saifkhawaja,
UPenn ‘21
B.S., Business Management
Physicist and entrepreneur, planning to do a dual degree in Management at Wharton and Physics from the College. No idea why there are so many majors listed :L
Features Included
6
Essays
6
Schools
6
Scores
4
Advice
4
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Arabic, French, Korean, Urdu

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Business Management

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
619 Words
Creative personal story
  While I first learned to communicate as a young child, I didn’t truly speak until I was fifteen.  Music’s arms first embraced me when my dad unveiled the realm of jazz to me. He covertly snuck me into a jazz café, eager to pull back the curtain covering the jazz world. Seeing the café, empty, confined and bleak, even on a Saturday night, he assured me that my underage presence would see the fresh jazz talent arriving any...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
1570 Words
PENN ESSAYS: [I applied to the M&T program but didn't get in] How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words) Countries are competitive; industries are competitive; individuals are competitive. There’s an underlying perception that resources are scarce, which pushes individuals to prioritize self-interest. But if we are to innovate dramatically, ideas need to be shared so...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
1227 Words
PRINCETON ESSAYS: 5. Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay. “He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
1537 Words
BERKELEY ESSAYS: [EECS Accepted, think it was because I demonstrated my outside passion e.g. building a Tesla Coil] 2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side. While I first learned to communicate as a young child, I didn't truly speak until I was fifteen. My father covertly snuck me into a jazz cafe, eager...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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CALTECH ESSAYS: [See advice section for what I would've done differently; maybe I overdid the quirky a bit] In an increasingly global and interdependent society, there is a need for diversity in thought, background, and experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltech's community? (200 word max) People remember three things about me: curiosity, perseverance and a monobrow. As a child, my life was not studying with a stern parent standing...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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MIT ESSAYS: [This was my top choice; I was deferred and then rejected] Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words or fewer) Bach is my favourite mathematician. In his fugues, he manipulates fractals and isometries to transform simplistic lines into sophisticated pieces. Like Bach, I consider myself a musical mathematician: I aspire to pursue a double major in courses 18 and 21. Two summers ago,...
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School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
133 Words
With MIT and Caltech, I understand why I didn't get in. Whilst I embarked on a research project related to wireless electricity (and built a Tesla Coil), I think my problem was that I wasn't able to shine amongst...
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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
283 Words
There's so much, but honestly just focus on a few things and really nail them to the point that you are internationally competitive. Pick something you love and just go for it, because you're likely to do better in it with a genuine passion. Be smart with your ED/EA and other people from your school, and be realistic! Recommendations are sooooo important so develop strong relations with your teachers. Knowing the culture of the school by talking to someone really helps (e...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
95 Words
I didn't really do that much in summers, but I read loads and studied undergrad topics. Something different (not the generic high school summer program) that shows your capabilities....
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
69 Words
I used one just to support my disadvantage of only applying Junior year. She was an angel and really helped me....
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.35
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypeInternational
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details4 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTrack & Field

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Jazz / Orchestra, Math Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Student Council / Government

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
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