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Institution: Yale University

Study: Major in computer science and mechanical engineering


High School Experience

My high school experience was pretty great! I did spend quite a lot of time on my studies and extracurriculars, which I always loved, but it meant that I didn't have a lot of time for other things. I loved having the support from mentors and teachers and parents to pursue the things I love like robotics or various internships/learning opportunities. What I didn't like so much was that I was in a large public high school which not only meant that one-on-one time was something you had to actively seek out but also that so many classes and facilities were poorly organized and funded. Overall, I was not the biggest fan of my school but I loved the people and teachers in it.


Course choices

I was very interested in STEM, mainly on engineering. I took 5 courses integrated in the engineering pathway offered by my school. My interest in engineering guided my class choices by swaying me to choose courses that will benefit me most relative to that field, such as AP calculus or AP physics.


AP/IBs

My academic interests were primarily math and physics led me to take classes at UW Madison and I took AP Physics at my school and TAed the class.


GPA

4.0 unweighted


Standardized Testing

SAT: 1570

ACT: 36

SAT Physics: 800

SAT Math 2: 800

SAT Chemistry: 790


Extracurriculars

I primarily did FRC robotics which was nearly 4 years and I was President for 2. I also swam competitively for 6 years and did Science Bowl and an Internship at UW Madison Mechanical Engineering.


Recommendations

My relationship was very good! One of my teachers I had for 3 years for English and would always go in to talk with him and ask for advice. My other teacher I had for two years but I really enjoyed his class and I TAed for him my senior year. My relationship with my counselor was also very good because I would always drop in to talk with her and get her advice. She helped nominate me for a lot of things and worked with me on different scholarships and college class opportunities.


Essays

I wrote about my difficulty taking leadership mantle on my robotics team and how I learned to lead and how I learned to work with others.


Strengths

My dedication to my robotics team and my passion (engineering). I by no means did a whole lot of different activities but I spent a lot of time on my few. I also swam, which takes a lot of time and I think my time management also stuck out since I was/am so busy all the time.


Advice

Keep pursuing your passions and never stay still! Always look for the next step and the next opportunity! If you don't work and take initiative for your own goals, no one else will and others will begin to pass you and take your opportunities


Circumstances

None


Why?

It is a place filled with people as driven as I am about their own passions yet all supportive of each other, seeking success together rather than pushing peers down for their own benefit. Undeniably, there are also amazing connections and relations to be formed at Yale that will only benefit me in my own pursuit of achievement.


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