Rutgers ‘20
B.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics
Your local dancing astronaut with a passion for the political things in life.
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Hometown Princeton, New Jersey
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (Piscataway, NJ)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Amherst, MA)
  • University of Colorado - Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
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Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (Piscataway, NJ)

Applied for a B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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(For major preference #1) Why this major? (450 words) [Applied for Creative Writing at NYU]
As I write this, I feel a rush. I feel ironically natural, typing away at a plastic keyboard, and letting thoughts and reflections rush out of my mind in a tsunami of words. I smile, because I realize that there is nowhere I would rather be than in front of a computer or a blank sheet of paper, waiting to have my ideas written all across it. I was introduced to the wonderful world of creative writing in the first...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
462 Words
(For major preference #2) Why this major? (450 words) [Applied for Dance at Tisch]
5 splits. 10 sit-ups. 10 high jumps. This is how my dance class normally begins. I am clad in a yellow and green salwar kameez, and taking the appropriate half-sitting stance that is required of all students learning Bharatanatyam, one of India’s many dance forms. We warm up at the beginning of the class using strenuous stretching techniques to build up our stamina, my arms and legs twisting in excruciatingly painful ways, and at this stage, I begin to question why I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
379 Words
We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in... You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU's global network; regardless, we want to understand - Why NYU? (400 words)

If there is one university in the world that accurately defines me, my personality, and my beliefs, it is New York University. I am quite an open person; I enjoy communicating with people and sharing my stories and perspectives, and listening to their thoughts in return. Ideally, I would love to meet a new person every day, and with a campus so large and widespread that it utilizes an entire city for it, I feel that New York University would...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
155 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you. (About 150 words)
I attended my first Model UN in my ninth grade. Despite my nervousness, I finished the conference, with the sense of achieving something tremendous. Encouraged, I continued attending MUN conferences, picking up experience and relishing it. I started out as a delegate, and then moved on, as an Executive Board member and then a Crisis Director. In my senior year, I was given the honorable responsibility of holding my own environmental conference which, coincidentally, was what I started with. Attending...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
207 Words
Explain how you responded to a problem and/or an unfamiliar situation. What did you do, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience? (maximum 200 words)

The situation was simple- I had accidentally registered for a piano talent competition when I had no knowledge of playing the instrument. I felt too embarrassed to withdraw my name, despite the competition happening in three days. I was told that it would be seen as a harmless mistake, and was urged to explain my situation to the organizers, but I wasn’t confident enough to muster courage to speak about a mistake I had made. I hadn’t yet...
Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
154 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (About 150 words)
In the summer of 2014, my curiosity was spiked when I was sent a link to a Korean music video. Immediately afterwards, I found myself repeating Korean vowels while having a notebook dedicated to writing down vocabulary words- when they were in Korean, I would look up the English meanings, and when I recalled an important word in English, I would search for its Korean equivalent. Soon enough, within the three months of summer vacation, I had mastered the basic and...

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
687 Words
Failure experience
It is said that Model UN is a harrowing journey, and my experience only confirms it. I was introduced to Model UN in my ninth grade, when I attended my very first environmental conference. I was nervous at the opening ceremony, and listening to the grand speeches made by the chief guests did little to relieve my anxiety. I tried my hardest during the two days of intense debate, supporting relief operations and countering accusations and arguments only to have...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
230 Words
Tell us about an experience, in school or out, that taught you something about yourself and/or the world around you. (maximum 200 words) Three weeks ago, on a car journey, I witnessed a strange event- a married couple violently fighting on the roadside, locked in a brawl. What shocked me more than this was the sight of a crowd gathered around the couple, not offering any kind of aid. In the fleeting two seconds I could watch, I only wondered...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
239 Words
Be it inside or outside of the classroom, what have you done to challenge yourself intellectually? Describe an issue, topic or area of study that you have investigated or pursued. (maximum 200 words) The way that all organisms of the same species can speak various tongues, making different sounds to communicate different things, is what makes languages so fascinating to me. Additionally, I was brought up to speak English along with my mother’s native language, Tamil, and therefore, I was...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
486 Words
Rutgers requires that you provide a short essay that is your original work. Please reflect on what you consider to be an important personal experience... How will this experience prepare you for success at Rutgers? (3800 characters) The beauty of language is something that evades many students, instead presenting itself as a burdensome “graduation requirement” To me, however, languages are friends. I compare each language I’ve picked up throughout my life so far to a human being, someone to help...
Supplemental Essay Other
117 Words
All of my essays are real, true reflections upon some of my most treasured passions and interests. Mostly all of them revolve around a central theme- communication. I spoke about learning languages, meeting new people, solving problems, and writing, all of which I'm extremely passionate about. My aim was to let the universities and colleges know that when I'm interested in something, I look for depth, not breadth. This is why I didn't heavily include some of my more out-of-way...

General Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
267 Words
I always looked down upon the thought of attending my state school. I wanted in on the big leagues, like Princeton, NYU and Fordham. During the application process, I prayed that I would get into these schools with good enough financial aid packages to attend (my family has a strict no-loan policy for undergraduate studies), while my state school was a top-ranked public university with an incredibly affordable tuition. However, now that I've enrolled at Rutgers, I'm honestly...
What I’d change about my application process
111 Words
If I could change one thing about the way I went about my college applications, it would be the scheduling of the tasks I needed to complete. I was a heavy procrastinator, and...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
388 Words
I only interviewed with one school, and that was Princeton University. I'd been suffering with a migraine all day before my interview (2:00 PM EST translates to the middle of the night in IST) and wasn't in the best of moods, which I knew my interviewer could identify. However, she was lovely, and we had a nice conversation (that, surprisingly, felt nothing like a formal interview), given that she was also an IBDP graduate in subjects similar to mine. My advice for prospective interviewees is to just relax. Most college interviews- A. proceed like how mine did- in an informal, conversational...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
129 Words
I would highly recommend looking for an internship or even part-time entry-level work experience in the field that you are interested in. In case you don't know what to do yet, go internship-hopping. Look for flash internships (programs...
What set me apart from other applicants
26 Words
Personally, I feel that my work and volunteer...

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ActivitiesDance, Habitat for Humanity, Model Congress / Model UN, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Yearbook
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