Lucknow’s Lakshay Sharma has made it big by securing 100% scholarship to study computer science and physics engineering at the University of Pennsylvania – an Ivy League institution. Lakshay is ecstatic on winning a scholarship worth Rs. 2 crore to study at one of the top 8 universities in the world.
Lakshay was one of the many students who was preparing for the Joint Entrance Exams for admission in either of IITs. However, he soon shifted his focus to take admission in one of the top universities across the word rather than limiting himself to India.
He started strengthening his profile in order to apply for best universities based in the US. Lakshay started preparing for the admissions since he was in class 10 and was mentored by Sanjeev Pandey.
Talking about his preparation, Lakshay said that he applied to all US universities under the guidance of Sanjeev Sir. He also added that Mr. Pandey helped him in preparing for the standardised tests that are the basic requirement of all international universities.
With rigorous training for ACT, SAT and TOFEL, Lakshay achieved great scores that helped him secure a seat at the University of Pennsylvania. He scored perfect 800 in three SAT subject tests i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics 2. Also, he scored 35 out of 36 in ACT and 115 out of 120 in TOFEL.
Talking about his preparation, Lakshay said that it is important to balance academics with the application process in order to secure admission in one of the top US universities. He also added that it is essential to write a lot of essays to the universities in order to showcase skills.
He also prepared for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2015, and the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) 2016 simultaneously.
Getting the bronze medal in IOAA 2015 also strengthened his candidature. Lakshay also secured all-India 13th Rank in the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY).
Apart from academic activities, Lakshay spends his time playing the synthesiser, exploring the galaxy with his telescope and participating in quizzes.