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Applications Now Live for the Ideal Penn Experience

When I first entered the University of Pennsylvania as a naive and hopeful freshman, I quickly noticed the sheer amount of talent that I was surrounded by. Penn students are academically oriented and high performing, but they are no less successful in their endeavors outside of the classroom. In high school, Penn students held several club leadership positions, sang in the best acapella groups, or participated in athletics at the highest level— more commonly all three of these involvements. It is only natural for the excitement surrounding and emphasis on extracurricular involvement at Penn to be as strong as it is. It can be intimidating to join organizations, especially those with rigorous recruitment processes, and understandably so; however, it is important to remember that most, if not all, incoming students share these feelings and there are ways to navigate the club process. One of my friends described her club recruitment experience during her fall semester, mentioning that she came in with a deep and genuine interest to explore a professionally oriented club alongside one that …

Senior Advice Series #1: Traveling Beyond Tourism

Lydia Chen is a senior studying Business Analytics, Management, and Finance. She is originally from New Milford, NJ and looks forward to moving to Boston this fall. As a graduating senior, my number one piece of advice to all underclassmen is to take advantage of as many global opportunities in college as possible. Whether that’s going to Antarctica with the Wharton Leadership Ventures (freezing but worth it, in case you’re wondering), exploring innovation in San Francisco through WIEP, or participating in a WIP trip to Beijing, my Penn experience has been immensely enriched by the chance to learn outside of the classroom. Looking back on the past four years, another highlight was my semester of language immersion spent studying abroad in the south of Spain. For students who decide to go abroad, the next piece of advice I’d give is “Don’t be a tourist!”. Wherever you’re studying, aim to integrate yourself into the local culture and get off the beaten path. When I arrived in Sevilla last January, I knew that I didn’t want to …