arjundave
arjundave,
UC Berkeley ‘19
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Took a year off to work at a startup, majoring in Mechanical Engineering
Features Included
5
Essays
17
Schools
23
Scores
5
Advice
2
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Berkeley, California
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Hindi, Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • St. John's University (Queens, NY)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
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University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

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Personal Statement
480 Words
Family background
Before I was born, my parents and brother moved from India to the United States with the hope of tasting the economic freedom they had heard about so often from friends and relatives who visited. With their educations at India’s top universities, they knew that the US would live up to its promise of opportunity. Throughout my childhood, my parents encouraged me to explore India’s rich music, languages, and religions. Several years ago, my father noticed me drumming...
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Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
508 Words
Several years ago, my family went on a trip to India to visit friends and relatives. Although I enjoyed our time there, I found some cultural differences surprising. Just after we landed in the New Delhi International Airport, my father and I found the nearest restroom and joined the line of men waiting to enter. Based on their uniforms, it was apparent that most of them were members of India’s armed forces, perhaps on their way home after serving...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
528 Words
My most important goal is to make a difference in my community. I wish to leave a lasting impact on the people around me, and my work with Mayor Conrad Lee on his campaign for re-election to the Bellevue City Council put me one step closer to that goal. I took the role of lead Strategy Coordinator for his 2013 campaign. I focused on devising the best strategy for connecting with the community to raise funds for the campaign effort and...
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Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
355 Words
The aroma of six perfectly-blended spices drifted through my mouth as I sank my teeth into a mouthful of my mother’s palak paneer, an Indian dish made of spinach and tofu-like milk fat. I had eaten this same food countless time growing up, and yet the flavor was new and unique. The astringent sting of the spinach complemented the creamy deliciousness of the chunks of paneer. There was a general agreement in our family that my mother’s cooking...
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Additional Essay Details
49 Words
I struggled to find a topic that fulfilled 2 criteria: 1) I had enough experience with it to write about, and 2) would sound good to an admissions officer. I shouldn't have worried about #2. It would have been better to write something personally meaningful, and not worry about making myself seem impressive.
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General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
34 Words
Interviewed with most of the top schools I applied to,...
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What I’d change about my application process
31 Words
I would have started earlier and gotten a lot...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
38 Words
Try to find meaningful internships. This might be hard because people...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
40 Words
I interned with a startup my first semester at college (8-10 hours...
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My advice about getting recommenders
44 Words
Get recommendations from classes where you participate and do well. It takes time...
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High School Performance

GPA
3.81
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 10%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2320
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1570
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details18 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTrack & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Application Additional Materials

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