College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘18
BA, Neuroscience, Visual Arts

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

a transfer from Amherst College to Columbia University--rising sophomore
From: Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Transfer
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Carleton, Grinnell, U of Minnesota, GAC, Columbia
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2330
Highest ACT:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Marching Band, National Honor Society, Political Campaign, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, School Band, Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

I was at a loss for words – a first in my life. Cornered, exposed, and mortified, I stared into the dark, soulless eyes of a mall vendor. With a painted-on smile as fake as that of a ventriloquist dummy, the man thrust toward me a brochure which lauded the latest and greatest development in English language-learning software. “You too can learn English in less than three weeks with only minimal pain and suffering! Guaranteed to produce results, but if not,...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
373 Words
AMHERST WRITING SUPPLEMENT Prompt 5: “Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted.” Attributed to William Hastie, Amherst Class of 1925, the first African-American to serve as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals For a decade and a half, learning how to whistle was the bane of my existence. Music was a fundamental and deep-rooted aspect of my life – while my friends grew up playing with Barbie dolls,...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
275 Words
CARLETON - WHY US Why are you interested in Carleton College? One of the biggest mysteries in the world is trying to pinpoint and interpret how the human mind functions. Ever since I was little, I’ve been enamored with cognitive science, psychology, and how the two relate to the human experience as a whole. Whether it was approaching random strangers in the grocery store to ask them how they were faring (suffice to say, I was an audacious five-year-...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
639 Words
HARVARD OPTIONAL WRITING SUPPLEMENT With a deft flick of my wrist, I add a small smear of white paint to the bird on my canvas. From underneath the bristles of my paintbrush, a brightly colored European Kingfisher blooms, its radiant plumage set in stark contrast against the muted, brown background. The knitted sleeves of my cardigan are rolled up in a way that exposes the rough skin of my elbows, and my hair is secured back in a tight ponytail....

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
573 Words
UCHICAGO SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY - pick your own topic Prompt: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” - Edgar Allan Poe What is the most memorable dream you’ve had in high school? The number one sport for Asian parents everywhere is comparing their children. I first realized the merits of such an encouraging (and clearly not demeaning) pastime one night during a dream. A heated argument arose between my friend’s mother and mine....

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
478 Words
YALE SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY My knuckles flash white as I grip the edge of the wooden church pew. The overhead lights cast dark, dancing silhouettes around the room; lowering my eyes, I count the brown tiles on the floor in sets of six, desperately attempting to hold onto something constant, something immutable. The air in the Chapel of Reconciliation presses against me from all sides. My hands are slick with sweat, with raw emotion, with the memory of every lengthy rehearsal...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
159 Words
BROWN - AREA OF STUDY In my opinion, one of the biggest mysteries in the world is trying to pinpoint and interpret how the human mind functions and how its mechanisms affect our interpersonal relationships. Ever since I was little, I’ve been enamored with cognitive science, psychology, and how the two relate to the human experience as a whole. Whether it was approaching random strangers in the grocery store to ask them how they were faring (suffice to say,...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
108 Words
BROWN - WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED I was born in sunny Gainesville, Florida. My parents like to mention the city’s blazing hot weather, but I’d like to believe the heat was mostly due to my own radiance. After half a year in Florida, my family and I had a brief stint in Wyoming, which increased the state's sparse population by approximately 5%. Two years later, I moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, home to hay bales, zealous conservatives, and...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
209 Words
WHY BROWN? In a dusty corner of the bookstore, you find a battered copy of Choose Your Own Adventure Book: Brown Edition. The first page introduces the protagonist, Angela Liu, who is determined to make the most of her four years on College Hill. It’s registration day, and with the flexibility of Brown’s open curriculum and its shopping period, Angela takes the euphoric liberty of signing up for courses that truly interest her, something she was unable to...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
276 Words
COLUMBIA TRANSFER ESSAY Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why. Here at Amherst, since there are no distribution requirements, many of my peers are firmly set in their academic interests and don't particularly want to branch out. Coming from a college with an open curriculum that can sometimes divide the student body, I find the collective aspect of Columbia's Core incredibly appealing. While you could theoretically create a core for yourself at Amherst, it wouldn't...

College Admissions Advice

How to approach transferring schools
116 Words
Don't be too afraid of approaching professors for recs + the pesky midterm grade report. They're honestly there to help you! Many will understand (at least, most of mine did) that fit is very important, and...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
10 Words
I didn't use...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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This is for Amherst...

What I’d change about my application process
78 Words
Assuming that you want to study a field you have little to no prior experience in, I would lie and say that you...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
50 Words
I've gotten off of 3/5 waitlists I've been put on. I think the key is to...

My favorite course thus far, and why
61 Words
My favorite course thus far was actually intro psychology (which may sound super pretentious, but I promise I...