megansp_2020
megansp_2020,
UPenn ‘20
B.B.A., Economics
I'm a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Business Analytics & Finance with a minor in Religious Studies.
Features Included
6
Essays
5
Schools
8
Scores
5
Advice
13
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Peoria, Illinois
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Miami University - Oxford (Oxford, OH)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

“Register Now for Exhumation” That sign haunted me. In our Singaporean version of a Toyota minivan, we passed it almost daily. Those words seemed so thoughtless. Not only did a mud-splattered, stark white tarp by the side of a highway seem like such an insensitive way to notify families, but on a crowded island my parents often nicknamed the “concrete jungle,” that cemetery was an oasis— and the government planned to build a road precisely on top of it. Just...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
635 Words
I am a proud member of the Sundance Documentary Club. Searching for Sugar Man, check. The Cove, check. March of the Penguins, check. It all started in fifth grade when my mother sat me down in our basement with a bowl of kettle corn and turned on An Inconvenient Truth. Although the "explosions" were a little less thrilling than those in perhaps Pirates of the Caribbean, I was enthralled and have spent many a Friday night since with the remote...
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Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
190 Words
Prompt: What matters to you and why? I have a sweet spot for a good lasagna, am addicted to my iTunes playlist, and definitely enjoy ordering pizza from my favorite restaurant, but in the grand scheme of things, I know that those luxuries don't truly matter. What matters is that I have been given a chance- a chance to succeed, to get an education, a chance to make a difference in someone else's life, and I need to take it....
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Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
164 Words
Prompt: Person in history you would want to meet The grotesque nature of Chicago’s massive slaughterhouse and poverty-stricken, soot-infested neighborhoods earned it the nickname of “The Black City” in the late 1800s, but despite the striking lack of sanitation, upon reading Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, I would love the opportunity to see the dichotomy between the city’s prosperous World’s Fair in 1893 and the desolate alleys that coined the phrase. I was deeply...
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Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
154 Words
Prompt: Favorite Book One of my earliest memories are the pages of the Time magazine I held as a three-year-old in the days following 9/11; hiding behind our cherry oak entertainment center, I was glued to the shocking aftermath, desperately struggling to comprehend the reality. My mother tried to shelter me from the images, the horror, and the truth, but I disagreed. It wasn’t until I first read The Giver that I realized creating a safe-haven for our children might...
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Supplemental Essay Other
252 Words
Between multiple personal statements, supplements, and scholarship applications, I wrote over 20 essays on a wide variety of topics. I still have a list of possible ideas and introductions saved on my computer, and trust me, most would make for some fun reading material. But, over the months it took me to complete my applications, I learned quite a few things! Although the amount of writing required can be daunting, it is important to give yourself enough time to complete each...
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General Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
273 Words
I consider myself a relatively "normal" person in comparison to most other applicants of top universities— I enjoy Netflix, haven't founded a non-profit or developed a life-changing app, and although I had a rigorous schedule senior year, I still had plenty of free time to hang out with friends or pursue my hobbies. In my opinion, what ultimately set me apart were my essays and interview. I actually submitted a different essay to Penn than I did to any other university...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
96 Words
I did not hire a private admissions counselor, nor was my high school guidance counselor a big part of my application process (I attended a large public high...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
188 Words
I interviewed at both Washington University in St. Louis (on campus with a student) and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton alumni, was supposed to be Skype but ended up just being a phone conversation). WUSTL's process was extremely informal and took place with a student who had few, if any, questions to ask and required...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
88 Words
My supplemental for Penn primarily talked about the clubs I was interested in, and how I hoped my individuality could add to the school's already diverse...
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What I’d change about my application process
85 Words
I would most certainly start on my essays earlier and write multiple drafts (or even versions) before submitting the final application! I ended up writing 3 full-length...
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High School Performance

GPA
4.00
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2130
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1480
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

SportsEquestrian

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesAnimal Foster Care Provider / Animal Rescue Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring, Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Equestrian, Other Club/Activity, Other Club/Activity, Other Club/Activity, Art, Other Club/Activity, Other Club/Activity, Debate Club/Team
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

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Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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