College Admissions Info

Northwestern University ‘16
BA, Political Science and Government, International Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a sophomore majoring in Political Science and International Studies looking to go to law school.
From: St. Louis , Missouri
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Prefer Not to Share
Legacy: Other Family Member
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: Northwestern, U Illinois, St. Louis U, WashU, Duke, Vanderbilt
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Hindi, Telugu

Test Scores

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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Water Polo, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Walking down a cracked, muddy, trash-infested road, I breathed in the hot, pungent air of burnt oil and cow feces, as people scurried across the street, dodging the cars roared in dissonance. Unfortunately, the street that was filled with cars and pedestrians was also lined with beggars tattered in rags. Coming from the comfortable suburban life of St. Louis County, I wondered where India, my ancestral home, would fit into my American identity. Coincidentally, this visit marked the day of...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
468 Words
First and foremost, my interest in Northwestern starts with my desire to prepare myself in the best way possible for a career in medicine, specifically through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In combination with the strong curriculum in chemistry and biology, I found it appealing that Weinberg offers a relatively small undergraduate pool of around 4,000 students, resulting in modest class sizes of around 15 students and more individual attention. I have always valued a personal and one-on-one relationship with...

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
176 Words
I chose it on three factors essentially: 1) Academic prestige of the school, well-roundedness, and distance to home. I ultimately applied to Northwestern early decision because it best fit those three factors. Northwestern's academics speak for itself, but the school is also academically well-rounded. From pre-med to consulting, Northwestern's undergraduate liberal arts education prepares students well for all types of fields....

How I chose schools to apply to
19 Words
I chose it based on academic prestige, well-roundedness and strength in the programs that I wanted to go into.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
13 Words
I'm involved in the South Asian Student Alliance and the Associated Student Government.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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If you're into science, get involved in research. If you like debate, go to debate camp. Combine your academic interests with possible professional ones, and figure out extracurriculars that would exemplify those interests.

How to increase chances at my school
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Pick one or two extracurriculars and get REALLY involved in them. That's what I did with speech and debate. I dedicated summers to go to speech and debate camp, and eventually went to nationals twice in congressional debate. Pick something you love and put your heart into it; colleges love that.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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It's close to Chicago, and it's a really academic and hard-working culture. It makes me challenge myself and keeps me busy. Go to a school that will challenge yourself, because otherwise you won't get what you want out of your college experience.

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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No, and you don't really need to. Talk to your friends who are at college, and your teachers to read your essays. Don't waste money on private counselors, unless you feel like you don't really have anyone to talk to to get help.

Post-college plans
29 Words
I plan on working for a bit and then going to law school. By then I'll have been in school for for like 17 years. It's time for a break.

My advice about getting recommenders
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My debate coach (also my teacher) and one of my teachers that I was really close to. I would make sure to ask them really early in advance, and make sure you have a good relationship with that teacher. The more personal of a relationship you have, the better the letter of recommendation will be.

What set me apart from other applicants
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Definitely my involvement with debate. Like I said, I qualified to nationals once by the time I applied to Northwestern, and also placed in the top 60 in the nation. But it doesn't have to be debate -- it could be service groups, marching band or water polo. Find something you love and just commit yourself to it.