US Application Experiences

This segment hosts broadly 3 types of articles – Generic Guidelines on the Application Processes, College Essays, Individual Accounts of their Application Process. If you wish to contribute to this ever-expanding repository, please contact our Executive Editor, Samantha at


CollegeLAH’s Guide to Using Common App
How to Write Successful US College Application Essays (Dylan Ler)
US Application Essay – Just Be You. (Syaza Nazura)
Financial Aid for US Universities (Annabelle Ooi)

College Essays

Common App

To Dare (Sheau Yun)

University of California System

Essays for Applications to University of California (Anonymous 1)

Accounts of Application Process

My US Applications (Foong Yee)
How I got into UC Berkeley (May Lyn)
My Journey to the States (Syaza Nazura)
Carnegie Mellon University Application Q&A (Ian Quah)
Applying to Drake, Emerson and Sarah Lawrence (Shern Lyn)
Application to Stanford University (Ying Hong)
The Experience: Applying to Private Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. (Cai May)