I'm an applicant from India, and have applied to Harvard(EA-Deferred), Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, Brown and UPenn, amongst the Universities.
I've also applied to the following LAC's: Williams, Bates, Colgate, Grinnell, Swarthmore, Reed and Carleton.
I want to major in Physics, and my scores and extra-curriculars are as follows:
SAT 1: 2150, CR=710(national percentile=96),Math=710(national percentile=94), Writing=730(national percentile=97);
Math Level 2:800(national percentile=88);
Physics and Chemistry: 770(national percentile=82 and 83 respectively);
My school transcripts placed me at the top 1% of my class for my 9th and 10th years. However, ranks have slid down badly over the past year.
My Co-Curriculars include:
30 odd wins at city, regional and national level at quizzing events, for one of these quizzes I received an award from the ex-President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Several leadership posts at school.
Have won a few national level essay/creative writing competitions, and a handful of national/city level debates and/or Model United Nations conferences.
Over the past 2 months I have received decent ranks in 3 Olympiads, which are held in India, and 7 other countries in Asia(though I think South African students do take part too).
(I came State Rank- 3rd, International Rank-81st in the Science Olympiad,
I came State Rank- 12th, International Rank-323rd in the Math Olympiad,
I came State Rank- 24th, International Rank-420th in the Cyber Olympiad)
I have helped at a home for the elderly, and have helped to educate underprivileged children from city slums.
Played for my school soccer team.
Have certification in Piano and Music Theory till Grade 5 from the Royal School of Music London.
I think my essay was quite strong and does me justice.
I was deferred by Harvard, and while that did dampen my hopes.... Its never wrong to keep hoping right? I need full financial aid though, or as near to full as possible.
A school senior who did his undergrad at Harvard, and is now at Harvard Law, wrote me an additional recommendation after deferral, as did my school Chemistry master. While I know my stats are not nearly stellar compared to those of the applicant pool of Harvard, somebody please chance me?
you are an international indian applicant who wants to major in physics, who has doesn't have a perfect math or physics score on either SAT I or SAT II. Nothing special about that.
Your awards are normal and so are your extracurriculars.
So how does it feel, in Aqua Regia? With that sea of faces watching and those beautifully set questions coming your way?
TCS is a big quiz right? In Kolkatta too? Thousands of people participate in my city itself. Across the country...tens of thousands. Is it that big in Kolkatta as well? Here, it is the ultimate crown of school quizzing.
Limca is a stupid quiz. We hate Derek O Brien.
The Hindu Young World Quiz is lovely!!!! Great quizmaster, great quiz. It happens "nationally" but not in cities up north...Its primarily south India based.