thamaran
thamaran,
Northeastern
B.S., Business Administration and Management
Introspective Abstract Artist and Nationally-Ranked Debater From Texas Attending Northeastern University This Fall
Features Included
55
Essays
25
Schools
8
Scores
3
Advice
9
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Coppell, Texas
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
Class of2027
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
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Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Business Administration and Management

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.
"These shapes look like coral, so I imagine this scene is an ocean," one woman said, motioning toward an abstract tile painting boldly facing up at her, housed within its plexiglass shelter. "I see those clusters as flowers, and the tinge of yellow as sunlight, so this green seems to be land," another one offered, squinting at the artwork's delicate textures, her gaze unwilling to wander to the other paintings within the exhibit. Gathering into a tightly-knit group, the women...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Growing up alongside a twin brother, I noticed double standards everywhere. I saw them at Indian gatherings when my brother got away with wearing jeans and a plain shirt while I had to spend hours getting ready. I experienced them every time we had friends over when I had to be the perfect host, my parents and the guests conveniently oblivious to how my brother relaxed in his room, unbothered by gender-based obligation. I felt helpless each time they burdened...
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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.
I've been painting since I was five, but I only began seeing art as something creative in high school. For years, my experience with art was monotonous. I went to classes at Falak Arts, a local art studio, and there, while I did learn the fundamentals, I participated in the same competitions, painting from the same prompts. Only after leaving classes once quarantine began could I create art for pleasure, no longer tethered to what others wanted me to paint. ...
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Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
Based on my theory on decision-making, even a purely rational mind that exists on top of primal fears will always justify inaction because of all the risks associated with taking action. While fear used to rule my willingness to try new things, by eroding fear through exposure, I’ve developed a fear-conquering mentality that permeates every facet of my life. As a guitarist, while fear of judgment drove me away from posting videos online for so long, once I posted...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
Each morning, I spend my 30-minute car rides to school having wide-ranging conversations with my dad. Discussing anything from the caste-based biases within our family friend circle to our critiques on Jordan Peterson's points on power, the one constant we consistently gravitate toward is human behavior. With our ritual, psychology has become the lens through which I perceive the world. Once I recognized this, wanting to explore psychology experientially, I started a social media marketing business called Lotus Designs, seeing...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
260 Words
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests and why you want to explore them at USC specifically. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections.
When I was little, aspiring to be like the multi-talented Da Vinci inspired my life's goal: to be a Renaissance woman. Almost fatedly, USC emphasizes this Renaissance ideal through its culture of interdisciplinary exploration, making it the academic haven for me. At USC, I hope to double major in Psychology and International Relations (Global Business). Because psychology is the lens through which I perceive the world, this combination would allow me to examine the micro-psychological makeup of consumers while analyzing...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
255 Words
Many of us have at least one issue or passion that we care deeply about - a topic on which we would love to share our opinions and insights in hopes of sparking intense interest and continued conversation. If you had ten minutes and the attention of a million people, what would your talk be about?
While countless online self-help or love life questionnaires ask us whether we make decisions based on our “head” or “heart,” I see human decision-making processes differently. I believe our primal emotions predetermine our thoughts, deep-rooted impulses molding the mindset we start with in the first place, subconsciously infiltrating our sense of logic, and cementing biases into our minds that rationale cannot override. As an agnostic Hindu, I’ve found evidence for this theory of mine in two vastly distinct spheres...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
671 Words
Tell your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?
"These shapes look like coral, so I imagine this scene is an ocean," one woman said, motioning toward an abstract tile painting boldly facing up at her, housed within its plexiglass shelter. "I see those clusters as flowers, and the yellow focal point as sunlight, so I think this green might be land," another one offered, squinting at the artwork's delicate textures, her gaze unwilling to wander to the other paintings within the exhibit. Gathering into a tightly-knit group, the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
306 Words
Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?
