Supplements: Why Tufts? Let Your Life Speak.

What aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” 50-100 words

by Ravi Popat

1 teaspoon of History

¾ ounce of Language

A pinch of Culture

A full cup of Economics

1 drop of Political Science

This is the tentative recipe for my perfect dish but you need a master chef to make your taste buds dance. The intellectual dialogue and strong IR program at Tufts makes it the ideal place to hone my “cooking” skills and become a master chef.


by Chris Drakeford

My intellectual curiosity is my child and Tufts is the ideal neighborhood to raise him. My child wonders about the world beyond his backyard and leading travel abroad and international relations programs will strengthen his natural ability to find answers to conflicts. He dreams of global citizenship and the pursuit of diplomacy or international business.


There is a Quaker saying: ”Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised–your family, home, neighborhood, or community–and how it influenced the person you are today. 

by Ravi Popat

England’s famous rainfall never failed to lull me to sleep as I travelled south to visit my grandparents every weekend. I complained about missing sleepovers as we made the journey from our affluent neighborhood near Bedford to my grandparent’s house in the projects of North London. In splitting my childhood between two very different neighborhoods, I was exposed to two completely different lifestyles. As I spent my weekdays with the Bedford boys and my weekends with the Shakespeare Drive crew, I would find myself shifting between a London “bruv” and a Bedfordian. This amoebic nature allowed me to move freely between groups if I wanted.  And even though I have left “Jolly old,” I find my metamorphic ability useful on stage, switching from the blood lusting Tybalt to the joker known as the Clown.

Back in the streets of London we played street football, emulating our heroes, whilst keeping lookout for incoming traffic; in the halls of Bedford, we vociferously debated which player was better and whose hero was more heroic. In Bedford, I sharpened my debating skills that have proved to be powerful weapons in my Model UN conferences. In London, I learned how to beat my defender, a quick drop of the shoulder, a feint, leaving the opposition skinned. The moves that I learned back on Shakespeare Drive have come back to aid me today. Ask any of my opponents on the soccer field.

Looking back on my days in England, I realize what molded me as a person. I owe something to both the brown brick house on Shakespeare Drive and the Harry Potter-esque halls of the 500-year-old Bedford School.


by Chris Drakeford

Like all children, I began as an unshaped piece of clay. My hometown, Yorktown Heights, New York, has performed the task of a sculptor shaping me into the person I am today. My parents are the sculptor’s right and left thumbs. My Dad, an IBM retiree, soaks up books like a sponge. He has taught me the skills I will need as an adult, anything from “how to fix the sink” to “how the stock market works.” My Mom, an IBM executive, is a testament to the fact that hard work harbors success. Although I only see her for an hour or two on weeknights, watching her work so tirelessly has shaped my strong work ethic. Growing up without siblings has fostered creativity and resourcefulness; as an only child my imagination was often my only companion. My Grandmother, a psychologist, has as much youth and energy as my 17 year old friends. Like her, I look to better understand others through their actions and behaviors. Relationships with a diverse assortment of friends have also shaped important qualities such as debate skills gained from witty arguments with my intellectual honors classmates, or the sense of community gained from my quirky close-knit family of lacrosse teammates.


Ravi Popat began his freshman year at Tufts in September. He is a 2012 graduate of The Trinity School in New York.    

Chris Drakeford is a junior at Tufts majoring in International Relations. He was the first student ever to enroll in Write for the Future. He is a 2010 graduate of Yorktown Heights High School in Yorktown Heights, New York. He now works part-time for Write for the Future developing social media outreach.

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