Yuxin (Tony) Dai                                  
High School(s) Attended: Hyde Park High School, The Bolles School           
Unweighted GPA: 3.81
Class Rank:2/98
ACT Score: 34
SAT II Scores: Math II: 800, Physics: 800
AP Scores: Calculus AB: 5, Calculus BC: 5, Physics 1: 5, Statistics: 5, US History: 4, Language and Composition: 4

Intended Major: Architecture
My intended major, Architecture, fits me perfectly because I am both passionate about the arts and scientific-minded. I have a  strong curiosity for exploring unfamiliar grounds. As an artist, I embrace new material and techniques; as a scholar, I think independently and constantly look for unique and simple solutions.

Awards and/or Honors:
1) National Honor Society  
2017-2018 School Year
2) TAPPS Academic Competition  3A ADVANCED MATH
Ranked 3rd in the state
3) Best of Texas Contest  3A MATH
Ranked No.1 Junior in the state
Ranked No.3 overall in the state
4) Hyde Park High School
2016-2017 School Year
High Honors
Outstanding Achievement Award in Statistics AP, Physics 1 AP, and United States History AP
Achievement Award in English III AP, and Spanish III Pre-AP

2015-2016 Spring Semester
High Honors
Outstanding Achievement Award in Calculus AB AP, and Spanish II
5) Scholastic Art and Writing Award Northeast Florida Region
Silver Key (Sculpture)
Honorable Mention (Sculpture)
Gold Key (Drawing)
6)The Bolles School
2015-2016 Fall Semester
Second Honor
2014-2015 School Year
First Honor

Mentorship and Personal Art Production
1) Mentorship with Marla Ripperda
February 2017-present
I worked closely with professional sculptor Marla Ripperda to execute a complicated artistic challenge. I worked to create a life size sculpture of a soccer player chained to a chair using multiple materials including chicken wire, plaster wrap, magic sculpt, fabric, and wire. I explored the theme of social constraints in the sculpture.

2) Rhode Island School of Design Pre-college Program
June 2017- August 2017
I attended the Program as a Textile Design Major. I took 4 classes, including Critical Studies in Art, Drawing Foundation, Design Foundation, and Textile Design, with professional artists and RISD professors. In the program, I explored three-dimensional elements in various media. The program is one of the reasons behind my pursuit of architecture.

Favorite Books with Author and Reasons for Preference:
1) 1984, George Orwell
mind-opening, thought-provoking, suspenseful
2) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
humorous, inspiring, unique

Community/ Volunteer Involvement:
1) Missionary Trip Tamarindo, Costa Rica
March 4-11, 2017
School-organized missionary trip to Costa Rica for 1 week, bonded with local children and built foundation for future missionary work.
2) Hearts for Arts Guangzhou, China
July, 2016
Volunteered every afternoon for 1 week, helped organize files and teach art to people with mental disabilities.
3) Camp CAMP San Antonio, Texas
March, 2016
Volunteered for 5 days as counselor at a camp for disabled people, helped with their daily routines and organized enjoyable activities, like horseback riding, canoeing, and crafting.
1) Creative Club President
2017-2018, 2016-2017 School Years
Creating and sharing artwork and organizing fundraising events
2) Math Club
2016-2017 School Year
Scored 99.5 in AMC 12B in 2017 when the cutoff score is 100.
The Math Club focused on competing in advance mathematics competitions and provide tutoring for other students.
3) Art for Charity President
2015-2016 Fall Semester
I enjoy the process of making art and the opportunity to inspire people with it. We look for opportunities to showcase art as well as donate to artistic causes.

1) Soccer
2017 Fall, 2017 Spring, 2016 Spring, 2015 Spring
Club Soccer at Town and Country Optimist Club and Jacksonville Football Club
We practiced 2 times a week for an hour and half in the evening and played one to two games every weekend.