Psychology is the lens through which I perceive the world. I practice habitual introspection, reading body language and micro-expressions to cultivate this deep-rooted interest, which seamlessly evolved into a natural curiosity for marketing, as it encompasses framing narratives to cater to the psychology of various demographics. Through various marketing internships, I have practiced campaign creation and creating emotions-based storylines for product drops while catering to specific audiences. These experiences solidified my interest, transforming psychology into an actionable career path. During...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
304 Words
The core purpose of The University of Texas at Austin is, “To Transform Lives for the Benefit of Society.” Please share how you believe your experience at UT-Austin will prepare you to “Change the World” after you graduate.
UT's world-class education and leverage within the business world would empower me to uplift others. Within the Psychology Department, I find courses such as Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Perception, and Social Cognition captivating, especially with the opportunity to research visual grouping, eye movements, and attention within the Center for Perceptual Systems. With this foundation, I would have a solid understanding of human psychological makeup, a quality necessary to understand individual consumers within the marketing realm in the future. Through minors...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
303 Words
Describe how your experiences, perspectives, talents, and/or your involvement in leadership activities (at your school, job, community, or within your family) will help you to make an impact both in and out of the classroom while enrolled at UT.
This past summer, working as a social media marketing intern at Denimrush Experience forever altered how I perceive leadership. While my teammates, who were freshly graduated college marketing majors, and I held the same position, my eagerness to contribute and speak up shifted the dynamic. I became the one who delegated tasks after our tri-weekly zoom calls, offered to share her screen and present the work, and compromised, asking others what they wanted to do first and offering to fill...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
256 Words
At the University of Texas at Austin, we say that what starts here changes the world. The Liberal Arts Honors Program seeks change agents, students who are going to draw upon a liberal art education to make lifelong contributions to society that will make life better for their fellow citizens in the 21st century. Please tell us succinctly and imaginatively how a liberal arts education will help you become such a change agent and what contributions you expect to make.
My self-proclaimed life’s goal when I was little was to be a Renaissance woman, following Da Vinci’s lead. I wanted to be talented beyond belief, a leader in art, music, philosophy, and innovation, and a multihyphenate at its core. Yet analyzing the career trajectory of successful pioneers like my Denimrush Experience internship boss Aparna Avasarla, my vision has shifted. After gathering experience in interior design, hospitality, artificial intelligence, apparel, and entrepreneurship, she started an experiential merchandising brand, leveraging...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
259 Words
Please write five sentences describing yourself, your life, and your experiences that taken together form an accurate view of who you are. Be creative! Do not list what was provided in the extracurricular activities section or on your résumé. Please number the sentences 1 through 5.
I overcome fear of the unknown with exposure by embracing my philosophy on “learned spontaneity,” venturing into new cities alone to buy boba despite my hesitance and pitching my social media marketing brand to local coffee shops to imitate Jia Jiang’s 100 Days of Rejection. I paint surrealistic paintings of rotted wood from my backyard and mossy rock walls from Arkansas hiking trails in the purest form of romanticizing nature, a happiness I indulge in over the summers when I...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
506 Words
Please briefly state your reason for wishing to attend LMU and/or how you came to select your major.
With intellectual advancement to the forefront of its culture, LMU embodies an interdisciplinary philosophy that perfectly aligns with my philosophy on success: that, to be like the most admirable individuals, I must forge an original path within one interdisciplinary niche. Emboldened by exploration, LMU's values make it the educational sanctuary I hope to grow and succeed within. An LMU education excites me for its inherent focus on intellectual exploration and philosophical emphasis on the human condition. Notably, through Core courses...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
206 Words
Out of the thousands of universities and colleges, why are you interested in attending Chapman?
Chapman embodies an interdisciplinary philosophy that perfectly aligns with my philosophy on success: forging an original path within one interdisciplinary niche. As an institution that nurtures intellectual exploration, Chapman’s values make it the educational sanctuary I hope to grow within. As someone with a passion for branding, I realize the weight core values hold in the makeup of an institution. Coming from a private school with four cornerstones of our own, I have seen the influence of such ideals...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
196 Words

Our committee would like to hear about a personal value, experience, or lesson that has shaped your identity, behavior, aspirations, or commitment to a sense of belonging. How did it develop and/or change over time and how would it add to the diverse and welcoming fabric of our campus community?
