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penn120
penn120
University of Pennsylvania ‘19
BS,

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Incoming freshman at Penn!
From: Yardley , Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Wesleyan, Haverford, William & Mary, Pitt
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

2250
SAT
32
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2250
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High School Performance

3.85
GPA
High School Type: Other Private
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Softball, Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: Culinary, Gay/Straight Alliance, School theater/plays, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

One Saturday afternoon, when my mom had to pick up a few groceries on the way home from soccer practice, I opted to stay in the car. I couldn't tell you why, but I had Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart stuck in my head. I was alone, and I had never had a better opportunity to sing as loud as I wanted. So I did, whistling the tune when I didn't know the words, and belting out the...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
655 Words
My love of math has stemmed from an integral (no pun intended!) influence throughout my life in and out of class; I have participated in programs like MathCounts and Odyssey of the Mind since elementary school and taken virtually every math class I could within my educational curriculum. This has led me to choose primary major of interest as Mathematics, which is only offered as a major within the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to relatively common college...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
582 Words
In order for all people to be able to talk openly, they must first be comfortable with expressing their opinions. Often the social construct of a particular community supports or discourages those with outlooks that agree with or differ from the majority. My high school identifies as rather liberal, and my friends that hold more conservative views often tell me that they find it hard to share their beliefs because they oppose the general school population. It is necessary in...









Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
509 Words
One of my biggest passions was inspired by a reality show. Maybe it’s not something I should be proud enough to mention in the first sentence of an essay, but I’m not ashamed that my first cultivated exposure to cooking was through Top Chef. Hiding behind the goddess-like beauty of host Padma Lakshmi and the often extremely unnecessary drama between the “cheftestants” (will we ever really know if Alex stole Ed’s pea puree?), there is a real...







Additional Essay Details:
20 Words
These are all essays from schools I was accepted to. The "amusing anecdote" is an elaboration of my extra-curricular essay.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
143 Words
I would have pursued more interviews, visited more often, etc. and not applied to any schools last minute (which I did). Because I didn't do this for a few schools, I got waitlisted at schools I was clearly qualified for (in fact,...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
159 Words
Everyone applying to a liberal arts college is going to be thinking the same, relatively broad thing: I like the balance of courses and I don't know what I want to do yet so I want to take a variety of classes. You have to make the essay...





Why I declined other schools
175 Words
I was accepted at 5 schools that I applied to: University of Pittsburgh (Honors), Haverford College, Wesleyan University, The College of William and Mary (also into the James Monroe Scholar Program), and the University of Pennsylvania. Pitt was more of a safety school for me, and it was easy for me not to choose...





What set me apart from other applicants
150 Words
To begin with, I had pretty good grades and an SAT superscore of 2310. I applied to most schools as a female with an intended major of mathematics (which is backed by my 800 on the Math section of the SAT and Math II subject test). I...





How I chose schools to apply to
194 Words
I applied to 13 schools, so I obviously had trouble narrowing down the list of colleges from the beginning. I went on numerous college visiting trips, and decided upon visiting whether or not I liked the vibe of the school enough to consider applying. There were schools I absolutely hated (MIT) that I crossed off the list and schools...