Compass (N.)

In the ancient city of ATHENS, the Compass was a symbol of light and guidance.

What is Compass?

Compass is a compilation of interviews from undergraduate students as well as a selection of graduate students and postdoctoral students who attend the most prestigious universities in the United States. These individuals have generously chosen to anonymously reveal the details of their application to help our members who would like to get to where they are achieve their goals. These interviews have been edited as little as possible to convey the participant's ideas accurately.

How do I use compass?

Each interview posted below contains hashtags describing the interviewed individual. You can search the interviews by institution. For example, if you would like to be an undergrad at Stanford, you can search "Stanford" by clicking the search icon below on the right, and all interviews from current Stanford students will appear. You can use these interviews to guide your current choices to help you reach your goals. Each interview is accompanied by describing hashtags such as "international," "first generation," and "low income." Click on the hashtag to see all results with the hashtag. Additionally, please understand that we are still trying to expand our database, so we may not have interviews from all your top institutions. We are also looking to expand internationally, but, at the moment, everyone interviewed lives in the United States.

How can I contribute to Compass?

Are you an undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, faculty member who supports women, minorities, and underprivileged students in STEM? Are you interested in getting interviewed so you can use your experiences to help others who want to follow in your footsteps? Please email us or message us on Instagram, and we can let you know the next steps.

A message to all the interviewees who has contributed:

Thank you so much helping us create Compass. I am endlessly humbled by both your accomplishments and your generosity. I am deeply grateful to you all for putting so much effort and time into each of your answers. I wish you the best of luck in the fall, and I know you will go on to accomplish great things.


Frank Deino: Undergraduate at Tufts

Tags: Brown Institution: Brown University Study: Major in biomedical engineering High School Experience I loved high school!! I had a lot...

Neat Graeae: Undergraduate at Brown

Tags: Brown, first generation, low income Institution: Brown University Study: Major in psychology High School Experience I’m from a very...