College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘19
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Harvard student, economics concentrator, feminist, and panda lover. If you have any questions for me, or would like help with your application/essays, feel free shoot me a message.
From: Syosset , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Duke, Rice, CMU, Rochester, Stony Brook
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1580
Highest SAT: 2350
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High School Performance

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

Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Debate Club/Team, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Math Team, French Club, Church, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, National Honor Society, Community Cleanup / Service
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College Application Essays

Until I sat down to write the first draft of that essay about Ms. Kapsidis, I had not thought about the implications of helping others. Between the writing of that essay and this one, a central message has become only clearer. All of us are irrevocably tied to others, whether we perceive those connections or have yet to discover them. At some point, we all must rely on someone else for assistance, guidance, or understanding. And that prospect can unsettle...

Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
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"Scientists have been trying to find it for hundreds of years, pouring tons of money into research, and to this day they don't have a theory. The elements found in a human being is all junk that you can buy in any market with a child's allowance. Humans are pretty cheaply made," begins a passage from Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist series. I learned this fact the hard way in seventh grade science. After introducing us to chemistry with an explosion,...

Additional Essay Details:
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For my Harvard supplement, I wrote about my experiences at a summer camp I had attended for seven years, for kids/teens with neuro-muscular disorders. I emphasized how those I met at camp helped me develop overwhelming confidence that would propel me towards a bright figure. Please email me if you would like further information about my other essays.

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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Although my parents offered, I felt that I didn't need a...

What I’d change about my application process
97 Words
Though I can't complain about the outcome, I would tell myself two things: 1) Don't procrastinate with application essays as much as I did. Try to get one essay drafted...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Pick teachers whom you connect with particularly well, either in their subject area...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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All four of my interviews (Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, University of Rochester) went very well. Out of all of them, I connected best with my Harvard interviewer (which I do believe contributed...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
81 Words
I chose my activities in high school without college in mind. Unlike a lot of typical Asian tiger-parents, my parents have always been very...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Just get out there and do SOMETHING you like. Whether it's traveling, getting a job, obtaining an internship, or...

What set me apart from other applicants
288 Words
When applying to top schools, a perfect SAT score, GPA, or any standardized testing will not set you apart. Does Harvard accept students with 2400s? Of course! But there is no difference between a 2300 and a 2400 in the eyes of an admissions officer. Your scores, ranks, amount of extracurriculars etc will only keep you in the running for a spot at these top universities. After that first reading, they never get looked at again. It is the qualitative (the essays, recommendations, interviews) that will set you...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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After seeing many hilarious and grossly inaccurate depictions of Harvard University, going there and meeting with students and teachers is a very refreshing experience. While it's true that almost everyone there is extremely...