Suitcases rushing every which way on conveyor belts, people hurriedly chasing after their belongings, and total strangers doing the heavy lifting for others, unbothered by obligation, age, gender, or ideology, practicing generosity out of genuine goodwill and convenience rather than calculated action. At baggage claims, hesitancy falls away, the urgency of needing to grab someone's bag for them before it escapes from reach connecting even the most disconnected of people. In these spaces of consolidated altruism, I feel gratitude, touched...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
200 Words
Please tell us about your interest in this major.
Psychology is the lens through which I perceive the world. I practice habitual introspection, reading body language and microexpressions to cultivate this deep-rooted interest, which seamlessly evolved into a natural curiosity for marketing, as it encompasses framing narratives to cater to the psychology of various demographics. Through various marketing internships, I practiced campaign creation and creating emotions-based storylines for product drops while catering to specific audiences. These experiences solidified my interest, transforming psychology into an actionable career path. For example,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
204 Words
Please tell us about your interest in this major.
While I love psychology, this passion manifests in applying psychology to the realm of business in the form of marketing. After Debate exposed me to how social currents and ideological divisions categorize and polarize different demographics, I realized that marketing fosters the rise and fall of business empires and world powers around the globe, with propagandistic social controversy toying with human tribalism and divisive ideology. In this way, majoring in “Public Relations, Advertising, and Entertainment Marketing” would allow me the...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
150 Words
What do you love about the subject(s) you selected as potential major(s)? If undecided, share more about one of your academic passions.
I object to the notion of ignorance as bliss. Although categorizing my humanity into distinct behaviors through psychology may seem discomforting, the euphoria of understanding preoccupies my mind, setting me on a lifelong quest to discover the nuances of the human condition. Omnipresent and universally applicable, psychology is the lens through which I perceive the world: every marketing experience becomes a window into consumer psychology, and each of my thoughts fuels self-made theories that enrich my understanding, like my theory...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
154 Words
Describe a time when you felt empowered or on top of the world?
The coffee shop's charming greenery and relaxed conversation-filled ambience did little to soothe my nerves as I replayed the upcoming minutes in pre-emptive embarrassment. After informing the barista that I wanted to speak with the manager, I waited, foresight clouded by a gloom of unpredictability. Soon, the manager approached me, and I asked her the fateful question: "Would 'George's Coffee' be interested in Lotus Designs’ social media marketing services?" While intense worry initially eroded my hopes for gaining another client...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
250 Words
Reflecting on a community that you are part of, what values or perspectives from that community would you bring to Pomona?
It's utterly heartbreaking to see my mom struggle with the English language despite being fluent, not out of an absence of knowledge or intellect but because of insecurities with her accent and wishing for a "better executive presence." But when we discuss assimilation, my dad says he feels sorry for my brother and me instead, because we never had the experience of growing up with multiple generations of family in one home. We could never dream of walking into our...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
258 Words
Why do you want to attend CMC?
Fostering open discourse and embracing student ingenuity through institutional support, CMC exposes students to worldly ideas and interdisciplinary avenues to intellectual exploration, making it the academic sanctuary I hope to grow within for the next four years. Bringing in thought-provoking, sometimes-controversial speakers with viewpoints and advocacies across the ideological spectrum, CMC's Athenaeum hosts intimate table group discussions to stimulate conversation, materializing subtle disharmony into transformative social discourse. Students also have the resources of the CARE Center to build crucial skills...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
202 Words
For the purpose of this essay prompt, pick one FHS or FWS seminar topic to study at CMC. What part of your personal experience—or your desire to know more about an area outside of your experience—best explains your seminar choice?
