Brown ‘22
B.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics
Innovative, Motivated, Hard-Working Indian
Features Included


Hometown Pasadena, California
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Hindi, Urdu, Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Babson College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
I hadn’t set foot in an elementary school in seven years, yet here I was walking down halls covered with papier-mâché, hearing children scream as they anticipated the final bell. Facing a classroom of wide-eyed 10-11 year olds, I craved the safety of my comfort zone, but reminded myself that I was here for the very same reason I started debate in the first place: to share my passion with others. Although I had created a minute-by-minute breakdown...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
368 Words
Tell us about a skill or concept related to your anticipated area of study, that you found challenging and rewarding to learn.
I continuously spammed Command R to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. It wasn’t. In less than 72 hours, I had nearly doubled my summer earnings from $2,000 to $4300. I jumped off my chair so hard that I hit my head against a lamp. My insane yet meticulously crafted stock strategy had worked! Every day after coming home from my internship in Midtown, I would hunker down in my Brooklyn Airbnb rental and work on my stock portfolio, like an...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
146 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
“Losing someone to war is a hole that we will never be able to seal.” My charity, Education for V-Kidz, is a conduit for me to connect with a community I am not a part of. I became interested in veteran family issues when my best friend lost his father in the line of duty, an event which changed his family forever. I knew that I could only advocate for their pain only after I understood it. Thus, I used...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
155 Words
Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated?
“Economics is a very difficult subject. I’ve compared it to trying to learn how to repair a car when the engine is running.” This quote by Ben Bernanke was emphasized by my EDx macroeconomics professor every lesson. While many find this thought depressing, I find it fascinating. The way I see it, economics connects everything – politics, culture, even religion. It’s similar to a puzzle, with each individual piece a different contributing factor that I have to investigate in...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
218 Words
Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum?
When I tell people I want to become a financial engineer, the reaction I get is “Umm, pretty sure that doesn’t exist.” Whenever I’m not doing homework, I’m learning to build websites or entering stock simulation competitions. Thus, I can’t wait to take Brown’s joint Computer Science-Economics concentration, where I can combine my two favorite subjects, applying mathematical concepts to programming, perfect for a financial engineer. What better place to study AI and machine learning...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
101 Words
Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places.
New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Kentucky, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and now California – I consider myself an absolute nomad. My family’s erratic movement due to my father’s job forced me to learn how to integrate myself into new environments. However, there was one good thing: it made me appreciate the small, unique things about each place. In New Jersey, the endless farmer’s markets made grocery shopping fun. In Kentucky, the mac and cheese was to die for. Nebraska’s...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
98 Words
Communities or groups: pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.
I am a proud member of the first generation Indian-American group and have inherited the grit and perseverance that defines us. My grandfather crossed a river every day to go to school and left the squalor he grew up in to become a doctor. My grandmother endured the aftereffects of a brain tumor surgery to take care of her family. Grit and persistence have made me work harder because I know the amount of blood sacrificed to give me the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
475 Words
Choose a current event or issue in your community and discuss the business implications. Propose a solution that incorporates business principles or practices. The review panel will look for creativity, drawing connections, and originality. Please limit this response to approximately 500 words.
I cannot express the number of times I have heard the same story from my immigrant father: how he came to the US from India with just $50 in his back pocket while working five side jobs to fund his MBA at Temple University. Although his story might have fallen on deaf ears after the first 50 retellings, it came back to me while interning at SoFi, a personal finance fintech startup that refinances student, mortgage, and personal loans.  While there, I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
501 Words
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate college or school (including preferred admission and dual-degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?
My learning style might be best captured by the Nike slogan, “Just Do It”—especially if that means abandoning my comfort zone. Although I have always excelled in the classroom, the places I learn best are not classrooms at all. With its learn-by-doing approach, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is perfectly suited to my goals.  Although I am taking Introduction to Investments and have completed several online courses on the subject, high school provides little opportunity...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
196 Words
Why are you interested in Babson College(200 words)?
Although I have always excelled in the classroom, the places I learn best are not classrooms at all. With its learn-by-doing approach, Babson College is perfectly suited to my goals. Its unique curriculum epitomizes the creation mentality my fintech internship instilled in me. The Butler Launch Pad captures Babson’s entrepreneurial spirit: not only are students well equipped with knowledge, but they are driven to utilize that knowledge in the real world. Through this program, I could build upon my...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
