By: Joy Harjanto
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For Christie Hartono, social media is her red carpet. She uses it as a platform to display her many passions: from beauty to music. Her Instagram feed has caught the attention of big name brands, allowing her to work with brands like Glossier, VS Pink and Daniel Wellington.
But on top of curating her social media account, which boasts over 30k followers, Christie attended Stanford University. She graduated in June 2019 with a degree in Communications.
Christie credits time management for allowing her to balance her many passions. Here’s a look into how she managed to secure admissions to Stanford, maintain an Instagram account and pursue her music endeavors.
College Application Tips:
- Know your deadline. Every college has a different application deadline, so jot down the deadline for each school.
- Make sure you have all the materials you need. Make a list of each school’s supplemental essays.
- Although grades are important, they won’t make you stand out. Instead, focus on how (a) you are a well-rounded student (b) how you can make an impact and (c) why you’d be a good fit.
- Schools find it impressive if you are involved in many activities. In my case, they were my music pursuits, my non-profit organization, and taekwondo. While being involved in different groups is important, you need to make an important contribution instead of simply being a member.
- Show you are capable of making an impact. Talk about what you are genuinely passionate about and SHOW universities how you want to achieve your goal. For example, instead of simply mentioning my ‘Art for Autism’ non-profit organization that I founded back in Jakarta, I talked about how I teamed up with a local autism foundation ‘Mpati’, organized bi-weekly art workshops, and participated in an art exhibition where kids’ paintings were displayed. Furthermore, universities appreciate you taking that extra effort in reaching out beyond your own community. For example, I teamed up with Autism Speaks at several universities in the US and held art exchanges and pen pal programs. These initiatives were then published by Indonesian media companies.
- At the end of the day, it’s about being a good fit to the university. Let the university know that you’ve done your research. Mention unique programs that you would like to participate in. Talk about a professor’s research that aligns with your academic pursuits.
On Balancing School, Music, and Life As An Instagram Influencer:
- Time management is key. I’ve learned to procrastinate less over the years. Piling up workload is your worst enemy.
- Take classes you’re interested in and network. I took a songwriting class, became friends with a music producer and collaborated on a track.
- Take advantage of your school’s facilities. I enrolled in a recording class and learned how to use my school’s recording studios.
- Get involved in student organizations. I joined MINT, Stanford’s fashion magazine, which connected me with fashion and lifestyle companies. Through MINT, I visited Sephora’s HQ and participated in Macy’s campaign.
- Do not be afraid to reach out and take initiative when it comes to applying. I applied to a bunch of campaigns through influencer management companies such as Intern queen.
Fashion Must Haves:
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- Urban Decay Setting Spray
- Glossier Haloscope in Topaz
- Dior Addict Lip Balm
- Shiseido Waso Moisturizer
- Bumble & Bumble Hair Oil
- White Boyfriend Blazer
- White Chunky Sneakers
- One Shoulder Top
- High Waisted Culottes
- Floral Lace Sundress