What made you want to study abroad?
The opportunities, the flexibility of quite literally choosing your own career, and the open-question type of education.
What’s the toughest part for you during the entire application process?
Mapping out what admission officers might find special while staying true to self. Being authentic can be extremely difficult but also the most crucial when you are trying to stand out among thousands.
What do you think helped you the most?
Taking necessary breaks when writing essays is the way to go. Instead of aimlessly burying yourself in endless sessions of typing, having a clear mind will most definitely give you a different (and better!) approach to your writing.
What are some things you think you did well during the app process?
When I was choosing which school to apply early to, I found myself struggling between the choice of a mediocre school and Stanford. Since the odds of getting into Stanford was so low, I didn’t want to risk wasting my time over its application- I was intrigued by the idea of applying to a mediocre school and getting in early to save both time & money. Eventually, I convinced myself to take a leap and forget the outcome.
What’s the most regretful thing you’ve done during the process? What would you do differently?
I would’ve started my standardized testing more early. I ended up squeezing my second SAT and my 2 SAT Subjects into senior year, which piled up to the existing stress of writing essays, etc.
What do you think soph, junior, senior students should do right now?
sophomore: 1) keep up with your grades for each and every subject- including the ones you think don’t matter, they matter! 2) if you already have a passionate field, go towards it; if you don’t, start exploring. 3) participate, participate, participate- you will certainly get something out of every experience 4) start TOEFL/SAT/ACT preparation
Junior: 1) put in full effort for both academics and extracurriculars- it’s not gonna be easy, but give it your best. 2) take the standardized testing for the first time at least. 3) start looking into different colleges.
senior: 1) take any last minute testing. 2) keep the gpa up 3) find recommenders, build a college list, brainstorm essays.
Evie Chen, Stanford ’24