Search
  • Nora Sun

Tags: Columbia


Institution: Columbia University

Study: Major in computer science


High School Experience

I graduated in 2019, and I went to a really really tiny public high school in Northern Nevada. I had a fantastic time at school. Being in a small school (my grade was only 20 kids) was really irritating a lot of the time, but I made it work well and benefited from the small class sizes.


Course choices

I had a limited class selection because I went to such a small school so I just took every AP that I was allowed to take and that mostly determined my schedule. It was a good mix of stem and humanities classes.


AP/IBs

AP Computer Science A: 5

AP Comp Science Principles: 4

AP Statistics: 4

AP Environmental Science: 4

AP Language: 5

AP US History: 4

AP Calculus AB: 2

AP Literature: 3

AP US Government: 3

AP Biology: 5


GPA

4. unweighted, 4.6 weighted


Standardized Testing

ACT: 34

SAT Math 2: 660

SAT Environmental Biology: 680

SAT US History: 780

Extracurriculars

I was involved in a lot of the clubs at school but it was mostly sports and volunteering groups and by senior year I had various leadership positions in some of them.


Recommendations

I was really really close with my english/computer science teacher who wrote my letter of recommendation, and I still talk to her all the time even since graduating.


Essays

I wrote a lot of essays for applications, so I changed themes, but leadership and hard work were the two biggest things I tried to highlight through personal experiences.


Strengths

I was well rounded, and I think I showed that I cared about things in my community and other people’s issues.


Advice

I think the college application process is such a crapshoot and it’s hard to have solid rules to follow but I think it’s important to show that you’re a unique applicant that can tick whatever boxes necessary and have a memorable and interesting narrative.


Circumstances

I’m gay, and I mentioned that on my app so maybe that added a few “diversity points” but I have no clue.


Why?

I really liked the idea of a city university, and I think a small private university is more effective at supporting students than large public ones. I got offers from UCLA and UC Berkeley as well and was in between these three schools.


#Columbia

Recent Posts

See All

Affable Minotaur: Undergraduate at Tufts

Tags: Tufts, low income, first generation Institution: Tufts University Study: Major in biomedical engineering High School Experience My high school experience was exceptional, but I’ve come to unders

Adventurous Lamia: Undergraduate at UC Berkeley

Tags: UC Berkeley Institution: University of California Berkeley Study: Major in molecular & cellular biology on a pre-med track, minor/double major in philosophy High School Experience I actually lov

Adaptable Kobaloi: Undergraduate at UCLA

Tags: UCLA Institution: University of California Los Angeles Study: Major in mathematics High School Experience High school treated me pretty well I’d say. I definitely blossomed a ton in these last 4