SAT I (breakdown): 1590 (Math: 800, EBRW: 790)
ACT (breakdown): 36 (English: 35, Math: 36, Reading: 36, Science: 36, Essay: 10)
SAT II: Physics, Chem, Math II - 800; Bio (M): 760
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Weighted GPA: N/A
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Rank 1/102
AP (place score in parenthesis): Computer Science A (5), Microeconomics (5), EVS (4)
IB (place score in parenthesis): Predicted - Physics HL (7), Chemistry HL (7), Mathematics HL (7), English Lit & Lang SL (7), Hindi B SL (7), Geography SL (7)
Senior Year Course Load: Physics HL, Chemistry HL, Mathematics HL, English Lit & Lang, Hindi B, Geography and regular IB requirements
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
 International Exhibition for Young Inventors (organised by JIII Japan, competitive Asian Science Fair) - Silver.
 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) TechExpo Winner x2 (Undergrad level science expo, youngest competitor). See Pixie and JARS in extracurriculars.
 Finalist for India’s ISEF Qualifier (IRIS Fair)
 Cambridge IGCSE 11A, World Topper (1st/800,000 test- takers): Add Math (Calculus), Physics & Biology. Only student to top the world in three subjects.
 Cambridge IGCSE India Topper in Geography
 Homi Bhabha Young Scientist Contest Gold Medal x2 (3-stage contest, 50,000+ participants, 1 Gold)
 Duke of Edinburgh (IAYP Silver) Award
[li] Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) National Level Finalist[/li][/ul]
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
 Founder, Liquid Protocol (Blockchain Startup): Top 15 startups/500 entries at Blockchain Competition Zug. $50,000 in seed funding secured. Whitepaper complete, MVP rollout in early 2020. Awards from Govt. of Dubai, Govt. of Belgium and several other high other high-profile entities.
 Published Peer-Reviewed Paper: Shared ML over Blockchain Protocol . Paper presented at an IEEE Cybernetics Conference at Univ. of Salamanca, Spain.
 ZKPs cryptography research w. Dr And blockchain that is completely private.rew Miller, UIUC. Developed ZeroWallet - open source protocol for privacy-centric, non-custodian, password operated crypto wallet. Nominated for ZCash Foundation Grant. Covered by UIUC on their website.
 Blockchain thought leader, writer: Addressed 20,000+ students and execs at 15 industry events, university symposiums and govt. conferences on how blockchain can merge privacy and transparency. Awarded public speaking fellowship by ‘SpeakIn’ society.
 Created JARS: electronic safety jacket for bikers. Phone-connected jacket that automatically toggles turn indicators & allows for safe navigation. Fully wearable, all components sewn into the jacket fabric using conductive thread. Patented device.
 Developed Pixie: $5 home automation device for power saving. Designed to be an upgrade over motion sensors. Manages lighting & cooling based on occupancy. 200+ hours live test; ~1000W/day saving. Currently being pilot tested in 4 condos.
[li] Mentor: School Prototyping Club & Amity University. Founded ‘Prototyping Club’ for students to ideate & build products. Ethereum advisor for Amity’s blockchain executive program.[/li][/ul]
-  FinTech Advisor, The Partnerships Consulting Dubai - multiple paid blockchain assignments, including one for a PoC that manages $8bn in agricultural subsidies.
 Consultant, Blockchain Fortress Canada - Backend developer on Jaxx Wallet project (https://jaxx.io/) which currently has 700k+ users. Later made a technical consultant.
Researcher at National Bank of Dubai
-  Founded Drive for the Rehab. of Native Urban Bird Species: Ecological engineering project for the falling numbers of sparrows and mynahs. Built a sparrow protection enclosure with local blacksmith that led to several nests being formed. Successful government petition with 400+ signatories. Plans adopted by Mumbai Municipal corporation for 2034 Mumbai Redevelopment Plan.
 CoFounder, Mental Health Drive for Street Children
ZeroWallet (already described)
Essays (rating 1-10, details): 10
Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): 9
[li] Teacher Rec #1: STEM, IB Physics Teacher - 9 - Stated that I was the best student he’d seen in the 18 years he’s taught at high schools. Mentored me for my prototypes (Pixie and JARS), so spoke highly of them. Very impressed by my research on blockchain, and it seems like he dedicated a good section to it.[/li]
[li] Teacher Rec #2: Non-STEM, IB/IGCSE Geography Teacher - 9 - Spoke of my side beyond STEM. My biodiversity project was a highlight in her reco. But I feel what really made a difference was her characterisation of me; nobody really takes Geography seriously in school, but I do. Confident she wrote about that. I also wrote a paper on online privacy as part of my IGCSE Global perspectives course taught by her, so I’m sure the admission officers linked that to my work in blockchain & privacy.[/li]
[li] Counselor Rec: 9 - Generally very impressed, I’m sure her rec was great.[/li][/ul]
(1) Prof. Dr Andrew Miller, UIUC (9/10): Worked with him over the summer for ZeroWallet. Took grad school abstract algebra courses, created and implemented a new cryptographic protocol in under 6 weeks (14 hours/day work). Super impressed by work ethic, computing skills, and presentation abilities (pitched ZeroWallet to 50 ECE profs). Said he’d write the best rec letter he’s written till date.
(2) Mr Tanvir Shah, partner & employer (10/10): Working as a paid FinTech consultant for his Dubai based consultancy firm. Have written multiple GDPR compliant white papers, pitched them to clients and developed blockchain (Hyperledger) proof of concepts for them. He is also a strong proponent of my start-up ‘Liquid’ (called it the Bloomberg of cryptocurrency) and an advisor on our board. No doubt the best rec.
Interview: Not available.
Applied for Financial Aid?: No
Intended Major: Computer Science
State (if domestic applicant): -
Country (if international applicant): India
School Type: Private, Urban, IB
Ethnicity: Asian (Indian)
Income Bracket: High
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None.
Strengths: Rock solid academics. My school is one of the most competitive (IB average of 40/45) ones globally for IB. Standardised Testing top notch too. Great experience in product development (competition with people in college, still won). But perhaps my greatest USP was blockchain and cryptography. Very few people are involved in blockchain research, development and leadership because it’s still such a nascent feel. I think this was unique amongst applicants and got me in.
Weaknesses: Limited athletics. No AMC/AIME.
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Already mentioned in strengths, blockchain was the USP. Playing on a field with Fortune 500 executives thrice my age caught their attention, in my view.
Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: UIUC CS accepted.
I applied to Caltech knowing I had a shot at it, but with just around 17 international students getting in every year, I also knew that it really boils down to luck after a while. I wouldn’t take the rejection with more than a pinch of salt; I’m glad I got in, but if you didn’t, it’s best not to be disheartened. There are other really cool universities to go to, and I’m sure you’ll find a fit that’s right for you.