College Admissions Info

ilaydaonur
ilaydaonur
University of Pennsylvania, ‘19
BS, Chemical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Ilayda Onur
From: Istanbul
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Duke, Northwestern, USC, UCLA
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Spanish, Turkish

Test Scores

2110
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1470
Highest SAT: 2110
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Clean Ocean Beach Sweeps / River Cleanup, Rotary Club
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Story central to identity
218 Words
I came into this world like a celebrity. Literally, there were cameras in the surgery room. Do not get me wrong. This was not because my mother was a famous actress or a VIP. Instead, she was portrayed as a breath of fresh air in midst of a depressing day in history. The day I was born was the day French President Francois Mitterrand died. Just as clips about his critical role in democracies around the world were circulating non-stop...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
16 Words
Why I want to study chemical engineering and how I am a good fit for Penn

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
298 Words
Sometimes when you see a word, you immediately know that it describes you. This is how I felt when I saw the title "Collaboration and Balance" on the McCormick School of Engineering’s website. One of the fundamental advantages Northwestern University offers its students is the pervasive network the institution has weaved both among alumni and among international corporations. I believe this will have a significant impact in helping me realize my dreams. For instance, as a zealous environmentalist, I...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
244 Words
Filling my basket with cherries, I climbed down the tree and walked towards my grandmother’s sister, Hikmet. She was sitting in a corner, watching us savor the mouthwatering fruit with a wide grin on her face. She was the one to start our little ‘private’ festival and has always been a generous host. Coming from a wealthy family in Salonika, Hikmet grew up in vineyards overlooking the Aegean Sea. During the compulsory population exchange between Turkey and Greece, her...





Additional Essay Details:
1269 Words
Full Personal Statement: I came into this world like a celebrity. Literally, there were cameras in the surgery room. Do not get me wrong. This was not because my mother was a famous actress or a VIP. Instead, she was portrayed as a breath of fresh air in midst of a depressing day in history. The day I was born was the day French President Francois Mitterrand died. Just as clips about his critical role in democracies around the world...

















College Admissions Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
20 Words
Look for summer internships. Search for...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
81 Words
I used a private counselor and the school counselor. Private counselor was very beneficial because she edited my essays, encouraged me to write new...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
160 Words
I went to USC for my merit scholarship interview and stayed in the campus for a night. I met lots of great people and loved the campus. I had an idea about the college life. During the interview they asked me why I applied to USC, and I...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
103 Words
Do internships. They not only make your profile stronger but actually help you to discover your interests. For example, I once thought I would do something related to finance. However, after...





Why I declined other schools
27 Words
I visited all the campuses and felt that...





What set me apart from other applicants
5 Words
What were...