B.S., Business Management
listen to curiosity and pursue fantasy
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Hometown Beijing, China
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Business Management

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
I turned on the lights, while others were sitting still. Heavy smog lingered outside the window, and the classroom’s dimness had made everyone’s eyes increasingly uncomfortable. Standing at the podium of Xinxin primary school, an underprivileged school in rural Beijing, I had complicated feelings about both the eagerness of my students to learn and their unawareness of Xinxin’s lack of protection against air pollution. During late nights at home preparing for lessons beside expensive air purifiers, I...
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
As 17-year-old Chinese citizen, I never thought US history would influence me such deeply. It opened up my mind like nothing else, changing me from a blind believer into a doubter and an independent thinker. How hard Americans fought for principles such as “No taxation without representative” “a law is legitimate only if the enactor is chosen by the people” pushed me into questioning whether the operational structure of my environment was reasonable. As a leader of our student council,...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
My schools have little to no protection against air pollution. Jiaxuan and I, as leaders of our school’s Green Club, decided to take necessary actions to protect ourselves from Beijing’s air pollution. We came up with the idea of developing our own inexpensive, yet effective air purifiers. Using an air quality tester, we compared performances of models with different structures and materials, ranging from anti-carbon to HEPA filters. However, each model looked different, but all worked basically the...
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
Waking up the next morning, I felt like the whole ceiling was spinning, head aching and gastric juice tumbling. The colorful nothingness of the digital world I indulge myself in every night still burns in my retina. Addicted to internet, I felt helpless and shameful. I wanted to ask for help but was afraid of disappointing others. My schoolmates and teachers expected the best of me, and my parents placed their dreams in my future. The wall made of my...
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
Savoring crisp and juicy roast ducks, my friends couldn’t help but stare awkwardly at the vege burrito in my dish. Laughing, I calmly praised the supple texture of my burrito while mentioning the greenhouse effects caused by stock bearing. Over the years, I have learnt to deal with alienations caused by my two differences: my diet and my sexuality. Raised in China where people believe that “being different” is shameful, I struggled a long way to reclaim my identity....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
662 Words
Why Penn?
Summer 2021, I graduated from the best STEM university program in the world. Packing up a custom plastic prototype of my contaminant separation system into the protective case, I arrived at my heavily polluted hometown in Hebei. With no time to lose, I immediately went to each local factory, introducing my well-engineered, mass-producible product. But I was ruthlessly rejected by every one of them. Their reasons left me speechless: Local governments seeking maximum economic profit have tolerated industrial pollution; therefore, an...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
467 Words
An academic challenge that you overcame
“There are tough professors and then there is Irfan.“ This was the first thing I saw, when I searched on Ratemyprofessor.com for professor Nooruddin, a political science professor whom I was selected by to conduct research within the Pioneer Program. I held my breath and read on. “Only take this class if it's your ONLY class and you are willing to read 100+ pages a night. You can't skim, you have to KNOW the material because every day he literally...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
184 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (Required for all applicants. Approximately 100 words

Actively participant in LGBTQ activities, I happened to come across the heartbreaking hardships of HIV carriers. Later I launched an anti-AIDS discrimination campaign wishing to make a difference. I and several like-minds made a mini-documentary in which we asked passersby on the street to touch a card, which was dipped on fake blood but claimed to be blood from HIV carriers. We also interviewed HIV carriers and experts to provide unbiased and accurate information to counteract prejudice. The video was...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
568 Words
Why Umich Ross?
The University of Michigan’s Ross school of Business offers me what no other college can. Ross not only offers a cost-effective, high quality education but also provides strong alumni network in China. Happened to attend a #ROSSTALKS on the topic of “Value Chain Climbing by Emerging Market Firms” in Shanghai,I was amazed by the closely knitted Umich alumni network and great learning and job opportunities thus derived. Believed in my own lifelong commitment to learning, I love that...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
307 Words
We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars,

researchers, and artists. Answer this question, which corresponds to the

school/program you selected above, in a half page or roughly 250 words. College of

Arts and Sciences - What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has

surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
In a triangle there are three sides a,b and c then there must be a^2+ b^2=c^2 The formula is true regardless of what it surrounding is. I always believed that math is an eternal truth—a truth independent of space-time. Math is my soul mate. Skilled at math in China meant smart. I was sure about math; I was more sure about me. But that Gaussian Curvature changed everything. On a Gaussian Curvature, a^2+b^2≠c^2. In fact,...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
298 Words
250 word; Quirks are both in our language and traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are?

I never set gender on my social media. Yes, I am never considered too ladylike. My plain locker contains only a calculator, an umbrella, a laptop and several textbooks. No makeups. No stickers or posters. Apart from keeping myself neat and clean, I put little attention on my own appearance. Short hair saves time. Simple t-shirts and jeans look perfect on “dress-up days“ and weekends. Minimalism and practicality ruled my life. The typical traits of my gender rarely shows. But...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
322 Words
What makes you special
Meat disappeared from my dishes at age thirteen. My researches on industrial agriculture‘s inputs and outputs industrial and stories of unethically raised chickens propelled me to become the first vegetarian in my family. Soon they realized they were wrong. Every day after school, I began to prepare my own vegetarian meals with my clumsy cooking skills. They thought vegetarianism was against human nature and would harm my health. To make my parents accept me, I tried to correct their...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
242 Words
a time you contributed to community
Beijing No. 4 High School (BHSF) has participated in China’s rise and fall with its eternal commitment to freedom and democracy. From shedding blood to resist imposed Japanese classes to confronting tanks in Tiananmen Square, BHSF students have always been on the front lines of political activism. Unlike most schools in China, BHSF fosters student autonomy by allowing them to pursue whatever interests they choose and freely express opinions; petitions and protests happen almost daily at BHSF. Taking a leading...

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
7 Words
practical, career...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
19 Words
Find Teachers that really like you....
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
13 Words
They can be very...
What set me apart from other applicants
11 Words
My passion for...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 3.94 unweighted)
Top 5%
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Green Club, Research, Book Buddies
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