College Admissions Info

Harvard University ‘17
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological and Physical Sciences, Biology, Biology and Biological Sciences, Cellular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hawaii | Harvard
From: Honolulu , Hawaii
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Cornell, Duke, UPenn, Johns Hopkins, UMich
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2240
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Chinese Club, Homecoming committee, Hospital Volunteer, Academic Decathlon, Key Club, Lions Club, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Math Team, Marching Band, National Honor Society, Nursing Home Volunteer, Prom Committee, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Band
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College Application Essays

“Oh! The places you’ll go!” read my eight year-old self from Dr. Suess’ eponymous book. That single statement provided one of the most important reassurances that any child could have: that we “would succeed, ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” Through the next twelve years, amidst countless mathematical equations, chemical formulas, and biological principles that have come and gone through my head, I’ve never forgotten that promise. In fact, I have not forgotten much of the children’s books...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
334 Words
Dear Roommate, Aloha from me to you. Aloha is more than just a five-letter word from Lilo and Stitch. Aloha is the spirit and essence of my home, Hawaii—a land of flowers, beaches, and smiles. I profess that I am not Hawaiian, or even Polynesian, in ethnicity, but here, everyone is part of one big ‘Ohana (family) and we all embody that famous aloha spirit: We wave to each other and flash a shaka sign (the epitome of Hawaiian...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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Request an interview if possible (or visit the college/attend summer programs). ALL of the schools I had an interview with accepted me while those schools that I did not interview at waitlisted me. To put this in context, schools such as Harvard, Cornell, Duke, and Penn accepted me with the interview, where as at comparable or “lower ranked” schools...

How I chose schools to apply to
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If you're a senior, by now you should have some inkling of where you want to apply, but if you're lost, that's completely fine as well. Figure out what exactly is it that you want to do in college. Do you want to do research in the hard sciences? Go to a large research university with accessible faculty. Do you...

How to increase chances at my school
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When I was looking at different colleges and learning about them, I noticed that each school seems to have a common goal or “mission” across its educational institutions whether it be interdisciplinary studies or emphasis on the humanities, etc. This is the “essence” of the school and I think if you are able to adequately capture this and express a...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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In list form: Peer Health Exchange, Brevia research magazine, Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association, Harvard College Alzheimer's Buddies, Chinatown Citizenship/Outreach,

Post-college plans
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Medical school for MD or graduate school for PhD or MD/Phd program.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do whatever genuinely interests you and that you think would benefit you the most. Do NOT do certain programs just because you think that they will get you into college. That being said, some colleges offer high school summer programs that might be worthwhile so that you can visit the campus and see how you like the atmosphere of a...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Simply put, the community and opportunities that can be found here at Harvard are some of the best in the world and you really have to be here to get a sense of what it's like to have all these amazing people around you and be able to learn from them while sharing your own experiences.

What I’d change about my application process
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1. Don't wait until the deadlines to submit everything, especially with regards to the essays that you have to write. You really want to spread everything out so you have a lot of time to do things and to do them well; don't rush, this is something that'll affect the rest of your life. 2. Don't worry too much about colleges-- yes,...

My advice about getting recommenders
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It's really important to find people that know you really well and won't write just a generic recommendation. I chose my AP Biology teacher who was also my Marine Science teacher the following year because I had her for two years and really go to know her and she was the one that inspired me to study Biology in college....

Why I ultimately chose my school
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Basically, it came down to money. I hadn't applied to my home state school because I knew that no matter what, I didn't want to stay home. But that meant that all of the colleges that I was accepted to charged out-of-state/private tuition rates. Luckily, Harvard gave the most generous aid and that was the deciding factor in both...