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How I got into Stanford (Interview 5)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


  • SAT: 1580 (800 Math, 780 Reading)

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

  • GPA: 3.98

  • Rank in Class: 2

  • Size of Class: 492

  • AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Biology, American History, European History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, US Government, Ap Psychology, Environmental Science, Latin, Computer Science


  • I participated in my school's choir and band during all four years on high school

  • I volunteered in my town's preschool and daycare often after school.

  • I did gymnastics in my freshman and sophomore years, but stopped because it was taking up too much of my time

Short Personal Story

"I absolutely lost it when I got accepted by Stanford. I couldn't believe it and legit smacked myself to make sure that I wasn't dreaming.

I started jumping and screaming and running all round the house, scaring my dog and maying her run around with me.

My mom and dad came rushing up the stairs because they thought that I had just died or that I was going to when they saw me dancing and twirling my computer around in circles shouting and screaming.

I showed them the computer and my dad gave me a hug while my mom started jumping and screaming with me.


It was an absolutely amazing feeling and I was so excited to go!"

Useful Advice

"To be honest, I have no idea. I'd just say that each person should just be themselves.

To only parents my parents and teachers gave me during the application process was that this would be the only way these officers would get to see who I was, so I had to made sure that I captured my personality in my writing and writing style.

If I were to give people advice, I'd say that they should do the same. The admissions officers will only get to know who you are through your essays and the prompts you answer, try as much as possible to make sure that your responses really reveal who you are.

I remember in my case when I was writing the prompts I would always ask myself 'Does this sound like me?' If it didn't I would change it until it did.

I think that past a certain point, grades and SAT score doesn't really matter and instead what really matters in the person's voice and what they bring to the table."

Stanford Undergraduate Class of 2023

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