On Reflection

holidaysStrewn across my table are hectically scribbled notes from twelve weeks, tightly printed papers left to read, and a grim list of to-dos for the next forty eight hours—the countdown to my first final exercise deadline. Racing through pages of divergence theorem and Poisson distribution, I can’t help but feel a little agitated at myself for my management inadequacies for much of the semester. Times and times again I’ve been admonished that freshmen year won’t be exactly what I expect and many adjustments must be made, but I didn’t pay too much heed.

Reflecting on the past few months as I brace myself for the barrage of culminating exams, I wish I hadn’t turned off my ears to advices from my family, friends, and upperclassmen.

Though I’ve been told that college is a place and time to explore who I am rather than to materialize a preconceived notion of what I should become, I funneled myself into a sequence of math-heavy introductory courses, dropping the one creative writing workshop I was selected for just to cross off a few items on a typical graduate school’s list of prerequisites. Looking back, I had missed out on an opportunity to pursue my own interests even with more freedom and free time, having excused myself from writing, ceramics, orchestra, and close- up magic simply to stay afloat in multivariable calculus. Hence, my college academic life for the past semester almost seemed like a replay of high school, though I had only eighteen hours of classes per week compared to thirty five. I lived on a razor’s edge where “every A is a fix that temporarily quells the anxiety of failure, the terror of falling short” to quote from the Excellent Sheep.

To make matters worse beyond cryptic problem sets and jam-packed lectures, unlike in high school where sufficient practice with regurgitating formulas will seal the deal, college classes do not cut the slack, something I didn’t quite grasp until two weeks ago. Dauntingly long textbook readings can no longer be short-changed by internet notes; Google failed to answer questions I neglected during biology lab. Forty plus hours spent with three hundred past midterm problems for multivariable calculus a few days before garnered me slightly above 50 percent on my first exam. For most of us who never paled at the thought of academics, coping with the initial shock of college rigor called for some grit. As a graduate student said to me, “If you don’t put your mind and soul into what you do—following the daily reading schedule, understand the problem sets, ask for clarification in class—you will always be twenty inches away from doing a good job.”

Ultimately, I probably should have spent more time during the summer before college to research courses and evaluate my aspirations. A large part of my course selection rationale derived from my mother, who insisted, after pedantically studying Fortune Magazine from cover to cover, that certain majors are more lucrative than others. Taking pre-med, computer science, or engineering courses will put you in a safety box, or so it seems. Thus, ignoring my limitations, I registered for four courses a day before the semester started, only to learn soon that I cannot excel at something unless I truly enjoy it.

Here’s hoping for a more meaningful semester!

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

How to Survive the Long Wait

Bird on ConeIt is not unfamiliar to hear that the worst part of the college application process is the dreadful, agonizing wait stretching from the darkest evening of the year to the sun-kissed days of spring. We’ve all been through it, hungrily looking into our mailbox every afternoon, clicking the email ‘refresh’ button once per fifteen minutes, fretting over tidbits of information (authentic and fabricated) fished out from Facebook exchanges about likely letters, alumni interview experiences, and alleged conversations with admission officers. Nausea, paranoia, and hysteria—your uninvited companions for the next three months will attempt to pluck you from your studies. The wait is painful, no doubt, but here’s what I’d strongly recommend:

1. Funnel your energy to scholarship applications. It’s easy to squander time by running different admission result scenarios in your head. Instead of being consumed by unproductivity, look around for scholarship opportunities! Many established programs have deadlines between late January and early March. These competitive programs typically require multiple well-constructed essays, and thus it is imperative that you start right away to win big. Remember, though many universities offer generous need-based aid, being financially prepared ahead of time will bring you much comfort and confidence.

2. Pursue your passion. The three-and-half year audition may seem over, but your encore should be equally impressive. As your coursework in school lightens, you can dig deeper into the extracurricular fields that fascinate you. Whether it’s writing poetry or picking up ballet, second semester senior year is the perfect time to free your hidden ambitions. Perhaps you’ll even find surprising success with these newly fostered interests, which may make an exceptionally strong February college update (discussed later) or even give you some direction for major/career choices.

