Heidi explains how she got into the University of Pennsylvania and her application process.
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see you want to go to pen if so you have found there a video because today I'm not going to tell you how I got independent but Heidi is Heidi is working at super junior media this summer and she is going to share with you what her stats are and how she got into Penn and all that kind of good stuff so I hope you guys enjoy this just a quick reminder if you haven't already subscribe to our channel all you have to do is subscribe below this video and go to our website what's our website Heidi what's the tuna TV that comes good alright oh girl Rosic super junior-t me like on slap subscribe and subscribe to our mailing list kiddo you watching and with that you ready yep okay good alright take it away hi everyone as purchase mentioned my name is Heidi and I'm currently working at super tutor TV this summer for this video I'll be talking about what I did in high school and all my stats and grades and how I got into the University of Pennsylvania a couple things I want to mention first I'm currently a rising sophomore so I've been in the Philadelphia area for one year now and I'm also in the School of Nursing and I know that at Penn each College has a little bit of a different admissions process so my high school is a pretty normal public high school that's slightly competitive for reference were around Reagan 64 California and 400 or so and all of us according to the US News and World Report I was born and raised in California and I actually wasn't planning on going to the East Coast for college I only applied to to East Coast schools so the main reason why it ends up applying to Penn is because it's the only Ivy League that has underground nursing onto my stats my grades are definitely not the best I had a total of 7 B's by the end of junior year with an unweighted GPA of 3.8 for and away the GPA of 4.60 our school doesn't do class rankings but instead we have a cut-off index GPA to be value torreón but the thing is anyone can go above the cutoff so we had around 30,000 torian's at graduation which I know is a lot it's kind of rude and as you might be suggest what the amount of bees I had I wasn't one of them so I wouldn't say that GPA was a strong point in the application the spice of fact I got to tend without perfect grades I want to note that I'm not sure if I could have gotten in with any other major and you'll probably see why as I keep on talking hen requires you to send an awliya SAT and a CT test scores I'll set up must with my SAT test scores because I did those first I took the SAT once in October and a second time in January of my junior year I got 2120 my first time and the 2150 on my second time was the super score of twenty one eighty we'll put a link below to show you how that converts to new skill of 1600 and in my eyes like I said these scores weren't that great and I thought that even getting to some you C's would be difficult especially considering my GPA so I studied some more I decided to take some practice a PT test I took the a CT in September of my senior year while writing my college essays which I really don't recommend I got a 35 composite on the test and I couldn't believe it broken down is the 35 English 35 maths 34 reading and a 35 science but I will say that my writing score was a 29 which isn't great but it's not including your composite score and according to pence release scores my SAT scores were definitely towards the lower end for reading it was around the 25th percentile and for writing is below the 25th percentile but for math it was alright it was fifty to seventy six percent out and for apt I was at the 75th percentile and as for subject test scores they weren't that amazing either I got a 7:30 on my chemistry and a 700 for math – I want to note though that I research an on pence website they said that the nursing schools recommended subject tests with science preferably chemistry so I recommend you look up just in case you haven't for AP scores I got a lot of Ford's I got four in European history chemistry English Composition biology English language and micro economics I got fives in Chinese in US history as for activities I did a lot I was very involved with a bunch of things and in school my main extracurriculars were journalism Orchestra and Science Olympiad I was involved in these three activities for all four years of high school and in journalism I ends up as managing editor my senior year and for Science Olympiad I was vice president for both junior and senior years IOSCO vice president for a junior year we competed at regional and state level competition all four years that I was on the team and there were some other small clubs and activities I did but I don't think any of them added much to my application or I just couldn't even put them all my application as for outside activities my main one was a free clinic I volunteered at since the end of seventh grade so for my UC application I wrote an entire essay on this and for the common application I put that essay into the additional information section so at the free clinic we get assigned patients and then after we call them whatever we do an entire medical interview with them and we also take their vitals like their temperature their pulse their respirations and we also take their medical history and after the doctor is ready we take them into the doctor and we basically tell the doctor everything the patient told us it's just an incredible experience and I really really love that every single time I went for all six years I was volunteering there everything at the clinic was free so you could only come if you either didn't have health insurance and I think they let some people who had very minimal coverage but it allowed a lot of interaction with a lot of low-income families and people who had completely different backgrounds from my own I also became a student manager for the free clinic in my senior year and as for other volunteering experiences I volunteered as senior center starting the middle of tenth grade to senior year and I played my cello there and I talked to the residents I also did some other minor things that I don't think we're super important in my college application but my total knowledge community service hours was around 700 hours so forth sighs I did take one go since sixth grade I got my black belt in tenth grade and I also played lacrosse on my high school for freshman year but I didn't put the cross in my college application because it wasn't something I was particularly passionate or interested about and I didn't I don't think it would have added much to my application I searched hello I also played in the local private university symphony since seventh grade but I never did like Allstate Orchestra or any fancy orchestras and I never played anywhere outside of California and I want to say that everything I've mentioned so far I actively enjoyed doing I did these activities because I looked forward to them and I had a lot of fun doing them and I think he can tell by the amount of dedication and long-term commitment I had to all of my activities so my journalism teacher was also my ninth grade English teacher and she wrote one of my racks she knew me extremely well from working in journalism and she knew my work ethic and my personality and after my other letter my AP US history teacher wrote it I did think about how to humanities teachers were writing my letters of rec when I was applying only as more sciency degrees but it turned out okay I also had an additional outside letter of rec which I added for the pen part of the common application and it was from a director at the free clinic I volunteered that so she also knew me really well since I'd been volunteering since seventh grade so overall I think my recommendation letters were really good and they definitely added to my application something I haven't mentioned yet that I think was extremely unique and definitely helped set me apart from other applicants is the classes I took in senior year of high school it was called advanced anatomy but it wasn't just Anatomy we had the incredible opportunity to have five cadavers allocated for my class of 28 students so for my common app and my other UC essay I wrote about this experience I specifically wrote about the first time I made an incision in my cadavers body and some of my experiences that had led me up to that point as for my pen supplement I wrote very very specifically on why I became interested in Nursing and how I believe that my goals were aligned with Penn's vision for their nurses I mentioned specific courses and specific professors because I knew that I was particularly interested in a certain field of Nursing which is end-of-life care and the essay that I mentioned I put in the additional information section about clinic I wrote about how you can see my growth and development from the nervous 7th grader to a confident senior manager at the free clinic I think the essays really showed why I wanted to be a nursing student at Penn and I think my main essay and my essay on clinic showed my interest in medicine and how I would actively place myself in environments where I can learn as much as possible and a couple final things I don't have any demographical hooks and not low income or first-generation and I come from a nice suburban middle sized city in Southern California I also didn't apply anywhere early and I don't have legacy anywhere I also never paid for any college counselor type of thing but I did a lot of research myself and I asked older friends and family members for advice lastly I want to tell everyone that even though I'm currently at the University of Pennsylvania I didn't go to any everywhere I applied to so all in all although I was accepted to Penn with a likely letter I definitely wasn't a typical candidate that was accepted to everywhere I applied to so thank you for listening and I really hope my experience was helpful for you guys feel free to ask any questions below and it doesn't have to just be about the application process I really love my college experience so far and if you haven't thought about applying to Penn you should think about it I hope you guys like this video and if you're applying to college yourself you should definitely check out some of our other videos here on super tutor TV and we also have a lot more resources on our website super tutor TV com bye guys