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Kiley Marron loves elections.
Rebecca Waller, the Director of the EDEN (Emotion, Development, Environment, & Neurogenetics) Lab, began her career as a high school science teacher in a public high school in London. The current Penn assistant professor never imagined that she would move to the United States, let alone lead her own lab group at Penn. Yet her never–ending fight for the welfare of children and families has brought her here.
Name: Reagan Bracknell
Name: Regina Fairbanks
Name: Jacob Dubner
“I had my roommate. I had all my classes picked and I decided the day before move–in, I’m going to do it. I’m not going to school. I’m going to do modeling.” The days leading up to her move–in at Penn, Elizabeth "Liz" Seibert (C '24) had been offered modeling contracts in New York, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo. All were two– to six–month placements, forcing Liz to decide between school and a more nontraditional path. Undecided in her studies but confident in her desire to explore the world, Liz chose to take a gap year to work in New York and then Italy as a full–time model. “I was nervous to go into an intense college environment without having a concrete plan of what I wanted to study, so those options were really intriguing to me.”
It took pitching her curriculum to 17 professors for Jay Falk to get her Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) course focusing on educating high school students in civics, local governance, and voting approved.
If Alyson del Pino (C' 21) hadn’t found refuge from the cold in Kelly Writers House (KWH) while touring Penn’s campus four years ago, she probably wouldn’t ended up at Penn. Nor would she have become the co–curator of its Zine Library. Nor would she have mastered the rare art of letterpress printing.
Name: Allison "Allie" Shapiro
Simi Ayinde (W ‘21) has mastered the art of adaptation. Born in Rhode Island, raised in Nigeria, and eventually schooled in the United Kingdom, she has come to call many places home. But these changes have not been without their set of difficulties—from small details like remembering to drop the "u" from "colour" to more significant hurdles like lacking a community at Penn in her first year of college, Simi understands that transition is a verb, not a noun.
"The same credit card. The same last name. All that little stuff. There’s a richness to that."
Thanks to her insatiable obsession with both photography and baking, Alaina Chou (C'22) has run a baking blog called Crumbs & Nibbles since the age of 13. The passion project functions as a kind of time–capsule, effectively capturing her journey as she ventures through the multifaceted world of food media. In recent years, and in line with her aspiration to work in the food industry, she's crafted a brand for herself—expanding Crumbs & Nibbles to Instagram where she hosts bake–alongs with her growing community of fans and food–lovers. This past spring, Street highlighted how Alaina was able to inspire and mobilize inexperienced yet aspiring bakers in quarantine to attempt their own banana bread or sourdough.
The COVID–19 pandemic has scattered the Penn community across the globe—broadening the boundaries of our West Philadelphia home. Never before have we had such a unique and rare opportunity to create change across the larger world. And never before has it mattered more.
Amanda Ngo (W’/C’ 20) describes herself as a “chronic introspector.” In between balancing her classes in both Wharton and the College of Arts and Sciences as a student in the Huntsman Program, Amanda always manages to find time to reflect on her personal values and beliefs in order to live her most intentional life.
When Lauren Tappan (C’20) came to Penn she immediately knew that she wanted to be involved with The WALK Magazine, Penn’s fashion publication. During one of the first GBMs of her first–year fall semester, Lauren learned that they weren’t taking any more people for the position she initially wanted, but the group still wanted her to join, and offered her a position as a model for the publication.
When Jamie Cahill (C ’22) of Spokane, Washington and Shana Vaid (C ’21) of Patterson, California came to Penn, they both found smaller communities on campus that gave them a sense of belonging. For Jamie, it was her job as a barista at Williams Café and for Shana it was the Penn Band. Yet they both recognized a lack of community among queer women.
“My Tiktok is..." Austin Maguire (C '21) pauses, "...interesting. The whole thing really started out of nowhere.”
Name: Ranvir Bhatia
After recently finishing her first semester at Penn, Sophia Schiaroli (C ‘21) already has some thoughts about Penn students.
It's a rare feat for a rock band to stay together for over twenty years. In an era where pop music has quickly shifted to R&B, rap, and dance–pop, Coldplay has managed to consistently produce sentimental soft rock songs. Their music is predictable, almost formulaic—with Chris Martin’s warm and comforting vocals that often ascend into falsettos, existential lyrics, and guitar riffs. Whether you're a fan or not, Coldplay will long be part of the soundtracks of stores and coffee shops. Although throughout their fame they haven’t been known for being inventive, their eighth studio album Everyday Life is their most ambitious and experimental album to date.
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