. One emphasized leadership, the other intellectual discovery. Yet emblazoned on both mementos are the same three words: Set yourself free. 200 words aren’t nearly enough to capture why I love Brown: organizations that range from hilarity of The Brown...





Supplemental Essay for Princeton, Duke, Brown, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Northwestern: Strong beliefs/principles
160 Words
My past few birthdays have seen more countries and caucuses, than cakes and candles. I’m talking about ASEAN, a committee in the YMCA Model UN. It’s where my committee Chair gave me my voice three years ago, and where I filled his shoes this year, seeking to return the favor. Some see working year-round on a four-day conference as poor planning, but to me and my 39 fellow officers, it was our ultimate validation. It was validated by the...



College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
209 Words
1) Unlock dis PROFILE and help a poor broke college dude make it to graduation. I'm literally eating raw eggplant as we speak. (But also unlock cuz I speak the #TRUTH). 2) Finish essays earlier. I did 90% of mine at the last minute and it made my winter break downright miserable. I also had to submit a few of my essays LATE, and...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
187 Words
Advise: don't. Take it from someone with firsthand experience. After getting deferred from Princeton SCEA, I literally completely rewrote my supplement and sent it in on a whim sometime in February (a MONTH after the RD deadline). In my case, I felt that my SCEA supplement wasn't really written in my voice, and wasn't...





What set me apart from other applicants
142 Words
Not sure. I felt like I was a pretty generic applicant. It was probably high powered academic achievement combined with being an informed, opinionated person and having a likable (if I say so myself) disposition. The former was obvious from the awards...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
176 Words
If you are interviewing for top schools, a lot of your interviewers will be smart cookies. You don't need to learn gravitational wave theory to impress them, just be generally well spoken and informed on current issues. Think of it like a tinder date minus the shitty puns. Have an opinion. Be...





My advice about getting recommenders
25 Words
See above. Choose carefully and less is more....





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
223 Words
Keep yourself busy. Don't get me wrong, I want to lower the unemployment rate as much as the next guy, but working at a restaurant or at your local community pool will not get you into HYP. 9.9 times out of 10 Stanford is going to take the person that did SIMR over the dude who washed cars over the summer (note this is mainly geared toward middle...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I actually did. I'll be...