3. Draft your college update. It is good to let colleges know that you didn’t drop the ball after you submitted your application package. Your counselors will send in your first semester senior year grades (a.k.a mid-year report) around February, and thus, it is a good idea for you to throw in your story as well. Inform your dream school of your continued involvement in debate, athletics, or drama. If you hear back from any merit-based, selective scholarship programs, that can add some colors to your portfolio.

4. Catch up with those who’ve helped you become who you are. The bittersweet moment of graduation looms on the horizon. Believe it or not, after leaving for college, communication with your decade-long friends may grow infrequent. If you’re like me—nostalgic, clingy, and unwilling to part the past—then proportioning sometime to catch up with your favorite middle school teacher or best childhood friend will bring you the greatest joy. Personally, re-connecting with my companions during second semester have become some of my fondest memories.

As one of my best friends used to advise me, take it one step at a time. You deserve a big congratulations at that point. Keep calm, and get ready for the jolly moment around the corner!

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

Winter Homecoming

20150103_050500Two trains, a three-hour Megabus ride, and a refreshing, reassuring rundown of fourteen subway stations later, I descended those creaky metro escalators once again with a hefty luggage behind and bundle of roses in hand. Home is still the same old basket of good eggs and rough breads—the brisk yet brewing scent of suburbia air, the grunt of buses hurrying between clamorous, convivial Washington streets ten past twelve, and the medley of exotic eateries a few dollars too expensive.
I spotted my best friend waving from the opposite platform when a smile seeped involuntarily through my cheeks. This is the ultimate boon of homecoming—reunion with ones who we walked with through our coming of age, the ones who stood beside as we weathered through triumph and disappointment, the ones who embraced us during every stage of life. Stories of the past three months percolated through the spicy Sichuan flounder and savory spring rolls—delicacies absent from the vicinity of Princeton—as we digested the past, chewed the present, and pondered what’s to come. But the dinner needed no words, the blessing of old friendships lingering in the air was enough to make us the happiest creatures of the moment.
An hour later I arrived at the doorsteps to my house. Home still had the same clutter and worn down windows as I left it. It was still a couple degrees colder than comfortable, a familiar strategy to conserve utility bills. Pa ran down from upstairs to take my bags as my stomach churned with queasiness observing that the streak of grey in his hair had grown into a patch. He then took out a fresh, sweet tangerine from the half-filled fridge as we sat by the kitchen counter and giggled about quirky professors and freshmen difficulties. I had to suppress the tears though—his genuine excitement warmed me, yet I knew he still played the same Chinese records every morning these past three months en route to delivering newspapers while I enjoyed a more-or-less privileged life.
My mom had left the door to my room wide ajar before I stumbled inside and collapsed onto my bed. It was then that I realized how much I had missed this place. Though without the luxury of Gothic windows and grandeur of Hogwartz-proportion dining halls, this room of my own sheltered me during every period of turbulence. There is a simple sincerity here, a sincerity that has motivated me throughout the past few years.
The interrogation of the tiger mother did not come until later. The latter half of break brought me to my high school, former classmates, and many teachers whose eyes lit-up at the sight of our visit.
As a friend once said, college is not only a place, but a time. There’s a time to be there and a point when we should leave. Every now and then, stepping out from the bubble and tracing our roots will give us a clearer idea of our aspirations, our values, and the person we want to be.

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

Balancing Work and Play Over Winter Break

0102152129b (2)Winter break, the shining beacon of hope at the end of a busy and eventful Fall semester! As we revel in the home-cooked meals and comfort of our loved ones, there are often still responsibilities, task, or assignments looming at the back of our mind. If you go to a school like mine where Fall semester finals don’t take place until after winter break, you’re especially burdened with a need to study hanging on your back. This presents us with a challenge: how are we to stay productive over break?

Being productive doesn’t mean you have to throw away all plans of fun and relaxation for the break. Taking a step back from the hectic life of the past semester is a good and necessary thing. Beyond that, though, keeping in mind the things you might hope to accomplish over break will help you feel even more content with your time-off from school.

