r6_philly wrote:I would like to think it would help, however slightly. You numbers are pretty good, and if you are serious about attending it will help you stand out. Looking back to past years, large percentage of people with your numbers end up withdrawing after accepted or WL. If you are from NY I can only assume you should have other options, and you need to let Penn know why you are serious.
Although, I was WL'ed all the same yesterday even though I wrote the actual why penn essay, live near the campus, have family roots locally and and applying to a different grad program at penn (for a joint degree). So I think maybe they are just WL at this point because of increased qualified applicants. So I don't know how effective a why penn essay will be unless you state that you will attend if accepted (and mean it).
haha, I didn't even realize that I shared most of my information in my profile. I do have strong reasons why I like Penn as my top-choice (prefer not to disclose at this stage, but will later); so I actually do mean it when I say "top-choice"
Just a question: when people talk about Why Penn essay, are they talking about this essay topic?
"Describe how your background or experiences will contribute to or enhance the diversity of the Penn Law community (e.g. based on your culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ideology, age, socioeconomic status, academic background, employment experience, etc.)"
Or the 5-year plan?
I always regarded this as how you can enrich the diversity on Penn campus; so I catered my essay to answer that.