Shivani Ekkanath

Shivani Ekkanath

As a person applying to college this year, I want to chronicle this crazy and unpredictable yet rewarding and fascinating journey so that the experience feels less daunting. I am currently preparing to study political science for my undergraduate degree, along with trying my best to win a battle with the pressures of the IB diploma. I am a lover of music, debating, reading about current affairs, dancing, baking (not too well), and writing. I am also an an aspiring journalist and hope to attend Columbia University one day and work for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal!


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5 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned From My First Year of College

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5 Steps to Writing Your College Essay

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Why It's Important to Take Care of Your Mental Health in College

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How to Choose Your College Classes: A Guide for First-Year Students

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Learning a Foreign Language: Top Tips for Students

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4 Ways to Combat Test-Taking Anxiety

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