Hassaan Ejaaz (U Chicago ´17) on how he chose his colleges


How did your college list change over time?
I chose colleges solely on the basis of the social and academic environment that they had to offer. I didn't factor in geographical location/climate at all. Different colleges are good at different things but I didn't apply to places where I wouldn't want to attend.

What did you find most challenging about the college app process?
I felt that the application process was very interesting and filled with dozens of learning opportunities, but juggling CBSE wasn't exactly an easy task.

What was your SAT and Subject Tests prep strategy?
Practice, practice, and practice. I did a lot of practice tests and spent an hour after every test just reviewing the mistakes that I made.

What advice would you give future applicants?
Never be too sure of yourself, or undermine yourself too much. Make sure you start working on your applications early, because you don't want to be in trouble when board examination pressure starts looming large.

What are you looking forward to the most about college?
Mostly, the depth and breadth of a liberal arts curriculum because it offers amazing opportunities for self-development and learning more and more.

What major/s are you considering?
Economics and Computer Science

What excites you about the courses you'll sign up for?
That they won't require guide books and sample papers or that you do the one markers and the four markers and six markers. I like to believe that they will focus on curiosity and inquisition more than anything else.

What are your plans for summer?
Catch up on life. Do things that I've always wanted to do. Move further down on my to-read and to-watch lists. Get an internship. Prepare for college.