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How I got into UPenn (Interview 2)

Stats

SAT: 1550 (800 Math, 750 Reading)

ACT: 35 (35 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 35 Science)

GPA: 3.88

Rank in Class: 4

Size of Class: 213

Ap's taken: Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, Chemistry, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics,


Extracurriculars

  • I have been an equestrian since I have been six years old

  • I volunteered in nursing homes and senior centers throughout my time in high school

  • I was the president of my class from my freshman year through my senior year


Personal Story

"I've always known that I've wanted to go to business school and become my own business owner. My daddy went to business school at Harvard and is now a manager at a small company in New York. I loved watching my dad work through issues at this company. Seeing him negotiate with vendors and suppliers, talk to employees, meet with customers, and take control of the entire operation. This was all magical to me and I knew that I wanted to do something similar when I grew up. It was a couple years later when going through the princess experience when he told me something which completely changed my outlook on life and really solidified me wanting to go to Penn.


We were on one of the rides and my dad pulls me towards him and points towards something in the distance and says '...You see, they are the ones who actually change things. The managers and owners are the ones who make Disney world fun for you and me because they make all the decisions which affect us...' I thought about it for a second and said 'I want to make things fun too daddy' and he said 'We'll baby girl, then you have to become an owner.'


It was pretty much after that moment when I decided that I would follow in my dad's footsteps and become an owner. Applying to, and eventually getting into, Penn was an amazing and integral step along that path.


When I got in, it helped me realize that I was one step closer towards becoming an owner and businesswoman and doing amazing things with my life. Furthermore, seeing my dad's face light up with pride is something I will never forget and never give up; because it felt amazing watching this person I idolized for so much of my life beam at me proudly and tell me how impressed they were by me and everything I had accomplished in my life. I wouldn't trade that for the world."


Useful Advice

"A skill which isn't really emphasized as much in school is being able to tell a really good story. At my school, we had classes on storytelling and creative writing, but, in general, something I've noticed, especially here, is that people often have a hard time telling a good story that captivates their reader or audience.


I've never really had a problem with doing that so I didn't need to worry about it too much. However, in general, if someone can't get their reader interested in their story, it pretty much becomes meaningless to them. Something I would encourage anyone applying to college to do is to practice storytelling and really build up this skill so that they can craft a good story which can show who they are and hold the attention of an admissions officer. If they are able to do that, they've won half the battle."


University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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