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Standing out

Beatri60Beatri60 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
edited December 2007 in University of Pennsylvania
obviously everyone here has good grades. i am wondering what everyone here has that makes them think that they will stand out...i.e. experiences, passions, talents, etc.
Post edited by Beatri60 on

Replies to: Standing out

  • funnyguyfunnyguy Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    1. I play piano and guitar, and compose music on both.
    2. I have worked with kids with disabilities.
    3. I was a finalist in an astronomy contest.
    4. National Merit Semifinalist (for now)
  • Beatri60Beatri60 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    funnyguy what is your major?
  • EffrumEffrum Registered User Posts: 262 Junior Member
    my big ec is that i started a business with nothing but a business plan, i earned around $20,000, and now i am the Executive VP and 20% owner of Game X Change, LLC
  • EloquenceEloquence Registered User Posts: 1,015 Senior Member
    -Grew up in a different country
    -URM (Not my fault I was born with brown skin =P)
    -First generation college student
    -VERY low income background
  • mikez4mmikez4m Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    - Business oriented all my life (as far back as I could remember)
    - Poor financial background (until recent years, when my family business started taking off)
    - Started family business: singlehandedly turned $10,000 investment (last of my family's savings) into $1.4 million annual revenue (Dec. 2006 - Dec. 2007)
    - Maintained school/extracurriculars while working up to 30 hours a week on family business as operations manager, handled sales, marketing, and expansion
    - Started own business last year (branch off of my first business), annual revenues of $70,000 (2006-2007). This second business doesn't get much attention now, as I have reverted focus back onto my first (family) business
    - Decent SAT (2190) and grades (3.6 UW) meanwhile devoting much time to my business(es)
  • mikez4mmikez4m Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    and by the way, i'm new and signed up specifically to join all you anxious Penn EDers. haha, good luck everyone
  • FdIvySiblingFdIvySibling Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    Eloquence: by brown skin do you mean african-american or south asian?
  • zha000zha000 Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    - All State Volleyball Player; Conference MVP (and I'm a short little Asian! woot)
    - Redonkulously social. P/VP of nearly every club at one point.
    - Grew up in 3 different countries.
    - Ranked 1

    there's other stuff. Rather minor though, like awards etc.
  • hdwanghdwang Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    1. grew up in three countries
    2. speak three languages
    3. created my own language in school used by the whole school population of 1500
    4. grade 8 in piano, music theory and double bass by ABRSM

    and other extracurriculars
  • awan0126awan0126 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    Wait, growing up in different countries counts as a plus?
    Darn it, did not include that in my app at all.
  • EloquenceEloquence Registered User Posts: 1,015 Senior Member
    Brown skin as in Hispanic lol, I know Asians are way ORM :P

    Awan, I wouldn't call it a plus, but it can make you unique
  • tennisjumptennisjump Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    1. All-county xylophone player
    2. Play bridge in clubs competitively
    3. Involved in plant research
    4. Doing all this while still being captain of basketball team
  • Beatri60Beatri60 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    hdwang, do you mean that you got your entire school to use a language that you created? that's awesome!!!!

    By the way, it would be interesting to see what everyone is planning on studying and how it relates to their unique experiences, passions, or talents...
  • zha000zha000 Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    heck yeah xylophone
    I really think that's sweet
  • thepeonthepeon Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    - Fronted like twelve different bands, my most successful being a blues band (harmonica) and a hip-hop band, like the Roots (turntablish/producer), we used to pack places with 800+ people
    - Programmed and released freeware games that have 40,000+ downloads total
    - Coded a virus detection algorithm 15x faster than the best commercial
    - Built my own car, that I sold
    - Created a TV content delivery system in 9th grade
    - Won two dozen or so writing contests
    - Avid kung-fu teacher and parkour enthusiast (I sent a video on the CD thing)

    I'm Asian/African and I have a legacy lol.
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