As high school seniors, the Common App gave us five hundred words and free reign to answer a simple question: “Who are you?” A lot of our answers were bullshit. We selected our most compelling quirks and our finest accomplishments. We left out the rough bits. We polished our admission essays to shiny, gold–standard acceptance. And then we came to Penn. One, two, three, or even four years later, and we're still asking, “Who am I?” Here are eight answers:

Salima Ghadimi

Randi Kramer

Erica Louie

Chinyere Agbai 

Orly Greenberg 

Kimberly Lu


Arjan Singh