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Senior Column by Ellie Schroeder | Figuring it out

(05/16/18 1:04am)

When I arrived at college four years ago, I was an idealistic freshman set on having the full liberal arts experience. I pored over each department’s course catalog, from sociology to linguistics to literature, imagining all the paths my life could take now that I was one of the few, lucky students admitted to Penn. I assumed that I would take some amazing classes, meet some amazing people, and — as all the brochures and packets seemed to implicitly promise — around the age of 21, I would wake up one day with a powerful sense of purpose and direction.