Lulu Wang | Design Associate
It feels as though my time at Penn has been shaped by many competing priorities. I have tried to balance friends, jobs and schoolwork, all while keeping my future goals in mind.
Unsurprisingly, stress has been one of the biggest influences in my time at Penn. And not just because I am stressed, but because everyone is. The stressful culture at Penn is all-consuming. Since New Student Orientation of freshman
Imagine what our community could accomplish if we stopped idolizing stress as if it were a prize to be won? Imagine how content everyone on campus would be! I mean, if stress were a prize, I’d be by far the most notable alumnus from Penn. By far! I truly have the most on my plate, so if I am saying that we should end this competition, you know it’s important.
Hear me out: everyone at Penn seems to constantly be down to the wire on something, accomplishing something, but only at the last minute.
"Have you finished the homework?"
"No, I have two hours to do my
"Have you written your essay?"
"I wish. I stayed up all night and only finished half of it."
"Have you finished your Chem lab, done your policy analysis for Political Science 271, and written your senior thesis a year early on the linguistic variations within Russian dialects because you’re doing an uncoordinated triple degree program between Wharton, Engineering, and Nursing that’s really hard but knowing you you’ll get it done, because you're always on that grind?"
Trust me when I say that I wish you didn’t have two essays and a midterm this week. My fight to end our stress-ridden culture is not meant to belittle your experience.
I am excited to help shape the supportive university culture on the horizon, but, yikes, not this week because I'm swamped.