Winter 2016
Varsity Soccer at Hyde Park High School
We practiced 5 times a week for an hour and half after school and played one game to two games every week. I have been playing soccer since I was 7 years old. I enjoyed the commitment and collaboration required in a team. Playing soccer requires a variety of skills, including concentration, endurance, communication and insight.
2) Quiz Bowl Hyde Park High School
We practiced once a week for half an hour before school and competed in several tournaments. Quiz Bowl is an activity of not only memory, but also of mental strength, strategy, and reaction. I enjoyed the process of division and collaboration of work in Quiz Bowl, as well as the opportunity to expand my knowledge on interesting topics.
3) Cross Country Hyde Park High School and the Bolles School
Fall 2014, Fall 2016
We practiced 5 times a week for an hour and half before or after school. I enjoyed being able to relax my mind and encourage the team while running. Cross Country is a sport that emphasizes perseverance, endurance and the ability to challenge oneself in pushing the physical limits constantly. I have placed 8th in the Region’s junior varsity race.

Public Speaking:
1) Leadership Lesson Presentation
May 2017
I presented a leadership lesson in front of an audience of more than 200 people. I created a general leadership model based on vision, goal, effort and ability. I was inspired by a pastor while I was in Oklahoma.
2) Hosting Chinese New Year Celebration
January 2017
I hosted at a show dedicated in celebrating Chinese New Year with an audience of around 300 people.

Hobbies and Interests:
1) Visual Arts
I enjoy being able to implement my creativity in the process of making art. I explore different media, experiment with unconventional approaches, and challenge traditional techniques. I am also involved design for my school and companies like Premier Education Partners.
2) Photography
I taught myself how to operate a DSLR camera and always look to record scenes that inspire me.  
3) Soccer
I have always enjoyed playing soccer with friends or on teams. Playing soccer keeps me in shape and frees me from academic stress.
4) Technology
I am interested in the advances in technology and follow tech news closely.

Key Personality Traits:
1) Creativity
I enjoy thinking outside the box and expressing my continuous flow of ideas and inspirations.
2) Curiosity
I am always eager to explore the unfamiliar and learn more about the world.
3) Communication
I may have a good sense of humor, and I am willing to listen to and think about other people’s opinions.
4) Responsibility
I pursue perfection in my work: I always look to achieve the best that I am capable of.

Challenges Overcome:
1) Studying abroad as a foreign language student is both an exciting and terrifying experience for me. Over the past years, not only has my English ability improved dramatically, but also my relationship with the community that surrounds me has grown. Coming from a humble Chinese background, I have learned how to step out of my comfort zone to build friendships and to challenge myself in uncomfortable situations.
2)The death of my grandmother affected me deeply and my grades, as a result, dropped the first semester of sophomore year. After moving closer to family friends in Austin, everything returned to normal.

What sets me apart from my peers is my creativity and my perfectionism. Combined together, these two traits power me to constantly push for new boundaries, look for innovative ideas and solutions, and improve my efforts.

Contributions to the Freshman Class :
1) I plan to join or create a club to spread artistic innovations and fundraise for artistic causes.
2) I would like to play soccer in a university club team.
3) People enjoy my sense of humor, and I look forward to sharing it with a new group of people.

Academic Strengths:
My strongest subjects are math, sciences and art. In these courses, I exercise my curiosity and spend extra time on understanding causality, connecting concepts and creating alternative solutions.

Favorite Class:
My favorite class in high school is Spanish. Despite my strength in math and sciences, Spanish has always fed my craving for exploration by allowing me to experience fascinating new cultures.

Travel Experiences and Impact:
1) Camping Big Bend National Park, Texas
Christmas 2016
We camped for a week in Big Bend National Park-- hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing.
2) Camping Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma
Thanksgiving 2016
We camped for three days under strong wind and freezing temperature. While camping, we went hiking and rock climbing.
3) Sking Denver, Colorado
Christmas 2015
In a week, I learned how to ski and successfully advanced to Blue-Squares-Difficulty.
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