B.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago with a great desire to help others to pursuit their dreams of studying in the best universities of the world.
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Hometown Yerevan, Armenia
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
The Prime-ary Challenge “You will finish your classes later today,” announced my teacher as we heard the sound of sirens that pulled us to the windows. “Must be an official, has such a huge escort,” said my classmate, adding a flavor of curiosity to our perplexed emotions. To soothe the atmosphere, I added, “Yeah, one wrong word against them, they’ll take you away.” This is a common Armenian saying, forged during the dictatorial Soviet era that succeeded in oppressing...
Personal Statement
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Academic achievement, Career aspirations
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Having been exposed to the Armenian education system, based on traditional Soviet teaching methodologies and academic content, for many years, I only received extensive and deep theoretical knowledge but lacked practicality. Entering the IB Diploma Programme, however, opened a new door for me full of new kind of educational adventures and academic opportunities. Never having had an experience of actually applying my theoretical knowledge into the real life, I was granted with the opportunity to conduct a deep research in...
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Practising chess has shaped how I think and behave. It made me adopt the game’s mentality and has developed in me the skill of ‘chess thinking’ based on several principles. Chess is all about calculations, which has come to shape how I perceive my own life. Every move in chess should be priorly assessed by considering the possible countermoves your opponent might respond with and all the probable continuations. This thinking has developed into a skill I use when...
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
There came a time when I had the desire to make a change in others the way the international programme I was studying in and the extracurricular activities I was involved in positively altered me as a person. This was when I decided to establish a TED-Ed Club at our school certified by TED, where students could discuss their ideas on topics of global significance and enhance their public speaking skills. At first, I viewed the club as a means...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Having studied at my school for seven years, I have always been eager to contribute to my school community and satisfied this desire by being socially active. This year, however, I made a much larger impact by being the President of Shirakatsy Parliament, a student-led body with nearly 70 members, aimed at discussing and finding solutions to the school problems. My first step toward making a positive change was identifying the problems present at our school and the creation of respective...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.
When choosing a university where I wish to study I put a huge emphasis on the potential career growth and enhancement of scholarly knowledge the school could provide me with. I equally valued the extracurricular opportunities available which can to the fullest extent satisfy my aspirations for multilateral inquiry, not constrained by my primary academic subject frame. Thus, my search boiled down to the University of Chicago, which was endowed with its pursuit for academic excellence and extracurricular life. However,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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The late NYTimes photographer Bill Cunningham once said 'Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.' Tell us about your 'armor'. - Inspired by Adam Berger, Class of 2020
“Check...Mate!” These are the words I enjoy saying since my early childhood, and from then on, playing chess has been one of the ways I could entertain myself. For many years (and even just before thinking about this prompt, to be honest), I only considered it a means of temporarily escaping the reality and forgetting about the challenges I encounter there. And I was not completely wrong in thinking this way as a single chess match in a day...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
62 Words
Choose your recommenders based on the extent to which they can be specific in their recommendation letters. It is...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
112 Words
When deciding what to write about in college essays it is important to bear in mind that admission officers want to learn about you, your personality and your competitiveness as much as possible. What...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
90 Words
I think one of the most important activities that a high school student should do before college is doing internships, preferably related to the future major. The...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
195 Words
Though our school had a university guidance counselor who was supposed to help us with our essays by giving feedback and suggestions, I decided to rely on myself when writing college essays. The main reason for this is that college essays must reflect the true selves of the applicants, be it through very personal, sensitive stories or through texts...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
127 Words
One way to deal with stress is by working on college essays slowly. By this, I mean taking time to brainstorm ideas for the essay, to plan the structure of it, to revise the brainstormed content, to talk...
What I’d change about my application process
70 Words
A mistake I made was not taking the optional interview. Though I got accepted at the end, I think choosing to...

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SportsTable Tennis (Ping Pong)


ActivitiesAfter School Program Coordinator, Student Council / Government
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