UPenn ‘21
B.A., Philosophy
Hi! I'm an undergrad at Upenn studying philosophy!
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Hometown Woodmere, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

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Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.A. in Philosophy

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Prompt: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. (Max 650 words). My religious and intellectual journey thus far, much like my ancient ancestors’ wanderings through the wilderness, has been both painful and revelatory. Growing up, I attended an ultra-Orthodox high school, or Yeshiva, where I would study Talmud for upwards of six hours a day and was strongly discouraged from engaging with any perspectives outside of Orthodox Judaism. There, as a...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)
In the classrooms of Penn, I plan to study moral and political philosophy and explore a broad array of perspectives on fundamental ethical and political questions, such as: What matters most in life? What are our true obligations as human beings? And what sorts of political systems are most just? I am particularly fascinated by questions pertaining to how we should distribute limited resources, and whether it’s ever justified to be partial to countrymen, family members, or even one...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Please tell the admissions committee why the combination of a liberal arts education at Columbia University or Barnard College and a Jewish Studies education from List College is the right fit for you. Successful essays should address why the unique curricular opportunities at Columbia University or Barnard College and List College are vital to your education and why the List College Jewish learni
I hope to engage with secular thought and culture for the first time in my life. At the same time, I also hope to pursue my passion for Jewish Studies and confront the crucial question of how I want to live my life as a modern Jew. I believe there is no better program for me to pursue these twin ambitions than the Joint Program between Columbia University and List College. I will be able to embrace modernity without forsaking...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU's global network; regardless, why NYU?
In a word, what draws me to NYU is diversity. Growing up, I had minimal exposure to the thoughts and perspectives of people from different backgrounds. Through all of my school experiences thus far, everyone has shared the same religious beliefs, championed the same political values, and even worn the same clothes: a white shirt, dark pants, and a black fedora. Thus, I have found myself in an echo-chamber of my own views, unable to broaden, sharpen, and refine my...

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What set me apart from other applicants
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I believe that what set me apart from many applicants was that I was raw and genuine in my...
How to approach transferring schools
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I don't know if it's possible for everyone to do this, but I think a good strategy for transferring is to tie your decision to transfer with a dramatic restructuring of...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I didn't have a slew of unrelated, random extracurriculars! My extracurriculars painted a pretty clear picture of me that mapped on really nicely with what I...
Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
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I spent a year studying Talmud in Israel. I...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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Don't be frustrated by extended periods of essay writing where you don't make any progress! Those hours...

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