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Word on the Street

Love Lessons

A poem on grammar, semantics, and love

by MEG GLADIEUX

Hey Batter Batter, Swing

A baseball game is always being played, somewhere.

by KATHRYN XU

Three Maybes and a Definitely

Our friendship persists across 869 miles. I doubt his beat–up car can travel that far, but our love certainly does.

by ERIKA ACOSTA

How to Fall in Love Again

Post–Romance

by SUDEEP BHARGAVA

Significant Others: The Evolutionary Impact of Friendships

How the often–underestimated power of platonic love makes us who we are today.

by ANJALI KISHORE

Premier League Matches and Perfect Daughters

My struggle with meeting my mom’s hopes for a feminine daughter.

by ESTHER LIM

Decolonizing My Dress Code

 My journey to realizing that my clothes do not define me. 

by W. ANTHONY PÉREZ

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

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