College Admissions Info

Paeonia
Paeonia
Harvard University ‘19
BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Aspiring electrical engineer and freshman at Harvard
From: Gainesville , Florida
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Princeton, Florida
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

2360
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1590
Highest SAT: 2360
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High School Performance

4.00
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Fencing
Extracurricular Activities: Math Team, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Science Club/Team, French Club, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

Bleary-eyed and sullen, I blinked, squeezed my eyelids shut, and blinked again before managing to fully open both eyes. The dissonant notes struck on my brother's keyboard jolted me into consciousness. Thanks to Alex, I never needed an alarm to wake up for school. Living with autism isn't easy. Living with a brother who has it isn't any easier. Countless parties and playdates were missed taking Alex to his therapy appointments. Homework was done to the discordant tunes he churned...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
620 Words
Harvard Supplement: How to Make Interesting Small Talk Step One: Acquire a carbon fiber case for your instrument. Step Two: Carry it with you everywhere. Though this recipe may yield varying results, it will guarantee a conversation far more interesting than chatting about the weather. Just last week, as I was heading toward my car, violin case in hand, an elderly woman rushed up to me, breathlessly asking if I was carrying a violin or a viola. When I told...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
533 Words
Princeton Supplement: "If you are interested in pursuing a B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) degree, please write a 300-500 word essay describing why you are interested in studying engineering, any experiences in or exposure to engineering you have had, and how you think the programs in engineering offered at Princeton suit your particular interests." My mom always told me that when I was a child, she hated taking me places like the mall or even the grocery...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
656 Words
Princeton Supplement: "Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way." "Punch it!" snapped Ms. Booher. She prowled her way from aisle to aisle as we hurriedly dug around our backpacks for a calculator. Any student unfortunate enough to have left his or hers at home would be eyed frostily and berated mercilessly in class. She ruled over her honors chemistry and AP chemistry classes with an iron fist. Ms. Booher was relentless, harsh, and berating,...









College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
191 Words
When I went through the undergraduate admissions process, I wasn't entirely confident of my application essays, how my resume would be framed, or how to do well in an interview. Compared to other college admissions consulting companies, Admissions Hero seemed to be the cheapest and most fine-tuned to my needs. If you're confident of your writing abilities...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
197 Words
Currently, I am involved in the Bach Society Orchestra (a student-run orchestra), Harvard Yearbook Publications, Harvard College Engineering Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association. Having played violin throughout middle and high school, naturally I wanted to continue playing it in college, and a student-run orchestra would have a much more relaxed atmosphere and time commitment versus the...





My favorite course thus far, and why
109 Words
So far, my favorite course at Harvard was Introduction to Electrical Engineering (ES50). I enrolled thinking of studying computer science of government, having not even considered electrical engineering (AP Physics C E&M...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
proactive, knowledgable,...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
406 Words
Honestly, there are a lot of things I got wrong about college in general, not just Harvard, that I realized when I arrived in Cambridge. Harvard is put on such a pedestal, but once you get there, you realize that it has a bevy of institutional problems, just like any other place. That said, you still get an amazing undergrad experience! A lot of things aren't perfect. At first, you assume everything will be flawless, given the huge endowment and all, but people forget that Harvard is extremely old. That means wooden and brick everything, insects and rats, lack of...









My advice about getting recommenders
56 Words
Your recommenders should have known you for at least two years, in my opinion, but if that's...





How to increase chances at my school
79 Words
As someone who isn't an admissions officer, take this with a grain of salt (no one at Harvard knows WHY they got accepted, given...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
130 Words
Definitely apply to as many scholarships as you can! Money + resume material. Make sure to check with the financial aid office though, because after a certain point the money may be used to decrease the college's own scholarship, since...





Post-college plans
48 Words
For engineers, it is less critical to go to grad school to get a...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
350 Words
I interviewed with Harvard, Princeton, and MIT. My Harvard interview went well; it lasted around 40 minutes and took place at a Starbucks. My interviewer was an eye doctor, and we both were introverts, so we kind of bonded over that. I asked lots of questions about Harvard student extracurriculars, and he talked about his experience as a student travel blogger. He asked stereotypical questions, like "Why Harvard?", though one surprising question I got asked was, "What kind of roommate would I be?" I was honest and admitted to being pretty messy :P The Princeton interview was my very first one,...