On Tuesday, Feb. 25, we will all realize that from that point on, we will no longer be able to drop a class unless we want a “W” for withdrawal on our transcripts. However, even though we have had six weeks to decide whether or not to drop our classes, at this point in the semester, we still have no idea how we are doing in many classes.
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When schedules come out for Penn students after advanced registration, many students find themselves stuck without their first choice classes or without classes they need to take for certain requirements. Immediately, Penn students put their courses into Penn Course Notify or Penn Course Alert so they can be notified when these classes open up. That’s normal, and indeed laudable. You should take classes you genuinely want. But the fact that some students are willing to purchase these courses from other students is problematic for several reasons.
Advance Registration for the spring semester has begun, and Penn students are scouring Penn InTouch for courses to take.
Penn has often been described as a “work hard, play hard” environment or the “social Ivy.” It is a school where extremist mentalities are applied to both school and partying. Within this campus culture, students are at high risk for alcohol and drug addiction. It is crucial that the options for students afflicted with alcohol abuse be presented to them in an accessible, clear, and destigmatized way.
When students sign up for large lectures, they are also required to sign up for recitations, often picking whichever section best fits into their schedules. Different recitations have different teaching assistants, which often results in grading disparities between sections.
In 2003, the Critical Writing Program formed to solve Penn’s “lack of centralization” problem. It sought to integrate all of Penn’s writing resources and, in doing so, required all undergraduates to take a one-semester writing seminar.
When touring colleges and scouring college advising websites, we are taught that the lower a school’s student-faculty ratio is, the smaller the classes are, and the more one-on-one time can be spent between students and professors. However, two semesters of classes at Penn have shown me that the student-faculty ratio is not a good representation of class size, and therefore should not be used to get a good sense of how big a class is at any school. Average class size percentages may be more useful, but even that data does not tell the whole truth.
When first-year students arrive at the University of Pennsylvania, they are excited to get involved in at least one of the 450 student-run clubs they’ve heard so much about.
There’s no denying that Penn’s location in West Philadelphia isn’t the safest. As students, we sometimes get notifications about places to stay away from due to crime, violence, or other dangers.
All first-year students are required to be on one of Penn’s dining plans: Away from Kitchen (240 swipes per semester and 140 dining dollars), Balanced Eating Naturally (170 swipes and 225 dining dollars), or Best Food Fit (138 swipes and 400 dining dollars). But even those who have the dining plan with the fewest swipes are left with an excess at the end of the semester, and unable to carry their swipes over.
Everyone loves the feeling of checking something off. There is no denying that there is satisfaction in knowing that something has been completed and doesn’t need to be worried about anymore. But what if I told you that checking things off came at a price?