The Journey- How I got to Cal (Part 4)

Published Saturday, February 19, 2011 by Tarang

“Don’t stop believing! Hold on to that feeling!” Sorry I got sidetracked there kiddies. I was just enjoying my favorite Journey song, especially the version by the cast of Glee. Now, for those of you who watch this epic TV show, you know that this week’s episode featured some tough love doled out by former cheerleader Brittany. Brittany, in a moment of sudden self-confidence, tells the ever-ambitious Rachel that she (Rachel) is not a trend-setter because people don’t look to her for fashion advice. Brittany was basically telling Rachel (in a twisted way) to play… Continue Reading

Coffee Runs and Confusion

Published Thursday, February 17, 2011 by Tarang

Watching TV and movies gives us a rather warped sense of what an internship really is. While my regular “The Journey” posts shall continue, I decided to also give a break down on obtaining an internship for high school students, since I kept mentioning my biotech internship. High school students are often told (annoyingly but correctly) that they cannot while their summers away, especially their sophomore year or junior year summers. These are the summers that can really help your application shine through and not get lost in the dark piles of obscurity. Internships also… Continue Reading

The Journey- How I got to Cal (Part 3)

Published Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by Tarang

Hello, back again, I see. Last time we left off, I made some important decisions which ultimately led to me only wanting to apply to the UC schools. As you can guess, this had greatly simplified the application procedure for me. However, this may not be the case for you. If you want to apply to other schools, you will have to do individual applications and complete letters of recommendation as well as different essay questions for each school. However the beauty of the UC system is that all the schools are on one common… Continue Reading

The Journey- How I got to Cal (Part 2)

Published Monday, February 14, 2011 by Tarang

Ah, kiddies, back for more. Well, I promise it’s going to get a little more exciting in this part. No more musing in my living room about which colleges to apply to because I now had some tough choices to make. Was it worth it to apply to a California State University or Stanford? Last time, I delved into my influential experience of visiting my father’s alma mater. Now it is time for me to talk about my mother’s alma mater: CSU East Bay. My mother had received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering from a… Continue Reading

The Journey- How I got to Cal (Part 1)

Published Monday, February 14, 2011 by Tarang

It is always difficult to pick which colleges to apply to because there are so many factors involved. There are quantitative factors such as grades and SATs, and then there are qualitative factors such as major programs and location. Just like any other high school student, I was confused as to which colleges to choose. I decided to use the summer between junior and senior year to create a list of colleges that were appropriate for me. Before I get to that summer though, I must give a little background. I was a student at… Continue Reading


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