AirSW
AirSW,
Harvard ‘17
B.A., Music Theory and Composition, , History
Features Included
5
Essays
3
Schools
14
Scores
3
Advice
3
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Shanghai, China
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionEarly Action
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
517 Words
Controversial topic
Late at night, my phone rang. “Hi?” “Sam, Matt here… why’s it so dark?” “Matt, it’s nighttime…” “Sam… medication… I fell asleep early… I’m confused…” “Calm down. Everything’s fine,” I managed groggily. Matt then was rehabilitating at home for a semester, dosed with antidepressants and forced into therapy. Months before, mere weeks into our junior year, he had confided to me his innermost fears. “Sam, I'm not getting anything done… I'm either dazed… or thinking about...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
723 Words
The Beyondness of Music Two of my heroes taught me my most valuable music lesson. One a science writer, the other a composer and conductor; the former someone I only know from his writings, the latter someone I am honored to work closely with. Both are stellar communicators. Both create. Carl Sagan and Tan Dun: from them I learn that being a musician entails multitudes beyond simply making music. Flipping through Sagan’s works over summer changed something in me....
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
718 Words
Why choose Columbia; 1018 characters: The education that I receive at Columbia will teach my mind how to control what I think. The clash of cultures and perspectives that Columbia offers will force me to take my own stance. It is an intellectual coliseum, where my mind can be forced to defend whatever comes hurtling my way. And more importantly than being able to develop a standpoint, controversial or not, I will learn to critically make sense of information thrown at...
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Supplemental Essay Using a metaphor
533 Words
Recording Session Cheng Hao (Sam) Wu I was on my way to school when our choral director texted me, “Sam, I am too sick to come.” Later that day was the recording session for my newest composition, Narnian Soliloquy. Written for our choir and my string orchestra, it will be premiered on a choral festival concert in January. I man the piano part. My heart sank thinking about how hectic things would be. Everyone has such busy lives; the choir...
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Additional Essay Details
102 Words
Many many drafts. Many many long hours of deliberating. A lot of thanks to give to my dad, my counselor, and my friends for giving helpful advice and suggestions on my drafts. My CA topic was hard to choose, and to this day "Matt" (pseudonym of course) does not know I wrote about him. But the college essays were I think the most helpful part of apps; they forced me to reflect, ponder, revise, and even rethink my identity, as...
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General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
68 Words
Interviews are always two-way street. It is always better to be curious, knowledgeable, and "valuable" as an asset to the...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
68 Words
I had the luxury of a lot of one-on-one attention with my counselor. He shared my passion for literature and...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
113 Words
Connect some part of the school's philosophy with your own beliefs. Highlight strengths of the school and connect them with your interests or passions (if this seems like a stretch; you probably shouldn't be...
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High School Performance

GPA
4.00
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypeInternational
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2210
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1520
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Theater/Plays, National Honor Society, School Jazz / Orchestra
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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