I opened my laptop to check my email. What I would find, amongst deals for stores like Express and Best Buy, was an email from Penn Admissions. Dean Furda was waiting on the inside to tell me that I had received a
likely letter to Penn: “You’re among a small group of students who are designated as likely candidates, meaning that on March 30, you’re going to be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania.”
In retrospect, I took that moment for granted. I wasn’t aware of the blood, sweat and tears that students poured into their applications. I had no idea how much pressure came from people’s parents to get into an institution like Penn, or how competitive people’s high schools could actually be. Don’t get me wrong, I put in an extreme amount of work to get here. But I’ve been humbled by the amount of people who I know worked that much harder.
The truth is an acceptance to Penn meant an acceptance to opportunities that I never knew would exist. It meant the chance to step outside of my comfort zone and to learn and grow in an environment rich in cultural diversity. It meant learning about myself as I learned about my passions, and learning about myself as I learned about others. Being at Penn for three years has taught me to not take anything for granted and to make every moment — every decision count.
And so comes your time (for those of you who weren’t ED) to make that choice. Penn isn’t the right place for everyone, trust me. So we’ve put this site together to help! Here at The Daily Pennsylvanian we try to be your source of all things entertaining, informing and relevant. When you arrive on campus — and even before that — we want you to engage with our multiple products, from our arts and culture magazine 34th Street, to our 24/7 blog Under the Button, our daily publication, and everything in between. So use us to explore, to learn about what life at Penn is really like and get excited for what I hope is as great of a ride for you as it has been for me. We’re here to serve you, be your eye in the sky, and provide a platform for you to speak out. From the moment you got your acceptance letter, we had you covered.