Word on the Street

Coming to Penn Finally Convinced Me of the Power of Meditation

“Inhale, exhale,” my mom used to tell me. Now, that’s what I hear whenever I close my eyes and take a break. 

by AHALYA RAJAGOPALAN

A Case of Misplaced Identity

For me, living at 'home' required a student visa.

by JONATHAN LAHDO

Through the Looking Glass: Coming to Terms with my Diabetes

Grappling with a psychic's prediction and my own identity

by DANIEL BULPITT

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How Losing Both My Parents Made Me Believe in Love

Making sense of my parents' passing.

by ANEA MOORE

Keeping my Ukrainian Heritage Alive at Penn

Being Ukrainian means more to me than pierogis and borscht.

by MARIA KOWALCHUK

From Nightlong Military Marches to All–Nighters in VP

What it's like to be a twenty–year–old freshman who served in the army before coming to Penn.

by GABE LOW

When Partying Becomes Self-Medicating

When going out becomes a form of self–medication.

by ELLIE WYNN

Counting Down to Day Zero: Studying Abroad During Cape Town's Water Crisis

Confronting my privilege and what access to clean water truly means.

by ARI GOLDFINE

Wanting to Disappear Completely: Life with an Eating Disorder

Caring more about the number on the scale than the grades in my classes.

by KELLY PORTER

How I Came to Believe in God Again

Reconnecting with my spirituality thanks to Buddhists and echinacea tea. 

by MATEO FORTES

Confessions of a Fame Whore

What it means to be in love with the limelight.

by ISABELLA SIMONETTI

My Natural Hair Journey: Embracing My Black Identity

How one Penn student is tracking her journey of transitioning to her natural hair

by EIMAN ELTIGANI

On Loving Someone You Know You Shouldn't

How idealizing him made me lose sight of myself.

by ELLA BEI

Finding Love an Ocean Away

I thought you had to be stupid to be happy. Until I fell in love.

by ABIGAIL MCGUCKIN

On Finding Love through Freshman Hallcest

Falling for your Quad neighbor is risky business.

by SABRINA OCHOA

Love Songs and Other Things I'll Never Write

Where music and memories intersect

by MELANNIE JAY

TI–84 Calculators and Theoretical Love

Einstein, but this time hotter.

by LISA ZOU

If Love Was for a Grade

On unrequited love and crushing on your professor.

by AHALYA RAJAGOPALAN

Having Feelings for a Hookup is Okay

I'm done pretending I'm okay with emotionless relationships.

by ISABELLA FIERRO

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