College Admissions Info

purven.parikh
purven.parikh
University of Virginia ‘16
BA, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 where I received a degree in Neuroscience; I am currently a first year medical student at the UConn School of Medicine.
From: Wethersfield , Connecticut
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: BU, UConn, Rochester, Case, Drexel
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Hindi, Gujarati

Test Scores

2180
SAT
34
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1510
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High School Performance

3.85
GPA
Top 10%
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High School Type: Boarding
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Hospital Volunteer, Outdoors/Hiking Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement : Creative personal story
729 Words
Even as my eyes begin to droop, as my body enters the waning stages of consciousness, wilting under the unrelenting force of gravity, I fight to sit up straight, to fend off the tendrils of sleep that threaten to encompass me. In front of me, my computer screen flickers, as Microsoft Word reveals it has saved my work. An article on placebos lies at my side, facing up towards the ceiling, calling me to document the susceptibility of the human...











Supplemental Essay for UVA: Unique question posed by school
303 Words
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way? Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men seems to track the story of Willie Stark through the reflections of his companion Jack Burden. The story reflects the narrator’s stream of consciousness, which does not care for chronology or order. Thus this story becomes an enigmatic study for me, as I try unsuccessfully to document all of the changes...





Supplemental Essay for UVA: Unique question posed by school
297 Words
Describe the world you come from and how that world shaped who you are: The person I am today was shaped through 16 years of immersion in the teachings, and guidance, of Vedic philosophy. As a child, I grew up learning about the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and qualities, like understanding, self-control, and gratitude, that made people like Lord Rama and Lord Krishna so great. Under the guidance of Pandurang Shashtri Athavale, I learned the true meaning of the verses of...





Supplemental Essay for Rochester: “Why us” school essay
204 Words
Why Rochester? - The University of Rochester is one of two universities listed by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as arts-and-science focused, medium-sized, and highly residential, with comprehensive PhD programs, medical schools, and very high research activity. Both offer undergraduates an unusual degree of freedom in their curriculum. Which of these characteristics (or others) are leading you to apply to Rochester? The University of Rochester’s focus on research and its open curriculum are two leading factors...





Supplemental Essay for Columbia: “Why us” school essay
241 Words
Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why: Columbia appeals to me because I can see that at Columbia, I can truly find and explore who I am, and what I am really interested in. Though I am leaning towards a biology focus, I feel that by having core requirements, Columbia successfully allows me to experience ideas that are not within my own field of study, instilling within me critical ideas that would give me a...





Supplemental Essay for BU: “Why us” school essay
203 Words
When I think of the possibility of studying at Boston University, I see an opportunity for self-development. At the University, I can see myself diving into the depths of my passion for biology while researching under the eye of a mentor and through the SURF program. BU’s seven year Accelerated Medical Program would facilitate exploration of my broad academic interests and interest in medicine. In addition to these academic opportunities at BU, I like the university’s unique atmosphere....





College Admissions Advice

Post-college plans
166 Words
You should have sort of an idea of what you want to do after college, but don't set it in stone. The point of these four years is to figure out what you are interested in. I went into my first year debating about if I really wanted to pursue...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
180 Words
This is a tough question to answer. In high school, it really depends on what you are interested in doing. Try finding internships at companies close to home or (if you want to go the pre-med route) get a volunteering position at the local hospital. If you're interested in research, try applying to various...





Why I ultimately chose my school
171 Words
I had a tough race going between UVa, BU, and Case Western Reserve. Each school was in a great location, had great research opportunities for me to explore, and were teeming with the intellectual atmosphere that I was craving. Ultimately, I had to visit each school, and really look hard at...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
70 Words
That's a great question. Honestly, I think it would either be Acapella groups, Student Council, or the Honor Society. For some...





My favorite course thus far, and why
83 Words
Good question. I'd say it's either a course called Neural Mechanisms of Behavior. Neural Mech, as I call it, is a great study of the...





My advice about getting recommenders
106 Words
The best recommenders are the teachers and/or people who know you the best. So pick the person you have worked with closely and the person you think knows your personality the...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
227 Words
I was heavily involved in Epilepsy research while I was in college; I've been curious about the disease for a while and thought that it would be interesting to learn about seizure initiation. So I applied to a lab before my first year and was accepted to begin working the fall semester of my first year. I spent countless hours in that lab over the next three years...