UC Berkeley
B.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I am from suburban Colorado and am attending UC Berkeley. I have interests in biology, music, and more.
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Hometown Aurora, Colorado
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Japanese, German

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
  • University of Colorado - Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • Minerva Schools at KGI (San Francisco, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed for Yale, Yale in Singapore, Stanford, and Duke. Out of those 4, I only got into Duke. This may partly be because...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
117 Words
I love how close it is to the bay; you can see the Golden Gate Bridge on clear days from certain spots on campus! I also love the weather: the sun, the rain, and the...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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-AFX and other dancing groups -a capella -social welfare, charity, community service groups -ethnically/culturally...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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-driven (Everyone has something they care about that they work really hard to achieve in) -multifaceted (see my entry above) -stressed (it cannot...
What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
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I would make financial aid and other...

More Essays

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1. My sister, Sara, is seven years older than I am. She has set a framework for my life that I have followed, and she has inspired me in more ways than I can remember. Looking at my sister's high school life, it closely resembles mine. She was in IB, she was section leader in marching band, she played in pit orchestra, she took the highest level math, and she was extremely skilled and dedicated to her language. Additionally, she was...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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When I first learned about Duke, it was on CollegeConfidential. Duke was recommended to me because I wanted a warm, coastal climate with an excellent biology program that was highly ranked in other areas, as well. I decided Duke sounded intriguing, so I read the Duke Admissions blog- all the posts, from years ago to now. What I loved about Duke was the intellectual atmosphere I gathered from these blog posts. I was especially excited by the lemur center and...
Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
239 Words
Being biracial is very close to my identity. I am half Japanese and half white, and I have found that this quality separates me from people who I would otherwise relate to- I have never felt fully at home with either white people or Asian people. Being biracial is confusing. When people call me Asian and stereotype me from that, it is puzzling, for am I not also white? I enjoy rice and eating with chopsticks, but I also am...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
766 Words
There is a certain joy in discovering a word that perfectly describes you, your thoughts, or your habits. When a complicated aspect of your life is summed up in one word, it transforms the conception of self into something slightly more tangible, more compact. Words like these connect people because what used to feel personal and incommunicable suddenly has a word, an accepted medium to transfer the idea from one person to another. A word that does this for me...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
266 Words
One of my favorite aspects of UChicago is the Core Curriculum. I find the focus on a liberal arts education to be extremely refreshing and inspiring, as more and more universities and colleges focus on preparing for a career. There is nothing wrong with focusing on a career, but I fear I have too many interests and possibilities for my future career to commit to one just yet. UChicago’s Core provides the chance to discover what truly interests me...
Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
391 Words
As of 2010, less than 1% of the Colorado population is of Japanese ancestry. My significant connection with the Japanese culture, therefore, is immensely valuable to the diversity of CU Boulder. I am half-Japanese, and I am very involved with my Japanese heritage. I have both embraced and immersed myself in Japanese culture and brought it to the people in my community. In seventh grade, I began studying Japanese in school. In eighth grade, I began participating in the competition called Japan...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
91 Words
One unique aspect of Yale that has me really excited to attend is the residential colleges. I love the idea of living in a smaller community that creates a permanent Yale family. It is very familiar to me, as I am in two special, smaller communities at my school. The IB program at my school has about 60 people in my grade, and it functions as a family within my high school. Marching band is the same way, especially my particular...
Supplemental Essay Other
995 Words
I had to write a variety of admission essays. I reused a lot, and I had a few topics that I knew I wanted to write on ahead of time. I had a google doc with all the college essays I had ever written, and if I needed more or fewer words or a slightly different focus, I would edit these. I had a list of my favorite books, authors, films, and artists in case that was needed for an...

General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
77 Words
I did not use a private admissions counselor. I was confident enough in my ability to get in, and I did not need...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
49 Words
Do something fun and enriching! Most of my summers were spent doing marching band, which...
What set me apart from other applicants
160 Words
I believe my leadership roles, high test scores, and challenging coursework set me apart from other applicants. I was in IB and I took classes like AP Calc BC. I also had a 4.0 at the time I applied. My declining grades senior year occurred after I was already...
Why I declined other schools
128 Words
University of Washington: This was a very near choice. I did not choose it ultimately because, although I got a scholarship, it was too much money to pay for a compromise in location and academic quality. Minerva:...
Post-college plans
40 Words
I do not know yet, but I definitely want to apply for...
Why I ultimately chose my school
486 Words
My main issues in deciding where to go were financial and weighing of potential. Financially, I should have gone to Oklahoma, since I received many financial benefits for National Merit. Boulder was also cheaper. I got a scholarship at UW, but it was still more expensive than these two. Finally, Minerva was actually quite cheap because it's an experimental for-profit school with extremely low tuition. Basically everything was much less expensive than my first choice, Berkeley (except Duke). Weighing potential was also important. How would my future look? Would I have a better future with much less debt, as Oklahoma...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I do not have to take out loans yet. My parents are able to pay, right now, for college....
My advice about getting recommenders
90 Words
Because I wanted to major in a science field, I made sure one of my recommenders was a science teacher. The other was just a teacher who...
What I’d change about my application process
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I would have spent more time applying for scholarships. As it is,...

High School Performance

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High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
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Converted SAT Score1570
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ActivitiesMarching Band, Japanese Club, Model Congress / Model UN, National Honor Society, Nursing Home Volunteer, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, School Band, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Theater/Plays, Tutoring/Mentoring
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