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Word on the Street

Finding My Will to Fight For the Planet

My journey from climate guilt to climate action

by LAYLA MURPHY

Why the Best Ships Are Friendships

I couldn't imagine what my life would be like at Penn without club swimming, and I never plan on finding out.

by KATELYN MASSE

After a Month, I'm Still Just A Little Bit Sick at Penn

How the common cold has become a more of a personality trait than a condition for me.

by ILYSE REISMAN

How My Fascination with Weddings Revealed My Family's Difficult History

After years of begging for proof of my parent's wedding, I learned the harsh reality as to why there wasn't any.

by ANONYMOUS

What Happened to Me Wasn't Like the Movies

I'm left imagining other worlds where my sexual assault experience never occurred.

by ANONYMOUS

Why I'm Going Back to Therapy

No major life event needs to happen in order to start routinely checking up on yourself.

by ELIANA DOFT

Penn Was My Pipe Dream, So Why Didn't I Want To Leave Home?

There is a home for me in a city I had never visited, in a school where I didn’t think I belonged.

by MEHEK BOPARAI

How I Learned To Love My Name

What started out as hatred for the name on my birth certificate grew into an untapped appreciation of who I am.

by AAKRUTI GANESHAN

My Battle with My Racial Identity was More of a War

But it was my fight to win, and there was never any room for your microaggressions.

by NAJMA DAYIB

How a Passion Project Turned into an Identity Crisis

My love for making YouTube videos made me question whether I was really happy with myself.

by MORGAN JONES

Finding Faith on My Own Terms

How my definition of spirituality has evolved throughout my life.

by SOPHIE BURKHOLDER

'Madam President' is Not Just a Dream Anymore

Why I have a feeling the 2020 presidential election is going to be different. 

by CHELSEY ZHU

I Went Back to High School, and It Felt Like I Was Still at Penn

Penn Face and unhealthy competition start way before most of us step foot on campus.

by CHELSEY ZHU

Ghosted by Goat Boy

What do you do when a dreamy Tinder date suddenly stops replying?

by CLAIRE PINCE

Coming Out Into the Closet

Sometimes the lack of a label is more freeing.

by LAKEISHA HENLEY

The Letters I've Started to Send

A sample of letters I've written to my friends, colleagues, and mentors about how Penn impacts us all

by LAURA BECK

Coming to Terms with My Bipolar Disorder is a Struggle, But That Doesn't Mean I've Failed

To heal, we need to stop comparing and start understanding.

by NANCY HU

Discovering Where I'm From

A long–expired license made me contemplate the idea of “fromness.”

by JACKIE LAWYER

One Year Later: Recovering After Disappearing

Going public with my eating disorder a year ago changed the way I think about my identity. 

by KELLY PORTER

My Tumor Derailed My Life, But Helped Me Overcome My Anxiety

Taking time off from Penn forced me to let go of my five year plan

by SHERRY TSENG

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