UPenn ‘21
B.A., International Relations
Fish taco and travelling enthusiast
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Hometown Highland Park, Illinois
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Indiana University - Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.A. in International Relations

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

Will there be a day when my dad forgets my name? It’s a question that haunts me. Three years ago, my dad traveled to Iran for the first time since escaping the 1979 revolution. After he returned, he sat me down to share the story of how he visited his childhood home, elementary school, and most importantly, his father. When they reunited, things were different. They were in a hospital, Grandpa unable to differentiate my dad from the doctors around...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
645 Words
Gheseh is the Farsi word for “story.” Growing up, I begged my mother for a gheseh at bedtime. Her stories weren’t fairytales like Cinderella. They were autobiographical: road trips to the Caspian Sea, dancing at bat mitzvahs, and soccer games with siblings. As I grew older, my mom opened up about darker memories. She explained how she was treated differently than her brothers: teachers dismissed her ambitions, men harassed her. And then, one attempted rape. In Iran, my mom...
Supplemental Essay: Other
135 Words
Is journalism a dying industry? Skeptics cite Newsweek cutting print circulation, Forbes selling its majority stake, and many publications filing bankruptcy. But they’re too pessimistic. After all, great storytelling never dies. We just need to adapt to today’s technology. As Editor-In-Chief of my school's newspaper, I experienced this first-hand, salvaging our 57-year-old publication from district budget cuts. Leading a staff of 27 students, I revamped our print articles into multimedia stories that matter most to millennials. We built a...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
281 Words
As an Iranian Jew, I’m a walking contradiction. I’m the product of a region that opposes my religion, which is why my parents escaped during the 1979 Revolution. Many people I meet confess that they didn’t know Jews existed in Iran. In a bizarre way, that makes me smile. It makes me feel like I’m an ambassador against stereotypes. With each person I encounter, I’m able to share my story and show that even countries like...

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General Admissions Advice

Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
1151 Words
My dreams of being a crime fighting astronaut who was also a backup dancer for Beyonce were short lived. Growing up, I thought I could do anything, and I am grateful that my parents always pushed me to pursue whatever path I wished to follow. As kids, we are allowed to be anything we want without ever being asked why. We are allowed to dream up the wildest ideas and the craziest careers and no one ever bats an eye. As we get older, we need to dive deeper into the logistics of our chosen paths: Is it reasonable? Realistic?...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
160 Words
The big misnomer about applying to colleges is that they really care about what you do with your summers. I was someone who really thought it was important to take summer courses at Ivy League universities, but when it came time for me to submit my applications there...
What set me apart from other applicants
134 Words
I think what set me apart from other applicants is that I was more than just the captain/president of a bunch of clubs, but I went ahead and created things like my charity and my gender studies course. Colleges...
My advice about getting recommenders
226 Words
During my Freshman year, my brother approached me and told me that I should start thinking about which teachers I want to write my college recommendation letters. I was a Freshman. I thought he was crazy. He explained that although it feels early it's important to start building those relationships now. And it's true, the best recommendation letters come from those teachers who have known you the longest...

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SportsVolleyball, Track & Field, Cross Country


ActivitiesModel Congress / Model UN, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Jewish Student Union, Tutoring/Mentoring
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