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Word on the Street

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

Not Measuring Up: Fighting Food Shame and Self–Blame During COVID–19

The search for sanity during my first year of college has never felt lonelier. 

by GABRIELLA RAFFETTO

I Spent Years Downplaying My Experiences With Anti–Asian Racism. Not Anymore.

A (far from comprehensive) list of times I’ve felt like a foreigner and a caricature

by CHELSEY ZHU

My Body, My Insecurity

 How I tumbled down the rabbit hole of body insecurity

by JULIA ESPOSITO

Regretting My Return to Campus

I've struggled with unmet expectations for my first year of college.

by ANONYMOUS

I’m Allergic to the Cold. No, I’m Not Kidding.

How I’ve grown into having an unusual allergy

by JULIA ESPOSITO

Taken by the Tides

How my family's neighborhood became a ghost town

by ANNE LALLY

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