College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘18
BS, Chemistry

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a premed student at Stanford majoring in biochemistry. I was also lucky enough to read admissions' officers comments about my application! High school activities included student government, piano, work/volunteering, and family commitment.
From: San Francsico , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCSD, Cal Poly, Cal Poly Pomona
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2330
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Community Cleanup / Service, Key Club
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College Application Essays

657 Words
6:30 PM. I open up a word document to begin writing, but Logan pees in his pants, so I bathe him. 7:45 PM. After dinner, I return to write. Mom comes in and asks me to hold Cody while Dad takes her to kung fu. 8:15 PM. Tyler and Logan get into a big fight over a toy car. I step in to mediate, reminding them that they are family and should love each other. Tyler asks, "When?" I reply, "Always!" He looks...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
248 Words
Prompt: What matters to you, and why? Essay: Highlighted at the top was "Yu Ling Wu: 194 votes". Underneath, in second, was my name -- "Leila Chew: 46 votes". I was devastated. It was my freshman year, and I had run for class president, hoping that would help me integrate into this foreign high school culture. Ready to walk away dejectedly, I noticed that special elections were available due to previous disqualifications. I declared my candidacy for secretary, made more posters and...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
260 Words
Prompt: Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development. Essay: "Find two solutions for x^2 - x = sin(x)." I squared both sides and replaced sin^2(x) with 1 - cos^2(x), using a right triangle to express cos(x) in terms of x. I ended up with zero and the golden ratio. My math teacher looked over my work and was impressed, noting that I was the first...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
294 Words
Prompt: Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better. Essay: Dear roommate, I've lived with rambunctious young boys for years, so unless you're part dinosaur or secretly a serial killer, I'll definitely welcome the change. If there's one thing you should know, it's that I'm very optimistic. I make sure to be pragmatic, but ultimately,...

Additional Essay Details:
92 Words
Upon reading my admissions officers' comments, they seemed to really like my personal statement and intellectual vitality essays. They commented that I "write well, with wonderful dashes of humor (i.e.: While I’ve had my share of stressful and frustrating nights, some of which have ended with solemn vows never to have kids, the rewarding moments I’ve experienced have far outweighed those nights. Room: I’ve lived with rambunctious young boys for years, so unless you’re part...

College Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
83 Words
One thing that surprised me was how in-depth they went into my character and what kind of person they thought I was based on my...

My advice about getting recommenders
69 Words
Try your best to build a relationship with a teacher at your high school, preferably one that you have had multiple...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
73 Words
Debate was probably the most popular extracurricular activity at my school that was successful for boosting students' applications. However, I did not...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
97 Words
If you can find a good resume-building experience for your summer, that's fantastic. If you know that you want to do medicine or research in the future, for example,...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
87 Words
Stanford really enjoys reading applications that paint a picture of you as a unique, charismatic individual. They care about academics and accomplishments, but many people are...