College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘19
BA, Political Science and Government, Women’s Studies

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

Accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Wellesley, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine
From: Cypress , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1480
Highest SAT: 2130
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Coach, Debate Club/Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization
How Spent Summers:
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College Application Essays

His intention was simple: to pay me a compliment. With a proud smile, he announced to the group, “Younwoo, you’re so tough, such a go getter. You’re...a bitch!” I knew his intention. Still, I was mortified - livid, even - that my lifelong mentor thought it appropriate to sum up all of my efforts and achievements into one offensive slur, a backhanded compliment at its finest. And try as I might, I could not move past my...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
369 Words
I interviewed with Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Wellesley College, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, and Brown University. Harvard, Wellesley, Duke, and Johns Hopkins' interviews were held at cafes; Brown, UC Berkeley, and Northwestern were at interview centers; Yale and Princeton were over the phone; and the University of Pennsylvania was over Skype. All of the interviewers asked what my interests are, why I applied to their school, my strengths and weaknesses, and my future plans. Before going into the interviews, I always researched beforehand of what I could about my...

How to increase chances at my school
127 Words
Besides having a unique essay and extracurricular activities, make sure that your foundation is solid. By foundation, I mean your grades, test scores, and even generic extracurricular activities (community service clubs, marching band, sports, etc). The first...

What set me apart from other applicants
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Essays and extracurriculars! Keep in mind that many, if not most, of the applicants to Harvard are valedictorians and top-score earners. So, excellent grades and test scores are not enough to gain admittance. Don't be afraid to take risks in your essays. For example, my first line in my Common App essay is: His intention was simple: to pay...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Unfortunately, I missed the deadlines for a lot of the major scholarships, like the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the Coca-Cola Scholarship. But, I applied to numerous smaller scholarships in...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Brilliant - Not going to lie, Harvard people are brilliant. During Visitas, I met simply amazing people there. There is a student in my year who was on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List. I also met many national and international olympiad awardees. Active - One of the most noticeable characteristics I perceived during my stay at Harvard was that all of the students were busy doing something. They were all very active in their newest research project, news journal, nonprofit, and whatever other activity they had. I absolutely loved this since I enjoy being productive. After all, being around productive people inspires...