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my name is molly i’m a senior in pennsylvania

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i did m&tsi the summer after my junior year 
and that was virtual so it wasn’t like the

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real experience um which was unfortunate because 
like i wanted to live at penn for three weeks

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but it was virtual which meant we were like on 
we had classes from like 10 a.m est to like 4 p.m

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est which is like a long time on your computer 
um and we had a lot of homework we had like

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four hours of homework every night like 75 pages 
of reading because it’s like a college credit

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in like three weeks so it’s like a semester 
class in three weeks which is like a lot

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but it was really really cool um they had like 
two penn professors professor babin from warden

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and professor delhi walla from engineering 
they were there and they like taught we had

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like engineering lessons in the morning and then 
they just gave us like arduinos to use um and then

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in the afternoon we had like entrepreneurship 
lessons from um professor babin and then we like

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we would do like social stuff at night like over 
zoom to try to like bond with each other the whole

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time we were working on like a final project which 
is like a really intensive like you basically

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created like a prod a product and like like have 
a business plan and everything and then um they

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also brought in all these like professors or like 
alums from m t or to come speak with you and then

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you had like a ta who’s like a current m&t 
student so there’s like a ton of support and

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just everyone’s like happy to answer questions 
so that was really good experience i just wish

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best was um just like getting access to all these 
professors and like they would answer any of your

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questions and they would like give you like you 
would say every day after class professor babin

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would like stay on for like an hour and you could 
talk about like whatever you want to talk about

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like whatever questions you had which is really 
cool because like he’s a professional in like

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the business world and he knows so much um and 
just everyone was so nice like the tas were so

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helpful and like my ta texted me when i got 
into m&t and he was like congratulations and

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he like walked me around penn a few weeks ago 
so just like the people there was really great

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the worst part of mpsi was definitely like the 
homework there’s a lot of homework it’d be like

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75 pages of reading at night which is like way 
too much for the summer um and also just like

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being virtual but that was just like this 
year so that’s not like for the future

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i mean the big thing with m&tsi i was just like 
being virtual and i was just not expecting i mean

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we found out about that i think like when i got in 
and like i forget it was like march or something

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it’s like i knew it was going to 
be virtual but like i didn’t know

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that like we wouldn’t get to do like 
the same engineering labs that like

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they normally get to do because like 
obviously we didn’t have access to the

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resources and then i didn’t know it 
was going to be as much work as it was

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but i mean it makes sense like looking back given 
that it’s like a college class in three weeks

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and for my project um my group and i our 
company was called notify um and we created

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a smart availability light for work from 
home professionals so basically like

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you stick it to the door like your home 
office or whatever room you’re working in

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and it like syncs with your calendar or like 
your zoom or whatever and it like would light

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up if you’re busy you’re like in a meeting so 
like if your kids know not to interrupt you

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and we like had a working prototype which was 
pretty cool um it was just i didn’t build it

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someone else built it because like we weren’t all 
together which was definitely hard but it was cool

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i know m tsi is like fairly selective um and i 
found that because i wanted to go to m t and i

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also know that like kids who do it have a higher 
chance of getting into m&t that application was

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like pretty intense it was like an essay and like 
a video pick good teachers to write your racks um

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i had my computer science teacher i think my 
english teacher to kind of cover the like tech

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and business and then i think just be creative 
with your video there was a day where the tas at

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the end like roasted all the kids like they found 
all their all of our videos and like roasted us

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and they played them in front of everyone and some 
people like people are really creative with their

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videos which i think is like that would be what 
i recommend like i didn’t want to sit in front of

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the camera and just say like hi my name is molly 
and i just like list all like my extracurriculars

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so i like what i did is i had my computer 
science teacher i like staged an interview

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between him like where he was interviewing 
me but like obviously it was like scripted

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but i think just like there was a kid who’s like 
playing a saxophone in his video and there was a

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kid who did his whole videos like a rap like i 
think it’s that help because like the i i’m not

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an admissions officer like they have to watch so 
many of those videos and like it’s only a minute

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and 30 seconds and you want to try to get as much 
of your character through the video as possible

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like they’re already seeing like other stuff 
about you through your essay so i think just like

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feel free to be creative with your video 
because that’s like how you stand out

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my experience was unique because of virtual 
um and like i think i i don’t remember if

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they they made it any cheaper because it 
was virtual i think it was cheaper because

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we didn’t pay for like food or housing or 
anything but it was very expensive for me

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like the outcome was like worth it just because 
it was like a college course and it was learning

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all this information and then also it would 
like give me a little bit of a boost for

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like my college application so i think 
it’s like a situational kind of thing

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you