To make your break both fun and productive, I like to set reasonable goals for myself and then go about crossing them off my list. Maybe for you, there’s a book you’ve been dying to read but didn’t have time for during classes, or some material you’d like to brush up on from the past semester that you’ll need fresh in your mind for an upcoming class. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to visit your old high school to talk to students about your college experience, or volunteer somewhere for the holiday season. If you have exams coming up, as I do, you can map out the studying you have to do for each test, and spread out the work over your break. With Organic Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Evolutionary Biology exams coming up, there’s a lot of material to cover, so I like to sprinkle in a bit of studying here and there during my weeks off to prevent the bulk of my studying from piling up on me. Throughout your break, the smaller progress you’ve made here and there will add up!

Having goals in mind for the break are a way to keep your stamina going and help you feel accomplished with the time you’ve spent away from school, in addition to all the lovely relaxation you’ll have achieved. I personally like to spend a few afternoons during break at a coffee shop to study for a bit, taking only a few hours out of the day every so often. This way, I don’t miss out on much of my precious family and friend time, and still manage to get a reasonable amount of work done, (while also getting to sip on delicious coffee, yum). While it may seem like a drag to get things done over break, trust me when I say it’s a great feeling to know you got what you sought to accomplish out of the way. If anything, now when someone asks what you did over your break, you’ll have a few more things to add on to your story!

Victoria Navarro, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’17

Not Matched?

The VaseYou spent your day in anticipation (and possibly starvation, if you’re of an ultra-nervous disposition like me) only to find yourself drenched in utter disappointment. I regret to inform you…. This is the moment when you want to let go—all the late-late nights with your not-so-favorite textbooks have gone to waste, the pains on sporting fields were endured in vain. Solace from your friends or parents flies out one ear as soon as it enters the other. A braid of doubts, regrets, and panic refuses to untangle even late into the night as you ponder what has gone wrong, what steps to take next, what awaits on the other side.

Let me preface the following spiel by telling you that I was not matched. Nonetheless, through QuestBridge Regular Decision, I was admitted to three of my top choices (Princeton, Stanford, and Dartmouth) and was offered generous financial aid packages.

One thing you must understand about college admissions is its unpredictability. As my counselor once put it, applying to top tier universities is like buying a lottery ticket. According to QuestBridge statistics, only 440 out of 4,773 Finalists received College Match Scholarships last year. Nonetheless, more than 1,500 Finalists were admitted to a partner school through Regular Decision. The fact is clear—whether you were admitted early is not at all an indicator of how your merits compare to other applicants. The colleges you ranked may still be very interested in you. On the bright side, not being matched also renders you freedom to explore a fascinating array of colleges. Truth be told, most of my Questie peers at Princeton and at other institutions were not match recipients (in fact, I’ve yet to meet one).

This leads me to my quintessential advice: DO NOT let not getting matched be an excuse to stop working hard. There’s still a long way to go before the final decisions are released. If you want to gage the attention of a college you’ve ranked, try drafting update letters or emails detailing your academic and extracurricular accomplishments in the past few weeks. Depending on individual school policies, you can seek supplemental recommendations to add to your portfolio. For schools you didn’t rank, reflect on your experiences from writing the first set of essays and start preparing applications right away. Piling up everything to plow through during winter break is a terrible idea, and you should never wait until the clock ticks down to January 1st. Remember, colleges are looking for applicants who are genuinely excited to attend their institution. Prove your passion with your actions.

There’s nothing pleasant about opening a disappointing e-letter on a cold, brisk December day. However, remember that there are thousands of Quest Scholars who had to bear through the same grim couple of hours yet ultimately ended up in the school of their dreams. In Chinese, the character for crisis is identical to the one for opportunity. Let the match decision be a motivator to push your limits. Patience brews strength, and it surely will make the fruits of spring sweeter.

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

I Believe in the Power of Grace

20141121_135554Every Halloween, my mother, with her fiery tongue and commandeering eyes, would summon me to the first floor dining room adjacent to our door at six sharp. You are candy dispenser tonight. Don’t let little children be unhappy. That job title is by no means a misnomer. Running nonstop between imminently-due-homework heaped on the couch and the doorbell singing obnoxiously every ninety seconds, I had transformed into a candy machine—bearing a worldly assortment of sweets at your demand. My compensation, the smiling Spidermen, sunlit gazes of Disney princesses, and ‘thank you(s)’ from fluffy Angry Birds often fell short of buffering the daunting thought of unfinished, exhaustive schoolwork. “We are thanking our neighbors with these small candies,” my mother would interject between my mild protests, “small sweets we give is the happiness of another.”

