B.S., Economics
I'm an international student who graduated high school with academic honours and got admitted to Brown University ED.
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Hometown mumbai, India
Class of2022
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
On the makeshift stage at the Siddhi Vinayak temple, deep in Central Mumbai, the spotlight illuminated me. I balanced, in Dhanupada, a posture embodying Lord Krishna, trembling as the fear of judgment clouded my otherwise confident sensibilities. Adorned with bold, expressive makeup, I danced my first solo at Mumbai’s largest Odissi performance, a celebration of Indian classical dance, in front of a sea of Indians from all strata. Sensing that the cameras would broadcast my every mistake, I froze,...
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
The long-jump pit was raked ready. Diya, a third-grade Panther House contender, was up next, and fearful. She turned to me, her House Captain, for support. I knew that look. Not long ago, it was me who turned to my captains seeking comfort. Throughout my tenure I made it a point to personally get to know my House members. Having observed Diya at House events, I was reminded of her perennial spirit and evergreen smile, characteristics that embodied her identity....
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Guruji’s voice echoes, “Your body tells me one thing, but your face another. Make them one.” My inner turmoil, to dance ‘perfectly’, to synchronize my torso to the beat, heightens. I struggle to emote—the essence of this Indian classical dance, Odissi. My mother has always pushed me to go “immerse myself in India’s exotic culture”. Now, with the innocence of a five-year-old, being urged to do something came the pressure to ‘impress’. Fast-forward six years, I found...
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
In 2015 my sixty-eight year old grandmother was diagnosed with kidney-stones. While a fairly common condition, the pain she experienced can only be described as tormenting. As I reflected upon the cause of her condition, I saw that the March 9th, 2016 edition of The Guardian reported: “Number of kidney stone cases increases by 115% in 10 years.” What could be causing this increase? I turned to chemistry for solutions. Once my greatest weakness, this subject is now my defining strength. Under the guidance...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
‘Mo(ve)ment of Joy’ (MOJ), a regional sports movement that aims to redefine sports and create opportunities for the less privileged, emanated from my love for football and squash. In leading the MOJ team, I brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds, with the common goal of creating an impact in our community through sports. We invited students from multiple non-profits, low-income schools, and the slums to participate in sporting endeavours against our school’s teams. Here, I saw the...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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Tell us about a skill or concept related to your anticipated area of study, that you found challenging and rewarding to learn.
Shanaya, my football teammate, diagnosed with nephrolithiasis, was unable to compete at the state championships. Without her, the entire team felt a void. Hearing of her pain made me reflect upon the root cause of her diagnosis. 9th March 2016: “Number of kidney stone cases increases by 115% in 10 years”, announced The Guardian. Shanaya was not alone. But what could I do to help? Dedicated to take this challenge head on, I turned to chemistry to seek solutions. With summer around the...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
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Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application?
Chemistry, once my greatest weakness, is now my defining strength – a transition catalyzed by perseverance. Akin to protons, my passion for chemistry is charged and fundamental to my identity. My desire to establish the next ‘Beyond the Bottle’ movement is motivated by my aspiration to be an environmentally and socially-aware scientist whose impact transcends the laboratory’s boundaries. My research on softening hard-water challenged me to hybridize the impact of environmental factors on chemistry. The desire to unravel the intrinsic...
Supplemental Essay: Other
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Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
Balanced. Brown harmonizes, academic, extracurricular, and societal values all-in-one. I believe that Brown will be able to provide me with the opportunity of weaving dance with my academics, day-in and day-out. Redefining. Academic research transcends laboratory bounds. The Swearer Center integrates community engagement, dedicated to public service, manifested through close-knit, distinctive synergy. With UTRA’s support, I hope to extend my research in Water Chemistry and Nephrolithiasis at the Center for Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Open. Brown’s curriculum embodies...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
109 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places.
Growing up in Mumbai, I’ve dipped my toes in multiple cultures. My joint-family of nine, a confluence of ethnic streams, mirrors this. As snack-time rolls in, we gorge on street-food from Mumbai’s every corner. The sweet-and-spicy, decidedly heady, multi-tiered ‘Bombay Sandwich’, epitomizes the city’s vibrant diversity. Dinnertime, we converge to share our day’s experiences, each different, for we’ve all commuted to various corners. Whether it’s my school, in the heart of a commercial hub,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
301 Words
List the books (if any) you've read this year for pleasure. Choose one and in a sentence describe its impact on you.
My favorite… Books that surprised me (creators of the best debates): 1. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes Estes’ ideas reflect both intercultural awareness and profound insight, inspiring me to instill greater faith in the risks I take, my intuition, and self-confidence—essentially guiding me through my weaknesses, reminiding me that I’m valuable, creative and important. 2. Life During Wartime: ‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi 3. Plato and a Platypus Walk...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
308 Words
“I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your intellectual curiosity.
In primary school, my teachers always asked for ‘charts,’ a misnomer for projects in the form of posters across subjects. But Mom, a designer, would continually instruct me, “If they ask you for a project in two dimensions, do it in three. And if they ask you for one in three dimensions, do it in four!” This declaration was always met with expressions of bewilderment, as I was left to deduce its meaning by myself. As a result, I have...
Supplemental Essay: Other
438 Words
Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience.
Back strained, hands sore, mind drained. Sitting on a desk for five-hours, I felt numb. Pieces of inked, crumpled paper dotted the floor: rejected ideas, failed attempts, incorrect calculations. I had no answer to a question as simple as, “What’s water?”. Under the mentorship of Dr.Mariwala, water chemistry’s fundamentals adopted a fourth dimension. Location one: study table. Laptop open, tabs overflowing. One question from Dr.Mariwala, “How will your research impact society?” had me re-evaluate every proposal....
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
269 Words
Celebrate the role of sports in your life. (250 words)
4am mornings—enclosed by four-walls, profusely sweating, racket in hand. I couldn’t breathe, yet I’d never felt freer. Leaping to and from the ‘T-zone’, squash challenged me to face my fears. Fear of judgement—eyes following the ball, mind elsewhere. The transparent back-wall of every court enabled spectators to access my every move, every mistake. Was I good enough? Rigorous mental-training gave me the power to visualize, to isolate myself from the now nebulous onlookers. This gave me...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
275 Words
There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood, or community – and how it influenced the person you are today.
Growing up in the city of Mumbai which boasts a plethora of ethnicities, I’ve dipped my toes in multiple cultures. The Tibrewala household’s dining table, the heart of my joint-family-of-nine, was the confluence of nine different ethnic streams. As snack-time rolls around at 4pm, this table is laden with street food sourced from Mumbai’s every corner. My favorite, the sweet-sour-spicy, multi-tiered ‘Bombay Sandwich’, symbolizes Mumbai’s diversity. This perfect blend of flavours inspires me to fearlessly tread...

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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1. Liberal 2. Extremely intelligent 3. Open-minded 4. Warm and vivacious-- the social...
How I would rate the alumni network at my school
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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
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I'd set a 2-year long schedule that organised the...
What set me apart from other applicants
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Keep in mind that you are a unique version of yourself and...
My advice about getting recommenders
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Balance out well-reputed teachers with those who are...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
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List out all prompts and see how you can...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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Take it step...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
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It's not at easy as high school and everything is...

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