Hello there!

Hi! I’m a HYPSM alum, and I want to help you get into college.

I was in your shoes not so long ago, stressing about taking the SATs, what to write for my admissions essay, and whether I was going to get into college. There’s a lot of misinformation spread around by confused students and admissions officers*, but I’m here to tell you the truth. I wish someone could have spared me the stress of not knowing how the process works, so I’d like to pay it forward.

An interesting effect of going to one of HYPSM is that all the people you meet there also go to HYPSM. This blog will reflect not just my perspective, but also what I know in aggregate about my classmates’ college admissions process and experiences. Unfortunately (or fortunately for this blog), college apps consumed so much of our lives that it’s still a favorite topic to talk about, sometimes spurred on by tiger parents.

Let me know in the comments what you’d like to know more about. I look forward to hearing from you!

* Think about it – they would lose their jobs if they admitted the dirty secrets.


Harvard didn’t reject you because you’re Asian

Imagine, for the sake of simplicity, that there are 101 people in the applicant pool. All of them have the same stats as you: 1600 on the SAT, 4.0 GPA, 10 APs with all 5s, valedictorian, won awards for the violin and piano, captain of the Science Bowl team, president of math club, and president of chess club. Maybe you also won some physics awards, plus you placed in the local science fair.

A hundred of these applicants are Asian. One of them is black.

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