College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘21
Human Development, Biology, Neuroscience and Neurobiology, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hello, my name is Dhanya and I would love to help you out with college applications! Feel free to take a look at my profile and contact me if you have any questions! :)
From: Cupertino , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Cornell, CalTech, UC Berkeley, UCLA
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Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1580
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 10%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

    I felt like Aladdin after his first encounter with the genie as I stared down at the heaps of shiny coins in the large fountain. I reached into my pocket and searched for a coin among the rubber bands and paperclips.       Victorious, I held up a coin and tried to think of a wish. This fountain seemed more special than all the other fountains in the world, there in front of the City of Hope Hospital near Los Angeles.       “I...

Supplemental Essay for UPenn, Cornell, CalTech: “Why us” school essay
644 Words
Coming from a small elementary school to a large public school, I was quite confused to find that one’s popularity now relied on the number of “Silly Bandz”, rubber bands with different shapes. Eager to make friends, I jumped onto the bandwagon and wore newly bought Silly Bandz to school next day, only to find that the fad was over. Similarly, throughout the year I engaged with multiple short-lived fads. Bemused, I decided to find out what was driving...

Supplemental Essay for CalTech: Unique question posed by school
202 Words
As a Biology tutor, I help students gain a strong understanding of Biology. Although I try to do everything in my power to help my students academically, sometimes I cannot do so, choosing to follow my own moral code. Recently I tutored a student who performed poorly in Biology due to his own lack of motivation. After a few weeks of my fruitless tutoring, I received a call from his parents, who believed that his poor grades were a result...

Supplemental Essay for CalTech: Unique question posed by school
196 Words
Like a cannonball, I launch myself out of my doorway and sprint down the sidewalk. However unconventional, running is my time for enjoyment and peace. When I run, I feel powerful and free to conquer any challenge that I encounter. As I run faster, I can feel my worries subside and I lose myself in my own daydreams. In these, I can have fun being a super agent or a scientist on the verge of discovering the cure for cancer....

Supplemental Essay for CalTech: Unique question posed by school
205 Words
As an avid writer in the scientific fields, I know the importance of words. Every word should be carefully chosen and plays an important piece to convey the message of the content to the reader. As a manipulator of words, I understand very well the importance of the parts that make up the whole. This characteristic serves me well especially as a scientific researcher and an inventor. I could not have created a novel headphone notification system without understanding how...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
74 Words
Look at specific programs within schools that you want to take part in. Sometimes you have to apply to them during your...

My advice about getting recommenders
81 Words
Ask early! Make sure you ask your recommenders during the end of your junior year. Do all their work for them. Make an organized...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
28 Words
Whatever you do during summer, make sure it...