Articles by Amy Chan
Senior Column by Amy Chan | Redefining greatnessMy whole life, I have pictured greatness as Instagram flashes of beautiful girls fisting champagne on boats, people in fine coats promenading down Fifth Avenue.
Amy Chan | A significant life might look smaller than imagined“Well, of course I am going to live a significant life,” we all tell ourselves. The only uncertainty is how we are going to do it.
Amy Chan | Dear baby Quakers, enjoy your acceptance to the fullestI want to tell them not to give themselves so easily to others because they’ll disappoint you in the end. I want to say, prepare yourselves for the storm.
Amy Chan | Kicking and screaming into adulthoodI feel as if there is something wrong with me, especially because everyone around me seems to be moving on. And for the first time in my life, I don’t know what’s going to happen.
Amy Chan | To be a small fish in a big pondI never realized how worthless being mediocre can make us feel. I’m sure that everyone at Penn has experienced at some point the sensation of being “less than,” of trying one’s best and still falling short.
Amy Chan | Honoring those we have lost means keeping their individuality aliveTo live the way someone would have wanted us to live is a grand, beautiful task, because it requires intimate knowledge of the person we lost and it acknowledges that they were more than some casualty in the circle of life.
Amy Chan | Wading through a dry spell in my writingWhat do we do when something we love becomes something we hate?
Amy Chan | One final reinvention before graduationLike editing an essay, reinventing doesn’t mean that we’re erasing everything we had before. We are tweaking it, refining it, uncovering the original spark hidden in the chaotic mind.
Amy Chan | There really is no such thing as lost timeIf we insist on viewing time as ours, then we have to acknowledge that we’ve never misplaced a single second; only put it somewhere it’s a little more difficult to show off on a plaque.
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.
Amy Chan | You can’t ghost everyoneYou cannot always repress and ignore grievances you have with certain people. Nor can you avoid becoming close to those same people in the first place.
Group Think | How can the University Council get better attendance?Do we need a major overhaul of the UC or does the UC just have a brand problem?
Amy Chan | Why it’s OK to leave college with few friendsCollege is only a small part of our lives, and the lifelong friends we do make don’t have to come from these fleeting four years.
Group Think | What's the best way to petition the administration?In general, how can student activist groups lobby Penn's administration effectively in order to promote change?
Amy Chan | Woke is not enoughWe are eager to do what is expected of us when the trend calls for it, but we don’t let that influence anything we do in real life.
Group Think | Is Penn taking too many students through Early Decision?Is Penn filling up too much of its classes through early decision? Should there be any changes to Penn's admissions policies with regards to early decision?
Amy Chan | We won't find home in NeverlandThere is a home waiting inside each and every one of us. We only have to know ourselves first to recognize it.
Amy Chan | Struck by happinessLike most people, I always believed happiness was a fleeting emotion. And, like most people, I believed that though we cannot create happiness, we can still somehow tame the slippery creature.
Amy Chan | Minority disadvantage is more complicated than just cultureIf all cultures are truly not created equal, then we must examine the downside of white European culture before pointing the finger elsewhere.