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Why I Chose Penn and M&T: Shaun, Class of 2014

by Shaun M., M&T Class of 2014

by Shaun M., M&T Class of 2014

The M&T Program was not a natural choice for me, yet I am so glad that I made the decision to attend.

In my senior year of high school, I applied to bioengineering programs at 15 universities. I was fortunate enough to get into the top two undergraduate bioengineering programs at Duke University in Raleigh-Durham and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Duke had a beautiful 8,000 acre campus in the heart of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins had state-of-the-art engineering facilities, both of which I fell in love with immediately. Yet, upon visiting campus and speaking with current students I realized that Penn offered me a lot more academically, professionally, and personally than the other choices.

Academic

  • Practical business education: An opportunity to gain a structured education in business at the top undergraduate business program
  • Breadth of subject matter: Versatility of studying science and math while exploring management and finance

Professional

  • Alumni network: A wide base of alumni from Penn and a tight network of alumni from M&T
  • Exit options: Exposure to prestigious opportunities in industry or graduate school; many companies host targeted recruiting events for M&T students

Personal / Social

  • Traveling Home: Proximity of Penn to an airport and direct flight from Philadelphia to my hometown of Los Angeles
  • Activities: A variety of unique extracurricular opportunities, whether cultural, pre-professional, or just for fun
  • Social Scene: Penn is the Social Ivy and is located in a city with plenty of unique restaurants
  • Location: Philadelphia is located close enough to New York City, Washington, D.C., or Boston for day trips or quick weekend getaways

I can’t see myself having attended any other school. Academically, I’ve been able to pursue a bioengineering major while earning a degree from Wharton as well as two minors, mathematics and biophysics. In terms of internships, the M&T brand and network have allowed me to experience working at a top biotechnology firm and investment bank over two consecutive summers. Finally, such social experiences as snowball fights in the Quad my freshman year, whitewater rafting in the Poconos Mountains, and traveling to New York to perform with my dance group Penn Masti in a cross-cultural showcase would not have been possible were it not for Penn and the M&T program.

Shaun is a current M&T junior in the Class of 2014 and is from Los Angeles, CA. He studies Management and Statistics in the Wharton School and Bioengineering in Penn Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Biophysics. In addition to academics, Shaun is the Vice President of the co-ed cultural dance group Penn Masti, a three-time Teaching Assistant for the Statistics Department, and a Venture Coordinator for Wharton Leadership Ventures.

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