From my theory on decision-making rooted in Hinduism's Body-Mind-Intellect chart to my natural exploration into themes like the evolution of New Age Religions and the Russian Intelligentsia, I am enamored by the subtle potency of mystical and radical ideologies. But this is not because I always align with what such views advocate; it is because these ideologies permeate whole societies, shaping the worldviews of the masses. Through the "Mystics, Prophets, and Social Change'' Freshman Humanities Seminar at CMC, I hope...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
250 Words
Vanderbilt offers a community where students find balance between their academic and social experiences. Please briefly elaborate on how one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences has influenced you.
I'd initially only visited Wesley-Rankin Community Center to collect stories for the North Texas Giving Day campaign I was assigned to work on as Wesley-Rankin's marketing intern. But once I met the individuals at the heart of the center's programs, my perspective fundamentally shifted. Within Casa Feliz, Wesley-Rankin's senior center, I connected with Slyvia, a reminiscent senior citizen who explained that she came to Wesley-Rankin every morning because "it's nice to have someplace to go." On Wesley-Rankin's playground, I met...
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Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
508 Words
E. Bronson Ingram was known for his innovation – in both business and philanthropy. Detail your thoughts on the optimal approach to innovation and, in so doing, describe how you incorporate this approach in your own endeavors. How can you leverage this approach to create greater opportunities at the intersection of entrepreneurship and high impact philanthropy?
Inspired by my marketing experience and introspective mindset, I see the optimal approach to innovation as a two-pronged mechanism of branding and systems thinking. Given that in 2021, 5.4 million businesses were created, there is no shortage of ideas or people willing to venture into entrepreneurship. Yet, this ever-increasing statistic crowds out broad causes from receiving the specialized attention they need. When countless businesses direct services toward an ambiguous demographic, that demographic likely receives surface-level support since many companies attempt to create...
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Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
398 Words
Explore what you think it means for individuals AND businesses to, “serve the common good.” How might these commitments inform your personal career aspirations?
To “serve the common good” is to promote the welfare of others through acts of selflessness. This ideal does not solely exist in blatantly generous action or people-pleasing sacrifice: it lives in every kind word and show of support because fostering a collectivistic culture also works to support people in need. For example, while my Advanced Art class painted murals at North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM) to make visitors feel welcome within the unfamiliar space, we also served the common...
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Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
445 Words
Describe a civic/community service project in which you have been involved that you believe may be scaled to greater benefit. In so doing, focus primarily on how that scaling could be achieved.
As the newly-established co-CEO of new/gen, an international student-run women's rights advocacy organization, this past summer, it was my job to expand the organization's reach while continuing to serve as a platform for students to advocate for women's rights. While new/gen already had chapters in areas ranging from Pennsylvania to India, I took the change in leadership as an opportunity to rebrand the organization to provide new/gen the solid foundation necessary to expand and gain influence as...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
257 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?
With intellectual exploration at the forefront of its culture, BU's interdisciplinary philosophy makes it the educational sanctuary I hope to grow and succeed within. A BU education excites me for its inherently philosophical yet academically-oriented focus on the human condition within the Core Curriculum. Notably, through Core courses such as "Indian Philosophy," "The Behavioral Biology of Women," and "Cognition and Culture," BU promotes intellectual stamina through persistent inquiry. The Core even hosts a reading list mirroring the books I've gravitated...
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Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
608 Words
Describe a time when you felt out of your comfort zone or marginalized in a situation. How did you respond to that moment and how has it informed your actions moving forward?
C, G, Em, D, the warm chords would ring in an irresistible harmony, the transition from power chords to soft minor sounds echoing around my room. During the pandemic, my love for guitar flourished. I immersed myself within it, my most peaceful moments from late March: how I would lazily strum up my guitar during virtual “passing periods,” playing and singing my favorite songs through Ultimate Guitar’s tabs in mindless joy. Once I realized that Ultimate Guitar was also...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
205 Words
Please tell us what you are interested in studying at college and why.
