College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘21
BS, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hey Y'all! I'm a prospective Neuroscience major at Harvard. In my free time, I build computers and recreate Gordon Ramsay's signature recipes (or at least I try to).
From: Toronto , Canada
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Dartmouth, UPenn, UToronto, McGill, McMaster
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: French Club, Habitat for Humanity, Homecoming committee, Hospital Volunteer, Math Team, Science Club/Team, Student Council / Government, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Tutoring/Mentoring, Yearbook, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Debate Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Yoghurt and onions isn’t really the breakfast of champions. Nevertheless, my first recollection of cooking is of an exceedingly enthusiastic four-year-old trying to make his mother an appetizing meal for her birthday. For years, cooking has been my therapy, allowing me to defuse stress and frustration. It has empowered me to flourish and to bloom as an individual, to care for those around me, and to express myself through my craft.  I have cooked to escape the reality of...

Supplemental Essay for Harvard: Strong beliefs/principles
373 Words
“Our word of the day is diminutive,” I eagerly announced, “it means very very small.” ‘Where did you get that from?” Ms. Kushner asked inquisitively. “Oh! I heard it on Jimmy Two-Two, the cartoon,” I responded. That was the 5-year-old me. Always hungry for more, I would read and digest whatever landed on my plate, whether it was an Armenian translation of a Disney story or an Ikea assembly manual. 12 years later, and having successfully assembled at least thirty pieces...

Supplemental Essay for Harvard: Unique question posed by school
165 Words
Talk about an Extracurricular activity that is particularly meaningful to you: I first dived into the world of computer hardware the night before my AP Psychology exam when I built my first computer. The whole process – meticulously placing the components into the case, navigating the tiny wires into their sockets, and nervously trying to find misplaced screws – captivated me. In the UAE, where it is outright taboo for minors to work, I sell computers to help finance my education. However,...

Supplemental Essay for Dartmouth: “Why us” school essay
116 Words
Oh, the places I’ll go I dream of all day. With Dartmouth’s D-Plan on hand, Lyon, Berlin, and Rome are only a hopscotch away! A flexible study plan – what more can I say? Geisel Med nearby means abundant research every day! Oh, the Nathan Smith Society offers hands-on pre-medical training. And you’ll find me at DHMC whether it’s snowing or raining. Oh, the classes I’ll take – 1,400 choices are ample. Perhaps I’ll take a faculty...

Supplemental Essay for Dartmouth: Amusing anecdote
261 Words
“No way! You’re lying,” Zeno objected. He dashed to the back of the class, pulled out a tattered copy of The Meriam-Webster Dictionary flipped through it, and settled on a random page. “Come here and read this,” he asked pointing at the longest word he could find on the page. “Photograph,” I confidently replied. Not content with my testament, Zeno hastily grabbed more books from the shelf and resumed his interrogation. In disbelief that I had scored an ‘A’...

