Arman Popli' 19 to Attend Northwestern University
Serra student body president and Crocker Middle School alumnus Arman Popli '19 will attend Northwestern University next year. Arman is an honor student who also excels in music and athletics. He carries a challenging and diverse course load this year, including AP statistics, AP literature, AP computer science, AP government and psychology.
Following his Early Decision acceptance last week, Arman is looking forward to the rigorous academic culture of Northwestern, coupled with Big 10 athletics. He plans to major in political science and apply for a spot in the Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS) program this coming spring. The program "enables a select group of high-ability students to combine the study of social sciences with rigorous training in mathematics, statistics, and formal modeling," according to Northwestern.
Beyond his exceptional GPA (4.4) and SAT (1510), Arman is a member of Serra's Mock Trial team, a standout wrestler, a singer in the Men's Choir and Serranaders a capella group, and a Campus Ministry advisory leader. Two Serra connections helped boost his application and give him real-world experience, as he recently interned for Assemblyman Kevin Mullin '88 and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (Mercy '68).
"When I began attending Serra, I was somewhat unmotivated and was not attaining the highest grades," Arman reflected. "But over the last four years, Serra has helped me succeed in a myriad of different areas (academics, athletics, the arts, etc.), developing not only my academic proficiencies but also other interdisciplinary skills that will benefit me in college and beyond. Most important, Serra has helped me to grow into a good person with a strong moral compass. I am incredibly thankful to all the amazing faculty and staff at Serra for their unwavering support."
We are proud of Arman's accomplishments here at Serra, and we wish him well at Northwestern. We are pleased to feature him as one of the outstanding students in our Class of 2019.