College Admissions Info

Julia Wu
Julia Wu
Cornell University ‘17
BS, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Doylestown
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: Cornell, BC, Lehigh
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2240
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Key Club, Student Council / Government, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

My Own GPS My dad always teased, “You are a creation of your own. Limits could never stop my little girl. When you were three, you became a bird, soaring on the swings. When you were seven, you became a world-class cook, helping your mother with Thanksgiving dinner. When you were thirteen, you became a teacher, drawing and scribbling on the whiteboard while teaching your little brother Pre-Algebra. I wonder what my little girl will become next.” His little girl...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
499 Words
Julia Wu 09/26/1994 Star-Crossed Lovers I had always viewed my passion for economics and psychology as star-crossed lovers because I never thought that the rigid, math-oriented form of economics would allow for the free, thought-driven nature of psychology. But now I believe that Cornell University’s economics major, especially behavioral economics, could be the perfect course to help me align these two lovers and foster these interests simultaneously. I am drawn to economics and psychology because I have evolved with them...

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
28 Words
If a school does not want any additional material, don't send anymore in; they are probably already overwhelmed by the amount of applications and letters that they receive

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
14 Words
Do not send in weird things (ex: food, long letters). These may work negativity.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
41 Words
When it comes to interviews, act yourself and show passion. If you show passion in even a sport or activity, the interviewer can see your drive and dedication and this can be reflected in your approach to learning and advancing knowledge.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
41 Words
I stayed with a few activities for a long time instead of playing minor roles in a lot of different clubs. I focused on things that I loved (Cross Country and Pole Valuting) and this made writing my essay much easier.

How to increase chances at my school
19 Words
Show how you are different and show passion. You really want to show the admissions officers how you THINK.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
29 Words
Try to find activities that are unique. Even if they aren't, make sure it's an activity that you can learn something special from (Ex: time management, social skills, inspiration)

What I’d change about my application process
49 Words
I would definitely start early. Inspiration for essays do not come easy and with all the stress, your brain gets fried. Avoid the frustration and start early, even if it is just filling out the Common App, because it actually takes a much longer time than you would think.

How I chose schools to apply to
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First, see if you will fit into the school. No matter how prestigious you may think a particular college is, if you don't see yourself fitting there, you will not have the best college experience you can. Also, look up the majors and flexibility in curriculum offered at the schools. In case you want to switch majors, see how much...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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The alumni at Cornell University are amazing and always willing to help out. The mix of people at Cornell definitely make it one of the best qualities of this school.