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Chance me into upenn ED

MBA12MBA12 15 replies3 threads Junior Member
edited September 2016 in University of Pennsylvania
Hello, I am currently and senior and looking to apple to Upenn CAS ED. I am a first generation college student. My parents are from israel and I was born the US. My first language was Hebrew so to this day I have an accent and have trouble with English. My school is a dual curriculum school that also includes Jewish and Hebrew classes. I do not take a third language though like others in my school. During my freshman year I was not a good student and had a low gpa of about 3.3. Since then I started to improve my grades. I attend a rigorous private school so it is pretty hard to achieve good scores. I probably have around a 3.5 gpa. The reason why I say around is because we aren't given gpas. I took the sats once and got a 1390; 740 math 650 English. I'm thinking about taking it again to raise my English score. I took calculus at a community college outside of school and received an A. Our school only offers APs in 12th grade and I am taking AP computer science, AP Bio, and AP stat. I tend though not to do as well in English and history class. In English I am modified which is a thing at my school that just acknoledges that the student needs some extra help with the course. I usually end up with Bs in those classes. I have been very hard working over the past few years.
Extra curricular:
Upenn internship/shadow/research assistant for 3 years. I worked with cardiovascular doctors and pulmonariologists and was able to watch numberous surgeries, meet with patients, and work on some projects. I built and designed for a thoracic surgeon a prototype 3D hologram that can make organs show up in 3D. (It would be used for lungs) I also was able to help out on a research project that involved treating heart failures with pre operative techniques that can distinguish the groups that will benefit most from one type of surgery than the other. I did this a lot over my 2 summers and during the school year too.
School EC:
Science in topics club- 10,11,12 co president in 12
Engineering club -11,12 Vice President in 11 president in 12
Deca- business club. 11,12. I won first place in ASM sector at regionals.
Soccer- Jv 11, manager of varsity 12
Lacrosse - 11
Track- 10
Community service at my synogogue
JRA community service for 4 years. It's a food packaging and delivery thing for people in need.
In my 9th grade summer I worked at a waiter at a restaurant.
I'm also a car mechanic and fix iPhones.
I'm planning on taking sat 2. Math 2 and biom.
I don't think I will do that well.
Despite my English / history grades, low snglish sat score, and not that many EC i think other things are fine. Is there anything I should improve. Sorry it's long. I'm just anxious and really don't want to go to any other college. I want to major in biology.
Thank you


edited September 2016
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  • Much2learnMuch2learn 4610 replies168 threads Senior Member
    Being first gen and a child of immigrant parents, and a second language speaker, I am not sure. I have no idea how to adjust for that.

    If you spoke English as a first language, I would say that your gpa and SAT are too low to have a very good chance at Penn. Hopefully someone else can comment who is more familiar with that situation.
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  • f2000saf2000sa 1090 replies59 threads Senior Member
    You have important hooks. It may make up your low GPA. You still have a shot. Good Luck!
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