kelu5
kelu5,
UPenn ‘21
B.S., Finance
Wharton/UPenn Undergrad
Features Included
6
Essays
7
Schools
18
Scores
6
Advice
5
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown San Francisco, California
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Finance

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
At the ripe old age of eleven, I found my first love. It wasn’t your traditional boy meets girl type of relationship, but rather more of an unorthodox attraction that remains instilled in me today. My father introduced me to her, the world I profoundly adore now, the world of investing. After formalities were over, I was allowed to make my first investment. I chose GameStop. At the time, my amateur reasoning-a point where I wasn’t thinking about...
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What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Tabula rasa, a term coined by John Locke meaning “blank slate” or to me, the perfect way to describe how I began investing. My venture began one morning as I shuffled across the shaggy carpet lining of my parent’s bedroom over to my father’s laptop. Out of curiosity, I peered over his shoulder to see a magnificent display of red, green, and black that still never ceases to amaze me. I asked him what the protruding symbols and...
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What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Over half of Americans have zero dollars in the stock market. To me, that fact was outright appalling. Never had I imagined almost every other person in my beloved country was either too afraid or lacked the knowledge to apply such a necessary skill. Even I, a lowly adolescent, has the ability to invest what little income I possess and make it grow to amounts far beyond my ability to generate from a job. It was because of this lack...
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Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
When asked what subject kids hate the most, the majority of students will say math. However, for me I’m the exact opposite. From the very moment I began school, math has always had a special hold on me. There’s something about wrapping your head around a problem, trying out different ideas, and finally coming up with a solution that makes math so enticing. I just love the sensation that takes over me when I’m trapped in thought,...
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Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
Over a million people in the United States alone are named Kevin. Clearly, my name is not unique. However, just like how every one of these other “Kevins” has a distinct fingerprint, I have a disparate personality. I yearn to help others, out of compassion, empathy, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get inside when you know you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. Whether it be from giving a few dollars to someone less fortunate on...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
678 Words
Why Penn
As a kid, I would spend my recesses wandering aimlessly in the yard, attempting to sell pieces of candy my mother had bought in bulk for a modest profit. However, as I matured, I outgrew my adolescent practices and followed my father’s shoes by moving on to pouring my money into the stock market. I started out fragile and naive, but was able to grow from years of research and dedication to a trader capable of making it on...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
512 Words
Why U-Mich
As a kid, I would spend my recesses wandering aimlessly in the yard, attempting to sell pieces of candy my mother had bought in bulk for a modest profit. However, as I matured I outgrew my adolescent practices and followed my father’s shoes by moving on to pouring my money into the stock market. I started out fragile and naive, but was able to grow from years of research and dedication to a trader capable of making it on...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
512 Words
Why U Chicago
As an avid options trader, I’ve spent my days lost in thought, constantly devising new strategies to make money from the market and attempting to understand the mechanisms that influence its change. No matter what I do, the dynamics of trading constantly change, requiring me to keep on edge, never ceasing to end my contemplation. What I seek is a way to understand and to develop my way of thinking which I hope to do at the University of...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
436 Words
What is square one, and can you actually go back to it?
Square one, the oh so hated beginning, the start of your journey, the first piece of the puzzle. In reality, there are multiple square ones, but in practicality, I only have one square one. I consider it to be the very second I embarked on my venture. My voyage began almost 8 years ago, but the fact is, it hasn’t even gone near completion yet. It all started with a piece of paper. Not just any ordinary piece of paper,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
275 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.
On the outskirts of San Francisco, near Ocean Beach, is where my second home lies. I’ve spent countless hours there, training, improving, and defining who I am. I discovered this place at the age of 8, approximately eight years ago and ever since that day, I’ve redefined my life. Sitting complacently on the corner of Balboa and 41st lies a small beige building, the door remains creaky, the curtains are nearly always drawn, and the place itself conforms with...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
18 Words
Have pre-professional experience, career focused...
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How I chose schools to apply to
70 Words
Knowing I wanted to head into finance, my priority pick was Wharton, but since it was an early application that allowed...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
44 Words
Coming from an Asian background, I differentiated myself by finding my "hook". In...
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My advice about getting recommenders
13 Words
Make connections with teacher's...
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Post-college plans
8 Words
Heading into...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
85 Words
Admissions counselors will all give you the same advice. Trust me, I've consulted with multiple ones during my application process. All of them will tell you...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.61
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

SportsFencing

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Math Team, Career Oriented, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Academic
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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