College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘18
BA, Political Science and Government, Statistics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Gap year student enrolling at Harvard this fall
From: Stockton , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Barnard, Brown, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Yale, Williams, Vassar, UCSD, UC Irvine, UCLA
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese, Spanish, French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2260

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: Academic Decathlon, Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government, Charity Drive Organizing
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Death of a loved one
74 Words
As I trudge toward the school parking lot, I pull my phone from my pocket. Nine missed calls. A familiar dark thought looms in the back of my mind. I drop my bulky bag on the curb and slump next to it, hugging my knees. I dial my dad’s phone number. For once, he picks up immediately. “Baba, what—” He clears his throat. “Mommy has passed away.”

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
27 Words
Brown University asked me to describe something I have created. I wrote this essay about the screenwriting class I took and the scripts I created in it.

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
75 Words
I was unsure of what I wanted from a college going into my senior year: geographic area, public versus private, size, religious or...

How to increase chances at my school
39 Words
Only choose activities that you are truly passionate about. Show this passion...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
65 Words
Shelling out the big bucks for a summer session at a university is not absolutely necessary. Instead, you can focus...

Why I declined other schools
74 Words
After attending the admitted students programs for Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, I was able to narrow my choices down to just Harvard...

Why I ultimately chose my school
73 Words
I ultimately chose Harvard over Princeton because I felt I needed to be in a college town yet still be close to...

What I’d change about my application process
82 Words
I definitely overlooked how important the interview is when it comes to small liberal arts schools. After the admissions cycle, I noticed that all of...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
3 Words

What set me apart from other applicants
52 Words
I advise students from low-income backgrounds to apply to more elite schools. The process can be...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
43 Words
These types of essays should be written so that they would not work...

My advice about getting recommenders
121 Words
I had known my guidance counselor since kindergarten, and he knew about my family situation, so he wrote me a stellar recommendation. I chose two teachers of core subjects for my other recommendations: my Statistics teacher...