nickp2022
nickp2022,
Northwestern ‘22
B.A., Biology and Biological Sciences
Premed student passionate about physical fitness and mental wellness!
Features Included
9
Essays
5
Schools
15
Scores
5
Advice
5
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Palatine, Illinois
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in Biology and Biological Sciences

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 fiery red-orange Mumbai sun perches over an elevated green space as part of a lavish condominium complex where my brother, my cousins Harsh and Tanya, and I are playing badminton. As my brother and I volley the birdie to each other, Tanya slips away to the park. Less than a minute later, she returns looking dejected. I ask her what happened, and she murmurs that some boys over at the park had taunted her for using her grandmother’s...
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It was like any other day. After dinner, my parents quietly slipped out of the house for their evening walk, but their daily ritual was cut short when they rushed home and left with the car keys in a flash. The next day, I learned my father had developed an irregular heartbeat from his diet, the intensity of his walk, and the inherent weakness in his repaired heart valve. Seeing him in such a vulnerable position was unusual. My father...
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When I was younger, my family had a dog named Prion who was nicknamed “Poppy”. Explaining Poppy’s actual name to my peers - who had no background in biology - was always a challenge, because I did not know the answer to that question myself. Years later as I was nearing the end of a chapter focused on protein-folding in my AP Biology textbook, my eyes drifted and I read an interesting section on prions! Suddenly, a shot of...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
310 Words
Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here.
When I think of why I gravitated towards Northwestern, I see the connection between Northwestern’s embodiment of the word “and” to my diverse background and eclectic interests. Northwestern students don’t sacrifice one part of the college experience in favor of another. From Northwestern’s location in Evanston, Chicago is accessible providing internship, research, and cultural opportunities. Students produce groundbreaking research but also lose their voices cheering for the football team at Ryan Field. Inside the classroom, Northwestern would...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
517 Words
Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, share with us the academic, extracurricular, or research opportunities you would take advantage of as a student. If applicable, provide details of any circumstance that could have had an impact on your academic performance and/or extracurricular involvement (you may enter up to 650 words - recommended 300-500 words)
I initially gravitated toward Wisconsin, because I knew I would not have to sacrifice one aspect of the college experience in favor of another. Students at the university seem to maintain the perfect balance between academics and life. While they spend countless hours in laboratories producing groundbreaking research, they reserve time to cheer on the men's basketball team. After a long day of classes, homework, and extracurriculars, students meet up with friends and enjoy Madison’s restaurants and entertainment. Primarily,...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
100 Words
Briefly explain (in 50-100 words) which activity you entered in the Common App Activities section is the most important to you.
Quiz bowl functions like how I discovered the activity: stumbling upon something novel and exciting. I have learned about subjects I would have never encountered in school from Sophocles to the Spanish Civil War. Quiz bowl rewards these acquisition of knowledge through instant gratification every time I buzz and answer a question correctly. Outside of learning and competing, I have developed close relationships with many of my teammates. The only aspect of the tournament which we look forward to more...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom? (Respond in 100 words or fewer.)
Being a STEM-oriented person, I realized that engineering would capitalize on my love for science and math by using it solve problems. Purdue consistently ranks highly in engineering because of its emphasis on providing undergraduates with practical experience. Purdue is next to Discovery Park, a hub of startups, which hire students to do research. Purdue’s reputation allows students to have internships at companies like Abbott. Additionally, students use engineering to help local nonprofits through Engineering Projects in Community Service....
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Supplemental Essay: Other
99 Words
Briefly discuss your reasons for pursuing the major you have selected. (Respond in 100 words or fewer.)
One year ago, my father was hospitalized for developing an irregular heartbeat caused by a flaw in his repaired heart valve. Later, I discovered I might have a congenital heart valve defect like my father. I wondered if there was a way to fix my dad’s heart valve while allowing him to maintain the quality of life. I learned biomedical engineers are already growing new organs from stem cells, so I thought they could devise a solution to my...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
508 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
It was like any other day. After dinner, my parents quietly slipped out of the house for their evening walk, but their daily ritual was cut short when they rushed home and left with the car keys in a flash. The next day, I learned my father had developed an irregular heartbeat from his diet, the intensity of his walk, and the inherent weakness in his repaired heart valve. Seeing him in such a vulnerable position was unusual. My father...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
305 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
It is a Sunday afternoon, and the gym is silent except for the constant reverberations of the basketball being dribbled. As I begin to shoot the ball inside the arc, a teenager about my age taps my shoulder startling me. He asks, “Do you want to play one-on-one?”. I agree to his request. As the game progresses, we play defense with more intensity forcing tougher shots. After the game, we quietly retreat to the benches where we eventually start discussing...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
151 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (150 words)
Quiz bowl functions like how I discovered the activity: stumbling upon something novel and exciting. I have learned about subjects I would have never encountered in school from Sophocles to the Spanish Civil War. Quiz bowl rewards these acquisition of knowledge through instant gratification every time I buzz and answer a question correctly. Outside of learning and competing, I have developed close relationships with many of my teammates. The only aspect of the tournament which we look forward to more...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
167 Words
Applying to college is a really stressful experience for most people. Stalking Linkedin profiles of people who got into your dream school, comparing yourself to your peers, looking at the "What are my chances?" threads on college confidential, and doubting yourself definitely do not help and are counterproductive. You need...
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My advice about getting recommenders
124 Words
There really is no formula to getting great recommendations, and I believe great recommendations come when you are not even thinking about impressing the recommender. In fact, my best recommendation came from a non-AP class that I...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
139 Words
This is also so cliche, but you are really on your own for the first time in college. Your parents aren't there to watch you and tell you to get your work done. You barely have a defined schedule (e.g. no...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
132 Words
Finding the right essay topics almost requires a bit of soul searching. Deciding who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to do with your talents and abilities to benefit other people will guide you in the...
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My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
165 Words
AP courses are definitely a big thing in college admissions now. I recommend challenging yourself by taking as many AP classes that you feel you can handle, because course rigor is a differentiating factor in college admissions. By this, I mean a student who has taken a bunch of AP...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
5.00
(equivalent to 3.98 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1550
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details10 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTrack & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesQuiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Debate Club/Team, Student Council / Government, Other Club/Activity, Other Club/Activity
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Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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