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"Sincerity is key."| A Yale Student's Advice on Getting into Yale

We had an amazing privilege of interviewing KX,

  • an alum of Ivy League University, Yale University in Connecticut

  • a musician, composer, and pianist

We asked him for some great advice on: College Applications


Some important thoughts he shares include:

  • "Humans are unconsciously inspired by everything we read and encounter."

  • "Your school is a tiny microcosm of society, and it is easy to forget about the world that lies outside of campus."



Q: How did you get inspiration to write your college essay in such a way that you made sure it stood out (reading other essays, all the books collectively read over the years, external surroundings)?

A: I just wrote it sincerely from the bottom of my heart (and occasionally the heart of my bottom). We humans are unconsciously inspired by everything we read and encounter, so it would be a lie to say that I wasn’t inspired by anything I’ve seen. It could help to read literary works of self-expression. After all, this is a task that many of us do not do that often.



Q: What type of projects did you undertake on your own(experiments, forming a club, nonprofit, research, internships, etc.)?

A: In addition to the aforementioned experiences, I coded a simulation to determine how to solve a well-known math problem called the Secretary Problem.



Q: Were the opportunities in your high school more or less the reason why you got in, or did you make your own opportunities? If so, how did you accomplish that?

A: Your school is a tiny microcosm of society, and it is easy to forget about the world that lies outside of campus. College admissions is a black box; I do not know what specific thing made me get in.