Articles by Alex Silberzweig
Alex Silberzweig | Penn needs to be more cognizant of the opioid crisisJust because we attend a world-class university does not mean that we are shielded from the horrors of the opioid crisis.
Alex Silberzweig | Penn students would benefit from reading for funWe need to incorporate the act of reading into our daily routine. Even reading one or two full-length articles from a fairly reputable newspaper or reading a chapter of a book can make a difference.
Alex Silberzweig | Khan Academy highlights deficiencies in conventional teaching methodsThe extent to which high school, college, and graduate students depend on Khan Academy tells us how lackluster some of their more conventional resources tend to be.
Alex Silberzweig | Don’t let your parents determine your career pathThere's a balance you need to strike: don't completely dismiss what your loved ones have to say, but don't change simply to fit their needs.
Alex Silberzweig | The pain of oblivion at PennWe can make the choice to remain politically unaware. At the end of the day, that only serves to emphasize our privilege. People think they can afford to be incognizant of worldly matters if those matters don’t pertain to them directly, but to do that is the ultimate act of selfishness.
Alex Silberzweig | The brutal phenomenon of burnout at PennEven though my bout with burnout only lasted around two and a half weeks, it was definitely one of the more unpleasant aspects of my college experience thus far.
Alex Silberzweig | School spirit at Penn is severely lackingThe Ivy League was formed as an East Coast football association. Nothing more, nothing less. That would make you think that the pride we take in our sports teams would be off the charts. That’s not the case at all.
Alex Silberzweig | How Penn can better care for its student-athletesWith a balancing act like no other, it becomes exceedingly difficult for student-athletes at Penn to perform well without forgoing their physical and mental health.
Alex Silberzweig | You don't have to live in New York CityFor many Penn students, New York often seems the only possible destination after graduation. You might think you need to do whatever it takes to make it there.
Group Think | What is the biggest issue facing Penn?The fall semester is just about to end and a lot has happened that has left lasting impressions and changes on this campus.
Alex Silberzweig | Big donations have little significance for Penn studentsThe drive to create some sort of legacy, though often expressed in unusual ways, stems from a common desire to remember and be remembered.
Alex Silberzweig | Penn Dining really is "simple robbery"Though our food is an integral part of our college experience, the costs of eating should not tie us down and hinder us more than our tuition, housing, and work already do.
Alex Silberzweig | What does it mean to be 'kind' in college?Maybe losing our otherwise well-defined sense of kindness is just a part of growing up.
Alex Silberzweig | Creating a more accommodating recovery atmosphere at PennThose with the power to do so should improve the way that Penn students to recover from illnesses by extending SHS hours and giving students time to get better.
Group Think | Getting Penn students excited about athleticsWith Homecoming next week, what do you think Penn can do to have better student attendance at Penn sports events?
Alex Silberzweig | The dangers of seeing and being seenAs someone whose reflections are based on just under two months of circumstantial observations, I think that there is something perverse about the tendency to dress to impress on a college campus.
Group Think | Why do so many students want to transfer to Wharton?Why do you think Wharton specifically receives the bulk of transfer requests and dual degree requests compared to the other schools?
Alex Silberzweig | What’s the deal with intro-level STEM classes?If college administrators want their students to pursue careers in STEM, they should encourage, rather than dissuade their students through accessible courses for underclassmen that actively engage them.
Group Think | Are students taking too many courses outside of their home schools?Should Penn change course requirements so that students in Wharton, Nursing and Engineering can take more classes in their home schools or is the system fine as it currently is?