College Admissions Info

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘18
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Monterey Park , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No, Sibling
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: MIT, CalTech, Washington, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD, USC
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2220
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Computer / Technology Volunteer, Math Team, National Honor Society, Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

As I stand at the foot of the staircase in my living room, I cannot help but smile at my grandma as she gracefully glides down the staircase in an electric stair lift, one of the many technologies that my grandparents use on a daily basis. Not a day goes by without the whirring noise of the hand-held blender used to mash my grandparents' food and the mumbling vibrations of the blood-pressure monitor that serves as my grandparents' daily health...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
184 Words
I am especially interested in studying Computer Science at UW because of the many opportunities to pursue my passions, the emphasis on being a global citizen. and the very location of UW in Seattle, a city that values sustainability and harbors innovations in technology. I feel that I can really unleash my inner-nerd at UW and easily find others who not only understand my geekiness but also embrace it while adding their own unique styles to the Husky community. I...

Supplemental Essay:
186 Words
Besides making progress on Computer Engineering Club's first website project (see link), spreading STEM excitement through Women in Science and Engineering Club, and blogging my mind (see link), I've finally started reading the admittedly addicting Harry Potter series, and have discovered that I am incredibly similar to the ingenious, well-meaning, and logical Hermione Granger (according to friends who are Harry Potter aficionados and online character quizzes). I've also developed a rather sleep-depriving obsession with data science, a field so appealing...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
563 Words
I never thought I would be fighting a battle in my own frontyard. In fact, I never expected to spend my summer afternoons in my frontyard. I was too occupied with analyzing data from glass samples at the Seismo Lab and satisfying my hunger for challenging math problems and coding projects to undertake such a task. Even so, my busy hands found themselves toiling away under the scorching summer sun, which made me furrow my eyebrows even more in determination...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
222 Words
The very idea of being an MIT engineer - to have the resources, support, and inspiration to innovate and build - excites me. After spending a summer conducting earth science research under Dr. Jennifer M. Jackson at Caltech, I now know that research is the best way to learn and make an impact. I value the do-learn environment and collaboration that MIT encourages, whether it be through UROP, ORC, or the Media Lab. I am particularly drawn to the Managing...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
244 Words
I am proud of being a geek, an engineer geek that is. Math and science, the foundations of engineering, beckon me to explore them and their applications, something I can't say no to. I find exuberant joy in solving all kinds of math problems ranging from the traditional homework set from my Calculus textbook to challenging ones from Art of Problem Solving website's Alcumus, a math problem database. As a Math Team Captain, I take great delight in composing problem...

Additional Essay Details:
830 Words
I would not be who I am today - a math and science enthusiast with a passion for community engagement and interdisciplinary learning who values self-improvement and collaboration - had I not spent the past 17.76 years under the same roof as my paternal grandparents, started playing the piano at age four, or shared the same birth date as my identical twin sister. Living with grandparents who rely heavily on technologies such as oxygen concentrators, hearing aids, and stair lifts on...

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
7 Words
Send in any accomplishments and academic improvements.

How to increase chances at my school
33 Words
Read the mission statement of the school. Pick out words or phrases unique to that school and incorporate them somehow into your essays to show you are a good match for that school.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
32 Words
Are you interested in medicine? Volunteer at a local hospital. Interested in STEM? Find a research opportunity. Into programming and computers? Do side projects. Interested in the arts? Get a portfolio ready.

Why I ultimately chose my school
28 Words
Think about who you want to be and choose the school that will help you become that person. Consider location, student culture, academic curriculum, and accessibility of professors.

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
32 Words
An additional letter of recommendation won't hurt as long as it provides new and thoughtful insight into who you are as a person, not just as a student or athlete or musician.

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
24 Words
Send in projects you are working on, whether it be a blog, a computer game, sewing, anything to show you pursue your passions actively.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
30 Words
Interviews with school alumni are fairly chill. Come prepared to talk about and sell yourself. Engage the interviewer in conversation. Also, use the time to also ask about the school.

How I chose schools to apply to
34 Words
Ask yourself what you are looking for in a school. Look beyond rankings. Imagine yourself as a student there. Would you be happy? Make sure you understand what the academic program of interest offers.

How to increase chances at my school
33 Words
Think about what you can contribute to the school. Think about your talents and passions. Now write it down in a way that makes the school want you. Appeal to the school's mission.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
26 Words
Enhance your learning experience by taking free online courses or classes at a community college. Show you are an active learner and you thirst for knowledge.

What I’d change about my application process
108 Words
It's never too early to start. Come up with a list of colleges you are applying to in the early summer before senior year of high school. Brainstorm essay ideas. Write really rough drafts and ask others to proofread. Play on your strengths. Play on your unique talents. Play on your family situation. Play on your culture. Play on your...

What set me apart from other applicants
53 Words
If you are a girl interested in STEM or a guy interested in the arts, bingo! Play on breaking stereotypes, oxymorons, funny situations that highlighted a positive personality trait. In your essays, write about something only YOU can write about. Or make it so that the topic is something you really care about.

Why I declined other schools
71 Words
Once you've gotten letters of acceptance, take the time to visit the school if you're still considering them. This will give you a good idea of the student culture (you'll be living there, so take this seriously), available academic programs (you're studying there, so make sure you understand what you're going to put yourself into), and overall atmosphere of the...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
22 Words
Try to find work/research experience in fields you are interested in. This shows a desire to explore your interests and passion.

My favorite course thus far, and why
25 Words
Introduction to Acting is my favorite course at MIT so far. It made me more self-aware and confident. It was also a great stress reliever.

Post-college plans
33 Words
As of now, my post-college plan is to either go to grad school and obtain a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering or go into the tech industry, probably as a software engineer.