Opinion

08/16/18 12:04pm
Finding our place at Penn doesn’t have to involve forcing ourselves to prioritize external accomplishments over internal fulfillment.
08/11/18 6:36pm
Fumbling through a summer fling, where I am the first to admit that I had no idea what I was doing, proved to me that relying on someone else to explain my actions led me no closer to self-realization than my (unsuccessful) attempts at Penn.
08/06/18 1:58pm
In some of the places I visited, I felt marginalized as a tourist. People unapologetically walked into my photos, some locals stared when I dined in restaurants, and I was the victim of angry glares when I accidentally bumped into people. And while I considered myself an American tourist, I felt I was lumped into the unspoken “international Asian tourist” group — at one point, I was handed an unsolicited Chinese flyer when neither my family nor I know a word of Mandarin. 
08/03/18 12:37pm
We can make the choice to remain politically unaware. At the end of the day, that only serves to emphasize our privilege. People think they can afford to be incognizant of worldly matters if those matters don’t pertain to them directly, but to do that is the ultimate act of selfishness.
08/02/18 11:17am
KRISTEN YEH is a College freshman from West Covina, Calif. Her email address is kristeny@sas.upenn.edu. 
07/26/18 8:54pm
Here’s my take on “chill.” At Penn, this whole "deadening yourself" with placid smiles and mildly network-y “hahas” is done for me. “Chill” is a ballooning umbrella word that just perpetuates toxic bro activity and pressures people to deflate and compress their bodies into little boxes of compliance. I’m over it, and I’ll take a good bet that most minority communities are over it, too.
07/20/18 10:04am
They remember the way in which the epidemic coincided with the emergence of gayborhoods in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, leading the media to perpetuate the misconception that HIV/AIDS was a “gay disease.” They remember friends who spent months and years hospitalized, without a single visit from relatives who abandoned them. They remember checking the obituary section of local and national newspapers quite regularly.
07/18/18 5:08pm
I shouldn’t have to come up with creative ways to word “camp counselor” in order to sound more accomplished on my resume — a resume that proudly boasts working with kids at a job that is demanding and satisfying should be enough. This philosophy applies to many situations, and I think we as students need to stop focusing so narrowly on creating resumes hopped up on steroids.
07/15/18 3:30pm
Even though my bout with burnout only lasted around two and a half weeks, it was definitely one of the more unpleasant aspects of my college experience thus far.
07/11/18 12:16pm
Because the professor/student relationship can be so easily taken advantage of, universities have a responsibility to their students to take allegations of misconduct seriously, and when appropriate, respond to such allegations in a way that places the needs of the student body first.
07/09/18 11:52am
KRISTEN YEH is a College freshman from West Covina, Calif. Her email address is kristeny@sas.upenn.edu. 
07/06/18 12:10pm
The international popularity and historical significance of soccer might be hints that US should join the soccer craze soon. Although the US was not a part of this World Cup, Americans should still support the international teams of their heritage or choice on television.
07/04/18 8:34am
Deciding to study what we enjoy can be intellectually freeing, but enjoyment doesn't always help us decide what to study. We may enjoy a lot of subjects, we won’t enjoy every moment of any subject, and often our enjoyment of a subject grows with an investment of time and effort.
06/30/18 9:49am
If I really cared about someone and had a deep emotional connection with them, why would I feel the need to appear as if I didn’t care?
06/27/18 12:07pm
The Ivy League was formed as an East Coast football association. Nothing more, nothing less. That would make you think that the pride we take in our sports teams would be off the charts. That’s not the case at all.
06/25/18 10:00am
I would give anything in the world to have 110 million people follow me on any one of my social media accounts, because it would give me a ridiculously easy way to be heard. To me, it is wrong to have a listening audience, but nothing to say, especially in today’s tumultuous political environment.
06/18/18 3:14pm
KRISTEN YEH is a College freshman from West Covina, Calif. Her email address is kristeny@sas.upenn.edu. 
06/18/18 3:06pm
Because I grew up yearning for a social sphere synonymous to religious identification, I was awestruck and surprised by the amount of Jewish involvement on Penn’s campus.
06/17/18 7:30pm
Instead of freeing me from anxiety or awkwardness like I thought, Chill became a straightjacket that only served to make me more aware of how much I wanted and how much I cared.
06/14/18 9:59am
Walking on a treadmill shouldn’t elicit a derisive remark from a fellow gym-goer, yet more than once a man has approached me and said something akin to, “You call that running?” No matter how hard I try to convince myself that embarrassment shouldn’t be the go-to reaction, I walk away from the gym trying to hide my reddening cheeks.