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Word on the Street

My Tumor Derailed My Life, But Helped Me Overcome My Anxiety

Taking time off from Penn forced me to let go of my five year plan

by SHERRY TSENG

Winning Essay: Learning to Feel Beautiful

"I tried to be a “beautiful” girl that cared about how she looked, but I wasn’t ready to see her."

by SABRINA APONTE

Becoming My Own Prince Charming

"I know I will find someone who loves me because I chose to love myself first." 

by ZOE YOUNG

For J

"I’ve typed up this timeline of my affection, though I do not know its purpose. For reference, I suppose."

by LUCY CORLETT

Turning Feelings into Friendship

"And I found that you’re way more fun when I’m sharing weird Tinder screenshots and groovy memes with you than you’d be if we were anything more than friends."

by JACKSON BETZ

We're Not Dating Anymore, But I Still Love Him. Just Differently.

"Sam is the best friend I always wanted and finally have, and I love him." 

by ANA WEST

Feeling Small in the Universe

"Since I’m melodramatic, my own tininess in relation to the movements of the cosmos sometimes makes me feel better."

by ANONYMOUS

A Bumble Date That Actually Went Right

"I felt like this may actually be what adult dating was."

by SYDNEY GELMAN

Thinking About the Future When You're About to Leave

“What if I turn on the light and you’re not there anymore?”

by MARGARET ZHANG

I No Longer Feel Like I Am a Burden

"He kept me afloat and, more importantly, he kept me alive in a time where I saw not even the smallest value in myself."

by ANONYMOUS

My Dad was Deployed in Baghdad. For a While I Didn't Know What that Meant.

"The official flower of the military child is the dandelion—for a reason. It can grow anywhere, adapt to any situation, and most importantly, is almost impossible to destroy."

by KELLY MACGARRIGLE

I (Haven't) Met my Husband at Penn

"I’m still peddling that age-old excuse… no, no I’m just too busy for a relationship."

by KATIE LEVESQUE

Black Coffee

"Maybe my body loves me a little less, but I’m learning to love me a little more."

by ELIZABETH BEUGG

My Crohn’s Disease Won't Define My College Experience

Exploring the day–to–day struggles of having a chronic illness in college

by KAITLYN BOYLE

All I Did at Penn Was Get By. I'm Okay With That.

 A soon–to–graduate urban studies major on defining her own success. 

by SABRINA APONTE

My Search for Passion: On Searching Instead of Settling

A second semester senior embraces her lack of a planned–out future in an excited hopefulness for the unknown.

by GRETCHEN BEDNARZ

Tell Your Story with Word on the Street this Semester

WOTS is Street's home for first-person narratives by and for Penn students.

by 34TH STREET MAGAZINE

A Balancing Act: Being Black, Gay, and Female

From homophobia within the black community to white feminism and more, intersectionality was more than a textbook term for me. 

by MARIA CURRY

Growing Up, I Distanced Myself From My Judaism. The Pittsburgh Shooting Changed That.

I realized that the hatred others had for Jews scarily resembled my own subtle self–hatred.

by ARI GOLDFINE

Choosing Abstinence in College Left Me Excluded

I came to Penn expecting acceptance. Instead, my lifestyle is still being mocked. 

by SARAH BETH GLEESON

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