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Word on the Street

'Madam President' is Not Just a Dream Anymore

Why I have a feeling the 2020 presidential election is going to be different. 

by CHELSEY ZHU

I Went Back to High School, and It Felt Like I Was Still at Penn

Penn Face and unhealthy competition start way before most of us step foot on campus.

by CHELSEY ZHU

Ghosted by Goat Boy

What do you do when a dreamy Tinder date suddenly stops replying?

by CLAIRE PINCE

Coming Out Into the Closet

Sometimes the lack of a label is more freeing.

by LAKEISHA HENLEY

The Letters I've Started to Send

A sample of letters I've written to my friends, colleagues, and mentors about how Penn impacts us all

by LAURA BECK

Coming to Terms with My Bipolar Disorder is a Struggle, But That Doesn't Mean I've Failed

To heal, we need to stop comparing and start understanding.

by NANCY HU

Discovering Where I'm From

A long–expired license made me contemplate the idea of “fromness.”

by JACKIE LAWYER

One Year Later: Recovering After Disappearing

Going public with my eating disorder a year ago changed the way I think about my identity. 

by KELLY PORTER

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

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