College Admissions Info

YCJ17
YCJ17
Harvard University ‘17
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

If you think it's weird that there's a Pepsi bottle in my profile photo, please check out my profile. I'm a normal person just like you!
From: Nutley , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: Rutgers, Stevens, Villanova, CMU, Harvard
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean, Japanese

Test Scores

2290
SAT
Highest SAT: 2290
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High School Performance

4.38
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, School Choir, National Honor Society, Marching Band, School theater/plays, Community or summer theater/plays, Church, Choir
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Diversity statement
512 Words
It all happened within a split second. I held the orange leather ball firmly between my hands as steaming droplets of sweat ran from my forehead to the tips of my fingers. My lungs desperately begged for oxygen as I stood right before the maroon line fifteen feet away from the basket, crouched into my shooting stance that had been perfected through the hours of repetition spent on this very spot. Despite the meticulous preparation, my knees trembled out of...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
601 Words
Few weeks ago, I put the final touches on this “Why Harvard for Engineering?” essay and saved the Word document onto my USB drive. I had written about my innate interest in engineering that was evident in my love for Lego building from a young age. I had shared my unforgettable memory of getting lost in the maze-like halls of the engineering building named Pierce Hall as a child during a family visit to the university. I had boasted my...









Additional Essay Details:
97 Words
I essentially spoke about how I was fascinated with the ever-growing nature of engineering. It was "nice" that Hurricane Sandy hit my home area during this time and I witnessed a news broadcast of a New York City crane dangling from the top of a skyscraper, endangering many lives. It was interesting for me to see that the "best" engineers of the time could not solve the issue quickly enough, as the news reported a 7-day estimation for recovery. So,...



College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
64 Words
I did send in new information and showed interest through short emails to the schools that I had been deferred by. However, don't try to seem so desperate to get accepted. It's a fine line between eager and desperate, and unless you're absolutely sure that you're going to show only eagerness to the admissions office, it's better to be safe...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
61 Words
Nope! You don't have to either. Just do a lot of research and ask around, especially if you have friends with older siblings attending college currently, or even ask their parents if your families are close enough. Ask around as much as possible, use the power of Google, and keep yourself updated! You don't need someone to do it for...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
83 Words
Remember that for most interviews, the schools are trying to sell themselves to you as much as you want to sell yourself to them. So, don't try to list everything in your resume to the interviewer. This is true for even Ivy League schools and other top institutions. Your interviewer will be a volunteering alumni who just wants to have...



Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
90 Words
Ok, I won't be able to give great advice for this one because my family is in a quite a tough financial situation that I knew that I would receive extremely generous grants from the schools I applied to. However, for those middle class descendants who suffer from financial aid inequality: apply to lots and lots of local and online...



How I chose schools to apply to
57 Words
First and foremost, check to see that they have the program for the field of study you are interested in. Second, check the financial award tendencies. Third, check the location and the surrounding area of the school. Fourth, just check it out personally if you can; it's where you'll be living away for the first time (usually).

How to increase chances at my school
65 Words
Really, the best thing to do is to maintain great scores and GPA. It's an unfortunate reality that grades are the most important thing in... well... academics. So, it'll be tough to increase your chances with adjustments to your application if you have not been doing your best in the past four years, unless you write a miraculous, life-changing essay...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
69 Words
Currently, I'm in the Harvard Glee Club which is a men's choir and a small accapella group. Also, I'm part of the Super Smash bros. Melee crew at the school because I believe having fun should be important too. I also captain the intramural basketball team for my dorm. It's not going to be easy to do as many extracurricular...

Post-college plans
27 Words
It's too soon! I really have no idea exactly what I want to do. All I know is that I want to work in the engineering field.

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
25 Words
I've never done this and really don't know any non-athletes who have done so either. But if you do have some connections, utilize it effectively.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
36 Words
It's okay if you don't do anything in the summer, really. There's no shame in wanting to relax. But if you're anxious to learn or volunteer, look for pre-college programs and organizations in your local area.

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
53 Words
Make sure to give some specifics about the school. You're not going to know about every single school you apply to, of course. However, do some research and give building names, programs that would suit you, etc. Just don't list statistics and facts to make it obvious that you're a search engine god.

My advice about getting recommenders
102 Words
I made sure that I received my recommendations from various personalities. The most vital one is the one that relates strongly to your area of interest, which in my case, was my physics teacher. Secondly, I received one from my choir director to show that I could apply myself in music. Lastly, I used my letter from someone unique, my...



Why I ultimately chose my school
99 Words
Well, I don't think I'll need to write why I declined other schools if I'm doing this one. I chose Harvard because well, it's Harvard. It's a typical answer but it can't be ignored. Make sure to know which school will give you the best life options after the undergraduate career. Also, money: Don't go in debt so much that...



My favorite course thus far, and why
128 Words
I think this would have to CS50: Intro to Computer Science I. I was set on going into mechanical engineering ever since I came into Harvard, but I found out that the long hours in the lab, waiting for machines to free up was not for me. I was on the search for something else that sparked my interest. Luckily,...