Student Stories - Biochemistry (Pre-med)

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

Application Identity:

  • Gender and ethnicity? Female, Asian (Indian, Taiwanese)

  • Any particular “hooks”? (student athlete, legacy, etc.) N/A

  • What did your application focus on? Any academic subjects, extracurriculars, etc. in particular? My passions for ceramics/pottery, science/research, and service/volunteering.

  • What are your plans for next year? If you’re planning on attending a college, what’s your school and intended area of study? Washington University in St. Louis, Biochemistry Major, Pre-Med

What was the general composition of your college list? How many schools did you apply to? How many reaches, matches, and safeties were on your list? Did you feel like your list was balanced?

I applied to 20 schools, counting the UC campuses individually, with approximately 9 reaches, 6 matches, and 5 safeties. I felt like my list was heavy on reaches, but I didn’t want to regret not applying to certain schools because they were reaches. Looking back, I probably didn’t need to apply to as many safeties, but it was comforting to have potential options to fall back on.

What was your general application timeline? When did you start your applications? How did you manage your workload?

I started writing my Common App essay and filling out the activities section during the summer before senior year, and slowly began to ramp up with essay writing as school began. I set weekly goals for myself to complete supplemental essays and revisions (in chronological order of each school’s deadline), and I felt like that was a good way to help keep myself on track.

Who helped you throughout the application process? Parents, school, private counselor? What resources did you find the most helpful?

I had a private counselor give me advice on my essays and help me stay on schedule for deadlines. Other than that, I had my parents read a few of my essays and my friends also helped me look over some.

What are your top tips for college applicants? What advice do you wish you’d known while you were going through the application process?

It’s okay to ask for help! Other people in your grade don’t necessarily know what they are doing either, so you’re not alone. Also, trust the process—everything will work out in the end!

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