UC Berkeley
B.S., Health Care Management
First-gen (& mid student) Asian kid defies affirmative action
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Hometown Mission Viejo, California
Class of2026
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Health Care Management

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
"What was it like in re-education camp, Auntie Three?". My eight-year-old eyes sparkled with curiosity as my aunt embarked on yet another fable about her trials and tribulations in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. "Ohh… I was relieved to have friends during those times," she chuckled in Vietnamese. “I was lucky even to have sold enough sticky rice to bribe the guards!” On other occasions, my aunt would reminisce with stories of hiding from communist tax collectors, selling playing cards smuggled from...
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
I’ve developed a seemingly-harmless habit: loopholing my life. Whether it’s debugging, automating, or multitasking, I hunt for modern solutions in an archaic past. A middle-man merchant of an underlying Web2.0, soon Web3.0 economy. I’m a nerd, I know. Perhaps you’ve heard it: ‘The Metaverse’. In an era of decentralization, I picked up my rustic keyboard to join the front-lines in innovation. You’d be surprised how ‘Atomic Habits’ transforms you (a gem, but a one-time read)....
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
I sell opportunities for a living. While others sell Oreos, I sell vending machines. While others sell services like cleaning your car, I sell the car wash. Every weekend, I lurk my favorite website: '' As much as I'd like to buy my own coin-laundromat, a 17-year old dependent living on reduced lunch waivers probably can’t. Can’t or won’t? Most proletariats see opportunities but are disuaded by technical hurdles, hence the aphorism, "the rich get...
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
No matter how long the days get, I can always find solace in hearing the words, "I'm out." Whether it's cutting a royalty deal with the devil, Mr. Wonderful, or listening to Daymond John's half-baked advice, I must get my weekly dose of Shark Tank, 8/7c, every Friday. In my second-ever TV experience, my seven-year-old self witnessed the embodiment of capitalism, all from a 3.5-inch iPhone 4S. This marked the start of my love-and-hate relationship with the 'American Dream'. But...
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
I gasped at the stinging pain of the patient’s back: red streaks lined the shoulders, abdomen, and spine. The lubricated metal spoon pressed against an undisturbed-yet-irritated patient’s back in an attempt to push out the illness. My Medical/Hospital Careers internship's third week. Instead of Western antibiotic treatment, Eastern medicine practitioners recommend coining as an effective treatment for fevers. Thus, what fascinates me is striking a balance between Eastern and Western medicine at the intersection of business and...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
127 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)*
My interest in Yale starts with a manuscript. Charles-Edward Winslow's manuscript to be exact. Winslow carefully crafted its composition while drafted as part of the lost generation in WWI by day, and legislator at the J.B. Pierce Laboratory at night. When you look up a trailblazer, Winslow's face should appear: Founder of CEA Winslow award, (Public Health's Nobel prize)l; Consultant to the World Health Organization; First male elected as the superintendent of the Yale Hospital School of Nursing....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
36 Words
1. What inspires you?
Alexa, Amazon Echo. Audiobooks, podcasts, music all in a portable cylinder. Makes you wonder, is this the advent of tech? Like a genie, a library's information in an utter.I just have to ask questions.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
22 Words
2. You are teaching a new Yale course. What is it called?
Insurance companies HATE this weird trick... Medical Tourism: The clickbait economics behind the U.S.'s medical-industrial complex vs. developing nations.
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
35 Words
3. 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 and what would you ask them to discuss?*
1962's JFK. First, to thank him: the first president to put Medicare on the national agenda. But why? With his 2nd term election coming up, why campaign for something so controversial for his time?
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
451 Words
Considering the specific undergraduate school you have selected, how will you explore your academic and intellectual interests at the University of Pennsylvania? For students applying to the coordinated dual-degree and specialized programs, please answer these questions in regard to your single-degree school choice; your interest in the coordinated dual-degree or specialized program may be addressed through the program-specific essay. (300-450 words)*
Being a phlebotomist afraid of needles, I've heard the phrase "Be a man" more times than I've heard my Dad say, "I love you." And that's no coincidence. Society taught him—taught us—to be that way. Trapped in my ill-fitting lab coat, I've been mentored to be strong when I'm weak, tough when I'm in pain, cocky when I'm insecure. But that's not me. I'm a boy who lives with Sammy, an ikea polar bear and cuddle with him...

School Specific Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
110 Words
Look: I applied REA because Stanford was my dream school. Don't do that. REA'ing to Stanford, Harvard, MIT doesn't help you in any way except you'll know your decision as potentially a deferral....

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I wish I had known as a first generation applicant
62 Words
Apply questbridge. And scholarships. They'll be your lifeline through college. Instead of choosing the school that provided the best...
My advice about getting recommenders
106 Words
Help them write the letters of recommendation. Yes, you'll be giving them a brag sheet. But, these teachers and professionals are just as human as you. They have their own lives to...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
152 Words
As long as you keep your GPA as spiked as possible in comparison to your classmates, you're chilling. I was kind of a mid-student in high school. No IB classes, only one club, didn't study for AP tests. However, I made up for my extracurriculars outside...

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