Whatever you choose to do, next year will bring about things that are weird and disappointing, but also ones that are new, exciting, and rewarding.
With most of campus life going on-line, SP2 students won’t have access to collaborative study spaces, mental and physical health care, school-sponsored social events, in-person office hours, library resources, guest lectures, and all other resources that constitute the “Penn experience.”
Rising College freshman, Iman Ezzeddine, recounts witnessing the explosion from her living room in Beirut.
Currently, Penn students mostly rely on Penn Course Review and word of mouth to make decisions on which classes to take.
Healthcare work can be all-encompassing, especially in this environment, and we must hold ourselves accountable to the standards of our profession.
With over 1,500 international undergraduates enrolled, Penn should make Go Local available. This is feasible, given that Penn Abroad has over 50 exchange partners in 17 countries.
When the University does not pay for the services and environment that make its work possible, other Philadelphians are left to make up the difference — or, city schools and other institutions simply go without.
In recent months, Joe Biden responded to the dual tragedies of coronavirus and police killings with resolve, but we must put pressure on our future president to support his words with concrete actions.
While we celebrate Dean James’s appointment and Wharton’s new era led by a Black woman, we also recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done at Wharton in terms of diversity.
The Penn Museum has no right or reason to keep human remains that bolstered racist science in its basement.
Help them understand the underlying issues and get involved. Respond to their posts to engage in meaningful conversations.
As non-black people of color, Asian Americans do not share the trauma of the black community and cannot dismiss their pain.
While social media feeds have been bombarded with tweets and Instagram stories in solidarity with the Black community, these efforts are not enough.
As privileged people, we must stop expecting oppressed groups to educate us, to accommodate us, or to be civil toward us.
Technology and surveillance methods are ingrained in the problem of social disparities.
We hold a responsibility to think about the critical issues faced in our home countries, and find ways to confront them, even while at Penn.
It’s natural for us to construct echo chambers by choosing what circles we choose to interact with, and this phenomenon has only been exacerbated by our move to a virtual world.
I, too, was anticipating Senior Week, Commencement, and all the last goodbyes we never got to say. But after everything that has happened, my doubts about taking a “scenic route” instead of the expressway to my goals have vanished.
To the Class of 2020, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the contributions you have made, and for giving me an opportunity to learn with you and from you.
Penn is still not perfect, but it’s filled with perfect places.