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思博来推荐|美国各大学2018年秋季录取的中国学生背景!今年的你更优秀吗?

主页菌整理了美国部分大学2018年秋季入学的天朝学生,我们一起来“窥探”一番今年被录取的中国学生背景,以供大家参考!


杜克大学

申请人昵称:dragojeff

录取状态: Class of 2022;Accepted

申请院校:杜克大学三一文理学院 ED


个人信息:


国籍:China

偏好专业:Chemistry /Biology /Environmental Science

学校类型:私立国际中学

种族:Chinese

性别:Male


硬性背景:


SAT I:1570 (800M,770 R)

ACT:无

SAT II:770 US History;800 Math II (twice);800 Chem (twice) (感觉自己有点笨,每个都是两次)

GPA:3.95 / 4.0

班级排名:Top 20%

AP (4,5,5,5,5):Chem, Seminar, US History, Calc BC, Psych

IB:无

高三课业:AP Physics 1,AP Biology,AP Research,AP Literature

获奖情况:Local ISEF Excellence2个,Life Science1个三等


软性背景:


课外活动:Science NHS (President),Gastronomy Club (President),Science Magazine for Elementary Schoolers (Editor),ISEF Research Projects,Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra


社区志愿服务:在中国政府主办的“Weekend class”免费教英语


暑期活动:9th UC Berkeley ATDP;10th Self Studied Honors Chem;11th RISE Boston University


Essays:

Common App Essay:运用蒙太奇风格写的文章,选取生活中的一些关键事件,将它们联系在一起,以展示我学习研究科学的意义,不仅是获取知识,更是为了分享更多。这篇文章我不是强调在数学/科学方面有多好,而是描述我致力于帮助其他人理解数学和科学知识。



Duke Specific:

Why Trinity?

This one kind of talked about the interdisciplinary approach Duke education took and kinda spoke to my status as a third culture child. Not anything particularly innovative but not anything mundane or repetitive either.


What Perspective?

This one was all about my music. I figured that since I had spent so much time in my extracurriculars highlighting my passion for science, my LORs would definitely all mention my science I wanted to highlight that I wasn't just a nerd who studied textbooks nonstop. I told the story of how my experience playing music had allowed me to connect with Jazz Musicians completely in an improvised style the one year I was at Berkeley for the Summer.


Sexual Orientation?

Okay this might be controversial, but I actually did NOT talk about my own orientation. Since it asked "experiences with sexual orientation" I actually brought up my experiences of when I discriminated/attacked another person for their orientation. I wasn't trying to be particularly edgy or cool or trying to claim a sob story, but I was (and still am) reeling from a really bad break up and felt the need to get it out there: that I had been really mean to someone for being "asexual". I don't know if this helped me or harmed me, but I figured I would be really honest and tell them that I had made mistakes in my anger of attacking another person for being different.


化学老师推荐信(1-10评级):9/10 I was one of the very few juniors taking AP Chemistry at my school on top of that I always loved learning about chemistry. Even though I didn't end up getting a 5 on the AP exam I still think she was a huge advocate for me and really tried to understand me as a person when writing my letter of recommendation. She asked in particular about things I did outside of academics solely for fun and we started talking about cooking shows (which I hadn't known beforehand she enjoyed watching as well).


英文老师推荐信(1-10评级)9.5/10 He was one of those teachers that you couldn't always tell what he thought of you but you knew that if he wrote you a LOR and he liked you it would be damn good. I only later found out (since he was fired over a scandal at our school) that he actually observed me in the classroom and spoke to my strengths as a natural leader that I hadn't really discussed with other teachers and only mentioned in my essay. I think this may have been super beneficial as now you had a teacher backing up the claims I made in my personal statement.


申请顾问推荐信(1-10评级)6.5/10 He knew me, but I definitely was not the closest to him, he knew I was a very strong science student and that I participated in a lot of community service centered around that science aspect but beyond that I was never the type to visit his office on a daily basis or talk for great lengths of time on subjects not directly pertinent to the college search/application process. Tl;dr he knew me as a student but not a person.



面试情况(1-10评级)5/10 I think the interviewer liked me but it was a very shady interview since it was in his office in the East part of Shanghai and there were a few other applicants there which he initially started us all off with a group interview.


总结:


优势:

我写的每件事都是真实的,脚踏实地;并没有试图把自己描写成一个非常聪明的人,也不是一个特别善良和热情的人;但至少让读过文章的人注意到我的声音是强有力的,这可能帮助我脱颖而出。

劣势:我在学校里没有太多的成就,所获奖项也不多,没有太多奖项表明我的能力,所以我试着把这些作为软技能,而不是蛮力论证我擅长科学。


认为自己被录取原因:Honestly, I would say it was plain honesty and discussion of my skills as soft skills rather than as a hard achievement.


建议评价:I think that while it's very tempting in the college application process to try and hide mistakes you made in the past, or to write yourself as a super kind/smart/caring whatever person, admission officers aren't stupid and probably have enough experience to see through some "BS" so I would say the best approach (at least it worked for me) is to be really honest about everything and try to portray yourself as a normal human being with unique characteristics rather than an altruistic hero (particularly if you normally aren't one).


埃默里大学

申请人昵称:internationalgirlnico

录取状态: Class of 2022;Accepted

申请院校:埃默里大学ED1/ED2

国籍:China

SAT I:1480

TOEFL:110

GPA:3.95



申请人昵称:xuanxuliu

录取状态:Accepted;Math eco major

申请院校:埃默里大学2018年Transfer 

国籍:China

SAT(旧):2180

TOEFL:111

GPA:纽约州某私立大学大二4.0(60个学分)

推荐信:3封


北卡教堂山

申请人昵称:Aturtle

录取状态: Class of 2022; Accepted

申请院校:北卡教堂山分校EA


个人情况:


偏好专业: Chemistry

国籍:China

奖助学金:无

学校类型:德克萨斯州私立高中


硬性背景:


SAT I:1520 (720E 800M)

SAT II:800M-800CHEM-790PHY

TOEFL:107

GPA:3.97 /4.16

AP:5 Cal BC (sub 5),5 Chem,5 Mechanics,5 E&M,5 APUSH,5 Chinese

获奖情况:在视觉艺术、science/math方面有些奖项


软性背景:


课外活动:president of math club, STEM society, founder of school orchestra and Active Minds; cello principal of local youth symphony, all state orchestra; research every summer

实习经验:lab assistant, environmental service intern

社区志愿服务:animal activist, peer tutoring

Essays:CA alright; UNCs r crap

推荐信:good choices of recommenders

面试:无



总结:


优势:3 research;major-related ECs;competitive arts

劣势:Chinese, no competitive sports, no national awards


认为自己被录取原因: 作为国际生,任何结果都不意外,很高兴结果是好消息。P.S.未申请经济援助的大学结果是“Accepted”,申请经济援助的大学给的是“deferred ”。


建议评价:对于国际生小伙伴来说,祝贺所有录取的人,也祝福未被录取的人,想要在激烈竞争中被美国大学所接受确实非常困难。记住,千万不要因为结果是rejection/deferral而惩罚自己,因为有很多你无法控制的因素,比如国籍和种族。请始终相信自己有能力在任何地方做伟大的事。学校失去你,是他们的损失。


乔治城大学

申请人昵称:scottzyh

录取状态: Accepted

申请院校:乔治城大学2018年Transfer 

国籍:China


硬性背景:


大学GPA:3.76(Freshman in TOP 40 UC school)

专业:Mathematics

高中GPA:94/100

班级排名:10%

SAT I:1490 (700 Reading+ English,790 Math,21 Writing)

SAT II:800 Math 2,750 Physics,720 Chemistry

AP:1. Cal BC (4);2. Chinese Lang (5);3. Chemistry (4)


推荐信:一封数学教授推荐信,另一封推荐教授非常了解我,他最好的朋友在GU学习过。(去年直申GU被放进Wait-listed,今年参观GU多次,并与招生人员交谈了解。)


