College Admissions Info

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ‘19
BS, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a freshman at MIT who seeks a career in the sciences but loves literature and history in equal measure; as of now, I hope to work with the WHO someday!
From: Syosset , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: MIT, CalTech, UMich
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1580
Highest SAT: 2340
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Science Club/Team, Model Congress / Model UN, Math Team, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Community Cleanup / Service
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College Application Essays

There is a hefty blue book in my bookcase that is older than any other book in the house. Across its spine are emblazoned the words My First Encyclopedia. For others this book might have served as a passing interest or an occasional point of reference; for me, it was the quiet, unremarked, yet vastly monumental introduction into a life shaped by the tenets of science. Science is interdisciplinary. The Encyclopedia introduced me to topics ranging from Julius Caesar to...

Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
102 Words
I am very fond of creative writing. A mix of biology lessons, fish dinners, and Shakespeare can produce something like this: Go forth, ye enzymes, ye acids, and do battle with the foul invader! Thou saliva, arm thyself with thy doughtiest amylase; ye enzymes, place thyselves where the heat and acidity best suit thy faculties. Render the fishbone into bolus; aye, and even into chime, and cast thyselves upon it so fiercely that it shall not dare to wander into...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
122 Words
Question: Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? Biological Engineering. The courses in this department, focused on the modern potentials of bioscience, would prepare me for the technological part of the career in global health that I intend on pursuing. The research performed in this department would then give me the opportunity to share and experiment with ideas that I have long pondered but...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
278 Words
Question: What attribute of your personality are you most proud of, and how has it impacted your life so far? Contrary to common belief, the reason why the elven warrior Legolas is my favorite character in Lord of the Rings is not because he’s an amazing archer or because he’s graceful in speech and battle. It’s because he is able to be optimistic when others despair, precisely the part of my personality that I have found to...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Question: Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? The immediate world that I grew up and live in is nothing special, except perhaps in how happy and peaceful it is. I tend to see the world through rose-colored lenses, and I couldn’t change that if I tried. But in the globally connected world of today, the lives of strangers may have...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
280 Words
Question: Tell us about the most significant challenge you've faced or something important that didn't go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? In junior year, my afterschool time was allotted thus: a third for schoolwork, a third for clubs and amusement, and a third for research. So when I performed poorly in successive research competitions throughout the year, it felt as if I had failed to live up to my own dedication towards research. Time and again,...

Additional Essay Details:
22 Words
The personal statement is my common app essay, which was not part of the MIT application. The supplemental essays are for MIT.

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
63 Words
I applied Early Action to MIT but was deferred. Their February Updates and Notes is the opportunity to send...

What I’d change about my application process
75 Words
I went through numerous rewrites of my essays, particularly my common app essay. I started early - summer before senior year, but still...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Creative, motivated,...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did use a private counselor for my essays, and his advice was more useful than any real editing work that he did. A lot of it comes down...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
115 Words
I interviewed with MIT, Penn, Harvard, and Princeton. MIT and Harvard were in person, and they were easily the best experiences. MIT the most formal, with me talking about some of my more unique experiences,...