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We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you.

Tell us

about something you do for the pleasure of it. (*)(100 words or fewer)

After seeing many Japanese people at a UW summer camp and watching many Japanese

shows, I decided that learning Japanese might be worth a shot. While many use it to define

insurmountable, I soon realized that so many aspects: lack of grammatical exceptions, characters

that represent meaning far better than Phoenician letters ever could, and consistent pronunciation

rules, people had far exaggerated some difficulties. After reading that “The word ‘just’ have

many meaning” from a chatting partner or playing memorable games like Pokémon in Japanese,

I am quite satisfied that ignoring pessimism about difficulty is both fun and rewarding.

Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at

MIT appeals to you and why? (*) (100 words or fewer)

The departments that appeals the most to me is Course 6, EE and CS because studying this field,

the definition of challenging and rewarding, would allow me the most potential for taking part in

upcoming advancements such as Cybersecurity, AI, Electronic Systems/Computation, Virtual

Reality, and Molecular Biology, which I am currently studying at an internship. A futuristic technology

that interests me is full-dive Virtual Reality with no need for real life senses in the environment.

Because many related fields strongly tied in research, I believe Course 6 would provide me with the

most knowledge to pursue my interests.

At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve

their communities in different ways, from tackling the world's biggest challenges to being a

good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in

your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (*) (200-250 words)
One way I have contributed is volunteering for Math and Science competitions during high

school. Having taken part in similar competitions such as MathCounts and Math is Cool since 5th

grade, I started to volunteer in Math and Science competitions in high school because it was familiar.

The main activities I did included proctoring the competitions, grading papers for speed math

competitions, and helping make some problems for competitions, such as for the Interlake

Invitational Math Competition, an annual math competition held at my high school in March.

Similarly, I helped proctor and keep score for practice science bowl competitions, run by the Science

Club at Interlake High School and a local group called Science for Community that holds practice

Science Bowl competitions for middle school students.

I decided to volunteer for these types of competitions because I was interested in how they

were run and had friends volunteering. These experiences helped me realize the amount of (often

last minute) planning that goes into many community organized events, as many different people

were required to help in different areas such as printing, grading, and writing problems for these

competitions. Having been a participant in many of these events in middle school, I also realized that

these proctors were just students wiling to volunteer, not much different from the participants, and

anyone can make a difference if they want to.

Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city,

or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations?(*) (200-250 words)

My community has always been very aspiring. After moving to Bellevue, Washington and

entering an Accelerated Program in 6th grade, I joined many classmates in one of the most

competitive academic programs in the region. Similarly, my community was often very interested in

winning, particularly in events like math competitions. Many of the people in my community were

fairly competitive in math competitions as well, such as MathCounts and American Math

Competitions in middle school. Most of my peers and I also took classes at the nearby Chinese

School to learn Math and Chinese on Saturdays. This mentality often continued into high school, as

people in my community often continued to strive for high scores on competitions such as the
American Invitational Math Exam and attempted many challenges in STEM in high school such as

high level IB STEM courses or programming competitions.

This motivated peer group was often helpful for me to recognize that many tasks that appear

very challenging at first are not as challenging as they seem. This has motivated me to study STEM

and/or Computer Science and potential advancements in areas such as Computational

Neuroscience to understand learning and thinking better, or contributing to Full-Dive Virtual Reality,

a version of VR with full sensual immersion that I believe is possible even though it is taken directly

out of science fiction. I believe the community at MIT would be similar useful to motivate me to reach

my maximum potential in STEM.

Tell Us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that

didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?(*)(200-250 words)

In 11th grade, the second year of IB, my history class was behind the other classes

because our teacher was new and did not cover as much material. A month before the exam, one

of our tests was graded by the other teacher and I realized that I was not prepared at all for the IB

History test. I knew that if I still wanted to get a high score, I would somehow have to condense

a semester of IB history test preparation into the next month, including knowledge and analysis

skills.

I knew I had to be very selective in the material I decided to cover, just like a teacher.

The other classes had done many assessments on the material, so I knew I had to plan my

studying within time constraints. Because each subtopic within the main topics such as the Cold

War and US History was important and I had some background information from previous

classes, I was able to figure out the main points that were important. In addition, because many

of my friends in other classes had many available resources for the major topics, I made
significant use of those available readings and guides. I did not have much outside guidance in

this task, but using all my available resources as well as my experience in the past paid off. In

July, I realized that my dull but direct plan was quite successful, and I knew that nothing beats a

well-thought-out methodology.