College Admissions Info

Cornell University ‘17
BA, English

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Great Falls , Virginia
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: Cornell
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Cantonese

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2300
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society
How Spent Summers:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Role model/inspiration
594 Words
My ballet teacher Mrs. Jameson likes to hold class in the bathroom. I first experienced such a class when I simply could not master the grande plié. Tired of watching my quivering legs, Mrs. Jameson grabbed my hand. “We’re going to the bathroom,” she proclaimed. I hesitated. Was this a sadistic ritual reserved for the most unwieldy dancers? Inside the stall, she commanded me to straddle the toilet. “Now hold a grande plié so that you’re almost sitting...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
457 Words
In fifth grade, I was assigned to write a two-page fiction story using the week’s vocabulary words. I wrote twenty pages. While my novella garnered quizzical looks from my classmates and a weary smile from my teacher, I gained something invaluable from the experience: I realized how much I loved writing. For as long as I can remember, writing has been one of my favorite pursuits. There is something inexplicably alluring about the ability to string together words in...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
82 Words
For Cornell, I had an interview with a female alumni. She was really nice and put me at ease. She asked me a lot of typical interview questions (tell me about yourself, why do you want to go to Cornell, give me an example of a time you had to solve a problem etc.) She also told me a lot...

How I chose schools to apply to
106 Words
My mom went to Cornell, and after visiting the campus the summer before senior year, I fell in love. Ithaca is absolutely gorgeous. Everybody seemed really diverse and intellectual, but also really friendly and open-minded. There were so many different offerings, in both courses and extra-curriculars. This sounds cheesy, but Ezra Cornell's founding motto "I would found an institution where...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
41 Words
Literally try EVERYTHING - scholarship databases, books, high school counselor's offices, family/friends, and just Google! I made a huge spreadsheet of like 15-20 scholarships to apply to, so I could keep track of the deadlines and requirements for each one.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
13 Words
Cornell Daily Sun newspaper, Slope Magazine, College Mentors for Kids, ballet performance group

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
11 Words
Summer camps and work experience are definitely the way to go

My advice about getting recommenders
34 Words
I got recommendations from my AP English Language teacher and my AP US History teacher. Give your teachers plenty of notice - teachers hate being asked to write a recommendation at the last minute.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
13 Words
Ithaca is so beautiful ("Ithaca is gorges"), and the community is very cozy.