Articles by Sara Merican
Sara Merican | Speaking a different EnglishDid people understand what I was saying? Were they too nice to say if they didn’t? Do they mind how I sound?
Sara Merican | Having faith at PennChristianity for me was not the end to the search for meaning, but rather, something that pointed me to where I should search.
Sara Merican | Don't forget to have a summerYou don’t have to fill every week. You don’t have to always be doing “something.” Summer isn’t a competition.
Sara Merican | Reflecting on my first Super BowlWe soaked in Philadelphia in all its brilliant, flashy, beeping, honking, waving, screaming, shouting splendor
Sara Merican | Reflecting on falling snow and passing timeOne day not too far away, Locust Walk, which I trek up and down every day in mundane familiarity, will become a path of memories I can only trace in my mind.
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.
Sara Merican | Becoming citizens of PhiladelphiaThe city can widen our horizons, teach us lessons and help us develop a healthier view on life, society and our goals.
Sara Merican | To tread the unfamiliar with sensitivity and humilityThere is great education and adventure in taking classes in a subject that is not only foreign to us, but also challenges our fundamental assumptions and beliefs.
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?
Sara Merican | Beating the dead horse of campus cultureFrom freshmen to upperclassmen, student club member to club president — we all have our own “spheres of influence," no matter their size.
Sara Merican | Monumental conversationsThe politics of presentation and representation are complex and therefore it is crucial that as many voices as possible are heard.
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?
Sara Merican | 'Tis the season to supportInstead of always spending time agonizing over how to boost the number of people attending our club’s next event, we should perhaps take some time to go to a friend’s concert or activity.
Sara Merican | The pursuit of gratefulnessGratefulness is a bit like a muscle — you have to use it or you lose it. It’s something you get better at with practice.
Sara Merican | To mean what I sayI refuse to dress my words up anymore, or play mind games with words. I want my words to be true.
Sara Merican | An ode to language learningThis semester, I had second thoughts, but ended up registering for Korean again. Something keeps me going back.
Sara Merican | Embracing the inefficiencies in our livesI sometimes forget how wonderful inefficiency is, in a fast-paced environment like Penn’s.