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Word on the Street

Searching for School Spirit

My journey to connect with Penn's community

by JOHN NYCZ

I've Never Had a Serious Relationship—And That's Okay

Before I could have cinematic moments with others, I had to experience them alone. 

by MEHEK BOPARAI

Going Gray

I spent too much time on my phone. So I took drastic measures.

by RACHEL SWYM

No, You Don't Have to Work All the Time

Existing is enough.

by DEREK NHIEU

Adventures of an Adam Sandler Extra

Adam Sandler was filming in Philly—as a lifelong fan, I was determined to meet him. 

by SHELBY ABAYIE

What They Don’t Tell You About Reporting an Assault at Penn

The system did not fail me, but the community did.

by JESSICA BAO

A Love Letter to Hill House Dining Hall

How the dining hall shaped my most meaningful friendships at Penn

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

A Love Story Between Coffee and an Anxiety–Ridden Student

Unpacking my rollercoaster relationship with lattes and cold brews

by JULIA ESPOSITO

My Journey Cooking During COVID–19

How cooking new recipes got me through the pandemic—and helped me explore my vegetarianism

by ANIKA PRAKASH

Baba

She had trouble thinking about love and her father as two things that belonged together. 

by ANONYMOUS

Confessions From a Girl Who Can’t Go Home

A reflection on what it means to 'belong' somewhere in a pandemic—both here and abroad

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

Overcoming the Male Gaze

My journey to realizing that beauty doesn't depend on what men think of me

by JULIA ESPOSITO

My Summer of Being

Overcoming my fear of stillness and boredom—or at least trying to.

by EVA INGBER

Two White Horses

When music becomes memory...

by WALDEN GREEN

My Time at Habitat for Humanity

After a year of social isolation, my part-time job reminded me what it means to be human.

by PEYTON TOUPS

Sharing the Burden

Why everyone needs to pick up the slack when it comes to sexual assault

by ANONYMOUS

A Dialogue on Grieving 'Anti–Asian Violence'

Kingsley Song and Sudeep Bhargava, the chair and vice chair of the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, reflect on grieving and the ongoing violence towards the Asian community. 

by SUDEEP BHARGAVA and KINGSLEY SONG

Lying Isn't a Part of My Personality—It's an Escape From It

Growing up means evolving past the desire to live a picturesque story. 

by MEHEK BOPARAI

Sitting On a Bench With a Stranger

He was my soulmate—until we met.

by JULIA KAFOZOFF

Charmed by Cartoons

My favorite shows are rated TV–Y7.

by RACHEL SWYM

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