College Admissions Info

sandybisaria
sandybisaria
Carnegie Mellon University, ‘19
BS, Computer Engineering

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 9 supplemental essays
  • 2 advice topics

Student Background

I'm currently a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at Carnegie Mellon.
From: Edison , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: CalTech, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UMich, GA Tech, Washington, Illinois, Rutgers
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2400
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1600
Highest SAT: 2400
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High School Performance

4.13
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Magnet
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: School Jazz / Orchestra, Math Team, Science Club/Team, Spanish Club
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College Application Essays

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...









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...



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,...









Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
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,...





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...







Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
203 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...





Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
197 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...



Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
145 Words
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...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
267 Words
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...





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...







Additional Essay Details:
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...



College 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...





What I’d change about my application process
31 Words
I would have started writing my essays much sooner....