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How I got into Stanford (Interview 13)


  • SAT: 1500 (700 Math, 800 Reading)

  • ACT: 35 (36 English, 33 Math, 36 Reading, 34 Science)

  • GPA: 4.00

  • Rank in Class: 2

  • Size of Class: 327

  • AP's Taken: AB Calculus, US History, World History, European History, US Government and Politics, US Comparative Government, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature


  • I competed in debate team, DECA, poetry club, history bowl and the literature clibs at my school.

  • I was my class President and was president from my Sophomore year until my Senior year.

  • I was in the school band and choir and was the band leader from my Sophomore year until my senior year. I became the choir leader after my Junior year.

  • I volunteered at my community library, nursing homes and soup kitchens in the city close to my hometown.

Short Personal Story

"It was probably the best moment of my life! I couldn't breathe for a maybe 5 minutes and just looked at my computer and cried. It took me so long before I called my mom over to come upstairs and see how it turned out and when she did she broke down and hugged me and cried with me.

I was so overjoyed because I felt that I could finally give back to my mom for everything she had done for my brother and me in raising us alone and putting us through school and just generally giving up everything for us. It felt so amazing being able to give something back to her. It felt so great to see that I would get the chance to go to this great school and watch my mom's face as I graduate and finally see her free from the stress that came with our life.

Sorry, I'm getting emotional talking about this... But, it was... something else. I was just so overjoyed and relieved that I could finally give back to the people who had done so much for me. I could be a good role model for my little brother and could now put myself in the position to get a good job so that I can give back to my mom and thank her for being a great mom and doing everything possible to make my life the absolute best it could possibly be.

I was amazing because it just unlocked the door to me being able to do so much more with my life."

Useful Advice

"Honestly, I don't really think there's much to it other than really hard work.

Other than the end of my senior year I don't think I did anything other than homework, studying, tutoring and reading. As far as I remember that was pretty much how it was every single day.

If it was a weekday I would wake up go to school, go to whatever club I had after school, come home to eat dinner, do some homework, get tutoring for something, do more homework and studying, then go to bed.

When I say it out loud it sounds pretty depressing, but I'd say it was worth it because I've been able to meet some amazing people here and have had some amazing expereinces as well.

But, if I were to give any advice to anyone who wants to go to Harvard or Stanford or Princeton I'd say that they need to work really really hard and start doing it early.

If there's a way to set yourself up for the future so that you know exactly what you need to do to get to where you want to go I'd advise them to take it so that they can position themselves to capitalize on chances when they come.

Other than that, I don't think there are any other secrets."

Stanford Undergraduate Class of 2023

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