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Word on the Street

There's an Uprising in my Home Country—and I'm 2,000 Miles Away.

When the political climate in Venezuela started getting dangerous, living here became as much of a burden as it was a privilege.

by EMILIANA SANTANDREU

Street in the 1980s: Delving into Philadelphia

Ellen Flax (C'86) considers her “second chance” on Street.

by ELLEN FLAX

My Xanax Addiction Made Me Fear Everything

I never thought anti–anxiety medication would make me panic at the thought of leaving my room.

by ANONYMOUS

What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Being American

I am the physical embodiment of the fundamental American ideal that with hard work and perseverance you can achieve your dreams.

by LUIS BRAVO

Reconciling College Life When Your Mom Has an Aneurysm

I have to remind myself that leaving my parents for a few months doesn’t mean I don’t care, or that I take all of it for granted.

by CAROLINE CURRAN

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

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