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Jacquelyn Sussman | From NSO to Thanksgiving: a Freshman reflection

(11/15/17 2:29am)

I’ll admit it: Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, has traditionally been more about how many pumpkin pies I can consume than reflecting on what I’m thankful for. But as a freshman who wants to get as much out of a Penn education as possible, I believe some self-reflection is probably healthy. So, I’m going to try something new this year and contemplate what I am and am not thankful for at Penn thus far.

Jacquelyn Sussman | Put computer science in the core

(10/18/17 5:14am)

It’s no secret that most Penn students want to be the next Elon Musk. I know I do. But as venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel wrote in his book, “Zero to One,” every moment in business is singular: “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network.” 

Jacquelyn Sussman | Didn't read the PRP? Penn didn't either

(09/06/17 1:00am)

When I received the email notifying me about the Penn Reading Project, I was super impressed. The selection of Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators” demonstrated Penn’s veneration towards technological innovation and seemed like an exciting way to both immerse myself in Penn’s culture of entrepreneurship and to learn more about the history of computer science. Ignoring the annoyingly meticulous descriptions of the technology behind creating the modern computer and other innovations — what even is lambda calculus? — what I found particularly interesting about “The Innovators” was its emphasis on collaboration: how each innovator depended upon easy access to the workings of other innovators throughout the book. 

Jacquelyn Sussman | I'm for affirmative, not punitive, action

(08/23/17 2:33am)

My first reaction to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division's recent decision to investigate Harvard University's undergraduate admissions process to determine if it discriminated against Asian Americans was to laugh. "Look at these special snowflakes," I chuckled, “so frustrated about their Harvard rejections that they sued.”