College Admissions Info

Carnegie Mellon University, ‘19
BS, Psychology, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

My life comprises of sports, TV shows, and good pizza.
From: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: USC, CMU, Wesleyan, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Georgetown, Emory, UCSD, Northeastern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Hindi

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1440
Highest SAT: 2060
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 25%
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, National Honor Society, Volunteer Coach, Tutoring/Mentoring
How Spent Summers:
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Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Challenged a belief
660 Words
“Don’t ever complain about your food again; you are dishonoring God’s creation,” my mom authoritatively states, refuting any objection I make towards a meal she has prepared. “Don’t forget to eat a spoonful of sugar before you leave for the airport so that God protects you through your journey.” If my mom is accompanying me on the airplane, and God forbid that we encounter turbulence, I can always expect to hear her chanting the Hindu mantra, “Om...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
404 Words
On December 16th, 2012, Jyoti Pandey was brutally beaten and gang raped to death. It was an act of unprovoked violence, and one based fundamentally upon an misogynistic outlook that subordinates and objectifies women. There were 24,923 reported rape cases in India that year, although the true statistic is likely alarmingly greater due to the stigma women face in reporting such incidents. Jyoti’s story instigated unparalleled international discussion regarding the widespread maltreatment of women in India, compelling the Indian government to...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
397 Words
As Class President, every day is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to further a meaningful cause, serve as a channel of communication between my peers and the administration and develop an environment conducive to communal growth. Among responsibilities ranging from organizing school activities to advising my classmates on school initiatives, my pride and glory throughout my three-year term as Class President undoubtedly lies in my success in unifying the class. Upon being elected sophomore Class President, I was confronted...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
307 Words
I naturally gravitate towards an outgoing and spirited environment, and thus find myself drawn towards Northwestern’s electrifying campus. Northwestern’s ability to link unprecedented school spirit to its mission of fostering teamwork within and beyond the classroom is remarkable. Northwestern unquestionably yields independent thinkers, but beyond that, its emphasis on a collaborative atmosphere centered on community development aligns with my goals of making a positive impact on my surroundings. As a prospective Psychology major, I am enticed by student-led...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
723 Words
I am not supposed to be here. I am supposed to be in the Indian city of Ajmer. I am supposed to be the son of a vegetable salesman. I am supposed to have limited aspirations in life. But, I am here. Once my dad graduated from college, he was eager to leave Ajmer, as he felt restricted by the meager opportunities available. However, given his family's dire financial condition, his longing was essentially an unattainable fantasy. Then, in May...

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
48 Words
CMU's hands on mentality and hard working environment is primarily what attracted me to...

My advice about getting recommenders
29 Words
Not only should your recommender be a teacher from...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
18 Words
Make sure to send a...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
15 Words
Make sure the essay very...

How to increase chances at my school
32 Words
There is really no way to determine your chances at...