astein
astein,
Stanford ‘19
B.S., Undecided
Senior at Stanford! I love math, coding, acting, and giving college advice.
Features Included
11
Essays
8
Schools
16
Scores
14
Advice
3
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown San Diego, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionEarly Action
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Undecided

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

What I like about my school’s location and culture
160 Words
Stanford really appealed to me because of how they encouraged cooperation and exploration. Many other top-tier schools I looked at seemed to foster competition between students. Stanford, on the other hand, has no grade deflation, meaning if everyone does well, everyone gets good grades! So there is no...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
173 Words
Stanford has an almost overwhelming number of extracurriculars to join. Some are common to a lot of colleges: SWE (Society of Women Engineers), Mock Trial, Debate, Club Sports, A Capella groups, and so on. But there is probably a club for any activity you want to do, and some you've never heard...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
175 Words
My biggest extracurricular activity is being a member of the Stanford Shakespeare Company. Throughout the year and in the fall especially there are a lot of auditions for plays on campus. StanShakes is the only theater company, meaning that you audition once and then you are automatically cast in all of their plays....
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My favorite course thus far, and why
145 Words
I have already taken so many cool classes at Stanford. My favorite class I've taken is CS 103. It's basically a class on how to write proofs and computational theory (DFAs, NFAs, Turing machines, etc.). The subject material was hard, and it sounds pretty awful ...
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More Essays

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In third grade, I had a crush on a boy named Jack. He was the up and coming quarterback character, and I was the odd girl that wore almost exclusively gauchos and clogs. While his natural charm was enough to make any girl swoon, he really stole my heart when he told the class that his favorite color was hot pink. My crush on Jack taught me one thing: To be extra cautious and stick to social norms when going...
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Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
261 Words
Pasta is the hardest thing to eat. One day in my AP Physics C class, my teacher had us split into groups and come up with a new eating utensil. My group designed an ingenious spaghetti fork which eliminated manual twisting and the annoyance of dangling noodles. We had an awful initial design, but we kept fixing it over and over and making it less dangerous and more practical. It was hard to find a way to cut the noodles....
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
252 Words
Dear Future Roommate, Greetings and salutations. So I think the first thing you should know about me is that I really like chocolate. If you ever give me chocolate, I will be eternally grateful. Second, I am in love with acting. I’m not a musical theatre person (so you won’t have to listen to me sing every single song from Spring Awakening). I hope you will come see me in whatever show I’m acting in on campus....
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
255 Words
The summer before my senior year, I took a computer coding class at UCSD and discovered that coding incorporates everything I love about math: problem solving, discovering patterns, and finding a simpler way to reach a goal. I learned ALICE, which is an object-oriented program designed to make learning code easier and more natural. We didn’t type out “real” code, but instead dragged and dropped pre-written code that created our desired result. I remember my teacher saying that you...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
258 Words
Math has been my favorite subject. But it wasn’t until this past summer that I discovered that computer coding incorporates everything I love about math. I’ve always loved problem solving, discovering patterns, and finding a simpler way to reach a goal. I am planning to major in Computer Science and then to apply for the Progressive Degree Program. I love that at USC you can take an engineering course your first semester freshman year. This excites me because...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
228 Words
With my computer science degree, I want to make life more efficient. One idea that’s an example of the type of work I’d like to do is to make finding and returning lost pets a shorter, more successful process. I imagine a database like we have for missing people where you can report information when you lose a pet. Then, if you find a lost animal, you can search by breed, color, approximate location, name, and other factors. ...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
250 Words
By my personal definitions, I am a huge nerd, and a little bit of a geek. A nerd is someone who gets excited when she finally understands Gauss’s Law, or giggles as he successfully proves the quadratic formula years after he first memorized it, or throws a fist in the air when she discovers a juicy rhetorical device being implemented in a letter from the 18th century. That’s me. A geek is someone who obsesses over a TV...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
255 Words
There is something magical about walking onto stage with a purpose, whether during opening night or just a rehearsal. Any worries about my life disappear as soon as I feel the lights in the house dim and the audience’s conversations turn into a whisper, and then stop altogether. When acting you are stepping into another person, but at the same time you are discovering who you are. When I play a role in a show, I am not just...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
455 Words
At Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), we paint our trash cans. Those trash cans are the ugliest things on campus, but we’re making them cool and interesting. For me, it’s about potential. You don’t think that this metal can could actually draw someone’s eye, but anything can be made beautiful. One of them is painted like a hamburger, another is covered in brightly colored fruit, and there are always a couple that are some sort of animal...
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Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
491 Words
There is something magical about walking onto stage with a purpose, whether during opening night or just a rehearsal. Any worries about my life disappear as soon as I feel the lights in the house dim and the audience’s conversations turn into a whisper, and then stop altogether. When acting you are stepping into another person, but at the same time you are discovering who you are. When I play a role in a show, I am not just...
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Supplemental Essay Other
425 Words
I wrote a lot of essays, and many of them have long and short versions. The ones that got me into Stanford are my personal statement, the "Pasta is the hardest thing to eat" one, the one about ALICE, the roommate essay, and the activity essay. The USC ones were the personal statement, the activity essay, the nerd or geek one, the career one, the why USC one, and the shorter acting one. For my UC application I used my...
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General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
83 Words
I used a private college counselor and it was probably one of the best decisions I made during this process. They helped me brainstorm and...
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My advice about getting recommenders
63 Words
Ask early! At the beginning of the year. My teachers filled up so I was glad I asked right...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
76 Words
I did not receive any financial aid which was sad but expected. I applied to dozens of scholarships but did not receive any ...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
111 Words
Do things that you like. Really. It may seem like a good idea to join a million community service organizations and join all these diverse clubs but if you are just doing it...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
139 Words
I applied to 8 schools and was accepted into 7 of them, my two top choices being Stanford and USC. USC offered me half tuition and I also won an additional $10,000 scholarship from the USC Town and Gown organization. Stanford offered me no money...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
173 Words
Stanford has an almost overwhelming number of extracurriculars to join. Some are common to a lot of colleges: SWE (Society of Women Engineers), Mock Trial, Debate, Club Sports, A Capella groups, and so on. But there is probably a club for any activity you want to do, and some you've never heard...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
139 Words
I only interviewed with one school: USC. Stanford does not interview California residents. USC offers a limited number of interviews and if you have the opportunity to get one, take it only if you believe your interpersonal skills can help your application....
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What set me apart from other applicants
153 Words
This is a toughie. I really did not expect to get into Stanford because I did no community service before senior year and had few leadership roles. I was not part of any academic clubs and I never entered science fairs or hackathons. However, of all...
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How I chose schools to apply to
136 Words
Before senior year, I was set on moving across the country for college. But after touring schools on the East coast and in California, I realized how amazing California is. I ended up only applying to schools in my state for...
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What I like about my school’s location and culture
160 Words
Stanford really appealed to me because of how they encouraged cooperation and exploration. Many other top-tier schools I looked at seemed to foster competition between students. Stanford, on the other hand, has no grade deflation, meaning if everyone does well, everyone gets good grades! So there is no...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.45
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2320
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1570
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Theater/Plays, Tutoring/Mentoring, Community or summer theater/plays
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Experience & Awards

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