College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘19
BA, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies and Affairs

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Just a small town boy born and raised in Massachusetts
From: Suburbia , Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: Harvard
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Hindi

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Community or summer theater/plays, Charity Drive Organizing, Choir, Dance, French Club, Model Congress / Model UN, National Honor Society, School Theater/Plays, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

I didn't see many rainbows in India. They hide in the monsoon rains, or are too frightened by the hot, stifling climate. Likewise, I was terrified of showing that side of myself in a homophobic country, especially to the host family I had grown to love. "Why India?", my friends would ask. They knew the cruel, anti-gay laws in that country. I knew I had to go anyway. I felt an obligation to see what life must be like when...

Supplemental Essay:
31 Words
Harvard asked for an optional essay about anything we wanted to write about! I wrote a comedic poem in iambic pentameter and Shakespearean language about my experiences performing Romeo and Juliet.

Additional Essay Details:
63 Words
BE CREATIVE. TAKE RISKS. My dad told me when he read my unique supplemental poem that it would either make or break my application. I went for it, and I'm so glad I did. I was inspired by a friendly sophomore who I talked to after my tour. She had written a rap as her supplemental essay, and it worked out for her!

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
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I'm a white upper-middle-class kid from suburban Massachusetts. There's nothing advantageous in that. If you're like me, you'll have...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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In September, I wasn't even looking at Harvard. I was self-handicapping--"I have no chance, I haven't saved a small African nation". My parents (thank goodness) convinced me I had a chance, so I applied Early Action Single...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I was not one of those "apply to all 8 Ivies" types. My list included University of Maryland and McGill in Montreal. Here's why: unless you are much wealthier than I am, or could get a lot of...