College Admissions Info

HeyLei
University of Pennsylvania ‘19
BA, French Language and Literature

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi there! I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. I plan to major in French and minor in Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences while also majoring in Communication in the Annenberg School.
From: Woodbury , Minnesota
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: U of Minnesota, Macalester
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

31
ACT
Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

4.00
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Dance, Political Campaign, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
637 Words
Sliding the knife through the cake's creamy green and white frosting, I heard someone say my middle name. [name]. Turning to smile and see what the person needed, I heard it again, yet with the addition of my unofficial middle name. Being called [name] by people unrelated to me made me feel really happy and surprised because I haven't been called that by people outside of my family since we moved back to the USA from South Asia. In 2002, my...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
420 Words
When I visited The University of Pennsylvania during spring break in my junior year of highschool, I immediately felt at home. Though I loved Penn, specifically the College of Arts and Sciences, because of the excellent academics and scenic campus, I was primarily convinced that it was a good fit because of the happy, loving way in which the faculty, staff, and students interact in. An example of this occurred at the beginning of the Ethics in Biology class that...







College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
163 Words
If I were able to go back in time, I would have changed 3 things about my college application process. First, I would have actually studied for the ACTs. When I was younger, I took the ACTs and SATs through a program for gifted students called NUMATS. As a result,...





Why I declined other schools
99 Words
Aside from the financial aspect, a large part of why I declined schools was because of campus environment. One thing that is really important to me is happiness. I want...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
213 Words
I interviewed with Stanford and Penn in the winter of my senior year. My Stanford interviewer was an amazing woman and we hit it off very well. She asked me a lot of questions about myself, my application, and my goals and told me I was a good fit for Stanford. It was a fairly informal interview and we met at a coffee...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
64 Words
Based on advice given to me by high school counselors and some admissions counselors, I didn't use a private...





What set me apart from other applicants
46 Words
While I can't say for sure, I think that my uniquely diverse background set...





How I chose schools to apply to
193 Words
The first step to my college search began when I was in 7th grade and had recently been accepted into the NUMATS program run by Northwestern University. The kids in this program were allowed to take the ACT exam early and were given many opportunities to experience Northwestern in person. By the time I seriously started thinking about...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
29 Words
While I can't comment on the student body...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
64 Words
Busy (Penn students are constantly doing something whether it's interning or volunteering), Social (we love us some parties and...





My favorite course thus far, and why
102 Words
Now that I've completed a full year at Penn, my favourite course by far was Fren 202, Advanced French. Even though I had completed the language requirement, I chose this class because...





My advice about getting recommenders
151 Words
Regardless of what year you are in, try and build relationships with your teachers, advisors, coaches, and other adults in your life. This is beneficial because they have so much advice to give and they're often also really interesting and wonderful people to get to...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
280 Words
During freshman year, I was a part of Spring Fling, Spec-trum, PennFa, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I also tutored English at a highschool near campus. Spring Fling and Spec-trum are part of SPEC, our Social Planning and Events Committee. Fling plans the annual college festival and Spec-trum plans events representative of minority communities but geared toward all of our student body. I chose these two as I love planning events and was involved in similar activities in highschool. Fun fact, as...