Katiera Sordjan


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Katiera Sordjan | Demonizing photography

But even without Photoshop, the same ideals continue to inform their image selection. America consistently sees beauty through a lens that has nothing to do with cameras — one that excludes people of varying classes, genders, sexualities and races. Models’ dropping BMIs are indications of a much larger societal desire to confine beauty. Photography and other forms of media cannot spontaneously create cultural views; they are shaped by context and represent the society that they are created in.


Katiera Sordjan | Too much activism?

I am grateful to have met many people over the course of my time at Penn who are passionate. Many students are driven to make changes in the Penn community, and our larger society, by being activists both on and off campus.


Katiera Sordjan | A family affair

Why is it that when a tuition bill is posted to my account, my parents are notified immediately to pay up, but when it comes to the deaths of our classmates, they are left in the dark?



Katiera Sordjan | Beyond the male gaze

“All About That Bass” is not the first pop song to tell young women and girls that the only real value of their bodies is how men perceive them. “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, “Just the Way You Are” and “Treasure” by Bruno Mars are just some examples of pop hits that require the man to define a woman’s beauty for her. “Men love curvy women.” “Guys love skinny girls.” These back and forth arguments are unhealthy and put down other women. Girls shouldn't have to justify their body types by pointing to what men find attractive.


Katiera Sordjan | A mutual effort

A year sounds like a long time, but it took me most of that time to find a working medical treatment. Then, I had to address my classes or risk not being able to declare my major. In order to receive medical clearance, I had to mediate between my clinician and the Counseling and Psychological Services staff, who evaluated my current health status. I spent a lot of time making repeated calls, emails and campus visits to ensure the various conditions set by Penn for my return were met, and frequently worried about my ability to come back.


Katiera Sordjan | A year on leave

The hardest part of being on leave was dealing with the shame of what felt like such a heavy failure. To me, every day I wasn’t in class was another day that I was being idle. It didn’t matter how much I helped my family out around the house, how much I volunteered or how many doctor’s appointments I went to. If I wasn’t a student, if I wasn’t employed, I wasn’t a productive member of society — end of story.


Katiera Sordjan | Sadness isn't beautiful

The dramatic, overemotional, lonely, love-obsessed juvenile whose hobbies included self-harm and crying alone was apparently the ideal to strive for. People bragged about having pseudo-nervous breakdowns and begged their internet followers and real life friends to be gentle with their fragile, self-centered egos.


Panel dishes on essentials of startup success

Last night, students in Huntsman Hall were greeted by a man dressed in bags of beef jerky. However, this wasn’t a new dining option — the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club was hosting a panel discussion on business startups.



Wharton behavioral labs fuel business research

Currently 3,500 to 4,000 people, primarily Penn students, participate in the studies, although faculty and students from nearby universities such as Temple and Drexel, as well as other Philadelphia residents, will participate as well.




PennMOVES sale turns trash into treasure

Last Saturday at the South Bank on 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia residents and members of the Penn community came out to find deals on products that once resided in Penn students’ dorm rooms.





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