albertlu00
albertlu00,
MIT
B.S., Computer Science
Undergrad at MIT interested in AI/ML and statistics
Features Included
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Essays
12
Schools
21
Scores
3
Advice
3
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Cooper City, Florida
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
Class of2025
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Harvey Mudd (Claremont, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
After watching the wheel spin endlessly for the 45th time that week, I had given up. No amount of computer reboots or calls to Xfinity Customer Service could fix the problem - I needed a new computer. I have only known Old Faithful throughout my life. An old Windows PC, it was cumbersome to move and even more to operate, but I was loyal anyways. The constant whirr of its fans, the rhythmic clacking of the keyboard - I grew...
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I’ve never been the best at social interaction - I was always shy and preferred to keep things to myself. I preferred the comfort of silence to stifled, awkward interaction. I would only respond if called on, wanting to absorb myself in one of my fantasy books, or focus on math problems. In 9th grade, I could no longer choose silence. I’ve loved trivia since I was young, tuning into Jeopardy! every night and clicking along with contestants...
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I am a first-generation son of immigrants, between two worlds. On Halloween, I hand out Snickers and introduce kids to Chinese lychee candy in equal measure. I hunt down mooncakes with my dad in the international store, which are somehow always next to yellow boxes of panettone. I shoot off rapid-fire Shanghainese and English at home, asking for ‘“pai gu (ribs) for wan fan (dinner) today?” My parents immigrated to the U.S. so that I could have English as...
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I grew up in South Florida, a melting pot of culture. In fact, minorities make up 62.5% of South Florida’s population, and my high school is no exception. There’s a distinct inequality in the education opportunities between wealthier students and their poorer classmates, especially in children of immigrants who didn’t grow up speaking English as their first language. We didn’t have the same networking or learning opportunities as others do - our parents never went to parent-teacher...
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After 36 hours of work, my friends and I triumphantly put the finishing touches on what would be the Princeton Review’s nightmare. We looked proudly on our accomplishment - a sophisticated PSAT practice program, for free. Although HackTheLib was our first hackathon, that didn’t stop us from eagerly competing. We were to create a community-based application that would help people in general. Being juniors at the time, the PSAT was fresh in our minds, and we were well aware...
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As I approached the entrance, the automatic sliding door parted, and a welcome whoosh of cool air brought relief from the sweltering heat outside. And with the phrase, “Go read - I’ll be back from the store soon,” I was free. My mother took me to the library every weekend starting when I was 6. I remember walking the rows, dragging my hand along the spines of the books on the shelves, inhaling the scent of cellophane and paper and...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
55 Words
You should do something during the summer - I think colleges like to see you being proactive...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
74 Words
It can be pretty stressful applying to college, especially during the school year when you have lots of homework and classes to...
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My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
67 Words
I think that colleges don't really care about your AP scores, they care more about the actual course itself (and...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
5.00
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1570
 
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Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details17 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesQuiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Math Team, Academic
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