I didn’t grasp the power of ‘small sweets’ until one afternoon in junior year of high school.

For a long time, I indulged in the illusion of teenage invincibility. Despite all the hurdles along the way, I was accepted by a magnet high school, kept solid grades while juggled a dozen extracurricular activities, and even conquered the notorious SATs. But that afternoon, a month after a Kafkaesque nightmare turned into reality in my own family, I was on the brink of giving up. A disastrous, half-hour campaign against Taylor and McLauren series, coupled with countless nights of little sleep and little replenishments had burned me inside out. Sifting through a sea of reveling masses in the hallway, I felt the tides of tears swarming my eye socket as my throat constricted in pain. For that second I convinced myself into it—I was going to drop my magnet program, maybe even take a leave from school, and apply as a full-time worker somewhere.

Out of nowhere Mr. Brown, our securities manager, tapped my shoulder. “The vice principal wanted me to hand this to you.”

It was a small, hand-decorated paper bag with three envelopes inside. My trembling found the folds and pulled out every gift with care. There was a flower-embroidered journal, a collection of butterfly stickers, and a handwritten letter. My eyes skidded through my principal’s words explaining the well-wishes behind each present. “You’ve delighted us with your enthusiasm. And now it’s our turn to help you out. We are your big family.”

Like that, the small paper bag, carrying with it an immeasurable load of goodwill, brought me unstoppable tears of warmth and a revival of faith.

Revisiting these memories as I sit in my heated, cozy college dorm room and gaze at the elaborate architectures outside my window, it never escapes me that the reason I’m here is the goodwill of many generosity people. It is never too early or too late to return one’s gratitude—which may just become another’s much needed source of empowerment.

The advent holidays are not simply an occasion to send pleasantries to those who’ve helped us. As my vice principal summed it, ‘the greatest form of gratitude is paying it forward’. With Thanksgiving approaching, let’s pass on the ‘small sweets’—a present, a greeting card, a pan of pumpkin pie, and an hour of service—the priceless keys unlocking another’s resilience.    

To all my keepers, I send you my regards and best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. To all the distressed Questies out there, I send you my love, an offer to critique your application essays, and prayers for a bridge to your dreams. 

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

Building Your Resume

Jessica_LiBy now you’ve probably figured out that many colleges (especially public state universities and liberal arts colleges) ask for an ‘optional resume’ in addition to the Common Application. For those of you who’ve applied for summer internships, jobs, or selective academic enrichment programs, the task at hand is all too familiar – present your classroom and extracurricular experiences in a concise, systematic way to highlight your forte. Resume-writing can be both tedious and rewarding, after all, and condensing four years into a single page is a brain-racking exercise. But don’t fret! Quest Scholars can give you a lift!

Here are some tips:

Formatting is king. We always say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ yet writers often spend a considerable portion of their budget hiring graphic artists for a flashy, catchy design to momentarily detain a few potential buyers. Similarly, boosting the aesthetic value of your resume will leave a favorable impression on distant admission officers. A Google search would yield hundreds of visually-pleasing templates, but designing your own is a good way to showcase your personality. All resumes should be compartmentalized into basic information (including contact information), education, extracurricular activities, jobs, and honors/recognitions. Remember to triple check bullet point alignments, color scheme complementarity, and font changes. Lastly, it’s a good idea to convert your final sample to a PDF document in case the receiver uses a different version of Microsoft Word causes distortions.

Don’t be cryptic. Whether it’s coding in different computer languages or perfecting techniques in ballet, more times than not your field of expertise is not familiar territory to your readers. For example, consider the description “investigation into effects of (insert mysterious protein name here) on signal transduction pathway of MAPK” versus “study of cell cycle changes due to a foreign protein.” Obviously, the first is not only a tongue-twister, but a brain-baffler. And unfortunately, the human mind will not register details that it doesn’t comprehend. While it is important to be professional, enigmatic clauses are not conducive.

Specificity rules! With the growing competitiveness of college admissions, ‘buffing up’ resumes may seem like a common practice. I strongly discourage you from stretching the truth—not only does that engender ethical concerns but also discredits your application. However, a clever strategy to resume building is increasing specificity—the number of students you tutored, the amount of funds you raised, or the total service hours you dedicated to a club. Be succinct and vivid when describing your past engagements.

