College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘18
BA, Cognitive Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Penn '18
From: Taipei , Taiwan
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Dartmouth, Williams, Amherst, Cornell, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Emory, Case, Illinois
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, Mandarin

Test Scores

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

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, Marching Band, School Band, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, National Honor Society, Math Team, Community Cleanup / Service, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
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College Application Essays

I always knew that my grandfather was sexist. When I was younger, the phone calls that he made from Taiwan to our home in the United States were never for me, but for my brother. During family reunions in Taiwan, he didn’t spend time with me, yet he spent hours upon hours with my male cousins. And when he gave out red envelopes on Chinese New Year, I never received any money. One time, I found out that when...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
180 Words
As a second grader in Taiwan, I went on a field trip to an environmental awareness center. At the end, the tour docent gave us a quiz on the presentation we’d just heard. The question that caused my breath to hitch and my pencil to linger was the one that asked me what I could do to help, and after my seven-year-old brain spent two minutes pondering my options, I finally wrote in, “Wait.” Wait? What does that even...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
34 Words
Check your high school's website! Many schools list scholarship information...

Post-college plans
51 Words
Come to college with an open mind, and keep in mind that what you study...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
13 Words
Talk about what you...

My advice about getting recommenders
65 Words
My junior year Spanish and English teachers wrote my recommendations. Though many espouse a theory that students should seek one...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
52 Words
Generally, my interviewers just wanted me to discuss what I'm passionate about. One of the more...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
22 Words
I am currently involved with the wind...

Why I declined other schools
102 Words
I had a very, very difficult time deciding between Amherst and Penn, especially since I received the Schupf Scholarship from Amherst. Ultimately, my reasoning came down to this: I reasoned that...