College Admissions Info

bsilva
bsilva
University of Pennsylvania, ‘19
BS, Health Service Preparatory Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Gilbert , Arizona
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: Arizona State, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, USC, JHU, Brown, UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2250
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2250
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 10%
Rank
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Martial Arts
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team
How Spent Summers:
Work:

College Application Essays

I’ve been practicing martial arts for over half of my life. Because of that, I still have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that most people retreat to a happy place where no one is yelling at the top of their lungs, the smell of sweat doesn’t hang in the air, and there’s not even the slightest chance of getting punched in the face. But that’s probably just because I grew up with it. My...











Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
668 Words
Over the past few months, I have been told time and time again that my college experience will be shaped just as much by how I pursue my interests outside the classroom as by what I do in the traditional learning environment. As soon as I learned that my success in college would depend on taking advantage of educational opportunities beyond my required coursework, I began looking for universities that would provide not only a stellar education, but valuable outside...









College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
149 Words
I received interviews from Brown, Harvard and UPenn, and while all the interviewers were extremely helpful and kind, the best advice was given to me by the Harvard alumni. She explained that as a local resident, her primary interest was not to vet and exclude...





My advice about getting recommenders
204 Words
Small secret that not a lot of other students at my school have seemed to figure out: teachers legitimately enjoy talking to kids outside of class. I've talked to teachers about their plans to go back and get terminal degrees in their field, about wacky business ideas they've had, about anything and everything we feel like. And that doesn't mean having...





Why I ultimately chose my school
46 Words
My ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician, so a school with a strong...





Why I declined other schools
148 Words
This is going to stand in almost complete contradiction with my last point but hear me out...I declined Johns Hopkins' offer of admission because of their focus on medicine. While I feel confident that I'm going to continue on to medical school, I'm...





How I chose schools to apply to
94 Words
I started looking at US News and World Report's rankings of schools, broken down by academic field, in order to find the top schools in undergrad biological sciences....