Supplemental Essay for UPenn: “Why us” school essay
448 Words
Breaching the tenets of quintessential education, Penn refreshingly bridges the gap between science and art. For example, Dr. Kaplan’s class Music and the Brain will allow me to interlace modern neuroscience with ancient musical traditions. Moreover, the Biological Basis of Behavior Program (BBB) offers contemporary courses like ABCS Everyday Neuroscience, an opportunity to both hone my teaching skills and instill a love of neuroscience in local high school students. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary approach to teaching at Penn will enable...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: Unique question posed by school
217 Words
Write about something that you love to do. (199/200) Much like Victor Frankenstein, I animate the inanimate. After spending days scavenging for the right organs, I was finally able to craft my creature. I bonded the arteries and organs together eventually weaving an interconnected web of sinew and tissue – a nervous system. Eureka! A quick 12-volt zap of electricity imparted life to my creation. I first dived into the world of computer hardware the night before my AP Psychology exam when...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: Diversity statement
239 Words
What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left. (You may define community and footprint in any way you like.) 193/200 I am a hybrid – an intricate blend of diverse cultures weaved into a patriotic Armenian fabric. Having lived in the two most ethnically diverse cities in the world, Toronto and Dubai, I have been able to explore the world, and all it has to offer, without leaving home. Hence, as a citizen of...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: Unique question posed by school
164 Words
Students at Yale have plenty of time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Why do these areas appeal to you? (up to approximately 100 words). Ever since I first saw “The Magic School Bus” on TV as an inquisitive four-year-old, I have shared...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: “Why us” school essay
202 Words
Apart from the 6:1 student-faculty ratio and the 2000 courses on offer, Yale’s residential college system fascinates me. I’ve always had a penchant for striking up a conversation with new people and the butteries at Yale are bustling with stories to tell. Whether it’s a heated debate over an RJR at The Dive or a laidback chat on last night’s episode of Homeland at The Morse, the possible discussions – like the snack options – are endless. With a student...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: Unique question posed by school
148 Words
1.Who or what is a source of inspiration for you? Forrest Gump - for showing me that the underdog can always win, for teaching me that ambition knows no limit, and for reminding me to stay true to myself. 2. If you could live for a day as another person, past or present, who would it be? Why? My older brother. To fully understand what living with Schizoid personality disorder is really like. 3. You are teaching a Yale course. What is...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: Unique question posed by school
181 Words
What aspect of the Columbia community, outside of the classroom, would you most want to impact and why? (150 words or less) I am a hybrid – an intricate blend of diverse cultures weaved into a patriotic Armenian fabric. Having lived in the two most ethnically diverse cities in the world, Toronto and Dubai, I have been able to explore the world, and all it has to offer, without leaving home. Inherently, I’ve always been at the center of an environment...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: “Why us” school essay
250 Words
Due to the 6:1 student to faculty ratio and the renowned faculty, Columbia serves as an intellectual breeding ground. I can study the effects of the Cold War on Arab culture or even try my hand at Sanskrit. Perhaps after I pass the ritual Core Curriculum swimming test, I can plunge into the SURF program and conduct ground-breaking research on mitochondrial biogenesis. Maybe I’ll even reread The Divine Comedy at Butler Library as Dante watches from above or go for...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: Unique question posed by school
295 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. (300 words or less) - 246 Ever since I first saw “The Magic School Bus” on TV as an inquisitive four-year-old, I have shared Ms. Frizzle’s enthusiasm for the inner workings of the human body. To this day, I am amazed by the marvels...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: Unique question posed by school
277 Words
List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less) Inferno – Dante, The Pearl – John Steinbeck, A Man for All Seasons – Robert Bolt, All My Sons – Arthur Miller, Silent Spring – Rachel Carson, Games at Twilight – Anita Desai, Sredni Vashtar - Saki, Pierre et Jean - Guy de Maupassant List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the...

Supplemental Essay for JHU: “Why us” school essay
436 Words
Breaching the tenets of quintessential education, JHU refreshingly bridges the gap between science and art. The department of History of Science and Technology (HOST) offers fascinating courses like professor Kingsland’s Ecology, Health, and the Environment, an opportunity study the life sciences in context with the immediate environment. Moreover, professor Bernick’s class Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science will allow me to interlace modern science with 15th century art. Not to mention, with no core curriculum holding me...

Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Unique question posed by school
250 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) These last two summers I went on a cultural and intellectual adventure. I tried my hand at elementary carpentry whilst volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity Restore and subsequently learnt five different ways of removing splinters from my hands. During my breaks, I spent my time with francophone exchange students trying to understand the oh-so-exotic Qu...

Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Unique question posed by school
172 Words
A Few Details Your favorite book and its author: Sold by Patricia McCormick Your favorite movie: WALL-E Your favorite website: Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you: Outspoken, Tenacious, Daring Your favorite recording: The Downton Abbey theme song Your favorite keepsake or memento:  A keychain engraved with my name in three languages that my dad bought me from his hometown in Lebanon – a reminder of my roots. Your favorite source of inspiration: Forrest Gump -...

College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
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Try to find two to three teachers who you really click with - your choices should be obvious to you by them time you decide. As a student who is applying to top tier colleges, your academic performance should generally speak for itself. While great test scores are a good indicator of participation in class, that should not be your focus. Lots of students are do well in school and you should not base your choice on pure academics. With my two choices, I wanted my teachers to tell a story rather than throw in big adjectives into my recommendation....

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do what you love and love what you do! I applied with an intended Biology major so I tried to portray myself as a typical pre-med applicant which worked. You don't have to do crazy things over summer to get in to great colleges - you just need to demonstrate that you are participating in said activity because you enjoy and excel at it. A good rule of thumb is you should spend a minimum of half your time throughout your whole summer out of the house doing something to help develop your character (and your CV). Volunteer work is...

