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niranjanabienk
niranjanabienk
Princeton University ‘21
BA, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

LEDA Scholar, Horatio Alger State Scholar
From: Hasbrouck Heights , New Jersey
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Rutgers
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2010
SAT
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
SAT IIs:

High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 25%
Rank
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School Choir, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team, National Honor Society, Multicultural / International Club, Math Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Model Congress / Model UN
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Princeton, Yale, Rutgers: Challenged a belief, Controversial topic
26 Words
I talked about something very personal that happened with me at home after I moved to US from India during my sophomore year of high school.

Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Diversity statement
602 Words
“Where are you from?” a girl inquired as I sat down at the cafeteria table. While having a spoonful of my Polish salatka spiced up with my Indian chaat masala, I answered, “I’m half Indian, and half Polish” – just like my name, Niranjana Bienkowska. She looked interested, and joined me at the table at my new American high school. My journey has taken me from India to Poland, and finally to America. Whenever anyone reads my printed name, they...









Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Using a metaphor
144 Words
Extracurricular Activities: As I fill the ELISA wells with chemicals from the pipette, I can feel the brush I held last year at the Nirmal Arts academy to fill the penciled outlines of my Indian Madhubani painting. Each drop of the chemical that drips from the pipette as I pressed it with specific pressure reminds me of the ink that I dropped meticulously from my brush to create a masterpiece. This is how art informs my work as a scientist:...



Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Other
125 Words
Your favorite book and its author: Your favorite movie: Your favorite website: Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you: Your favorite recording: Your favorite keepsake or memento: Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown The Life of Pi nasa.gov Honest and perfectionist Une Ange Qui Passe by Annie Villeneuve (French Song) My Emerald ring- a gift from my grandmother. Your favorite source of inspiration: Your favorite word: Your favorite line from a movie or book and its title:...



Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Unique question posed by school
163 Words
Last two summers question: In the summer of 2015, I attended SMART (Science, Medical and Related Topics), at Rutgers Medical School, where we were prepared for the medical field and STEM studies, and visited Princeton University. Then, I spent two weeks at Nirmal Arts Academy, a residential program in Canajoharie, NY, where I learned Hindustani Vocal Music and Indian Miniature Painting. In the following summer of 2016, I attended an intensive seven-week residential program LEDA, Leadership Enterprise of Diverse America, at Princeton...



Supplemental Essay for Yale: Unique question posed by school
185 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.) (limit 200 words) “I got into the Astronomy Club!” I exclaimed to my parents when I received my results from the competitive entrance exam. The Astronomy Club inspired me to admire each star through my own telescope, and I began wondering if others could see the same sky through such a remarkable instrument. Brimming...



College Admissions Advice

How I made up for low grades in high school
101 Words
I moved from India to the United States during the second marking period of my sophomore year, which was definitely very challenging since I was literally trying to adjust in...





How to deal with the stress of applying to college
171 Words
It will be worth it! Honestly I was not on top of my class, I didn't have stellar GPA or SAT scores and I definitely did not have a lot of honors. But I made sure to put the most effort into my essays. (Literally took 2 months to write and...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
101 Words
These are the summer programs that I attended: Summer after sophomore year: - SMART (Science, Math and Related Topics) at Rutgers Medical School (if you live in...





How to increase chances at my school (Princeton)
81 Words
Work hard on the essays! I cannot emphasize enough how much my essays helped my application! This will sound cliché but I would say...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Princeton)
294 Words
I will talk about my Princeton interview: We met at a Starbucks and it was very chill. I was definitely over-dressed since I wore a formal dress while my interviewer was just in jeans and boots. I would say wear something in between of formal and casual- definitely don't be too casual. I took a copy of my resume, so my interviewer could look at it and ask questions. I think a resume is very helpful in any interview. My interviewer definitely liked...







What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling (Princeton)
86 Words
My schedule on a typical weekday is pretty packed with a lot of readings and PSETS (problem sets) but I definitely still have time to...