491 Words
Right now, you are applying to Babson College. What moment led you here? 500 words max
Pffffft! I spit out a mouthful of yellow Gatorade straight onto my laptop as I stared at the screen, continuously spamming Command R to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. It wasn’t. In less than 72 hours, I had nearly doubled my summer earnings from $2,000 to $4300. I jumped off my chair so hard that I hit my head against a lamp. My insane yet meticulously crafted stock strategy had worked!           Let me back up: every day after coming home...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
263 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations?
I come from a world of no choices and single pathways. Growing up in India, my mother and father’s career had been chosen the moment their gender had been determined in the womb - a girl meant doctor and a boy meant engineer. Similarly, in my parents’ ideal world, I wouldn’t pick my spouse. Instead of this humdrum lifestyle, I have endured to always have choices, even if that means creating choices for myself. In high school, after...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
412 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150-400 words)
Silicon Valley. Dot-com central. Innovation. That is all I could think of as my plane landed at Mineta San Jose Airport, overlooking the iconic, entrepreneurial city of San Francisco. The moment I entered the office building with my lanyard in hand, I knew I had entered an entirely different world. “Welcome to SoFi, Shivam,” my boss said. “We expect, we create, and we produce. Nothing less is being asked from you.”            My two fellow capital market interns and I were...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
255 Words
What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
Many people’s parents met at a bar, in college, or even by running into each other on the street. My parents, on the other hand, never met at all before they were officially married. Their marriage was arranged by my grandparents in India.             Although I deeply love my parents, the fact that they were arranged is hard to ignore when it physically manifests itself in front of me. One night, after a late night swim meet, my mother and...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
251 Words
What is one thing that we don’t know about you that you want for us to know?
All my favorite stories – Naruto Shippuden, The White Tiger, Modern Family, The Avengers, The Outsiders – follow a pattern. They feature protagonists who are outsiders in their communities. I relate to these characters because my family’s nomadic lifestyle made me a permanent outsider throughout my childhood. I attended elementary and middle schools in New Jersey, India, Connecticut, Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, arriving as the hesitant Indian introvert in a room of kids who had known each other...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
592 Words
Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, share with us the academic, extracurricular, or research opportunities you would take advantage of as a student. If applicable, provide details of any circumstance that could have had an impact on your academic performance and/or extracurricular involvement (you may enter up to 650 words).
For me, UW-Madison is a reminiscent bridge to my past. Originally from Milwaukee, I have never let my Midwestern pride disappear, even after I moved to the polar opposite west coast city of Los Angeles. I crave the perfect summer days by Lake Michigan, brisk Football Sunday block parties rooting on the Badgers and Packers, and inhaling the infamous Wisconsin State Fair deep-fried cheesecake on a stick. However, for me, UW-Madison provides more than my favorite parts of the Midwest....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why? (250 words)
“The Art of Comedy Activism” Recently, I have become mesmerized by the Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, whose humor sheds light on first generation immigrant family issues. His combination of funny, sad, and revealing jokes raises awareness and inspires change without ruining the comedic atmosphere. Poet Langston Hughes said, “Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it,” perfectly capturing what makes comedy funny. On a fundamental level, what makes my idol Hasan Minhaj and...

School Specific Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
530 Words
After I was waitlisted, I sent in a letter of continued interest the day after. Dear, I would like to sincerely thank the Brown Admissions Committee for taking the time to look through my application amongst the thousands of applicants and offering me an opportunity to be on the waitlist. Brown is still my dream school, and if accepted off the waitlist, I would happily attend. I would like to take this opportunity to display my continued interest and update the Admissions Committee on some of my accomplishments since applying. Since applying in December, I have furthered my interest in...

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
58 Words
Honestly, the personal essay topic that I used was so incredibly personal that I didn't feel comfortable...
What set me apart from other applicants
58 Words
Honestly, the way I used my interest in entrepreneurship and business and applied that to my passions...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
174 Words
Relax! I know everybody tells you this during the process and you look at them incredulously. But the best thing you can do is sit back, relax, and believe that whatever happens will happen for the best. Never believe that you don't have a chance. The only thing you can actually do...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.93 unweighted)
Top 5%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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AP / IB Classes and Scores


SportsSwimming/Diving, Water Polo


ActivitiesCharity Drive Organizing, Charity Drive Organizing, Debate Club/Team, Career Oriented, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Career Oriented
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