College Admissions Info

Neel
Neel
Stanford University, ‘

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • 7 supplemental essays
  • 10 advice topics

Student Background

Freshman at Stanford with Solid insider advice.
From: Katy , Texas
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, UPenn, Stanford
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2320
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1570
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High School Performance

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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Community Cleanup / Service
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College Application Essays

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
664 Words
Common App Essay: Growing up, my life was defined by rigid lines that divided my world into black and white, right and wrong. At home, I was imbued with an inflexible set of religious ideals. At school, I focused solely on grades, and along with my friends, I was blissfully brainwashed by consumer culture. Religion, school and pop culture defined my ideas. As a result, I lived in a fortress guarded by my fear of difference. It became second nature...









Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
157 Words
Harvard Extra-Curricular Essay My first two years in debate were largely trial and error. Traveling independently to national tournaments, I faced debaters from long-established programs. Sometimes, judges wouldn't pay attention when I spoke, seeming to grant my opponents wins because of their name. With minimal opportunities, and a lack of experienced LD captains, I spent countless hours researching, self-teaching, and watching videos of successful debaters. Through collaboration, other "lone-wolf" debaters nationwide became teammates. Success solidified my reputation nationally. Importantly, I...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
656 Words
Penn Essay My first "paycheck" was $80, for selling virtual gold to a Chinese game company. In junior high, I avidly played Massive-Multiplayer- Online-Roleplaying-Games, but unlike my friends, who sought to complete the cyclical quests, I was drawn to an entirely different notion of "playing the game." In these virtual worlds, I saw economic microcosms with unique currencies and markets. To succeed in this environment, I analyzed fluctuations in prices of goods in relation to the events of the game. It...









Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
55 Words
Stanford Important Issue Modern liberalism has created a ruse that we've "solved" issues of discrimination. People have become complacent with Voter I.D. Laws, Gerrymandering, racial violence dubbed "self-defense", a Criminal Justice System disproportionately incarcerating minorities. It pushes the issues underground, making them subtle and harder to identify but all the more insidious.

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
260 Words
Stanford Int Vitality Essay Outside the temple, my aunt offers me prasadam. Since it usually contains chickpea flour, to which I'm allergic, I decline, but she insists it's safe, that refusal would disrespect God. I had just prayed for my pending SAT score, so I recant and swallow a clump. Immediately, my breathing becomes shallow. Hinduism was my way of life, my crutch when facing ambiguity. If I didn't know a test answer, I would use prayer like eenie-meenie-minie-moe to...





Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
260 Words
Stanford Roommate Essay Rear Doommate, What matters to you, and why? My name is Neel. My friends call me Neebu because I am a kid at heart, but I like to call my occasional inability to take things seriously "optimism". I will make incoherent spoonerisms quite often- show you the untapped potential for humor within everyday words. At first, you'll find that I will respond with, "Really?" to many things you say. I promise that I'm not mocking you; I...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
260 Words
What Matters to you: Stanford If there is one person I would never want to fail, it is my Namma. Ever since my sister and I were born, she was with us, staying a world apart from my grandfather to help raise us. I used to take this for granted. When my friends would rejoice about their grandparents visiting for the holidays, I proudly exclaimed that my grandma lived with us- only to find that my grandma was the only...





College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Everyone is just extremely...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
38 Words
There is no cutthroat competition. Stanford might literally also be, as...





What I’d change about my application process
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Spend more time looking over and...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
38 Words
I hired a private essay editor which helped me immensely and...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
109 Words
I interviewed with most of my schools, and really the number one tip is to just be yourself. Don't treat it like an interview at all. be very friendly with your interviewer and...





What set me apart from other applicants
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I didn't have a lot of different stuff I was good at. I also didn't have...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Don't waste your time with like college courses or camps at these schools. Honestly...





How I chose schools to apply to
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I knew I'd get into UT b/c of the texas 7% law. Find a mid-tier school you are pretty much guaranteed to...





How to increase chances at my school
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Tips for Stanford: 1. Have a diverse intellectual pallette indicative by your activities and answers to questions. 2. Sound like a genuine and fun-loving person...





My advice about getting recommenders
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Ignore the stuff about good reccomenders being 11th and 12th grade teachers. Find teachers who absolutely love you (obviously who taught you in...