emilyw12
emilyw12,
Stanford ‘20
B.S., Computer Science
Computer Science major at Stanford University
Features Included
4
Essays
5
Schools
15
Scores
5
Advice
1
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Portland, Oregon
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionEarly Action
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I’ve traveled to The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Millennium Park in Chicago on expeditions to battle stage fright and uncontrollable nerves so that I could perform on world-famous stages. Yet, the most excruciating and daunting journey of all took place in front of my laptop monitor on a yoga mat. I'm no athlete. I don't know how to play any sports. Being a violinist, I never found a reason to put my body through any kind of physical...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
252 Words
What matters to you, and why?
In middle school, an autistic boy named Alfredo asked to shake my hand. As I did so, I heard my classmates snigger behind me and whisper, “Gross!” Having never encountered an autistic person before, I immediately believed they were all “gross.” Oh, how wrong I was. Later that year I read the book Luna by Julie Anne Peters, which details the struggles of a transgender teen who calls himself “Luna.” I was perplexed by the idea; it seemed foreign and...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
257 Words
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
When I was seven, I was stuck in a class of children haphazardly playing violins. Two classes passed without playing a single note and curiosity got the best of me; I discovered that pressing my fingers in different places created different notes. When the class began playing “Twinkle Twinkle” from the Suzuki books, I had already learned the other five variations. I began reading music by clapping rhythms while listening to recordings and I solidified my bow-hold by reproducing it...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—know you better.
Hi! Just a forewarning: our first meeting may be a little bit awkward, as I am quite soft-spoken, but I promise I will warm up to you the more we get to know each other. I’ve been told that I seem too serious, but in actuality I love to laugh; my favorite memories are of laughing hysterically over not-so-brilliant karaoke singing and face masks. Although I may not seem outgoing, I love going out. I enjoy getting ready--picking an...
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School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
63 Words
Stanford allows for a lot of academic freedom to explore different areas of study, and you aren't pressured to...
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How to increase chances at my school
177 Words
Stanford looks for people who are unique and also passionate about what they do. You have the chance to demonstrate this in your personal statement and supplemental essays. I played violin for 8 years by the time I applied, so that was a major focus of my application and topic of my essays. This...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
113 Words
I joined my dance team freshman year and have been with it since then, going on to be the leader of the team and helping it grow in terms of membership, quality, and artistic...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
126 Words
Most schools recommend two teacher recommendation letters, one from the humanities and one from the science/math department. Make sure these are teachers that know you well. They should not only know of your work habits/classroom...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
134 Words
I did not use a private admissions counselor, however a colleague of mine, who was already admitted into college, was very helpful. She allowed me to read her essays and explained her extracurriculars to me. Read a lot of successful...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.50
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
790
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score600
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details11 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesLocal Orchestra / Symphony / Band
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

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