College Admissions Info

University of Chicago, ‘13
BA, Public Policy Analysis

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Recent graduate from the University of Chicago and now attending Columbia University School of Social Work
From: Champaign , Illinois
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: UChicago
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1490
Highest SAT: 2150
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: School Band, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

My personal statement was about being multi-racial. My mother is a first generation immigrant from Japan and my dad is a white American. I reflected on the ways I was differentiated from American culture because of the influence of Japanese culture in my life and how it impacted the way I perceived myself within the fabric of American society. I also reflected on how little I actually knew about my Japanese heritage and yet that Japanese heritage still defined my...

Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
152 Words
There were five essay prompts and the applicant was to choose one and respond. The prompt I chose was: “At present, you need to live the question.”—Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from German by Joan M. Burnham. I wrote about how truth was never certain--the "real truth," and that with each second there are events that occur which constantly shape and reconfigure the truth as we may have defined it even just one second before. As a result we need...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
19 Words
I referred to the value of a liberal arts education, the core curriculum, and the rigor of the program.

College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
111 Words
I participated in the Women's Varsity Swim Team at the University of Chicago. From my own experience, if you play a sport it becomes a lot easier to get into more elite schools--IF...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
168 Words
I interviewed with the admissions office at the University of Chicago. I would not worry about referencing philosophers, great thinkers, or texts during the interview. I spoke about traveling experiences I had and some of the things I noticed during those experiences about the country, city, the people, etc. Also,...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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To be recruited for the swim team I first looked at the qualifying times it would take to for me to be a competitive candidate for the team. Once I ascertained that I had a good chance of being recruited because I was competitive enough compared to the current women's team, I filled out a...