UPenn ‘19
B.S., Neuroanatomy
Award-winning creative writer, DECA State Champion entrepreneur, and neuroscientist in the making
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Hometown Sammamish, Washington
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Neuroanatomy

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “Do you need help with that?” Her eyelids squinted in expectation, allowing the scleras to glow with the fluorescent light. These were no longer eyes; they were horribly expectant answer boxes, waiting for my ballot to be cast. The question was simple - so simple -...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
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Describe the world you come from—for example, your family, community or school—and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations (444 words): I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of individualism. I love it. I love how, even in the darkest eras of humankind, we’ve managed to keep this idea alive. Markus Zusak in “The Book Thief” speaks of Nazis and Jews as individuals; Ji-Li Jiang in “Red Scarf Girl” shatters the image of...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
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Emory University welcomes first-year students with two distinct options to begin their liberal arts education: the research-infused Emory College or the smaller, experiential learning Oxford College. If you could create an academic course that is in the Emory University spirit of collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship and inquiry, what would it be? What impact would the course have on you and your classmates’ educational experience?: The professor walks into the classroom in waves, each step mimicking the ebb-flow fervor of her thoughts....
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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The Admissions Committee would like to learn why you are a good fit for your undergraduate school choice (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, The Wharton School, or Penn Engineering). Please tell us about specific academic, service, and/or research opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania that resonate with your background, interests, and goals. (400-650 words): “Pavilionista.” I’d made the name up three seconds ago - the name of a poem, naked without caesuras, syllables, Leitwortstil-laced lines....
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
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Choose a book or books that affected you deeply and explain why. (150 word limit): I’m a writer. Every book that has ever affected me has taught me something about writing: Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit gave me the courage to write on controversial themes; Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief taught me how to develop a character so thoroughly that their pain becomes my reader’s. But I learned more from ten pages of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt...
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After I committed to an Ivy League school, many of my underclassman friends asked what extracurricular activities they should pursue to seem like attractive applicants. I told them the same tenant I had lived by since sixth grade: Do nothing for your résumé. Do everything for yourself. If you are truly passionate -- if you are truly a leader, an innovator, someone who is pursuing a field out of real love and ambition -- it will show on the...

General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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The interview does not count as...
My advice about getting recommenders
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Choose recommenders in your junior year. From day 1 of junior year classes, keep an ear out for teachers' comments and...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Apply to everything that applies to you. You will...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
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The University of Pennsylvania is very pre-professional. It's not strange to (as I do)...
Why I ultimately chose my school
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It wasn't just the prestige. I took in a number of factors: A. I am not entirely sure what I want to be. I love three things: creative writing, business, and neuroscience. Penn is highly ranked for neuroscience and #1 for business, and its Kelly Writers House emailed my English teacher a year ago trying to recruit me. Their creative writing program is...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Pre-professional Driven...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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I never knew about the "work hard, play hard" environment. Or rather, I'd heard of it, but only in the same way that I'd heard "Berkeley has hippies" or "UIllinois is where fun goes to die." It was just a silly colloquialism that was left unverified, and probably not true of the general population...that is, until I visited. The alumni network at UPenn is exceptional. And since it's such a selective school, only about 30 people from Washington state get in per year. Thus the Washington network is...
What I’d change about my application process
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I'd have applied for Creative Writing instead of Neuroscience. It's in the same School of...
How to approach transferring schools
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Stress your reasons for transferring, as well as your progress made in your school before your transfer. Transfer Application Checklist Ensure you have the prerequisites for the undergraduate school to which you are applying Common...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Found something. Start something. Innovate. Colleges love when you show vision and take steps to create change or make an impact,...

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