varun.vallabhaneni
varun.vallabha,
UPenn ‘20
B.S., Biology, , Economics
LSM Dual Degree (Bio/Wharton) student with a passion for science and community service!
Features Included
5
Essays
5
Schools
12
Scores
3
Advice
8
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Gahanna, Ohio
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionEarly Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Telugu, Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • Ohio State University - Columbus (Columbus, Oh)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
658 Words
Creative personal story
Storytelling I would never have guessed that a simple interest in stories would have such a monumental impact on my life. Since a young age, I've loved playing a game called "Guess the Story," in which I pick random passersby and weave crazy tales about their lives. In fact, I frequently play this game at my local Veteran's Affairs Hospital, where I volunteer. An elderly man with brown, faded skin shuffles his way down the hall, clutching his walker with...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
653 Words
I squeeze my jacket around my shoulders as brisk air invades my lungs. Strolling down Locust Walk on this cold, March morning, I gaze in awe at Huntsman Hall as well as various student organizations recruiting on my right and left. Two girls with bright smiles, decked out in winter gear, loudly cheer and wave colorful signs advertising an upcoming cultural dance performance. I smile as my tour guide occasionally greets a familiar face and progressively raises her volume, playfully...
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Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
518 Words
In the summer before 8th grade, in Hyderabad, India, I encountered the disturbing face of social injustice and inequality in health care. Shadowing a physician at the city’s local hospital, I started my volunteering with a childlike innocence, expecting to see the gift of medicine extended freely to all: rich and poor. But what I saw absolutely dismayed me. The rich and wealthy received the best medical care, making use of modern diagnostic tools. The poor, on the other...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
808 Words
Prompt: In French, there is no difference between "conscience" and "consciousness." In Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks you get at restaurants. The German word “fremdschämen” encapsulates the feeling you get when you’re embarrassed on behalf of someone else. All of these require explanation in order to properly communicate their meaning, and are, to varying degrees, untranslatable. Choose a word, tell us what it means, and then explain why it cannot ...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
366 Words
I glanced at the bulletin board on my right, pausing for just enough time to read the colorful flier advertising the Asian Affinity Club at my high school. It was my freshman year in high school and thinking that I was to cool to be a part of this affinity group, I decided to walk away and pretend I never saw it. Growing up, I was always embarrassed to embrace my asian heritage. Since a young age, I thought that...
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General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
200 Words
There were so many reasons why I choose UPenn and the dual-degree LSM Program, but there are a couple of factors that stand out in particular. First off, the LSM dual-degree program at Penn immediately attracted me because it offered the opportunity to receive two degrees in just 4 years of ivy education. I could combine my passion for science and...
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What set me apart from other applicants
155 Words
I truly believe that my passion for STEM and specifically scientific research is what set me apart my from the talented pool of applicants that applied to the prestigious LSM Dual Degree program at Penn. I've fallen in love with scientific research, and the two projects that...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
141 Words
When it comes to "Why Us" school essays, the most important thing is to show passion through specificity. There are thousands of students that will try and copy and paste essays from one school to another, with writing that is very general...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.40
 
Rank
N/A
 
High School TypeOther Private
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2360
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1590
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details7 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTennis

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesScience Club/Team, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team, Community Cleanup / Service, Hospital Volunteer, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Asian Club / Asian Interactive Youth Association, Debate Club/Team
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Experience & Awards

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Awards Received

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