Princeton ‘19
B.A., Astronomy and Astrophysics
I am a former Princeton undergraduate who majored in physics.
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Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French, Hindi

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Ohio State University - Columbus (Columbus, Oh)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Applied for a B.A. in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Picking up the burrito bowl I'd just ordered from Chipotlé, I sat down next to a girl I'd befriended earlier and a boy who I'd just met, and tuned into their conversation. "Well, neither charge symmetry nor parity symmetry exists, because of weak interactions." Wow, what light dinner conversation. I was curious, but only managed to catch a few snippets. "Hold on," I requested. "Can you explain to me what charge-parity symmetry is?" "Sure," my friend Michelle said. "Charge symmetry...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
523 Words
For Caltech it was about the Honor Code, while for Princeton I had to take a quote from a book and tie it to a memorable life experience.
"Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea." - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead. The quote summarizes the theme of Rand's story about the struggles of an architect. The protagonist clung to his perspectives about architecture even as experts demeaned his ideas and his peers stole them, completely violating artistic integrity and spirit. In the end, he achieved success by staying true to himself rather than conforming to the standards of his profession. Like the protagonist in Rand's story, I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
501 Words
Why is Caltech the right place for you (paraphrasing the prompt here). We couldn't talk about the low student faculty ratio, the summer research program, or the prestige / reputation.
​I walk out of Dance of the Photons, my first-year physics seminar, animatedly discussing Zeilinger’s book with a fellow classmate. As we talk about entanglement and teleportation among other mysteries, I can't help thinking that I have everything I could ever want academically at Caltech. I love science, and I marvel at the mind-bending mysteries of our universe both on the smallest, subatomic scales and the grandest scales of the entire cosmos. In this class, I am able to...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
202 Words
How would you contribute to Caltech's diversity?
I sat down to complete a writing assignment for my astronomy class. “Read a pre-1960 article that discusses a theory of solar system formation,” the prompt read. “Discuss the evidence used to bolster it, and any problematic facts mentioned by the author.” As I began reading an article about Kenneth Edgeworth’s theory, I paid careful attention to his evidence and reasoning. I stepped into his shoes and pondered the problem from his perspective. Seeing his explanation through his eyes...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
203 Words
What do you like to do for fun?
I typed away eagerly on my computer. Right before my eyes, I watched the story of a mother manipulating her computer-savvy son to take over the world come to life. After editing the section I’d just written, I paused and waited. Soon, more sentences appeared on the screen. “‘He opened the attachment, which contained a meme. Then, his computer crashed,’” wrote one friend, composing the next sentence. We fleshed out our characters, manipulating the scenes until they coherently formed...

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
204 Words
I’ve wanted to study science since I was seven years old. When I was in fifth grade, I joined Science Olympiad, eager to explore topics beyond the depth covered in school. I competed in events related to optics and geology, but Science Olympiad’s crowning glory was its astronomy event. I learned about constellations and the sun and stars, and the event solidified my goal to become an astronomer. Eventually, I longed to make original contributions to astrophysics. I...

General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
48 Words
I think it was my initiative in the things I loved, especially astronomy, that...
What I’d change about my application process
22 Words
I'd look at the net price calculators...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
154 Words
Things that have to do with what you're interested in. And scout out opportunities carefully on the Internet - some, such as PAN (the nuclear physics sleep away camp I attended at the University of Notre Dame), are free, and others, such as the University of...
Why I declined other schools
61 Words
I couldn't afford Caltech, my dream school (and more than that, Princeton offered double the financial aid for...
Post-college plans
37 Words
I plan on getting a PhD in astrophysics and becoming a...
Why I ultimately chose my school
28 Words
It offered great financial aid, desirable requirement flexibility...
How I chose schools to apply to
125 Words
Since I had solid grades (straight As) and good standardized test statistics, along with a wide range of extracurriculars, I didn't apply to too many safety schools - in fact, Ohio State was my only real safety. I...
Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
77 Words
When I visited Princeton, I arranged an appointment with one of the professors there (Dr. Bahcall, actually, the department head) and after a...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
67 Words
I took a "write about a day (or week, semester, etc.) in the life" approach. I wrote a few scenes...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
80 Words
My parents are paying for college, so I didn't take out loans. I applied for scholarships though, and I'd say focus on as many...
My advice about getting recommenders
173 Words
This might seem obvious, but choose teachers who like you, even if they're not in your favorite subject. But also choose teachers, if possible, who've had you in challenging classes. I didn't choose my favorite teacher because he'd only really had me for an intro programming course when I was applying, even...
What I’d change about my application process
86 Words
Not so much the process itself, but I'd scout out more opportunities earlier. I didn't know how easy it was to get research, how exposing myself...

High School Performance

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Converted SAT Score1600
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