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Word on the Street

Reconnecting with My Roots

Facing graduation, memories of making applesauce as a child make me wonder if I should give up the city for a rural life. 

by ALICIA LOPEZ

On Gap Years and Growth

My year off led me to dream up a version of Penn that the school could never live up to.

by SAYA DESAI

On Grieving Unevenly During the Pandemic

How the COVID–19 pandemic caused grief for so many yet prevented us from mourning properly. 

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

A Tale of Two Cities

An ode to growing up and coming home

by MIRA SYDOW

A Love Letter To My COVID–19 Bubble

Reflecting on the little things that shaped my pandemic year, halfway across the world

by CINDY ZHANG

Notes From The Anxious Girl Underground

Navigating the anxiety of death and isolation amidst a pandemic

by MEHEK BOPARAI

Diary of a Former Pandemic Barista

Working at a coffee shop during COVID–19 helped me find connections to others.

by MEG GLADIEUX

I Tried to Solve Quarantine Loneliness With Hobbies. It Didn't Work.

Gardening, cooking, photography, and writing couldn’t replace the human connection I craved.

by SHEIL DESAI

How Quarantine Saved My Penn Career

When the pandemic started, I was applying to transfer out of Penn. Now, I’m glad I didn’t.

by JULIA ESPOSITO

Stretch Marks

A meditation on self–love, or a lack thereof

by KARIN HANANEL

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

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