加州伯克利

申请人昵称:mainer199

录取状态: Rejected

申请院校:加州伯克利分校Class of 2022


个人信息:


学校类型: Maine(私立中学)

国籍:China

性别:男

偏好专业:Statistics


硬性背景:


SAT:1530 (730 Reading, 800 Math)

SAT II:750 Chemistry; 800 Math II

GPA:4.37 W; 3.67 UW (Come in as an ESL student and this is just my junior year grade)

TOEFL: 111(28R,28R,26S,29W)

班级排名:Top 10%

AP:Chem 5

高三课业:AP Literature,AP Physics C Mech,AP Bio,AP Music Theory,Multivariable Calculus


软性背景:


课外活动:Science Olympiad Captain, JV Soccer, Basketball, Varsity Track and Field, Drum set, Snare drum, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Piano(all instrument played over 10 years except guitar for 5), Swimming, Studio Recording, Orchestra/ Jazz Band Percussion leader, Model Making.


获奖情况:3rd in state Science Olympiad Chem and Optics;District & All state drummer...


补充材料:Submitted a 15112 project;a robotic arm;one drum cover;electric guitar cover and piano song


建议评价:作为被拒学生没啥建议…


弗吉尼亚大学

申请人昵称:sinotine

录取状态: Accepted

申请院校:弗吉尼亚大学Class of 2022


个人情况:


偏好专业:Biochem

经济援助:无

学校类型:加州宗教私立

国籍:中国

性别:女


硬性背景:


ACT:36 M 36 E 35 R 36 S 9 W

GPA :4.0 UW/4.7 W

排名:should be top 1%~2%

AP:APUSH (5),AP Chem (5),AP Psychology (5),AP Cal AB (5),AP Physics 1(5)

高三课业:(5.0) Church History H,Neuroscience/Genetics H (Medical Magnet Program Class),AP US Gov,APES,AP Physics 2,AP Cal BC,AP Lang, AP Stats online

奖项情况:ACS First-year Chemistry Contest, Chinese National Dancing Competition, Chinese Province Science Research Papers Contest (state-level, published), Chinese Provincial Biology Subject Contest (state-level), AP Scholar with Distinction.


软性背景:


课外活动:President of our school international club (mobilize ~100 intl students),Leader at many clubs (fund-raising, charity sale, etc.),Cross Country (JV),Online learning at Coursera


实习经验:Interned at a psychiatric institution in China during summer

社区志愿服务:Assist at an equestrian therapeutic center

暑期活动:Interned at a psychiatric clinic (I have a student visa and can't intern in the U.S. before 18 out of campus)


Essays (1-10评级):9, described how I witnessed women from both China and U.S. suffering from eating disorders and try to help 'em.


推荐信 (1-10评级)

老师:8/9, from my Chem teacher, I remember he said I'm the first student to question and discover a mistake in the pretty prestigious textbook during my first-year chemistry learning

老师:8/9 from APUSH teacher, knows I'm pretty good at writing and also knows I love caligraphy and once handwrote a real-size Declaration of Independence for that class.

申请顾问:7 not very familiar, probably mediocre

附加:7/8 from the chair of our school's Medical Magnet Program***


面试:Did not have any from UVA


总结:


优势:成绩不错,GPA也不错,观点多、独特

劣势:没有多少重大奖项,AP不够多


认为自己被录取原因:标化成绩不错


其他申请情况:Yale SCEA(Deferred),MIT(Rejected),WUSTL(Waitlisted)


加州理工

申请人昵称:SherryLiang

录取状态: Accepted

申请院校:加州理工学院Class of 2021


个人信息:


国籍:China

学校类型:私立中学

性别:女


硬件条件:

SAT I : 旧2230,新1490

SAT II : Math 2, Chem, Physics all 800s

GPA:4.0 UW,4.52 W

获奖情况:National AP Scholar


总结:


优势: essays

劣势: SAT 1 score


认为自己被录取原因:I honestly don't know... still shocked


最后一个是去年加州理工学院的录取信息,其他都是今年最新的,供大家参考~


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