Category Archives: Dear Past Self

  • Dear Past Self – Lina Sim (Brown University ’20)

    Posted on May 12, 2017 by usapps2017 in Dear Past Self.

    Say hello to another one of our core committee member- Lina Sim! A rising sophomore at Brown University, Lina hopes to declare a double major in Computer Science and Economics. As freshman year comes to a close, there is much for Lina to reflect upon- from considering factors beside prestige when choosing schools to taking the […]

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  • Dear Past Self- Sonja English (Wesleyan University ’20)

    Posted on May 4, 2017 by usapps2017 in Dear Past Self.

    Time, as Sonja has realised in retrospect, is truly a powerful thing; it is capable of teaching you, proving you wrong and making you take note of the things you have not realised before. In an honest letter to herself, Sonja recounts the beginning of her freshman year and reminds herself of life in the U.S.’ […]

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  • Dear Past Self – Dayana (University of Pennsylvania ’17)

    Posted on July 28, 2016 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    Dayana Mustak reflects on the beginning of her undergraduate journey, overcoming challenges and finding her way. Dear past self, At this point, you are petrified but so eager to learn. If what I remember about you is correct, you’re excited to soak up knowledge and run with it, but you’re also just scared that you don’t […]

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  • Dear Past Self – Yan Jie (Case Western Reserve ’18)

    Posted on June 15, 2016 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    Yan Jie (Case Western Reserve University ’18) looks back on the twists and turns in his unique journey to where he is now, finding that things weren’t really so bad after all.   Dear former self, A month after SPM ended, you enrolled in the Cambridge A-Levels program at Taylor’s College Subang Jaya. Life was […]

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  • Dear Past Self — Chern Wei (Cornell ’16)

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    Chern Wei cheers on those daunted by the college application process, reminding them of their ultimate goal and the wonderful people supporting them. Dear former self, You will soon be swarmed with numerous tasks on your plate – studying for your SATs and finals, chasing after recommendation letters, translating one document after another from Malay […]

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  • Dear Past Self — Amanda (Tufts ’18)

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    Hindsight is, indeed, a wonderful thing, as Amanda (Tufts ’18) shows in this heartfelt letter of advice to her past self. Dear Amanda, It is Day 2 of Chinese New Year of your Form 4 year. You are on the computer in your Mom’s room — to escape the heat and the irresistible cookies — […]

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  • Dear Past Self — Affan (UC Irvine ’18)

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    Looking for some practical college application advice? Muhammad Affan (University of California Irvine 18’) has got you covered with this nifty little cheat sheet. Dear past me, The US application process is complicated, isn’t it? Well, don’t panic! Here is a cheat sheet I made for your reference. SAT Prep Everyone aims to get a […]

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  • Dear Past Self – Amanda (Wesleyan ’19)

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    As she gets prepped to leave for her first year in the land of the free, Amanda Yeoh (Wesleyan ‘19) reflects on some things she would have liked to have known while she was applying to university. Here’s the second edition of our “Dear Past Self” series. Dear Amanda, I generally don’t spend too much […]

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  • Dear Past Self – May May (UPenn ’17)

    Posted on June 11, 2015 by admin in Dear Past Self.

    If our facilitators could give any advice to their former applicant selves, what would they say? In the first of our “Dear Past Self” series, May May Pau (University of Pennsylvania, ’17) reflects on all nighters, cherry blossom adventures and her journey so far in the U.S..  As I look at my half-packed suitcase at […]

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