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How I got into Princeton (Interview 8)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1580 (800 Math, 780 Reading)

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

  • GPA: 3.95

  • Rank in Class: 3

  • Size of Class: 195

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


  • I ran Cross Country in the fall of my freshman, sophomore, and junior years and became captain of the team in the Junior year

  • I was on my school's math league team as well as it's science olympiad and science bowl teams

  • I participated in a lot of environmental and community outreach work such as cleaning up the beaches close to where I live ad helping out with giving supplies and resources to families who were affected by flooding and rain.

  • I participated as an international teacher in my sophomore year for a small school in Malaysia

Short Personal Story

"I was beyond excited to get into Princeton.

My parents had come over to the US barely speaking English in the 90's and their dream was that their kids would have a better life than they had. I remember my dad spending time every morning before school teaching me something in math or science at 6 AM before I would arrive to school at 8.

They gave so much time and energy to me and my two sisters and brother in helping us do the best we possibly could in school and it felt amazing to finally give back to them.

When we finally went to Princeton and posed in front of those metal tigers I saw the beaming smile on their face and it made everything worth it.

They gave everything up for me and it was amazing to give them theirs."

Useful Advice

"I think the best advice I have for people is to find what you're good at and really work on becoming the best at that one thing.

I figured out that I really liked science and how it explained things and so I spent a lot of time working on that and becoming really good at it.

It's good to be well rounded, but I think that to differentiate yourself a little from others you have to choose one thing and become prolific at it. That's the only way you can really capture the attention of the admissions officers."

Princeton Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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