From exploring my family friend circles' caste-based biases during daily car conversations with my dad to binging Robert Sapolsky's YouTube Behavioral Psychology lecture series during quarantine as I made intricately-decorated acai bowls, psychology permeates every domain of my worldview. In creating spaces to apply psychology to the business realm, I started Lotus Designs LLC, a social media marketing brand, quickly seeing it as a window into consumer psychology. Marketing became my outlet to connect with different demographics through interning at...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
210 Words
Write a short thank-you note to someone you have not yet thanked and would like to acknowledge. (We encourage you to share this note with that person, if possible, and reflect on the experience!)
Dear Madhav, I love being twins because, like Acha once said, “after a certain age, [we] started taking care of each other,” even if we didn’t recognize it when we were little. Your presence allowed me to discover my individuality with an inverse reference point– from when we were 7, and I would go to art class, calibrating my artistic intuition through aesthetically-driven Prismacolor hyperrealism, while you went to chess class at the neighbor's house, exploring the game’s strategic...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
203 Words
How will you explore community at Penn? Consider how Penn will help shape your perspective and identity, and how your identity and perspective will help shape Penn.
My self-proclaimed life's goal when I was little was to be a Renaissance woman, following Da Vinci's lead. I wanted to be a person of substance, a multihyphenate at my core: to me, success necessitates multifaceted exploration. Almost fatedly, Penn's interdisciplinary culture aligns with my philosophy, embracing identity-led community-building at its core. As an abstract artist continually unearthing nuances within my art style, spaces like Penn Create excite me, granting me avenues to display my work around Philadelphia. An unapologetic...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
208 Words

Considering the specific undergraduate school you have selected, how will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania?
From binging Robert Sapolsky's YouTube Behavioral Psychology lectures during quarantine as I made intricately-decorated açai bowls for breakfast to developing theories about decision-making rooted in Hinduism's BMI chart and confirmation bias, psychology permeates every domain of my worldview. In creating spaces to apply psychology to the business realm, I started Lotus Designs, a social media marketing brand, quickly seeing as an experimental window into consumer psychology. Unlike every other university in the country, UPenn allows students to pursue Consumer...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
256 Words
Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about any academic interests that excite you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue them while also embracing topics with which you are unfamiliar.
From exploring my family friend circles' caste-based biases through daily car conversations with my dad to binging Robert Sapolsky's YouTube Behavioral Psychology lectures during quarantine as I made intricately-decorated acai bowls to developing theories about decision-making rooted in Hinduism's BMI chart and confirmation bias, psychology permeates every domain of my worldview. In creating spaces to apply psychology to the business realm, I started Lotus Designs, a social media marketing brand, quickly seeing as an experimental window into consumer psychology. As...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Brown’s culture fosters a community in which students challenge the ideas of others and have their ideas challenged in return, promoting a deeper and clearer understanding of the complex issues confronting society. This active engagement in dialogue is as present outside the classroom as it is in academic spaces. Tell us about a time you were challenged by a perspective that differed from your own. How did you respond?
After Semifinals at TFA State, two years of Debate felt worthless. Forced to defend American Exceptionalism in front of a crowd, feigning ignorance to how it historically ingrained bigotry into the country's lifeblood and fueled pervasive racism, I felt defeated from the start– a self-fulfilling sentiment that quickly came to fruition. I remained uncomfortable with the side for months afterward, my mind wandering to our loss during sporadic moments of regret– until one of these moments sparked an epiphany. One...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
255 Words
Brown students care deeply about their work and the world around them. Students find contentment, satisfaction, and meaning in daily interactions and major discoveries. Whether big or small, mundane or spectacular, tell us about something that brings you joy.
