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How I got into Stanford (Interview 9)

Stats

  • SAT: 1560 (790 Math, 770 Reading)

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

  • GPA: 3.87

  • Rank in Class: 13

  • Size of Class: 338

  • AP's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, American History, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Psychology, Spanish Language


Extracurriculars

  • I ran cross country my freshman and sophomore years, but stopped after an injury to my leg.

  • I did a lot of science activities like the hackathletes, computer science club, chess club, science bowl, science olympiad and math league.


Short Personal Story

"It was pretty great getting into Stanford especially considering some guys who were definitely smarter than me didn't get in.


I found it pretty humbling honestly because I realized that it was pretty much a roulette. Everyone applying is super qualified to be there and the fact that I got in probably had more to do with chance than anything. But, I was still really excited to go there because it was my dream school and I just loved everything about it when I went to visit it with my parents the summer before applying. It was a pretty cool feeling"


Useful Advice

"I'm not really sure if I have anything in terms of useful tips and tricks, but I do believe that something which trips people up is the fact that they think that if they have a stellar resume they have to get in. While that certainly helps, there are a million and three people with stellar resumes who are submitting the exact same thing. I'd say that if someone is applying to Stanford or thinking about applying to Stanford they should try to show who they are. They shouldn't be afraid of showing off a quick or two about them to help humanize them and put a metaphorical 'face' on the paper.


Something I didn't realize back then, but I do now is that reading application papers is a lot like scrolling through youtube. The admissions officers are reading thousands and thousands of these things and if you don't have something which locks them in right away and forces them to focus on yours, your essays and everything you've worked so hard for is going to be put in the 'maybe' pile and then probably the 'no' pile.


So, what you have to do is really grab them with your essay as soon as possible so that you can at least move on to round two where they actually read through the essays and the prompts more carefully to find the people they believe would be a good fit for Stanford."


Stanford Undergraduate Class of 2023


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