College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘21
BA, International Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Student in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business dual enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School.
From: Arlington , Virginia
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Tulane, Elon, UNC
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, Spanish

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Spanish Club, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, National Honor Society, Chinese Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for UPenn, Tulane: Creative personal story
691 Words
Painted rocks, friendship bracelets, and action figures littered the classroom. The place looked like a Toys R Us manager’s dream and a frazzled parent’s worst nightmare. Fidgety 2nd graders assumed the “criss-cross applesauce” position on the carpeted floor, eager to present their treasures to the class for Show and Tell. My earnest yet exhausted teacher scanned her clipboard, sighed audibly, and said “Alright, class, who would like to go first?” My hand shot up. “Okay, Becca, go ahead...

Supplemental Essay for UPenn: “Why us” school essay
655 Words
“It’s counterfeit, isn’t it?,” my mother said to me, “It has to be,” she added, peering over my shoulder. Benjamin Franklin’s thoughtful eyes stared at me from the $100 bill sitting on my kitchen counter. I ran my hands over a blue security ribbon, a color-changing Liberty Bell, raised printing above his shoulder, a micro-printed “The United States of America”, and a picture showing the rear of Independence Hall. I shook my head and reported that my impromptu...

Supplemental Essay for UPenn: Unique question posed by school
526 Words
“To Cuba with love.” “Cuba sί, embargo no.” “Amigos, E.E.U.U. y Cuba.” Heartfelt slogans on hand-written, pink posters decorated the Cuban embassy grounds in Washington, D.C. on a blistering July day in 2015. I watched my friend Belle and her parents – Cuban immigrants themselves – taking in the historic moment: the embassy was finally being reopened. I understood most of what was being said in Spanish, but more than that I was moved by the presence of living...

Supplemental Essay for Tulane: “Why us” school essay
334 Words
“You’re getting more mail than me nowadays,” my mom announced to me as she carried a fresh stack of glossy pamphlets over to my desk. I paused my calculus work to admire the various institutions of higher learning who had added me to their list of potential applicants. Chuckling at how they all wrote my name as “Rebeccaanne” instead of “Rebecca Anne” I arranged the mail in a stack and went to continue with my work. It was then...

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
103 Words
You should try to front-load your college search and application process as much as possible. That means getting in your testing and visits during your junior year and having a solid...

My advice about getting recommenders
182 Words
Ask at the end of your junior year for recommendation letters. This doesn't mean they have to write the letters then but can have you on their radar. For teachers, I suggest someone you had recently and who you have a personal relationship with. I chose my 11th grade math and English teachers whose...

How to increase chances at my school (UPenn)
83 Words
Penn very much wants to enroll students who very much want to be there. It's important that your application signals your interest in as many...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (UPenn)
353 Words
My Penn interview happened in mid-November via Skype. I was a little bit surprised when I got the email about the Skype interview since I live in the D.C. area which is very densely populated with Penn grads. My interviewer was a graduate of the Huntsman program, though, so she was able to offer me some insight into the program specifically and make a more informed decision about whether I was a good fit. She asked me about my high school experience, my goals, and why I was interested in Penn. She wanted to know about my personality in...

Why I ultimately chose my school (UPenn)
68 Words
The combination of the B.S. and the B.A. alongside the foreign language learning and tight-knit community sold me...