Adrian

Yale University

BA Architecture

PERSONAL UNIVERSITY APPLICATION EXPERIENCE

Schools Accepted Into:

Yale, MIT, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, University of Southern California, Temple University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN COLLEGE

  • Studied Architecture at Yale where I followed an intensive design and studio based curriculum that included projects in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and in Atlantic City, for which Cesar Pelli was a judge.

  • I was involved in improving visibility of social and political activities of Asian Pacific cultural groups within Yale. As a result, was nominated for and received the annual Nakanishi Prize at commencement.

  • Studied Vietnamese for 2 years, volunteered during the summers in Vietnam (VIA), language training with VASI under Fulbright Hayes.

  • I currently work in e-commerce as COO for Embe.co and Embe.vn. Previously I was an international launcher for Uber in the APAC region.

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WHAT COLLEGES SEEK

Academic curiosity and prowess, a pursuit of knowledge and enriching experiences beyond the classroom, and most importantly students who will be successful in the college environment.

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES

  • Freshman Counselor

  • Co-moderator, Asian American Students Alliance

  • Treasurer, Vietnamese Students Association

  • Men’s Varsity Fencing (Sabre)

  • Sigma Chi Fraternity

  • AIESEC ICX Team

  • Freestyle Expressions Crew (Dance)

  • Instructional Innovation Internship

UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES

  • Captain of the 2x state championship Boy’s Fencing Team in both foil and epee within 2 years after forming the team

  • Outside of the school year I spent time in an intense arts and creative program Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University as well as a two week business immersion program at University of Notre Dame.

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

  • Captain, Varsity Fencing Team

  • Varsity Volleyball Team

  • President, National Honor Society

  • Spanish Honor Society

  • National Engineering Design Challenge

  • Staff, Pretzel Time

COLLEGE ACCESS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

Worked with an education and career consultancy in Cambridge, MA with undergraduates and aspiring graduate students to help them get into their school of choice. Workshops included resume and cover letter writing and interview skills.

Adrian spent a month training at the original Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan Province and 3 weeks in Yangshuo studying Tai Chi and Qi Gong.  He speaks Vietnamese fluently.