sandybisaria
sandybisaria,
CMU ‘19
B.S., Computer Engineering
I'm a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at Carnegie Mellon, focused on embedded systems and computer hardware.
Features Included
11
Essays
13
Schools
7
Scores
2
Advice
4
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Edison, New Jersey
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionRegular Decision, Early Action
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (Piscataway, NJ)
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Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
148 Words
I am interested in Georgia Tech, because I believe it's an ideal place to develop as an engineer. The B.S. in Computer Engineering program is very flexible; I could take diverse electives in computer architecture, software engineering, and semiconductor devices. In my senior year, I would have to apply what I've learned in a yearlong design project and showcase it at the Capstone Design Expo, with the chance of walking away with cash prizes or a new job. There...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
648 Words
In 8th grade, I had little idea what I would study in the future. I liked math, science, and computers, though, so I took a gamble and applied for the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. Fortunately, I got accepted, and I decided to take the offer. This choice turned to be one of the most important in my life. I had become a part of the "Academy family," a close-knit community of about 160 bright, inspired students,...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
200 Words
In an increasingly global and interdependent society, there is a need for diversity in thought, background, and experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltech's community? (200 words)
My personal viewpoints and perspectives have been shaped by my unique background and upbringing. Unlike most immigrants, I have been influenced by American customs nearly from birth. Yet, I still hold on to connections with my heritage. I’m only fluent in English, yet most of my meals, the movies I watch, and my friends are Indian. I shudder when I hear extremist Muslims criticizing the moral “looseness” of the US, yet I refuse to take part in dancing, dating,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
478 Words
When I was in 8th grade, I was still unsure what I wanted to be when I grow up. I liked math, science, and computers, though, so I took a gamble and applied for the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. Fortunately, I got accepted, and I decided to take the offer. When I first stepped through the doors in September, 2011, I had no idea what to expect. The next four years changed me forever. The “Academy...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
203 Words
Members of the Caltech community live, learn and work within an Honor System with one simple guideline; "No member shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community." While seemingly simple, questions of ethics, honesty or integrity are sometimes puzzling. Share a difficult situation that has challenged you. What was your response, and how did you arrive at a solution? (200 words)
One day, I returned home from school clutching recommendation letters for two summer programs inside envelopes differentiated only by the Post-its on them. I removed them so I could write down the addresses. After looking up the information I needed, I took out my pen when I realized my grave mistake. I had forgotten to note which envelope was which! Since these were security envelopes, my only option was to remove one of the letters, but this likely violated the...
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Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
197 Words
Caltech students have long been known for their quirky sense of humor, whether it be through planning creative pranks, building elaborate party sets, or even the year-long preparation that goes into our annual Ditch Day. Please describe an unusual way in which you have fun. (200 words)
Oh, come on. I need to talk about how I have fun, too? Sarcasm is sometimes described as one of the lowest forms of humor, a poor substitute for clever puns and punchlines. But for me, it has been a way to entertain people. Generally, the best time to drop a line is when no one expects it. During lunch, I never sit with a specific group of people, because I like to interact with as many classmates as I...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
145 Words
Georgia Tech's motto is: "Progress and Service." What does that mean to you? (Max 150)
In November 2013, my life changed when I attended my first hackathon (which is essentially a "marathon" where teams work on projects in hardware and software in short time periods). When I arrived, I was surrounded by countless talented students who shared my passions for programming and engineering. We were all "hackers," using our abilities not for malice but to create a better world. At every hackathon, I am inspired by the quality of the projects to do more. Hacks have...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
267 Words
Tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or fewer)
The definition of the word "hacker" has had many revisions over the past few years. While most people think of cyber-criminals, a new meaning has arisen. This new generation of hackers does not use their abilities for malice or terror. Rather, they channel them to create a better world. In November 2013, my world expanded when I attended the PilotPhilly hackathon. Hackathons are essentially programming marathons where people work on projects in hardware, software, and more. When I stepped into the...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
446 Words
In 8th grade, I had little idea what I would study in the future. I considered my general interest in math and science when I applied to the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. This decision turned to be one of the most important in my life, as I discovered what I wanted to do when I signed up for the electrical and computer engineering class. There was a certain thrill in solving complex problems with hardware...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Okay, I thought to myself, take a deep breath. My bow was delicately grasped over the strings of my violin. In front of me, the eager audience was bathed by the light of the glittering chandeliers hanging above. I looked to my partner, Andrea, who was holding the guitar in her arms. I placed my finger on the first note, signaled to her, and began to play. For many aspiring musicians, Carnegie Hall is their target, as many of the...
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Supplemental Essay Other
118 Words
Personally, I would have started much sooner on my essays. It was very stressful to have to complete 10-15 essays in a single day (though it was mildly comforting to know that I wasn't the only one doing so), and I think my essays would have been better if I had spent more time on them. There is a lot of controversy over essay-editing services (whether they're worth it, whether it's cheating, etc.). I think that your best critics are...
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General Admissions Advice

Why I declined other schools
222 Words
Most of my friends were expecting me to accept Caltech's application offer. It's not hard to see why; it was the most selective school (and perhaps the most prestigious, as vague as a term it is) on the list, and they thought I was a perfect fit. In fact, after I got into Caltech under early action, I was already starting to think about my life as...
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What I’d change about my application process
118 Words
Personally, I would have started much sooner on my essays. It was very stressful to have to complete 10-15 essays in a single day (though it was mildly comforting to know that I wasn't the...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.13
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypeMagnet
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2400
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1600
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Sports

SportsSoccer

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Jazz / Orchestra, Math Team, Science Club/Team, Spanish Club
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