An unassuming breeding ground for kindness, baggage claims often lie forgotten in the rush from the plane to the destination. Yet so much beauty flourishes in that seemingly-mechanical, gray room: there, I am reminded of our human propensity to help others out of goodwill, divisions of age, gender, and ideology lost in the urgency of quickly-moving suitcases and fluid crowd of total strangers. At baggage claims, hesitancy falls away, proximity connecting even the most disconnected people. Noticing our shared capacity...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
254 Words
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
An unassuming breeding ground for kindness, baggage claims often lie forgotten in the rush from the plane to the destination– yet only there do divisions of age, gender, and ideology dissipate in the urgency of quickly-moving suitcases amidst a fluid mass of strangers. Noticing our shared capacity for connection flourishing in an idyllic rhythm in baggage claims, I feel reminded of our collective humanity. A unique art of creation and transformation, branding is the medium through which I channel a...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
260 Words
Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate — and us — know you better.
Dear future roommate, Reckless perfectionist, transcendentalist, and Hindu-based Agnostic, I take inspiration from mystically-leaning ideologies and my intrinsically-human contradictions; I hope to learn what characteristics, hopes, and motivations drive you too. As for me, my most outwardly-defining trait is my creativity. I've been an artist all my life, only more recently venturing into the abstract. I paint on wood or small canvases, listening to Dan Ariely's Ted Talks on perception and neuroscientists speaking about addiction in the brain as I...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
It was a disheartening night at my family friend’s house. The fiery 18-year-old complained about structural racism; the parents revealed how their dreams of changing the system dissipated over time with tired eyes. I grew hopeless, discovering how impossible it appeared to make a noticeable difference against centuries-deep societal flaws. Yet that experience changed my worldview: even if I couldn’t inspire widespread change, it would be ignorant not to try. The following school year, I joined Debate to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Tribalism degrades human society, each self-defined boundary confining ideologies, people, and groups into boxes that block intergroup empathy and understanding. However paradoxical, the very tools humans use to understand the world erode the meaning of all we know: categorization fuels oversimplified generalizations and stereotypes that fracture groups and fuel violence.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
49 Words
How did you spend your last two summers?
In 2021, I developed my abstract art style, practiced Debate at the Global Debate Symposium, and started Lotus Designs. In 2022, summer cumulated everything: marketing internships at Denimrush Experience and Wesley-Rankin, debating at NSDA Nationals, rebranding Lotus and new/gen, starting Adage Dancewear, and showcasing my art in local exhibits.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
50 Words
What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
The moment budding sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh first approached gang members from the Lake Park projects in the outskirts of Chicago to learn about their lifestyle– to witness how he, firstly, crossed tribal lines and, secondly, abandoned fear, research conventions, and moral objectivism to observe illicit deals and Machiavellian gang leadership.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities, a job you hold, or responsibilities you have for your family.
To experience entrepreneurship in its purest state, I pitched Lotus Designs' services to a local coffee shop last June. Despite the manager's 'no, thanks,' I felt proud, my resilience trumping rejection. While I now expand Lotus' clientele through referrals, I continue delivering in-person pitches to conquer my fear of failure.
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
52 Words
Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.
After simulating the lifestyles of women in subsistence marketplaces through an immersive online innovation course, I began experimenting with marketing as a medium to channel empathy into tangible benefits. Through Stanford’s SPARQ, I could calibrate these same problem-solving skills in an elevated manner, applying abstract social psychology to real-world solutions.
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
660 Words
Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one of Pitzer’s core values?
On day 1, life was simple: I took on the lifestyle of Renuka, a 38-year-old woman in Kadambur, India, completing her daily chores, working 6 hours of agricultural labor, and collecting firewood for meals. By day 3, the meager money I made selling goods burned out quickly. Meals and essential hygiene goods like soap for my family were inaccessible; I was forced to turn to the local loan shark to survive. By day 7, the simulation kicked me out: I failed to meet Renuka's...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
96 Words
Two of our favorite murals on campus have quotes that read, “Be your own weird” and “You are of this place – it is changing you”. If you could add an inspirational quote or art piece to our campus, what would it be and why
Only one phrase in all of humankind can make any “happy person” sad and any “sad person” happy: This too shall pass. Initially brought to me at a value-based Hindusim class, this quote has long lingered in my mind, teaching me of the fleeting nature of every emotion, issue, material desire, and moment. It grounds me, continually reminding me about the futility of worrying. I can envision this quote adorning Pitzer’s walls in mural form as a sign to...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
207 Words
Why are you applying to Occidental? What are your academic interests and why do you think Occidental is the right place for you to pursue them?
