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How I got into Princeton (Interview 10)

Stats

  • SAT: 1570 (790 Math, 780 Reading)

  • ACT: 35 (34 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

  • GPA: 3.90

  • Rank in Class: 3

  • Size of Class: 267

  • AP's Taken: Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, Biology, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, World History, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature

Extracurriculars

  • I participated on my schools fencing team and became the captain of it in my sophomore year

  • I was a captain of my school's science olympiad team from my freshman year until my junior year.

  • I was the the Vice-President of my schools Engineering club and Co-Founder of it's computer science club.

Short Personal Story

"I was really excited to go to Princeton! My brother was a freshman in 2016 and he described the amazing people, professors, atmosphere and culture at Princeton and I was absolutely hooked. I wanted that. I wanted to be part of this group of people who wanted to change something about the world they lived in.


So, I was pretty stoked when I got in!


My parent's were pretty excited because both their kids had gotten into Princeton and would be in the same place for 2/3 of the year. They would only need to fly out once to visit us and they knew that we would take take care of each other.


I know this is a little off topic, because it doesn't really relate to the question of how I felt when I got accepted, but I feel that it's sort of relevant to the story...


When my brother left for Princeton I was blown away by the architecture, the buildings were simply beautiful, works of art, and it was absolutely phenomenal seeing gothic style buildings blend with a fairly modern town for a unique look to the whole campus and campus-town.


Now, when I went back the third time for Community Action, I was once again completely entranced by the architecture. I'd always loved design and architecture and just seeing the way these buildings were constructed and how they came together has always excited me and it still does. Sometimes when I'm walking through Blair Arch I'll just stop and admire the detail and time which went into designing this piece of art and it just makes me as excited as I was the first day I got accepted."


Useful Advice

"Some useful advice I'd give is to get a mentor. Honestly, I think my journey was maybe 1/3 as hard as other people because I already knew what to expect and could plan and adjust accordingly. Since my brother 'bit the bullet' for me, he showed me. where all the land mines were, what not to do, what to do better, and pretty much laid out the path for me so I could just waltz right in.


Of course it wasn't that simple because a ton of hard work was needed on my part, but . it was definitely much easier following a script than figuring things out on my own.


If possible, I'd say that everyone should try to reach out to someone who has gone to or is in the school you want to get into and as them the steps they took to get there. What they did, how they did it, and if they have any little tips and tricks you could use to help you improve your chances.


It'll not only make the process that much easier, but will also allow you to truly plan ahead and prepare for what's next."


Princeton Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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