B.S., Computer Science
I am a Stanford Computer Science major from Las Vegas!
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Class of2025
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
The New York Times headline on my screen reads, “C.I.A. Concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killed.” Jamal Khashoggi, who was a prominent exiled Saudi journalist, sharply criticized the Saud family, and was marked as a progressive troublemaker. For this, he was brutally murdered in October 2018. Reading the article, I felt a strong sense of déjà vu. I flashed back to my fifth grade visit to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. with my family. I...
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What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Aggression. From the Nazis and Khmer Rouge to the contemporary Al Qaeda, many employ brutality to vaporize dissent. Aggression gave our ancestors survival advantages, but we must now renounce such archaic thinking; only empathetic collaboration and technological progress can enable the solutions to the global problems in our modern world.
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How did you spend your last two summers?
Practiced Chopin’s “Winter Wind” to exhaustion and earned a professional certificate in Data Science through edX. Reached Arusha to help open a Maasai primary school in western Tanzania. Stared in awe as the Perseid meteors soared through the moonless sky above Canyonlands, lit only by the Milky Way’s effervescent glow.
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What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
The four gold medal performances by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics soundly repudiated Hitler’s image of the Aryan superman. Luz Long, Hitler’s “perfect athlete”, warmly and openly embraced Owens in view of his Nazi Commanders after losing in one of the most courageously unifying acts in sports history.
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Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities, a job you hold, or responsibilities you have for your family.
Sleeping outside in blustery 20° weather, keeping my canoe team calm after capsizing over the open ocean, encouraging a terrified scout to continue his rappel down a cliff; my path to Eagle Scout has been uncomfortable, harrowing, challenging–but always rewarding. I have developed an inner calm and ability to lead even under duress, which have become skills that I use and cherish daily.
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Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.
I look forward to taking an IntroSem like Dr. Riskin’s “The Missing Link” and joining Dr. Wang’s Stanford Laptop Orchestra; these experiences will be remarkable and mind expanding. Exploring my love of history and music through technology will help me to connect with others through music, coding, and performance.
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The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
I am humbled by the power and the promise of computer science. Last summer, I was placed into the Human-Computer Interaction lab in the Garcia Scholars Program. I immersed myself into Python, R, and visual interface technology and worked on a project calibrating eye movement tracking for physically disabled individuals. During this project, I developed a homography that maps the eye-gaze data collected from an iPad camera to user-reported data, increasing the accuracy of button activation with one’s eyes...
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Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
We must stop teen vaping. I looked away in fear the first time I saw an e-cigarette in middle school. By high school, vaping was commonplace. The smell of flavors like Strawberry Shortcake were tempting, but my skepticism prompted me to investigate their dangers. The innocently named pods contain wicked potions of acetals, nicotine, THC, and propylene glycol, causing sickness and addiction in users. In response to this problem, I created a technological solution called VapeMate, a device to help...
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Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate — and us — know you better.
Hey future roommate! You can call me OMITTED, “Dr. J,” or less fondly, ”Smalls”—not because I am short, but because I am the victim of two towering older brothers. If there is one thing you need to know about me, it is this: I am a sandwich fanatic. I love to find ways to transform slices of sourdough into something magical. We should go to Ike’s for inspiration to construct that perfect cheese, turkey, and caramelized veggie delight....

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What set me apart from other applicants
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I believe that the way most people approach the college application process is somewhat flawed. Throughout high school, students place a massive focus on academics and their GPA trying to outdo one another by piling on APs. Meanwhile, they participate in relatively standard clubs and activities like DECA, HOSA, and Speech and Debate. However, this is not the best way to differentiate yourself. Colleges want to see your grades because they want to know you can handle school once you're there. Going above and beyond the threshold admissions officers need in order to say "you can handle it" is not...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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A lot of students use up their summers without much to show for it. Use your summers to explore a passion or to fully realize a technical interest of yours. For example, if you expect during-the-year research to be a fundamental part of your application, try hard to get into a research summer camp. My personal research experience was very different than...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
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Be strategic about AP exams! At my school, AP classes did not have nearly the workload of AP classes at other, top-tier boarding/private schools. However, I still avoided the ones that fit two criteria: 1) they were a lot of work and 2) I wasn't interested in using them for my career or future. Notice: I wanted to be a CS major, so all of the hardest...

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