mtebbe1332
mtebbe1332,
UPenn ‘21
B.A., Cognitive Science
Incoming freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Cellist, quiz bowl player, and volunteer.
Features Included
3
Essays
14
Schools
13
Scores
6
Advice
8
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Spartanburg, South Carolina
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
  • Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.A. in Cognitive Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

My stand partner and I look out over the piazza – somehow, it’s become even more packed since the last break between pieces. We glance at each other and smile nervously as our conductor announces the next song: “All I Ask of You.” My hands are sweating, and I have butterflies in my stomach as our conductor introduces us - me as the arranger, and both of us as the featured soloists. I take a deep breath, glance back at...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
604 Words
The brain is trying to uncover its own secrets. It seems counterintuitive, even paradoxical, but it’s the heart of cognitive science—we, as humans, are trying to discover the mysterious mechanisms that allow us to become us. Reading This Is Your Brain on Music was a revelatory experience. Beyond the brilliance of the book itself as an examination of our relationship with music, it was my introduction to cognitive science—a discipline that has shaped my academic choices and...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
276 Words
In first grade, we were told to draw something that comes in pairs. Most kids drew shoes, scissors, pants—all perfectly acceptable responses. I drew a pair of lungs. Today, I couldn’t say what seven year-old me was thinking when I drew them, but I can say this: I haven’t changed much. I’m still an unconventional thinker, and I still try to break whatever molds I’m placed in. Growing up in the South, especially with an...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
200 Words
Georgetown - my first interview and one of the best. My interviewer was very kind and my impression is that the interview is worth more there than at other schools. About 30 minutes. Penn - Skype interview with a non-alumni person somehow affiliated with Penn, I'm not sure. Fairly standard interview, but short - around 20 minutes. Yale...
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How to increase chances at my school
60 Words
This is mostly speculation, but Penn seems to place more of an emphasis on well-roundedness than some other...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
86 Words
I would have been more careful about applying early. I chose to apply to Yale early and, in retrospect, I was not prepared. My essays were...
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My advice about getting recommenders
40 Words
Choose teachers not only that like you, but that you trust to...
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What set me apart from other applicants
25 Words
Geographically, I'm from an underrepresented area. I didn't...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
113 Words
I did not take out loans, and I don't think taking out loans is a smart thing to do just to attend an expensive private school. If you cannot afford the financial aid the...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.45
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2310
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1560
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Jazz / Orchestra, Animal Foster Care Provider / Animal Rescue Volunteer, Beta Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, German Club, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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