College Admissions Info

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, ‘19
BS, Aerospace Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

First-generation college student interested in engineering
From: Chicago , Illinois
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: ColoradoC, UC Davis, UCLA, UCSD, UMich, U Illinois, Illinois, U of Minnesota, Cal Poly, USC, Loyola U Chicago
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Vietnamese

Test Scores

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High School Performance

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Top 10%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Science Club/Team, Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

In 1947, my grandpa moved from China to Cambodia, where he started a small convenient store. Two years later, he met my grandma and they started a family. They lived there happily for twenty years until the Cambodian Holocaust. The entire Tan family was forced to gather only a few belongings and escape on foot. They reached Vietnam, where they decided to settle and open a bakery. The bakery was a family business, so everyone was required to help. Besides working,...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Find something productive to do...

Why I declined other schools
34 Words
For me, financial aid and school location were large deciding...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I ultimately decided to...

How I chose schools to apply to
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Many of the schools I applied to were through the QuestBridge program because I wanted to apply to schools...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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The largest scholarship I applied to was QuestBridge....

My advice about getting recommenders
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Aim for one math/science rec and one humanities rec because some schools specifically ask for that. Typically they should be...