Vivan Marwaha (CMC '17) talks about the challenges of the college application process.


What did you find most challenging about the college app process?

Writing the essays: It was very tough to begin the essay, because I was always at a loss for words. I would spend more time procrastinating compared to actually writing. Eventually, once I got into the 'flow' it was easy to write.

What was your SAT and Subject Tests prep strategy?

I decided to first tackle the main SAT and get it out of the way. I went for Math Classes because my Math was weak. After that, I took the SAT Subject Tests in Math 2 (770) and World History (800).

How did your college list change over time?

It actually remained pretty constant, but towards the end I kept adding colleges which did not require supplemental essays (Vassar, Wesleyan, WashU and Middlebury)

What advice would you give future applicants?

To direct equal amounts of attention to 1. school life (grades, extra-curriculars and class participation)  and 2. SAT Preparation

What you looking forward to the most about college?

Meeting new people, taking classes that interest me and having fun!

What major/s are you considering? 

PPE (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics) and/or International Relations

What are your plans for summer?

Relaxing after 13 years of school!