College Admissions Info

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

An incoming Penn freshman, interested in creative writing and social science. The college process is a struggle. I hope I can help.
From: Livingston , New Jersey
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: NYU, Rutgers, UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1590
Highest SAT: 2370
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Jazz / Orchestra, National Honor Society, School Choir, Tutoring/Mentoring, Debate Club/Team, Hospital Volunteer
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Love of writing
616 Words
65,700,000. That's how many results you get when you Google "common app essay ideas." Just kidding—it's a measly 1,120,000—but that is how many results the name "Jessica Li" yields. 65,700,000 links and sources culled from various corners of the Internet, each Jessica with her own notch somewhere on the Web. Jessica Li, professor of UCLA Statistics, cardiologist in Orange County, staff writer at the Daily Princetonian, actress on IMDB, events coordinator for weddings—each one lost in the shuffle of a...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
670 Words
“Boo!” All of Al Filreis’s students, including poser students like Rebecca and me, jumped a little from our seats. We sat in the warmth of the Kelly Writers House on a chilly fall afternoon, our eyes glued on his professorly, yet avuncular, figure. We waited to see what he would say next. “What does that mean? What does ‘boo!’ mean?” He looked back at us, equally as expectant. “Why does the therapist say that to Art?” After reading Maus...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
381 Words
The best part about living in northern New Jersey is that New York City is less than an hour away by car. When I first got my driving permit, I drove to the city with my dad in the passenger seat and my mom terrified in the back, her hands clenched in white fists. I have always felt a connection to New York City. In 1999, my father began working as a doctor for a hospital in the city, his broken...

Additional Essay Details:
16 Words
I tried to be very specific in the "Why Us" essay, using personal and vivid details.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
25 Words
Start early!! Definitely start writing those essays (common...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
95 Words
I was deferred from ED to Penn in December, but I continued to send them materials to express my interest. First, I wrote a letter of continued interest to...

What set me apart from other applicants
39 Words
I really tried to emphasize my creative writing interest, and how that...