Akila M.

Akila M.


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Studied at Harvard Medical School

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Works at Mass General Brigham

Available tomorrow at 1:30 AM UTC

Usually responds within 4 hours

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About Akila

Hi, my name is Akila! I am a Harvard College 2023 Summa Cum Laude graduate and current Harvard Medical School student! I received 14 interview invites to schools including Johns Hopkins, Pritzker, Vanderbilt, Weill Cornell, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Baylor; completed 10 interviews; and received all acceptances or waitlists after my interviews, including a few scholarships. I'm passionate about helping others reach or exceed similar goals. I was not born in America, and started my journey as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student. At Harvard College, I studied Biology and English (ask me more!) while writing 70+ news stories as a journalist and editor for various campus, local, and national outlets. I know what its like to spend hours perfecting a sentence, transition, or theme to make your stories come to life. I'm especially happy to chat about breaking into journalism and science writing! Outside of my academic interests, I love dancing, theater, and public service. I pursued a postgraduate service fellowship where I worked with students with learning disabilities and am happy to support students with Autism, ADHD, etc. Please reach out to discuss any part of my trajectory, and or how I can support yours!

Why do I coach?

College and medical school applications can be overwhelming, especially for first-generation, low-income, or international students as well as students with disabilities. It is important to begin EARLY, stay organized, and seek knowledgeable mentors to set yourself up for success! There is a lot of fear-mongering and misinformation online. Investing in quality support like a Leland coach can pay HUGE dividends. A low GPA/standardized test score, lack of research/publications, or difficulty with writing/interviewing do not have to hold you back. I've worked with dozens of students to craft compelling application narratives in the past, and will bring my writing experiences to line edit your essays, increase your writing efficiency, and capture your work through compelling anecdotes delivered in limited word count. I can share my spreadsheet trackers for secondaries (FREE RESOURCE, DM TO RECIEVE), example essays, and any other advice. I am also happy to be a mock interviewer and help you draft, refine, and practice interview responses. I can tutor for the ACT/SAT (with a focus on Reading/Writing) and the MCAT CARS section! My time teaching and advising students has led to understand I should always ask “How can I help students achieve XYZ?” not “Can they achieve XYZ?” I firmly believe anyone is capable of reaching their goals with the right guidance. I am here to provide you this personalized support at an accessible price! If finances are ever a barrier to your ability to afford/seek this support, please reach out--I am open to negotiating!

Work Experience

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Sristi Foundation

September 2023 - Present

Sristi Village is a nonprofit devoted to people with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Supported by the American India Foundation Banyan Impact Fellowship (formerly, William J Clinton Fellowship for Service in India).

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Freelance Writer

Mass General Brigham

January 2023 - Present

Authored 30+ press releases, research summaries, Q&As/profiles, newsletters, etc. that have been reprinted by the Harvard Gazette, Boston Globe, CBS News, CNN, and more.

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Harvard Crimson

August 2020 - February 2023

Authored 20 articles, including longform pieces about the overdose crisis and food insecurity.

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Staff Writer

Harvard Political Review

June 2020 - October 2022

Authored six articles on casteism in immigrant America, ending capital punishment, mental health, and more.




June 2022 - August 2022

Authored 14 articles on topics including bench research, biotech, healthcare policy, and public health.


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Harvard Medical School


2024 - 2028

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Harvard University

Bachelor's Degree, Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, English Secondary, Tamil Citation

2019 - 2023

Grade: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Activities and societies: Harvard Undergraduate Patient Support Corp (Co-President 2022-2023), Mark Fishman Research Lab (Senior Thesis 2023), CrimsonEMS (Personnel Officer 2020-2021), Ghungroo (Co-Director 2022)

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