An unassuming breeding ground for kindness, baggage claims often lie forgotten in the rush from the plane to the destination– yet only there do ideological divisions dissipate in the urgency of quickly-moving suitcases. Noticing our shared capacity for connection flourishing in an idyllic rhythm, I feel reminded of our collective humanity. Occidental's philosophical focus on the human condition and Freshman Year Seminar "The Examined Life" excite me. From exploring my family friend circles' caste-based biases during daily car conversations with...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
266 Words
Research is an integral part of an Oxy education. Completing a senior comprehensive is a requirement of every Oxy student and there are a myriad of opportunities for research throughout your four years. Imagine you were just awarded one of our research grants for a project of your choice. What are you researching and why?
I have a theory on irrational decision-making: our primal emotions predetermine our thoughts. Deep-rooted impulses mold the mindset we start with in the first place, subconsciously infiltrating our sense of logic and cementing biases into our minds that rationale cannot override. As an Agnostic Hindu, I find evidence for this theory in two vastly distinct spheres of modern thought. First, the Hindu Body-Mind-Intellect chart, which depicts the relationships between the multiple aspects of the “self” that encompass who we are...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
308 Words
In 300 words or less, help us understand how you might engage specific resources, opportunities, and/or communities here. We are curious about what these specifics are, as well as how they may enrich your time at Northwestern and beyond.
From exploring my family friend circles' caste-based biases through daily car conversations with my dad to binging Robert Sapolsky's YouTube Behavioral Psychology lectures during quarantine as I made intricately-decorated açai bowls to developing theories about decision-making rooted in Hinduism's BMI chart and confirmation bias, psychology permeates every domain of my worldview. In creating spaces to apply psychology to the business realm, I started Lotus Designs, a social media marketing brand, quickly seeing marketing as an experimental window into consumer...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
104 Words
Dartmouth celebrates the ways in which its profound sense of place informs its profound sense of purpose. As you seek admission to Dartmouth's Class of 2027, what aspects of the College's academic program, community, or campus environment attract your interest? In short, Why Dartmouth? Please respond in 100 words or fewer.

As a psychologically-oriented budding branding-based entrepreneur, Dartmouth is my ideal haven of intellectual exploration. Alongside Psychology courses like Social Affective Motivations in Decision-Making, I would pursue research with Professor Thornton exploring the brain’s capacity to organize social stimuli through person-specific biases and predicting others’ behavior– themes central within the field of consumer psychology. I hope to immerse myself in Pine Park’s lush forestland with The Dartmouth Outing Club, compete alongside Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate, calibrate my entrepreneurial intuition through...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
262 Words
Introduce yourself. everyone else is taken.
Theory-creator, budding serial creative, Hindu-based Agnostic, aspiring multi-hyphenate. My journey to embracing my individuality began one night three years ago at my family friend’s house. The fiery 18-year-old complained about structural racism; the parents revealed how their dreams of changing the system dissipated over time with tired eyes. I grew hopeless, discovering how impossible it appeared to make a noticeable difference against centuries-deep societal flaws. Yet that experience changed my worldview: even if I couldn’t inspire widespread change,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
253 Words
What excites you?
An unassuming breeding ground for kindness, baggage claims often lie forgotten in the rush from the plane to the destination– yet only there do divisions of age, gender, and ideology dissipate in the urgency of quickly-moving suitcases amidst a fluid mass of strangers. Noticing our shared capacity for connection flourishing in an idyllic rhythm, I feel connected to others, the altruism of strangers reminding me of our collective humanity. A unique art of creation and transformation, branding is the medium...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
260 Words
As a research institution that also prides itself on its liberal arts curriculum, Princeton allows students to explore areas across the humanities and the arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. What academic areas most pique your curiosity, and how do the programs offered at Princeton suit your particular interests?
