College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘19
BS, Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

One of 22 students studying arts, technology, and business in the selective Iovine and Young Academy at USC!
From: Renton , Washington
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: USC, Washington, UCSD
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1510
Highest SAT: 2200
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High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Rugby
Extracurricular Activities: Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Community Cleanup / Service, Drama Production Crew, National Honor Society, Yearbook, School Theater/Plays, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

My experiences fill a 1280 by 800 pixel screen. Art board clear, pen tool equipped, I hold my mouse hand steady and begin. Where I've been and what I've done are fonts, patterns, shapes, colors. My experiences paint dots on my computer screen as they freckle my own face, and when I look at my finished Photoshop canvas, I see 1280 by 800 pixels of myself. It's a translation. I stand in my backyard during a summer sunset, the familiar Pacific Northwest breeze on...

Supplemental Essay:
314 Words
As a Montessori kid, I was raised by curiosity. I never saw the other half of education: no power standards, no graded tests—nothing limited my interests. I’m nine, and I find Microsoft Paint. Everything is fascinating—little square patterns and buckets of color—and soon I am pencil tool master. I come home each day from third grade to draw my laptop pictures. I improve my art, and by middle school I’m making drawings in the Adobe...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
197 Words
As a college student, you’re expected to try a serving of everything. Taste this, sip that, and come out on the other side—into the real world—a perfect cosmopolitan. I believe this reality is misrepresented, and I think you do too. The purpose of sample servings is to expand your palate to find your favorites, not to collect tastes and sips of things (that you may not even enjoy) for the sake of variety. Here’s a list...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
156 Words
My six friends in fourth grade at Spring Valley Montessori School called ourselves “The Enchilada.” We were each an ingredient. I was Tortilla. Every day we declared ourselves as The Enchilada when we entered the playground. Growing up as a Montessori kid gave me a lifelong appreciation for initiative. The Enchilada and I created our own school yearbook with makeshift materials. I designed the covers with construction paper and markers. We passed out binders of Microsoft Word profiles of everyone...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
159 Words
When I got back from Paraguay I decided to play soccer for my school. Whether it was because I wanted to shed the pounds I gained in Paraguayan food or because I legitimately thought I was good after playing barefoot against children, I was on an adventurous “I just experienced a new culture” high, so I tried out. I sucked. It was a truly pathetic sort of suck. I could barely run a mile. But because they needed people and...

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
130 Words
Money was huge. USC awarded me the Trustee Scholarship, giving me full-tuition for my undergraduate degree and therefore allowing me to graduate in 2019 without debt. Do not overlook the importance of your financial situation! Though debt right now...

My advice about getting recommenders
63 Words
An English teacher who knows you well and you also know well. Then, get an adult you have gotten...

What I’d change about my application process
188 Words
The schools I applied to were limited in scope because location was important to me. I wanted schools in California because my birth dad lived there. I lived with my mom my entire life in Washington State, so living near my dad in college was always the plan. If could have, I would have applied to...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
56 Words
My USC Iovine and Young Academy interview lasted about 30 minutes. I was interviewed by a panel of...

How to increase chances at my school
72 Words
The USC Iovine and Young Academy values interdisciplinary interests in the arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. They have a lot of engineer types...