What I’d change about my application process
324 Words
If you go through all my supplements, you can catch a very obvious and KEY pattern between acceptances and rejections which we'll discuss in depth below .. First of all, start early. Start in the summer. I was submitting applications MINUTES before the deadline and rushed applications aren't the best (albeit some work out). Always use simple diction and don't try to thesaurus everything. When your unadulterated, pure personality comes forth in clear concise language onto your essays is when you'll have the best shot. Looking at all my essays, you'll notice anecdotal (more interesting to read a story than a...

What set me apart from other applicants
241 Words
I think you should capitalize on your strengths - your absolute strongest points. All of us applying to Ivy leagues have great academics and a myriad of of extracurriculars under our belts. So the key step here is to take your strongest points and address each individually in your essays. Your strongest points in your application need not be Intel awards or Gold metals at an International Olympiad .. my achievements...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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For scholarships, try your best to apply early and compile all the financial information you need in one place for easy access. It can be incredibly daunting when you have 10+...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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Don't use an admissions counselor ($$$ !!!).. I didn't. I did however try my best to access previous accepted student profiles and essays to help me get creative with writing techniques. After reading a TON of essays (and even more trial and error), I was finally able to nail my writing technique for my essay. If you're looking for a "counsellor", why don't you talk to your teachers (those you asked for...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Harvard)
154 Words
I was deferred early action, and I never planned to send anything in after that. BUT, in the process of filling out a bunch of other applications, I found some great topics that brought out the best in my writing. I settled on submitting my...

How I chose schools to apply to (Harvard)
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I chose my schools based on financial aid and overall campus atmosphere. (and of course, ranking) .. I started compiling a list in grade 9. Originally, my list was 20+ schools long. I started off by cutting schools that were not financial viable or in cities I didn't like. Then, I compared equivalents. For example UCLA and UoT. Both have almost equivalent...

How to increase chances at my school (Harvard)
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Demonstrate Interest ! In 3 KEY things (especially the third) and I am absolutely confident you will have a fighting chance at any Ivy. Here's how I planned it out -- Show profound and not superficial interest in: First, in your hook (or passion)... during my interview I went on and on and on about my computer building company... How to choose what to focus on? Think of something you can talk for ages on, something that will make your...

Why I ultimately chose my school (Harvard)
88 Words
The key factor that played into my admissions decision was financial aid. Harvard offers phenomenal aid so focus on the other aspects of your application and...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Harvard)
106 Words
I think given Harvard's diverse community a great topic to play on would be your love for people, meeting different people, exploring life, etc... That's what I did. I read up...

What I like about my school’s location and culture (Harvard)
107 Words
Weather isn't always the best but it's tolerable .. There's a ton of culture and some pretty great food nearby. I think its the perfect mix of a university "town" that's close to...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, UPenn, Columbia, Stanford)
437 Words
I interviewed for 7 universities all in all and there were definitely a few RED FLAGS when I first went in for my interviews that I would change now. Let's walk through everything from dress code to questions. For your interviews, I think smart casual is the best way to go dress code wise. (Not a suit but no shorts) Throughout the interview, remain interested and maintain eye contact. The first question everyone will ask you is tell me a little bit about yourself and your answer should not be "where do I begin". This was universal. PERIOD. Every single interview...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Harvard)
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Self-motivated, (unapologetically) outspoken, tenacious, daring, and (incredibly)...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college (Harvard)
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There’s an overwhelming government / Econ culture here so almost everyone is involved with the Inatitute of Politics (IOP) or the International Relations Council (IRC). There are just so many ways to get involved with both organizations: organizing forums, staffing conferences, teaching in Boston, working with the Political...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them (Harvard)
124 Words
I work on the financial end with the Harvard College Science Olympiad which is great because I’m constantly learning about budgeting and reaching out to potential sponsors. I staff both of the Harvard MUNs...

My favorite course thus far, and why (Harvard)
83 Words
Although I’m pre-med, my favorite class is a Free Speech seminar where we debate past and current events and how they relate to...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (Harvard)
58 Words
You’d expect Harvard students to be intimidating and all type A (and they can be sometimes),...