What is your resume trying to show? You should always ask yourself this before finalizing it. Granted, you will not have space to detail every bit of your works, so you must select with discretion. I suggest revisiting your application essays and reflecting on your passions. Centering your resume on one academic discipline or showcasing multiple facets of your intellect are both solid approaches, but you must design the image you want to create.

Not all colleges ask for resumes but it is helpful to bring a copy to your interviews. One last incentive: resume-writing is a useful life-long skill, and the admissions cycle definitely prepares you in this respect!

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

Next Steps for Your Quest

jessicali_3It’s been a week since you clicked the ‘status update’ button at noon (or whatever time according to your zone). The initial tide of exhilaration or disappointment has probably dampened, and once again you’re staring at your computer, digging up a thousand memories for some inspirational seeds as you plow through the Common App. Yet you can’t help but ponder the implications of becoming or not becoming a finalist.

Some of you may have felt as if swept away by ruthless avalanche last Tuesday after eyeing the grey words ‘we regret to inform you…’ What were all those late-late nights delved into textbooks, enduring caffeine overdose for? Is this the end of a long, rough road? Why not me? No one blames you if you’re flooded with fury and frustration for the moment. Not being named a Fiinalist, before you even venture into tunnel of college applications, can be quite a scary thought.

However, it’s a wise decision to free yourself from grief now (seriously, now) if you haven’t already. Such a multifaceted set of variables—academic record, geographic diversity, financial status, etc.—was factored into the equation that it’s rarely your merits which came short. Oftentimes, it’s just the erratic hand of luck that didn’t point to you. In no way should you let one result extinguish your brilliance, potential, or uniqueness (likewise, even if you were selected as a finalist, don’t let your confidence soar). As Ruth Babe’s familiar saying goes, ‘never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.’ Keep up the fighting spirit, and there will be many doors wide-open for you down the lane. Personally I have a handful of friends (at Princeton too) who are non-finalists and were still admitted by multiple top-tier schools that offered generous scholarships. It goes without saying that hunting for other opportunities must be on your to-do-list. Remember, regardless of whether you’re a Finalist, the entire Quest community is here to support you! We know the tripping obstacles you had to cross, and our mission is to bridge you through a plethora of gateways to your well-deserved dream school.

And now to the Finalists, you’ve probably heard this many times, but CONGRATULATIONS! Your grit and character have earned you this recognition, and you should throw a celebration for yourself! However, as I’ve alluded to before, it’s pivotal to recollect yourself quickly and transition to the common apps. The timeframe between Finalist announcements and match material submission isn’t very long, so squandering time would be a bad idea! Here are my three cents:

  • Don’t over-rank. Many of you are bombarded by school tests the end of October. If you don’t think you can devote as time as you’d like to a supplement, better wait until regular decision than rush it now. Remember, you are not penalized in any way by applying later. Trust me, it will be sheer agony to discover a conspicuous grammar mistake on your application after you’ve clicked the submit button.
  • Simplicity is king. As you tackle school-specific prompts, you may come across the infamous ‘why x university’ question on multiple occasions. You may be tempted to write a ten page research paper about your dream college that’d even baffle the tour guides there, but keeping your responses focused and succinct is the card to play.
  • Stay positive. The days are shortening. The air is chilling. Tests are marching in. Deadlines are creeping near. But don’t worry! We’ve walked through this and so will you!    

No matter Finalist or not, we’re all rooting for you!

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

Stress-Coping Mechanisms


As a high school freshmen, I once told myself that nothing can get worse than the busy life of a ninth grader. Then came sophomore year, and I was certainly I had descended to the seventh inferno. Except then junior year swept in and dropped me to an even more hallow abyss. By my senior year, I had convinced myself that though persistent sleep deprivation and endless tests, homework, and projects were the unpleasant realities I had to face, there was the paradise of college—a stress-free freedom where I no longer had to worry about a few numbers that labeled me.

