College Admissions Info

University of Southern California ‘16
BA, Graphic Design

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Prefer Not to Share
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: Occidental, USC, NYU, UC Riverside
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2020
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:

High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Academic Decathlon

College Application Essays

Growing up bullied by Hispanic classmates in a Hispanic-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, I have always viewed my own Chinese culture as something alien, something to be ashamed of. I abandoned the native Cantonese dialect I was born speaking, and strove to learn English and even Spanish as much as I could. I chose to play flute instead of violin in my elementary school orchestra, because the violin was played by the typical Chinese daughter I vowed not to be....

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
504 Words
Growing up in a predominately Hispanic ghetto in Los Angeles, I have struggled to balance three different cultures in a multi-ethnic city. Bullying by my Hispanic classmates led me to view my own Chinese culture as something alien, something to be ashamed of. However, it is through my local Chinese school that I have maintained my own culture, my identity. It not only provided classes that taught me how to speak Mandarin Chinese in addition to my Cantonese dialect, but...

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
41 Words
If you are at least eighteen years old (because some companies have age restrictions) or a work visa, try getting an internship related to interested field of study in order to test out the career path you plan to be in

What I’d change about my application process
43 Words
I would most definitely work on my essays more and be more honest. Sometimes I just copied and pasted essays and personal statements from other applications, even though they were not necessarily tailored to the prompt, and I got burned in the process.

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
47 Words
I sent in my SAT language scores because there are some colleges that have some weird fascination with a person taking an actual foreign language class in high school as opposed to already knowing several languages beforehand in order to meet their high school foreign language prerequisites

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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Unless you are a stellar academic and all around student (top one percent, many extra curricular activities, work experience, etcetera), the interviews at colleges rarely help your chances of being admitted. Admissions decisions are based on a team of people, usually, and your interviewer might not necessarily be one of those people.

Post-college plans
19 Words
I plan to be a web or graphics designer in the technological industry or perhaps at a non-profit institution.

How I chose schools to apply to
69 Words
I was originally planning to be an English major when I was applying to colleges so I looked for a lot liberal arts education type of schools. I also chose schools that were in California, because they would be nearby and thus less expensive for travel between home and school. I wanted to explore east coast colleges so I applied...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Finding scholarships is not that hard; it is getting the scholarship that is. Most of my scholarships were art contests that I sent in art pieces or a portfolio for and beat everyone else. They were also mostly local scholarships without as much competition as say larger ones. Some of the scholarships were tailored to specific people (like those in...

How to increase chances at my school
244 Words
Talk about family, but most importantly about the Trojan family. The reason why there are so many legacies in private schools, mine included, is because of the whole alumni connection network thing. It keeps it very exclusive and remains one the most valuable resources when finding jobs, internships, social hangouts, cool events, and many more. I talked about my lion...