College Admissions Info

Brian Park
Brian Park
University of Pennsylvania, ‘18
BA, Cognitive Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

University of Pennsylvania (C'2018), Tau Epsilon Phi Rho Chapter Philanthropy Chair, Off the Beat (a cappella) Business Manager, Singer-Songwriter, Athlete
From: New York , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: UPenn, Rochester, Binghamton, Stony Brook
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, Korean

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2260
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High School Performance

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Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Hockey
Extracurricular Activities: Hospital Volunteer, Student Council / Government, School Jazz / Orchestra, Community or summer theater/plays
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College Application Essays

The first place I could ever call home was the quiet, dainty city of White Plains. There, I was able to settle in, develop deep-rooted friendships, and build a legacy. As I matured into adolescence and advanced to WPHS, I was living in a community of friends, family, and colleagues who accepted me, and in a way, I was as happy as could be. However, at the same time, I wasn’t truly content. There was a constant voice in...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
410 Words
In the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, I can be completely absorbed in both of my passions, yet develop them with holistic perspectives thanks to its liberal arts curriculum. There, my love of music and neuroscience can be taken to the next level. By studying under the well-established, interdisciplinary Basis of Biological Behavior major, I can expand on my knowledge of neural mechanics and be immersed in an entirely new world of cognition and psychology. Having shadowed...

Additional Essay Details:
155 Words
I did not have the creative ability to go about my common application essay in an abstract way. For example, one of my friends wrote about raking his lawn and made it an analogy of his high school struggles. If you have creative ability and have an interesting idea, definitely go for it. However, my essays will not help you in this regard. However, where my essay excels is that it is written truthfully and from the bottom of my...

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
107 Words
I think that the reason I got into Penn wasn't because of my outstanding academic achievement but my well-roundedness and my extra-curricular activities. I made to sure to have an activity that...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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In college, extra-curricular activities are a totally different story. People search for something they genuinely love rather than something to pad their application. If...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Balanced, passionate, hard-working, motivated,...

How to increase chances at my school
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Simply, you either have to be VERY well-rounded or be one of the best in a specific field. I'm the type that is very well-rounded having medical research, music, sports, leadership, and community service under my...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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Try new things when you get to college. I had never formally sang before I got to college. Sure I performed a little around NY, but I never received any training nor did any types of choir ensemble. So, I when I found out that a cappella was a big thing here at Penn, I decided to try out on a whim. ...