College Admissions Info

Shreyas Talamakki
Shreyas Talama
Purdue University, ‘20
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

International student from India. 2 things define me: Speedsolving Rubik's cubes and Performing Card magic.
From: Canton , Michigan
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Ohio State, Purdue
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

Test Scores

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High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School Type: Public
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Bizarre talent
629 Words
I’ve been lucky enough to be gifted with the ability to solve the Rubik’s cube and several of its variations in a matter of seconds. Currently, I’m ranked within the top 500 from the 40,000 speedcubers across the world in solving the puzzle with an average of 11 seconds. I’m also the current Michigan state record holder for solving the puzzle one handed in 16 seconds and was the former Asian record holder for solving one of its variations in 2.28...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
125 Words
How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom? (Respond in 100 words or fewer.) After filling out my criteria for an ideal college on a college match application, the first university that popped up was Purdue University. When I looked around their website I knew the university would support my goals and interests.The C3Bio research opportunity program is one such program that would definitely suit me and my interest in discovering clean...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
114 Words
Briefly discuss your reasons for pursuing the major you have selected. (Respond in 100 words or fewer.) Aerospace Engineering has been my top choice of a major because of the range of flexibility it has in various industries and because of my interest in spacecraft and extra terrestrial environments. I believe the space industry has a long way to go because of the potential it has in terms of the technological advancements in today's world and the number of unanswered questions...

Additional Essay Details:
30 Words
The personal statement revolved around my passion of solving Rubik's Cubes while the other prompts were centered around why I chose Purdue and my major for my post secondary education.

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
76 Words
Instead of being the generic 4.0 GPA, 500 hours voluntary service, 10 AP class,36 ACT student, I focused my entire college application on my unique talent...