—- Emily Wang
The Milwaukee Chinese Community Center (MCCC) had their first event of the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) which is the annual College Prep Seminar on May 20th. Four high school seniors and one college freshman came to share their different experiences and recommendations on preparing for college acceptance. Led by Hana Li, the questions were collected and prepared earlier where each student was given a chance to answer.
Some important advices that were emphasized by all students in the seminar:
- Work hard for your test scores
- Create a good relationship with a teacher who can write a personalized letter of recommendation
- Along with that, It will be the best if the teacher is also good at writing
- Have a lot of volunteer service to show your leadership
- Interviews are about finding out information on the school and not so much getting accepted
- Focus on your passion; although this is very cliché, it shows a school that you will be able to put your heart into your work
All in all, congratulations to all the students for their hard work and initiative!
Parent: Jianguo Sun (Father) and Nianhong Liu (Mother)
A student of Brookfield Central HS, who was admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, and UW-Madison. She will attend Harvard in the fall.
“A big thing that I did during my high school career that made me stand out more was my use of summers. During the summertime while most students were sleeping in and watching movies, I attended different camps across the state that furthered my education past the usual knowledge that high schoolers will know. My freshman and sophomore summers I attended a math camp in Texas and after those years I went to a camp at MIT. These research opportunities pushed me to achieve great things and showed how great my work ethic was. The best part about it was the fact that it did not even seem like work. It is important that you are doing something that you enjoy and something that will surround yourself with great, intelligent people. That way, you will know that you are actually doing something that you are passionate about and love.”
Parent: Ping Xue (Father) and Zhihong Jin (Mother)
A student of Pewaukee HS, who was admitted to UW-Madison(full ride), University of Virginia, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Carnegie Mellon University. She will attend Carnegie Mellon University in the fall.
Parent: Huazhang Huang (Father) and Qiong Wang (Mother)
A student of Brookfield Central HS, who was admitted to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, UW-Madison, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Notre Dame. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
“In high school, it is important to try new things just to see what extracurricular and subjects will best fit you in the future. By doing this, I was able to realize that I wanted to be a part of my school’s key club and create the first chess club. I also was a part of varsity tennis which helped greatly with my physical health and mental because of how much I enjoyed it. In addition, I utilized my school classes to find out what exactly I liked. In high school, I realized that I really enjoyed computer science and economics. Although those are on two separate sides of the spectrum, this helped with narrowing down majors and also schools. Colleges that offered these two topics became the colleges that I would most likely end up choosing.”
Parent: Dazhong Zhao ( Father) and Min Chen (Mother)
A student of Whitefish Bay HS, who was admitted to UM-Twin Cities, UW-Madison, Smith College, and Swarthmore College. She will attend Swarthmore College in the fall.
Parent: Qian Chen ( Father) and Naxin Wang (Mother)
A freshman at Emory University and a previous student at Brookfield Academy. Last year, he was admitted to Rice University, Emory University (full ride), Boston College, University of Rochester, Case Western Reserve University, St. Louis University (Medical Scholar program), UW-Madison, and Marquette University.