College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘20
BA, Design and Visual Communications

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 1 supplemental essays
  • 2 advice topics

Student Background

Not the smartest in my class. Ivy League accepted.
From: South Brunswick , New Jersey
Gender: Female
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, UMich, Rutgers
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2320
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Nursing Home Volunteer, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

In tenth grade, I was thrown into my first one-on-one at a nursing home with 93-year-old Mary Gero, with the objective of being her biographer – allowing her to spend her last moments telling the stories that mattered most. That year, I was the only teen from the multilateral youth organization Quixote Quest, who wanted to work with the elderly. My aim was to create a web of recollection for her – and very soon, she hopped onto a revolving cavalcade of...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
601 Words
On February 12th, 2005, when my mother was going to purchase Valentine cards for my first grade classmates, I stopped her: "Leave it to me, mom." She finally gave in, so I grabbed my Crayola marker box and got to work. Two days later, on Valentine's Day, I passed out my handmade cards. "Ew," my peers sneered. My crooked drawings were far from manufactured prints decked with cartoons and complimentary candy. However, these remarks did not discourage me, but rather fueled...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
364 Words
My alumni interview experience with UPenn was extremely casual and easy-going. By coincidence, my interviewer just so happened to be my friend’s dad, so the fact that he already knew who I was calmed my nerves and made for a much more successful interview than I’d expected. As for answering questions, try to be as truthful and honest as possible. One of the most valuable tips that I received was that interviews are not necessarily the right time for you to “show off” all of your accomplishments. You have already all of done that in your college application,...

My advice about getting recommenders
328 Words
You want to get teachers to write recommendations who A. Write well and B. Know you well. There were many teachers throughout my high school career who taught classes that I got good grades in, but I never took the time to talk to them personally or introduce them into my world outside of the classroom. Don’t always pick teachers that taught the classes you breezed through- because chances are, these teachers have nothing more to write than, simply, “This kid got a good grade in my class.” I chose three teachers to write my letters of recommendation. The...