ypershad
ypershad,
Stanford ‘21
B.S., Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
I'm an undergrad at Stanford interested in bioengineering research and medicine.
Features Included
4
Essays
9
Schools
21
Scores
6
Advice
4
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Phoenix, Arizona
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

“C-I-R-S-U-S… that’s simple,” I confidently thought to myself. I spelled my first word of the class spelling bee aloud to my first grade teacher. Next thing I knew, a dreadful "ting" rang out: the sound of elimination. She seemed amused by my misstep: “Circus is spelled with a ‘c,’ not an ‘s’.” Channeling my frustration into an icy determination to win next year’s bee, I studied obsessively. Armed with each one of Merriam-Webster’s 1557 pages, I fought for...
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Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
My love for science and fast-paced competitions led me to Science Bowl. But there was one caveat: I had teammates. We all memorized as much as we could about every subject without communicating. However, our first tournament soon revealed the flaw in our approach: rather than deferring to other teammates, who were more knowledgeable on the topic, we all raced to slam down on the red button. This strategy cost us many matches and, initially, our team grew apart. However,...
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What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
I view humor as one of my greatest talents -- not because I’m that hilarious, but because of how it connects me with others. I employ humor to build upon existing relationships and forge new ones. It is my way of bringing out the best in myself and others is through humor. Humor has even found its way into my Organic Chemistry class, where our primary language isn’t English or chemical nomenclature -- it’s nonsensical inside jokes....
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
The two staples of our AP Physics C class were the deep baritone voice of our beloved teacher, Mr. Mac and a poster that read, “Formulas are for babies.” Before AP Physics C, I viewed physics as just another subject -- another class where I had to do some practice problems, read the textbook, and take tests. I enjoyed solving problems, but I studied superficially by memorizing solutions instead of understanding how to approach any problem. I developed my ability...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
303 Words
The taste of Evanston from my summer visit left me craving more — the collaborative, hands-on approach to engineering at McCormick, the shared passion for designing technology to help others and, of course, Buffalo Joe’s famous wings. What I love about Northwestern is its whole-brain approach to engineering and the opportunity to directly pursue a career in medicine with HPME. Through the quarter system and holistic curriculum, I can discover everything — from computer science to biotechnology — as a BME major....
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
303 Words
The taste of Evanston from my summer visit left me craving more — the collaborative, hands-on approach to engineering at McCormick, the shared passion for designing technology to help others and, of course, Buffalo Joe’s famous wings. What I love about Northwestern is its whole-brain approach to engineering and the opportunity to directly pursue a career in medicine with HPME. Through the quarter system and holistic curriculum, I can discover everything — from computer science to biotechnology — as a BME major....
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
152 Words
My AP Seminar group: the definition of uncomfortable. Random chance placed me with unfamiliar, shy classmates. Somehow, I convinced them to research fantasy-football leagues’ legality, which only appealed to me. Awkward pauses filled out-of-sync Google Hangouts. Only my voice echoed through otherwise silent calls, and my perspective dominated our paper. After our teacher identified our argument’s flaws, we realized the integral flaw was our group. To succeed, listening and trusting became my priority; I resisted the urge to interject,...
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School Specific Advice

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
22 Words
When you apply be really creative and...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
8 Words
Dedicated, Competitive,...
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How I chose schools to apply to
19 Words
Pick schools not on prestige, but...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
11 Words
Think about what's...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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Apply early...
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Misconceptions I had about college before attending
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It's lots of...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.88
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1600
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details15 classes and scores

Sports

SportsBasketball

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesScience Club/Team, Chess, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, National Honor Society
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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