Institution: Duke University
Study: Major in biology, minor in global health
High School Experience
I enjoyed high school overall. I appreciated how I could have multiple, fluid friend groups. I had trouble keeping up with a schedule due to how demanding swim season was, which kept me tired and stressed for quite a bit of my four years.
I was really interested in medicine throughout high school, and our school offers a really strong health science department. I had the opportunity to take multiple health science courses and even a clinical internship affiliated with our local hospitals.
I took AP Euro (4) APUSH (4) AP Lang (5) AP Chem (4) AP bio, AP Calc BC, AP lit, AP Microeconomics, AP macroeconomics, AP US gov.
SAT Math 2: 710
SAT Chemistry: 730
My two main extracurriculars were varsity swimming and student government. I competitively swam for 11 years and throughout high school, and I was a part of student government for 7 years. I was the senior captain for my swim team and senior class president at SGA.
I had a pretty close relationship with my teachers. One of my recommendation letters came from my AP lang teacher, an SGA advisor, and another came from my Calculus teacher who I had for precalculus junior year, too.
I generally wrote about my experiences as an Indian female in rural Tennessee and how that shaped my own perspectives about other cultures. I also wrote about my experiences working in an oncology research lab and how that fueled my desire to go into STEM.
I’m honestly not sure. I think I had a large variety of experiences to talk and write about in regards to academics, athletics, and overall life experiences- a “well rounded” applicant.
Have fun with your application; you are given the opportunity to talk about yourself, so write about the craziest, deepest experiences that are unique to you.
Underprivileged living situation
I loved Duke from the first time I visited. It has a beautiful, welcoming campus that immediately felt like a home, and it offers an incredibly strong Pre-Med program. It was also my top choice while applying to colleges.