B.A., Cognitive Science
Experience applying as daughter of first generation US immigrants. Aspiring physician interested in double majoring in Acting and Cognitive Science.
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Hometown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Bengali, German

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Union College (Schenectady, NY)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
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Rice University (Houston, TX)

Applied for a B.A. in Cognitive Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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I think the 5 adjectives that best describe Rice students are as follows: unconventional, humble, collaborative, caring, and proactive. Rice's motto is "unconventional wisdom" and this is exuded through members of the student body. From my time here at Rice so far, the student body is filled with kids who are lateral thinkers and unafraid to take academic risks. I say that Rice students are humble because this school IS NOT "cut-throat" competitive in the least. Most people don't ask about grades or make you anxious about sharing test scores. Don't get me wrong, kids here are incredibly smart, and you...
How to increase chances at my school
94 Words
Yes, Rice is a competitive school. Of course test scores and GPA are a factor, but Rice rejects many valedictorians and perfect test score students every year. It's...
Post-college plans
74 Words
For now, I plan too pursue acting professionally for at least a year after I graduate to gain some life experience. It's...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
284 Words
Many high school counselors will tout the importance of getting as much college credit in high school as you can, whether that be through AP/ IB/ etc. I did not realize the importance of this until I got to college. I am not an engineering major, but I can tell you that engineering major students need to complete more credit hours in order to graduate with that degree. That means they often have heavy course loads per semester. College credits provide lots of relief for...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
200 Words
Rice is located in the heart of Houston, but what I love the most is that even though it is in the city, the entire campus is secluded and in its own bubble. Hence, you get the best of both worlds by having the complete college campus experience while also being in one of the most active cities in the...

More Essays

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It is easier to have a drunkard seduce you than it is to smile in your Facebook profile picture. My fellow actress, adorned in flashy blue sequins and an outrageous pink feather boa, has her leg snaking around my torso, one hand stroking my hair, and the other glued to the whiskey flask. I, in my dark navy trench coat with fake revolver in hand, am leaning away, brilliantly feigning distaste. This profile picture of me on social media garnered...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
484 Words
(Rice) The quality of Rice's academic life and the Residential College System are heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspective do you feel that you will contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit): I only use my Jamaican impression to break the ice. Then, on subsequent days, I will pull out another international accent. I master accents with the help of my guru, Youtube, and then try them out in public...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
593 Words
(Case Western, Duke and Pitt) In the college application process, you are constantly prompted for a list of your achievements, awards, and accomplishments. While this information is useful to us, we are interested in hearing more about you. Describe an event, achievement, or experience of which you are particularly proud but that will not show up on a resume, may not garner any recognition, and does not appear anywhere else on your admission application. This essay should not exceed 1,000 words...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
582 Words
(Emory) Emory University welcomes first-year students with two distinct options to begin their liberal arts education: the research-infused Emory College or the smaller, experiential learning Oxford College. If you could create an academic course that is in the Emory University spirit of collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship and inquiry, what would it be? What impact would the course have on you and your classmates’ educational experience? (500 word limit) "Hopefully, by the end of this course, you students will actually start to like...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
727 Words
(UPenn) The Admissions Committee would like to learn why you are a good fit for your undergraduate school choice (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, The Wharton School, or Penn Engineering). Please tell us about specific academic, service, and/or research opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania that resonate with your background, interests, and goals. (400-650 words) "When the band plays 'Drink a Highball', make sure you bring a loaf of bread, so you can 'raise a toast'...
Supplemental Essay Other
360 Words
I wrote about things that made my voice as a writer come out. Admission counselors can tell if a 40-year-old is writing or a 17-year-old is writing. Write about things personal to you. That teen voice should really come out in your essays. They don't want to hear about your resume or your achievements. They want to hear about who you are as a person, as cliche as that may sound. Be true to yourself in your essays. The essays...

General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
117 Words
Interviews with top schools are a very small factor in the admissions process. An interview is more of an opportunity for you to learn about your school by asking questions. Also, try to stay away...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
251 Words
Summer is a really important time to take advantage of educational opportunities. Make the most of your summer by volunteering, working, taking college classes, and applying to summer schools. Colleges really like it when students take a college class in the summer because it shows that you truly have a love for learning and are willing to spend your free time gaining more knowledge. This is also a win for you because if you...
Why I ultimately chose my school
257 Words
So I was sort of stuck with a dilemma when it came time to choose my college. It was between Rice, Emory, and a full ride to the University of Pittsburgh. Financially, UPitt seemed like the best option but with large class sizes and a very large student body, I was concerned with individual value at Pitt. Pitt also had a much lower acceptance to medical school when compared to Emory and Rice. Since getting...
How I chose schools to apply to
179 Words
Don't apply to a school because of the prestige and name. Just because a school is prestigious doesn't mean it's the perfect fit for you. Really take time to think about everything that you want, need, and would like in your college and apply accordingly. It may not seem important at the...
My advice about getting recommenders
270 Words
Choose recommenders based on how well they really know you. Don't get a recommendation from the senator of your state if you barely know him/ her. Don't be afraid to include recommendations from teachers whose class you struggled in or didn't get the grades you wanted. I included a recommendation from my Calculus teacher whose class I received a "B" in the second semester. These teachers can showcase your hard working side and your dedication. They can also showcase...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
636 Words
So I'm kind of the "guinea pig" in my family because my parents both went to college in a different country and I'm the eldest child. Hence, I'm the first in my family to go to college in the U.S. Here are some of the most salient things I had misconceptions about: 1. I can not tell you enough how important college fit is when choosing a school! So when I was applying, I didn't really care so much about fit, as it seemed irrelevant, and I focused on schools that only fit my academic needs. However, NEVER underestimate the...

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