Nikita Sachdeva University of Chicago '15 comments on her commonapp short answer

I have always believed that the odor of food is instrumental in determining its taste. And my nose, which has assisted me at baking, functions better than all my other senses. The knack for baking has given me the free hand to experiment with ingredients, focus on details and treat my pals to home baked cakes. I enjoy the mingling of multicolored raw materials, I cherish the intermediate stage involving the rough and smooth mixtures and I am left anxious by the heat coming out of the oven; all for the final satiation of the perfect taste. On one hand, baking has injected the art of multitasking in me. While on the other, it has taught me to keep beating the batter in the bowl until the resulting, steaming hot dish satisfies my taste buds. While baking I hunt for perfection. Yes, when I bake, "I can smell the taste."

Why did you choose to write on this topic?

Initially I had written about teaching underprivileged kids. But then I switched to this topic, because I thought I could write it in a more expressive way. Baking has always been fun for me and I was able to put this across through my short answer.

Which other activities did you do while in High School that you could have written about?

I could have written about dance, visit to an old age home, debating or teaching in Tammana.

Which parts of the short answer do you like?

I think I like the end the most.

Looking back how would write this differently?

I guess I would have added some more details about what all I have learned from baking.

Which parts would you change?

I would change the beginning. I would change the wording and try to make it interesting.