Pomona ‘23
B.A., Cellular Biology
Neuroscience & Computer Science student with a love for reading & writing
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Hometown Granite Bay, California
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Carleton College (Northfield, MN)
  • Barnard College (New York, NY)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
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Pomona College (Claremont, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Cellular Biology

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.
    When I call my Auntie Balbir “Machiavellian,” I mean it as a compliment. A slight Punjabi woman, she took care of my siblings and me during our parents’ erratic work hours. Her tight bun, sharp eye, and precise, commanding manner quickly inspired in us a respect for household rules and a fear of the time-out corner.     Escaping from communal riots in India following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Auntie B. arrived in America as a refugee. Fortuna placed...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
259 Words
Most Pomona students enter the College undecided about a major, or they change their minds about their prospective major by the time they graduate. Certainly, we aren’t going to hold you to any of the choices you’ve made above. But please tell us why you’ve chosen the academic programs (or Undecided!) that you have listed. (250 words)
You might say a love of history is in my DNA. Or, perhaps, a love of DNA is in my history. With dreams of becoming a scientific researcher, I spent my high school summers conducting molecular biological and bioinformatics research. Years of mastering the scientific method seemed unhelpful, though, for my newest challenge: a college-level American history course with a well-known, demanding teacher. I thought that determining antibiotic sensitivity wouldn’t help me understand Reconstruction any more than my work...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
328 Words
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem-solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
20 stories. 25 pictures. 8 pages. The basic materials I have to work with. These appear in my inbox after rounds of editing and review and then I take the last step and put together the final product. The newspaper is a blank canvas until I let my creativity takeover. As I decide on themes and format, I delight in the puzzle-like, detective nature of creating the layout of the newspaper and writing stories of the unknown. The story on the midterm elections...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
426 Words
Rice is lauded for creating a collaborative atmosphere that enhances the quality of life for all members of our campus community. The Residential College System is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspectives would you contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit)
I grabbed my cherry-scented marker and carefully drew out an A- in large, bubble letters under the category “Sweet Tooth”. (There had been a suspicious lack of butter cookies this holiday season, resulting in a lower grade for my mother). I was following my yearly tradition: “polished” input and advice from the eldest child, in the form of The “Rough and Tough” Family Report Card. Highly concerned with the particulars of running the household or who chose the weekly family...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
64 Words
I've found that students at Pomona uphold a wide variety of academic interests, and the professors enjoy finding connections...

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General Admissions Advice

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
73 Words
Colleges love to see authenticity, whether it's within your academic pursuits or your personal story on the Common App. That said, I...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
78 Words
I found it far easier to write about personal experiences that mattered to me, rather than ones I thought admissions officers would be...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
50 Words
I recommend taking the corresponding AP exams to the courses along with the SAT subject...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.96 unweighted)
Top 5%
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Academic Performance in High School Steady

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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details3 classes and scores


SportsTennis, Swimming/Diving


ActivitiesAcademic, Research, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Cultural, Student Council / Government, Other Club/Activity, Other Club/Activity

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