College Admissions Info

DuKeystone
DuKeystone
Duke University , New York University ‘10
BA, Public Policy Analysis

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

The world's laziest overachiever. I work hard, but I also wish everything could just be effortless.
From: Great Neck , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UMich, Cornell, Northwestern, Tufts
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

2280
SAT
35
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1550
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High School Performance

4.15
GPA
Top 10%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Fencing
Extracurricular Activities: Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Debate Club/Team, School theater/plays, Hospital Volunteer, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Math Team, Nursing Home Volunteer, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Science Club/Team, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring, Charity Drive Organizing
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College Application Essays

79 Words
I wrote about my experience founding and running a charitable organization. I spent two summers raising money for a scholarship fund that financed the education of 40 female students in two villages of rural China through secondary school. I discussed the event that spurred me to set up the fund as well as subsequent visits to the villages. I then tied my passion for education and access to information to my desired course of study (i.e., policy and journalism).

Supplemental Essay for Duke: “Why us” school essay
13 Words
Discussed how Duke is known for its "Work hard, play hard" campus culture.

Supplemental Essay for Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Duke, UPenn, Dartmouth, Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown, Tufts, UMich, NYU: Diversity statement
22 Words
How Chinese folk dancing is culturally significant to me and has connected me to my ethnic heritage while also showcasing my individuality.

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
27 Words
My greatest accomplishment: Discussed my transformation from being both a role model for my brother and a source of his insecurities into his biggest fan and advocate.

Supplemental Essay: Other
28 Words
My diversity statement elaborated on my love for performing as an extension of my talents and opportunity to showcase my unique abilities that make me who I am.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
301 Words
If I could do high school over, I would have obsessed less about taking the most advanced classes and maxing out my schedule. I overloaded every year, completing 15 AP classes and receiving all 4's and 5's on the exams except in two classes (those were 3's). It was entirely unnecessary. Although it earned me the title of NY State AP Scholar (only one female and one male student in the state receive this title), my grades and sanity suffered. I was so caught up in taking the most challenging courses...







Recommended summer activities during high school and college
235 Words
If you have a rough idea of what career path you want to pursue or a particular academic interest you may want to carry over to college, test it out. Conduct research, shadow a vet, help at a law firm, intern at your local newspaper. Anything. It's better to find out the areas you're NOT interested in earlier on so you don't waste time in college switching majors halfway...





What I’d change about my application process
313 Words
My application strategy wasn't really a strategy. I applied early to Harvard because it was my dream school. My heart was so set on Harvard that I didn't seriously look into starting my other applications for the regular decision round. By the time I found out I was deferred, I had to scramble. I ended up sending applications out to all the top schools, but their quality suffered because I didn't invest adequate time and effort into customizing them for each school. If you apply early, please don't let your desire for/confidence in a particular school blind you to...







Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
290 Words
I submitted an additional personal letter of recommendation from a Harvard alumnus after being deferred at Harvard. He was able to vouch for my character and the value I'd bring to the student body. I ended up being wait listed. I'm not sure the letter helped (at least not enough to admit me in the regular decision round), but it definitely didn't hurt. If you are deferred or wait listed, anything concrete that demonstrates you are serious about wanting to attend that school will be considered ...







Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to (Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Yale)
125 Words
I never intended to be a college athlete; I was always known as more academic-focused. I wasn't recruited, but I did reach out to the fencing coaches on school visits and discussed joining the fencing team...





Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Harvard)
290 Words
I submitted an additional personal letter of recommendation from a Harvard alumnus after being deferred at Harvard. He was able to vouch for my character and the value I'd bring to the student body. I ended up being wait listed. I'm not sure the letter helped (at least not enough to admit me in the regular decision round), but it definitely didn't hurt. If you are deferred or wait listed, anything concrete that demonstrates you are serious about wanting to attend that school will be considered ...







What I like about my school’s location and culture (Duke)
171 Words
Being from New York, I wanted a college with a strong campus culture; I didn't want to get lost in a city the way you might if you attended Columbia or NYU. Looking back, I'm really glad I chose a school that is so centered around a campus because it...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Duke)
129 Words
Smart, accomplished, social, well-rounded, collegial. Duke is one of the few top tier schools (if not the only school) that is not just an academic but also an athletic powerhouse (just look at March Madness; what other top 20...





Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to (Duke)
121 Words
I never intended to be a college athlete; I was always known as the brainy one. I wasn't recruited for my team, but I did reach out to the fencing coach on a school visit and...