As I picked classes for my final semester, I was excited to see how far I had come in satisfying Penn’s requirements. What had seemed an overwhelmingly long and convoluted list freshman year has been slowly withered to two biological basis of behavior classes. But there was still a significant requirement missing from Penn InTouch: my senior thesis.
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In 1999, English professor and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House Al Filreis gave a 60-second lecture declaring, “We should live to see the end of the lecture as we know it.”
Three years ago, I arrived at Penn, already in far over my head. I enrolled in Math 104 and Biol 121 because that’s what pre-med kids do. I barely even knew what it meant to be a pre-med, but I was quite certain I was one of them.
It should be no surprise that President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign theme of change went somewhat unfulfilled. However, that shouldn’t be taken as an attack upon Obama’s leadership. Instead, this failure seems to more accurately hint at a pervasive resistance to change that plagues our society. This problem proves most dangerous when our stubbornness to adapt allows obvious, and sometimes even easily solved, inefficiencies to persist.
What we heard in high school about the choice we face in college — “sleep, friends, grades: pick two” — no longer seems to apply.
Blaming our politicians for all of our nation’s problems has earned itself a special place in America’s heart.
Over the past few years, President Barack Obama and many education experts have called for an increase in American students majoring in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — fields.
I don’t care about the color of your skin. But unfortunately, most colleges do when they consider your admission.
Every year, Penn’s college house system rejects 200 to 300 students who request on-campus housing while another 300 or so undergrads live in Sansom Place — a dorm originally built for graduate students.
On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has repeatedly described universities as “indoctrination centers.” He claims that they spread socialism and secularism to our nation’s youth.