matthewli2000
matthewli2000,
UPenn ‘22
B.S., Economics
incredibly average asian male with mediocre stats who made it to wharton
Features Included
8
Essays
2
Schools
6
Scores
7
Advice
6
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Houston, Texas
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I was told I could never be president. I vividly remember watching the 2004 presidential debates with my family; I stuck my chubby baby finger at the screen and said in Chinese “I wanna be president some day!” Disheartened, my dad turned to me and said “Look. Do any of those people look like you? Only white men can become president.” Although I grew up in America, my parents were raised in China under a radically different political system. My father...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
641 Words
As I sit in the waiting room of Congressman Pete Olsen’s office, I look over my notes one last time with my team. Me and my fellow Roosevelt Institute team members have been preparing for months, waiting for an opportunity to go and talk to Congressman Olsen and convince him to vote to amend Veteran’s Affairs. He was skeptical at first, citing how much more money he would have to spend to improve all the VA clinics in...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
615 Words
The advancement of technology means the increases in our condition of living. With my degree specializing in Public Policy and Computer Engineering, I hope to be able to research and implement policies that both protect the future of humanity and progress our standard of living. I’m interested in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence; specifically, the regulation of it. Right now, the current state of AI and machine learning is in its infancy, a long ways from being able to...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
239 Words
“There’s only one time for one issue, we have to decide now.” Our scheduled 30-minute time slot to meet with Texas State Representative Lynn Stucky was unexpectedly cut down to 5 minutes with no warning, and we didn’t have time to present all our public policy issues. We were expected in his office in 1 minute, and we needed to decide now which issues were the most prominent and needed to be addressed. Our entire game plan, our weeks of...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
651 Words
It was 6:30 in the morning, and it was time to move to China. The bags were packed, the car was ready, and all that required was a short trip to the Baton Rouge International Airport and I would start a new life abroad. I would come back to 2 different families, and two different lives. In my 10-year-old head, it never occurred to me why my parents would send me to live in a foreign country when my life in the...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
89 Words
The opportunities BHP offers is second to none. The opportunities and network that BHP can offer rivals that of ivy leagues, and almost guarantee you a prestigious internship. The way that BHP builds their curriculum on case studies truly set it apart for me. Allowing students to actively think and exposing them to real-world problems grounds the BHP program more than any other school. The financial analyst, in conjunction with my unique programming skills, would allow an early advent into...
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Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
283 Words
The clock struck 4, and as I rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, I couldn’t be happier. The “ding” of the bell celebrated the successful completion of the initial public offering of my company. My interdisciplinary approach to business had served me well; My background in research paired perfectly with my business degree, allowing me to start a tech company with a solid product, as well as the ability to upscale and expand my business without...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
269 Words
As a career, I dream of being a politician, specifically the Secretary of the treasury. Having a set goal will make me work harder to accomplish it, as I know exactly what I want to do and will work for it. Being able to work with the President, the most powerful person in America, would put me in a position to help the most amount of people. Everything I do before that will be building towards my dream. I have...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
74 Words
If you want to do the BHP/Turing program, make sure to focus on entrepreneurship. Make sure you emphasize that you have...
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How to increase chances at my school
83 Words
After talking to a lot of the admitted students, make sure to let UPenn, or specifically Wharton, that you are out there because you are...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
39 Words
Get something that stands out and shows that you have an interesting...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
39 Words
When writing your essay, make sure to have a story in mind....
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
64 Words
Hang out with friends who are inevitably going through the same thing that you are, but make sure that...
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What set me apart from other applicants
76 Words
As an Asian male, it's not hard to stand out from the thousands of other applicants. I made sure to make my interests...
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What I’d change about my application process
110 Words
I would've started earlier, and ofc, like everyone else, I would have tried harder in highschool. If you're like me and you had to make your shitty and uninteresting life into something fresh...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.83
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Some good some bad
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1550
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details3 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesResearch, Tutoring/Mentoring, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Honor Society, Political Campaign
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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