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Alex Poscente (W '21) is an entrepreneur, artist, and interlocutor. In the summer of 2020, she merged these talents when she founded her startup Ivy Insights, which builds teams of consultants from top universities for companies across the United States.
Sitotaw is the head of a synagogue. Getu is the coach of a winning soccer team. Inoa is a middle school student, a teen activist, and one of the founding members of a circus troupe.
The moment you enter the United by Blue (UBB) on Penn’s campus, you find yourself at ease. Whether you're camping out at a table to write a paper with a mug full of foamy latte by your side, or trekking to your dorm with a refreshing iced coffee, UBB's coffee is iconic in any form.
Whether it be velvety hummus spread atop warm pita, flawlessly fried falafel, or baba ganoush bursting with flavor, a meal from Hummus Grill is truly a work of art.
While engulfed by the silence of Van Pelt–Dietrich Library’s 60–year–old walls, lengthy papers write themselves faster, grinding for an upcoming midterm becomes (a little) less daunting, and typing out tedious discussion posts is a bit easier.
Name: Julie Chen
To Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym (C '93, GED '96), the most honorable thing a leader can do is be the first to take action. As one of Philadelphia's fiercest on–the–ground politicians, Gym upholds this value in all aspects of her career.
Chanel Nichols (C ‘21) is a 29–year–old senior. The California native spent a year in beauty school, started as a beauty assistant for three years, and then spent seven more years working tirelessly as a hairstylist—building her clientele while making over six figures. During this time, Chanel was also in community college. The current philosophy, politics, and economics major is passionate about her education and decided that a two–year college wasn't enough for her, which ultimately motivated her to transfer to Penn. But when Chanel moved from California to Philadelphia, she felt that all of her hard work was lost.
About a century ago, Maya Pratt's (C ‘23) great-grandmother carried her own sister on her back as she escaped Russia in the midst of the 1917 Revolution, ultimately immigrating to the United States.
“When we came to America we faced severe poverty ... My activism is connected to my family and my lived experience. Between experiencing poverty, being an immigrant in this country, learning English, struggling with English, and having parents who struggle with English, it helps me to recognize that the bare minimum is not provided for folks to even begin to have a dignified and humane living.”
Dina Ley (E ‘23) fell in love with photography while immersed in the shadows of the dark room at age 12. Her best friend at the time had convinced her to take a film photography course at the Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Dina’s hometown, and her life hasn’t been the same since.
Nearly every Penn student and alumni could tell you a story about an incredible night that ended at Allegro. I had the honor of spending a day at the oldest pizzeria in University City, which is an indispensable part of the Penn experience. Whether you are stumbling in for a slice of pepperoni at 2am on a Friday or nursing a hangover with your heavenly pancakes on a Sunday morning, can you truly call yourself a Penn student if you haven’t taken one, or many, trips to Allegro?
Name: Selina Nie
“It is so important to understand positions that you don’t agree with. If you don’t understand them, you can’t argue against them. That’s something that I really emphasize in my classes...trying to see both sides of something and fleshing out the reasonable contours of all these different debates,” Professor of Sociology Chenoa Flippen reflects.
During the dog days of Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Street spoke separately with Seth Schuster and Samantha Delman, two employees on tasked with communicating the now–President–elect's mission and getting voters to the polls. Both described their motivation to work for Biden, experience throughout the campaign, and belief in his ability to heal our nation during this tumultuous time.
“Forming relationships with these children is by far the most rewarding part. It’s such an amazing feeling when you realize how excited they are to see you every week, or when you miss a week and they notice and ask where you were...to learn about their lives, talk to them, and build relationships with them,” Olivia Francella (W ‘23) reflects upon her involvement in the organization Young Quakers.
“I post because I think what I post is funny. I’ll laugh at the videos I make and that’s what I go by, if I laugh at it, I’ll post it. It’s crazy to me that I’ve gained such a large audience from people who have my same sense of humor.”
"I definitely feel as if I was rushed into being an adult to a certain extent. I feel a bit like we’re doing this backwards," Eliza Cohen (C '24) reflects.
"For many of these children, their childhood unfortunately gets taken away from them far too early," says Lia Brodrick (C'22), as she reflects on her reasons for bringing A Moment of Magic to Penn's campus.
“As a journalist, your notebook is your passport to other worlds, to people you would’ve never otherwise met, and to situations you would’ve never otherwise been in…”