From exploring my family friend circles' caste-based biases through daily car conversations with my dad to binging Robert Sapolsky's YouTube Behavioral Psychology lectures as I made intricately-decorated açai bowls during quarantine to developing theories about emotionally-charged decision-making rooted in Hinduism's BMI chart and confirmation bias, my worldview revolves around psychology. In searching for applications of psychology in the business world, I started Lotus Designs, a social media marketing brand, quickly seeing it as an experimental window into consumer psychology....
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
156 Words
Briefly elaborate on an activity, organization work experience, or hobby that has been particularly meaningful to you.
The coffee shop's charming greenery and relaxed conversation-filled ambiance did little to soothe my nerves, foresight clouded by a gloom of unpredictability. After informing the barista that I wanted to speak with the manager, I waited. Soon, the manager approached me, and I asked her the fateful question: "Would 'George's' be interested in Lotus' social media marketing services?" While intense worry initially eroded my hopes for gaining another client that day, I instead felt pride. By pitching my services to...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
At Princeton, we value diverse perspectives and the ability to have respectful dialogue about difficult issues. Share a time when you had a conversation with a person or a group of people about a difficult topic. What insight did you gain, and how would you incorporate that knowledge into your thinking in the future?
After Semifinals at TFA State, two years of Debate felt worthless. Forced to defend American Exceptionalism in front of a crowd, feigning ignorance to how it historically ingrained bigotry into the country's lifeblood and fueled pervasive racism, I felt defeated from the start– a self-fulfilling sentiment that quickly came to fruition. I remained uncomfortable with the side for months afterward, my mind wandering to our loss during sporadic moments of regret. Until one of these moments sparked an epiphany. One...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
252 Words
Princeton has a longstanding commitment to service and civic engagement. Tell us how your story intersects (or will intersect) with these ideals.
On day 1, life was simple: I took on the lifestyle of Renuka, a 38-year-old woman in Kadambur, India, completing her daily chores, working 6 hours of agricultural labor, and collecting firewood for meals. By day 3, the meager money I made selling goods burned out quickly; I had to turn to the local loan shark to survive. By day 7, the simulation kicked me out: I failed to meet Renuka's dietary needs. The online course "Sustainable Innovation for Subsistence Marketplaces" preached a bottom-up...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
49 Words
What is a new skill you would like to learn in college?
My social media feed is populated with countless graphics of avant-garde design, saturated yet thought-provoking posters resonating with my aesthetically-oriented yet intellectually-leaning mind in perfect cohesion. I want to master Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create my own posters, both to adorn my room and custom-make for friends.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
50 Words
What brings you joy?
An unassuming breeding ground for kindness, baggage claims often lie forgotten in the rush from plane to destination– yet there, divisions of ideology, race, and gender dissipate in the urgency of quickly-moving suitcases. Noticing our shared capacity for connection flourishing in an idyllic rhythm connects me to our collective humanity.
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
49 Words
What song represents the soundtrack of your life at this moment?
An aural depiction of my lifelong journey of optimism-powered self-development, "Shake It Out" by Florence + The Machine hosts raw lyricism on overcoming self-created obstacles and replacing regret with hope. Peace emanates from its power-chord-filled chorus, the song's unapologetic tone mirroring the same confidence I've coached myself to have.
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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
156 Words
Many resources within the college application process preach that with hard work during application season, anyone can get the results they want. The harsh reality I experienced was that without a stellar GPA and test scores, it's substantially, if not entirely, harder to achieve the same results...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
117 Words
The best thing to do is start early! Do heavy, thorough brainstorming over the summer so that when it comes time to pump out dozens of supplemental essays, it's more about writing ideas already verbalized...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do things that make you stand out! I started a business, completed two internships-- one with a nonprofit for which I was able to fundraise over $100,000-- and placed my art in local...
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