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As I count down the days until winter break, only one thing stands in my way: finals. But this year, in lieu of those nerve-racking blue book exams, I will have papers and take-home exams. All the reading and writing I will have to do confirms that I will have to spend long hours holed up in some study haven, surrounded by wrappers, used coffee cups and empty water bottles … if I can even find that late-night haven.
In light of Thanksgiving, take some time to think about the people you appreciate. Who comes to mind? Friends, family and significant others, but perhaps teachers and mentors as well. In high school, these miscellaneous mentors often took the form of athletic coaches or religious leaders, and they were easy to pinpoint because they were so firmly rooted in our everyday lives. But now that we’re in college, who are our mentors?
In J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, Transfiguration professor Minerva McGonagall said, “There will be books written about Harry — every child in our world will know his name!” And while Harry Potter has certainly become a household name since his introduction in the United States 12 years ago, can we attribute his popularity to simply the books?
This week is Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. In the past, it has never been a huge deal to me. But this year, I’m kind of excited because Yul Kwon is giving the keynote speech tomorrow and he’s an excellent choice.
In my “Why Penn” essay from almost three years ago, I distinctly remember stating that one of the main draws of our beloved university was its emphasis on “interdisciplinary” learning. Of course, as an applicant, I wasn’t entirely sure what that concept or its importance was, but now that I’ve been a student here, I totally know … or do I?
The school year has barely begun and I am already being bombarded with Teach for America application information. Never mind that I’m a junior and I can’t apply anyway. TFA just wants everyone to know about this shining opportunity to “become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity for all children,” as written in an English department e-mail on Aug. 17. I have a feeling that by December, I will have received at least 10 other e-mails inviting applications and visits to information sessions.
As one of two people under the age of 40 at my workplace this summer, I find I am most impressive to some of my coworkers because I can type at a speed faster than 40 words per minute. In fact, it seems that our whole generation of 18- to 29-year-olds is fascinating to the older set simply because we thrive on digital technology. We’re experts on social networking and unresponsive iPods. We might as well have buttons on our forearms that make us recite entries from Wikipedia.
Academic and career success is great, but Wharton junior Ava Zhang firmly believes that her Christian faith is what makes her happier everyday.
On move-in day as a Wharton freshman, Jane* asked her roommate Anne* if she wanted to share a fridge.
Though more women are going to college than ever before — 71.5 percent of 2008 U.S. high-school graduates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — this doesn’t mean more women are becoming professors.
As he works toward his goal of entering politics or diplomacy in his home country of Latvia, College junior Janis Kreilis knows his Penn experience will serve him well.
For domestic students, coming to Penn might be part of a family tradition or perhaps just a fluke. But for many international students, even coming to the United States for school often requires careful consideration.
College sophomore Zeynep Enkavi remembers being shocked at the sheer size of the United States.
Through all the rehearsals, performances and group bonding — adding up to nearly seven semesters of 15- to 20-hour weeks dedicated to the Pan-Asian Dance Troupe — College senior and President Karen Wong can’t single out a particular favorite memory.
College senior and Penn Art Club president Ingrid Lindquist firmly believes that “art is ubiquitous.”
Even though 2009 College alumna Geneva Campbell was accepted to her dream law school last fall, she is spending her first months after graduation doing development and communications work at Philadelphia VIP, a hub of pro bono legal services for low-income Philadelphia residents.
In the midst of war and poverty, many people may have trouble envisioning a better future for the world.
For College senior Laura Trujillo, La Casa Latina Center has become her home away from home.
According to the National Association of College Stores 2008 report, the average student spent $702 on textbooks in the 2006-2007 academic year.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently awarded Penn more than $30 million to fund over 100 scientific research projects from various programs spanning the University's 12 schools, including the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences.