Issue 11: UPenn (1/2), Using The Secrets of Screenwriting to Write Your College Essay
Exclusive Insider Interview: University of Pennsylvania, Admissions Interviewer
Dave has a widely varied career, including a run for Congress in 2016. Dave graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences before earning his J.D. from Harvard Law School. As a nationally recognized expert on financial markets regulation, he specializes in capital markets, law and policy of banking, and real estate finance. Today, he shares what UPenn looks for in prospective students.
I think we see that from basically everybody, and so I guess the question is how you stand out. I’m trying to get a sense of people’s personalities. What they’ll be like in school. Would they be good additions to the school? And I think that’s one of the criteria that we were actually specifically asked to think about: how will they fit in both in the academic life and the social life of UPenn. So you kind of make that determination to what extent is this kid someone who’s really just checking the boxes of doing a lot of extracurriculars versus someone who’s actually interesting, engaged, intellectually curious. I ran across quite a few people who listed all these activities and then when you ask them a little bit to be more specific, it was clear that they were just checking the boxes there. I think that’s pretty standard and the way I thought about it was almost all the people that I interviewed were pretty similar. The ones that I would try to distinguish were the ones that stood out positively or negatively for some reason.”
Stay tuned for the remainder of SocratesPost’s interview with Dave next week!
Dear Socrates Q&A
“When will I be accepted into American colleges?”
Hey Ahmed! This is an important question, especially for international applicants like yourself. Though the answer may seem simple, it comes with a bit of nuance.
There are generally four main times during the year that you will hear about your acceptance, depending on when you applied. Each college will be different and each round of admissions will be different.
There are a few ways to figure this out. Read the application deadlines webpage of your selected colleges very clearly. American colleges make these deadlines and response times very clear for applicants so you know exactly when to submit all application materials for consideration. Though they usually don’t give you a specific date on which you will hear back, they will typically give you an approximate range.
Here’s an example of where you can find admissions decisions on school websites.
Colorado School of Mines — “before the holiday break in December”
We thought of it as an essay “hack” and got you The Skinny.
We selected this for our subscribers going through the essay writing process (or planning on undergoing it in the near future). There’s nothing more frustrating than staring at a blank piece of paper (or blank Word doc) for hours thinking there’s nothing special about yourself! We’ve been there and hope this gives you at least writing some ideas.
SocratesPost evaluated the hour-long lecture and grabbed the key points for you.
Our overall review:
Pros: A fresh angle with a step-by-step process to approach the daunting task of writing about oneself. Feels like an essay “hack.” Great examples.
Cons: Fast-paced, but still quite a few pockets of silence due to workshopping.