It didn’t take me too long to recognize that that was a fantasy as well. The last week of October marks the onset of midterms at Princeton, the very reason why I’m still hunched over frantically-annotated notes at 3:03AM. Unlike in high school where grades are typically calculated through a complex formula involving more than a dozen assignments, three tests at maximum determine a class grade in college. Needless to say, the cumulative tests are probably the biggest source of stress for college students.

I don’t pretend to be the Dr. Know-it-all for stress coping mechanisms. In fact, anyone who’s been unfortunate enough to see me before an exam—events typically inconsequential in the long-run but seemingly life-transforming at the moment—will probably recall having witnessed a severe case of omniphobia. Eyes watered by frustration at byzantine calculus problems, unquenchable sighs with each unsolvable redox equation, and continual bursts of ‘I can’t do this!’ precisely describes my night-before-test frenzy.

But this weekend, rather than locking myself up in my dorm as usual, I decided to spend some time with friends making ceramics, gardening, and called friends back at home to catch up on how they’re doing. Interestingly, I felt much more rejuvenated, and my productivity was higher than usual. This reminds me of a psychology study I once read—as our body endures stress, we release oxytocin, which, contrary to myths, increases our desire to build human connections. Indeed, stress is a catalyst for bonding, and only through fostering those bonds can equilibrium be achieved.

Yet, the optimal strategy for reducing stress is better time management. Reflecting back, if I had better budgeted my time during the last two weeks, this energy-draining push at the last hour would not be necessary. Time management is perhaps the biggest challenge for college freshman, even for the most disciplined. College demands a much more in-depth and critical approach to studying; simply completing the assigned problems for points is not conducive to mastering the material.

To all the midterm crusaders this week and next, I wish you all the best!

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18

Navigating the Application

Impeccable numbers, Nobel literature prize-winning essays, glorious, hard-to-believe-for-seventeen-year-old resumes are just a fraction of the myths enshrouding every high school senior as he/she greets the college applications. Indeed, the finale to your four-year ‘audition’ is a prospect that may skyrocket blood pressures. How do I culminate all the hours thrown into crushing that calculus exam? All the frustrations of fine-tuning my fingers for that violin concerto? How can a distant college admissions officer appreciate how far I’ve gone, despite all the odds stacked against my feet?

One confession I’ll make: Even as someone who has found light at the end of the dark tunnel of applications, I don’t know the secrets of getting in. But I do know that no two paths to dream schools are alike. If you imagine the applications as a platform to ‘prove yourself,’ rewind to that trigonometry exercise during which you deduced that proofs can be constructed in countless ways. Yes, the applications compel you to reflect on who you really are, but remember, it is you and your unparalleled identity that store the potential to impress. Diversity is the beauty in the making of the world, and as Questies, we can bring unheard stories to top-tier universities, brushing streaks of warm colors to a collage.

On the flip side of that, I’m always asked this quintessential question regarding the essay—‘how do I sound unique?’ Music, athletics, service trips, student government, science research (did we get everything?) have been written to death, or so it seems. True, it’s almost impossible to brainstorm a non-recurrent topic. However, a memorable essay is not created by plot, but by ideas. The power of your essay rests in the themes you leave your readers to internalize. For example, in the essays I’ve edited pertinent to music, some students chose to portray it as a solacing safe-haven while others as a gift for an unacquainted audience, each obviously offering a different degree of insight. If you’re still apprehensive about the ‘banality’ of your subject, think back to when you watched an Olympics gymnastics performance. Our eyes are captivated by each acrobatic element, parquet, and choreography though we’ve surely watched them before.

Finally, I encourage you to rationalize about why you found your dream school appealing. Research in depth about campus vibe, teaching philosophies, length of the semester, quotas on classes per year, as well as specific courses that interest you adds excitement to the application process. As an interviewer for my extracurricular commitments, I’m sadly amused occasionally, after reading applicant’s panegyrics, by how jarringly badly they can respond to the ‘why do you want this position?’ question. Food for the thought: If you’re presiding over a respected company, would you hire the most qualified applicant from the pool, or the most loyal?

I’ll leave you with these rambles, my goodwill, and a Churchill quote: “history will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Remember, as you continue your quest, there are handfuls of Quest Scholars zealous to bridge you to your dreams—some of them are the very reasons of why I’m where I am!

Jessica Li, Quest Scholar, Princeton ’18