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Word on the Street

Word on the Street: Closeted Pride

The summer before coming to Penn, I would have considered myself halfway out of the closet.

by CONOR COOK

Older, Not Wiser

4 a.m. fears rarely stand to reason in the morning light. The irrational insecurities that race through your brain, colliding like cars on the Autobahn, slow down as the sun comes up.

by MARLEY COYNE

Word on the Street: Bursting the Penn Bubble

Penn students could all benefit from being a little less afraid of our neighborhood. 

by EMILY JOHNS

Word on the Street: Housing My Concerns

A pre–frosh recently asked me what my least favorite part of Penn is. My immediate answer was housing.

by ALYSSA BERLIN

Eating Up Our Time

There’s no denying that at a school like Penn every minute is working overtime, and even then there never seems to be enough time.

by AVA VAN DER MEER

You're a Wizard, Harry

For the majority of my generation, the Harry Potter series conjures memories of magical childhood nights lined up outside of Barnes and Noble and heated debates about which Hogwarts house you would be in.

by ABIGAIL KOFFLER

The Warmth of Privilege

I have, over the course of the last few years at Penn, occasionally left my jacket behind at a party.

by ADAM HERSH

NSOver It



by ORLY GREENBERG

Doing it for the Insta

Your life, cropped and filtered. 

by CONOR COOK & EMILY JOHNS

My Summer Job Is Better Than Yours

Better than coffee runs and Bank of America.

by KATHERINE HARTMAN

Word on the Street: Sometimes I Go To the Movies By Myself

And you can, too.

by CASSANDRA KYRIAZIS

Word on the Street: Death, Meditations and Positivity

Remembering an alumnus, leader and friend.

by ROCHELLE SHEN

Word on the Street: So I Fucked Up My Five Year Plan

At the beginning of this summer, I made a 78–item to do list. Tasks ranged from the mundane (email academic advisor) to the absolutely critical (bikini wax ASAP) to the unlikely to receive a check mark (run half marathon). The List (one of many) is part of my Five Year Plan, an ambitious—probably cocky—set of goals which include drafting a novel before turning twenty two, getting into a top law school, and deferring the offer for a year or two participate in a fellowship abroad that fuses human rights research with journalism.

by MARLEY COYNE

Word on the Street: Life 101

I think our understanding of a “general education” needs an update. Living World and Formal Reasoning are, in theory, useful subject matters.

by NICOLE MALICK

Word on the Street: Drag Me To Heaven

It’s 1 a.m. on Thursday morning and I’m sandwiched between a mirrored wall and four drag queens at a booth in an empty gay bar.

by ALEXANDRA STERNLICHT

Word on the Street: The Lucky Ones

Last Thursday, Penn released its regular admission decisions for the class of 2018. Only 9.9% of the 35,868 applicants were accepted.

by CLARE LOMBARDO

Word on the Street: An Hour of Our Own

Penn breeds Winners. Every hour of every day, we’re Achieving and becoming Leaders. And it never stops. 6–8 a.m., we’re competing for the title of “Woke Up Earliest to Do Homework.” 9–11 a.m., the game is on for “Has Too Much Class to Eat Breakfast.” 12–3 p.m., “Spent the Longest Amount of Time at Pottruck.” 4–6 p.m., “Too Much Volunteering to Eat Dinner.” 7–9 p.m., “Finished Lab Report Before Pregame.” 10–12 a.m., “Took Most Shots Without Blacking Out.” 1–3 a.m., “Stayed Out the Latest, No FOMO.” 4–6 a.m., “Slept the Least.” We just can’t stop competing, against our friends and ourselves.

by ANASTASIA LYALENKO

Word on the Street: Our Better Half

We didn’t ask for this to be easy. We didn’t come to Penn looking for a relaxing four–year spring break.

by PATRICK FORD-MATZ

Word on the Street: Sharing Semen

Walking out of VP on Saturday afternoon, I had five new Grindr messages. Booyah. Three messages were from an old “professional type” looking for a twinky college boy, and the others were from a steamy grad student in the School of Design.

by ANONYMOUS

Word on the Street: Four

[Trigger warning: Rape and Sexual Assault] Yesterday I turned 20. If we’re talking numbers, mine is 22.

by ANONYMOUS

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