Articles by Varun Saraswathula

04/08/21 9:26pm
In a special feature, columnist Varun Saraswathula examines the state of mental health on campus and assesses how we, as a campus community, can improve it.
03/21/21 2:41pm
Columnist Varun Saraswathula digs into the human loss of the pandemic.
02/12/21 12:03pm
Public information about the status of COVID-19 at Penn is hard to come by, with only weekly updates on a dashboard largely devoid of relevant information. With real concerns about an outbreak on campus, Penn has to do better.
12/10/20 12:58am
2020 has tested each of us, forcing us to build a strong will and resilient spirit. Don't lose that in 2021.
11/17/20 10:02pm
We have a lot of work to do as a nation to create a more equitable and just society. However, it’s also important to consider how wondrous it is that someone like Kamala Harris can be in office.
10/27/20 10:21am
You may find that discussing the Affordable Care Act in objective, clinical terms without references to politics or party will spark a refreshing and fruitful debate. 
10/14/20 5:41pm
Stress doesn't have to paralyze you. When it feels like everything is out of control, pause and think about the ways in which you are already in control. 
09/21/20 8:58pm
One must realize that the Penn Bubble is a phenomenon that extends beyond its geographical boundaries — it's a symptom of a larger problem.
08/06/20 10:58am
Even in states that are “solidly” red or blue, increased turnout can send a message of what public opinion really is, while abstentions embolden those in power to continue to ignore other voices.
07/19/20 9:41pm
Dr. Lorna Breen’s passing reignited a conversation surrounding well-being among physicians, but struggles with mental health often begin more than a decade before medicine itself.
07/04/20 1:29pm
Personal liberty is the argument used to hide the crux of the issue, which is that individuals unwilling to wear masks simply don’t value the lives of others around them as much as they value their own.
06/25/20 9:47pm
You would be wrong if you expect 10,000 18-22 year olds living in one place to exercise safe COVID-19 practices.
06/17/20 1:33pm
Our nation is slipping back into the grasp of a pandemic, and we’re blindly letting it happen.
06/03/20 4:08pm
By giving standardized testing the weight it currently has, we end up heightening the barriers to higher education that many Black students already face.
05/21/20 12:12pm
The onus is on our political leadership to support empirical, evidence-based information to protect the American people.
05/13/20 2:54pm
Every human life has equal value, and it’s time for our healthcare system to recognize that.
04/20/20 3:31pm
Choosing where you want to spend the next four years of your life is really stressful, namely because of how consequential that decision is. Your decision to come to Penn represents the first of many to limit the number of potential paths you can follow in life.
04/05/20 7:41pm
I truly believe that taking time for ourselves, pursuing our passions, and prioritizing the relationships we have in our physical and virtual spaces will guide us as we make our way through, and eventually out, of this era. 
03/13/20 6:32pm
Across the University, the sentiment is that Penn was not only late in communicating its message, but also incredibly unreasonable in creating the timeline.
02/26/20 9:01pm
I urge you to put the books down for a minute, step away from your laptop, and introspect. Consider what motivates you. Is it passion or interest? Is it a career prospect? Is it money?
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