Kanpur student gets full scholarship to attend MIT – the world’s best engineering college
“I don’t want to limit my learning just to myself. I want to make real impact on the community around me. To me, MIT with its position at the forefront of research seems like the best place to do this. I am excited to not only advance my individual academic pursuits but also engage in cutting-edge scientific work that actually changes lives.” says an enthusiastic Ayush, on the prospect of joining MIT.
“Ayush returned from Yale completely transformed. He was more articulate, had a broader world view and was convinced that he wanted to go to MIT or another top US university for his undergraduate studies”, remembers Varun Varma, a University of Michigan alumnus and Avanti’s Head of Sales.
Once Ayush decided to apply to colleges in the US he still needed to balance his SAT preparation along with his IIT JEE prep. Amazingly, he continued to excel at both. English was his greatest challenge. Ayush comes from a lower middle-class home in Kanpur where his father works as a clerk at the PWD. Ayush had very limited exposure to the English language in his childhood.
To tackle the complicated US application process, Ayush was fortunate to have the pro-bono support of The Red Pen – a premier university admissions consulting company based in Mumbai – throughout his application process. The Red Pen helped Ayush identify colleges, brainstorm topics for approximately 28 unique essays, create a resume, secure recommendations and school documents, prepare for interviews and ultimately submit a competitive application to over 10 colleges.
“What’s incredible about Ayush is his determination to make things happen for himself. Despite having seemingly few resources available, he always ingenious, optimistic and focused. He is incredibly well-spoken and intellectual despite his modest background and limited exposure,” says Kavita Mehta, co-founder of The Red Pen.
This is only the beginning of what is certain to be an immensely rewarding journey for this middle-class boy from a small town. We wish him the best!