College Admissions Info

University of Pennsylvania, ‘19
BA, International Relations, Finance

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a student at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm an Asian male from a public high school in Orlando.
From: Orlando , Florida
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Spanish, Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1470
Highest SAT: 2100
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Magnet
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: American Cancer Society, Tutoring/Mentoring, Spanish Club, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, Model Congress / Model UN, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Political Campaign, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl
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College Application Essays

6 AM. The alarm blares, the sun bursts through cracks in the blinds, and the snooze button has miraculously relocated. It is time to get up. A soft voice and a pat on the shoulder reassure me of that. I stumble, disoriented, barely functional, with only an aroma to guide me. The trail leads to the kitchen. It is warm there, used, but in the way that means it is lived in. I am surrounded by food and by chatter, but...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
674 Words
The poet John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, part of the main.” When I gaze at the world around me, I see that—the interconnectivity—the moving parts—the dependency. Symbiotic relationships transcend beyond people, they are visible in nature, technology, and academia. Benjamin Franklin’s goal to establish a revolutionary system of education—one that values partnership and encourages exploration—best encapsulates this concept. That...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
154 Words
If I could turn back the clock, I would write more essays so that I could choose my strongest topic. I only wrote several drafts on the one topic I chose and I feel that if I had done several essays, picked the strongest one,...

My advice about getting recommenders
220 Words
Have at least two teachers that can shed light on your achievements beyond the classroom--perhaps personal challenges that you have faced and overcome, extracurricular achievements and leadership positions, and personal interests. You want them to be able to share your character, your values, and who you are as a person. If you can, also find a recommender that is not affiliated with your high...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Research the type of student that your school wants and its values in a student. Reflect those attitudes in your essay. Schools want a diverse, yet cohesive student body. Show them how you intend to fit in, learn and thrive. Penn has a focus on interdisciplinary education. I took that to mean a value of collaboration between people of different walks of life. I expressed that my unique background would add to my ability to contribute to discussions in which I could learn from my peers and professors. I...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
137 Words
I was not waitlisted or deferred, but you should send in information about any new accomplishments in extracurriculars and academics, for example, new leadership roles, new projects or research that you've taken on, new significant discoveries in these projects. Also,...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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APPLY APPLY APPLY for scholarships! Yes, they are grueling and annoying applications but they are so worth it! Local scholarships have smaller applicant pools than national ones, for example Coca Cola or Amazon. This...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I had a great relationship with my counselor. I went to her with my first draft of schools and from there on, she helped me narrow down my list. Have safety schools, both academically and financially (if you need it). I only had one safety school, my state school because I was 100% sure I would get in and that it would be financially doable; but if you are hesitant, shoot for 2 or even 3. Have match schools. These are schools at which you are on par with their median scores. Although these are just numbers, and a lot of admissions processes...

What set me apart from other applicants
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My personal experiences set me apart (as the definition of personal experiences suggests). I overcame adversity. While it was a common adversity (parent's divorce), my approach to it in my personal statement was unique and showed complexity. I outlined how I grew from the process, rather than complaining about what happened to me. How something that was out of my control shaped me...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I 100% recommend attending a pre-college preparation summer program if you can. One that allows you to take college courses, especially. This gives you a feel for what college will be like, puts you in touch with professors that can help you in admissions and beyond, and allows you to learn something that you might not be able to...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did not use a private admissions counselor. As a first-gen college student, I started out blind (and nervous). My school counselor helped me out tremendously as an experienced, knowledgeable resource. Odds are, your counselors know what they are talking about because they've seen hundreds of kids go to college before you, and they've been integral to the processes. The best advice my counselor gave me was to not doubt myself and not to be scared by low admission rates. She told me what to fix, for example, she suggested that I retake my SAT and ACT senior year. And...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
257 Words
I had an interview with Penn that was pretty straightforward. My interviewer asked me: Why do you want to go to Penn? How do you see yourself contributing to Penn? What do you want to major in and why? A lot of kids have good scores, what sets you apart? And then questions about my clubs and involvement. BRING A RESUME! This will give you talking points if the conversation dies, and...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Around 20% of people are in Greek life at Penn. Other popular clubs include Model UN and Debate. Both are prestigious on the national level and host competitions for high school and college on campus. There are a lot of...