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emily
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could give my younger self advice, I would definitely tell myself to try more things and take more risks. I've come to r...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could give my younger self advice, I would definitely tell myself to try more things and take more risks. I've come to realize that nothing is ever a safe choice and that trying to choose the safest option leaves one cut off from opportunities. I first went to a college that I considered "safe," one that was not too challenging or scary. After freshman year, I regretted my choice and I transferred to my current school, which was the most frightening thing I've ever done. It felt like leaping off a cliff, but now that I am on the other side I'm so proud of myself for changing my life to go in the direction I want. I wish I could tell myself in highschool to go for the harder school in the first place, so I wouldn't have wasted a year in a safe but unhappy place.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

People are uptight and its hard to make friends/

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There are so many opportunities that I feel overwhelmed.

Alexis
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be practical. There is no need to spend $1000 trying to get the cutest things for your dorm or the most trendy outfits. In th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be practical. There is no need to spend $1000 trying to get the cutest things for your dorm or the most trendy outfits. In the long run, it won't matter what you or your dorm room looked like. What matters is how prepared you are to devote 100% of yourself to your education.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

You're not cool unless you dress like a ****, get "drunk" off of 1 plastic cup of beer, and conform to all of the latest trends (ie. Blackberry, Uggs, Coach purse)

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania is ranked the #1 private school for nursing in the nation and #3 overall.

Christopher
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take a serious look at what you want, including doing things you didn't do in high school for fear of being caught, and recog...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take a serious look at what you want, including doing things you didn't do in high school for fear of being caught, and recognize that you are going to make mistakes; minimize the damage these mistakes do. Don't expect any college to be perfect for you, since every place has some sort of flaw. Get involved with campus communities earlier and don't be afraid to dedicate a lot of time to them. Stay close with your high school friends, or at least don't forget about them once you meet your college friends. Remember who you are at the core, and don't try to pretend to be someone else; not only will it not work, you will feel like an idiot doing it. Finally, appreciate each day... don't wait for the next break, the next weekend, the next whatever... when it comes you won't know what to do, and you'll go back to waiting. Every day gives you the chance to wake up and choose to be happy.

What's unique about your campus?

Penn gives stuents the opportunity to find their niche. There are over two hundred different clubs which receive more than 3 million dollars of university sponsored funding each academic year, so there is literally something for everyone. I have made my best friends, had the most fun, created the best memories and learned the most about myself and about the world through my extra curricular involvement.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Penn is a school without a face. It is almost impossible to escape the bureaucracy when an institution has 40,000 people actively affiliated with it, but I wish that Penn would be more understanding of students' individual needs; especially with regard to housing and dining Penn prioritizes money over student comfort. Somewhat related is the fact that even though there are 10,000 undergraduate students, our athletic teams are abysmal, and so camaraderie in the traditional American college sense just does not exist.

Sneha
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be prepared for a huge cultural shock that ALWAYS occurs as soon as you step into college.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be prepared for a huge cultural shock that ALWAYS occurs as soon as you step into college.

Elizabeth
Describe the students at your school.

Highly focused, academically accomplished, many from very affluent families, well connected, very diversed in ethnicity, fro...

Describe the students at your school.

Highly focused, academically accomplished, many from very affluent families, well connected, very diversed in ethnicity, from all over the world.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Going to college is a privilege and a life changing experience. It starts way before I leave home. I should learn to reach out to people around me and help them in all possible ways. If at all possible, I should travel as much as I can so that I can be informed of different cultures. Reading a variety of books can prepare me better to accept other college students' idea and thoughts. It is also imperative that I learn to express myself in a clear way so that I can engage in intelligent discussions during classes. Above all, having good physical and mental health will enable me to have a great college experience; so exerecising regularly and learning to handle stress the right way will rise to the top priority. Last but not the least, good time management and eating properly will enable me to have enough sleep and get the right nutrition. I am ready to go for four exciting years!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Students who want an easy school and fun all the time.

Maura
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Penn is academically challenging, full of rich history, situated in a culturally diverse city and seeks to have its graduates...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Penn is academically challenging, full of rich history, situated in a culturally diverse city and seeks to have its graduates become the leaders in their fields and promote the great education they received.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go in with an open mind and don't be afraid to try something at least once. I don't want to give too much advice because college is a time to find out who you really are. It's ok to change your mind a million times. In the end, the experiences all add up to make you the best person you can be.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that it is important to seek out opportunities early and try different groups. The transportation and various places to visit would be nice to know beforehand so that I could jump right into the culture scene.

Maura
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A diverse population striving for a common goal of furthering oneself academically, professionally, and personally while expl...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A diverse population striving for a common goal of furthering oneself academically, professionally, and personally while exploring the many opportunities locally and globally.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Just because most students will take part in the new student orientation festivities, you don't need to step out of your comfort zone to fit in with others. There are people who share your ideas of fun. Going to frat parties are not all they are cracked up to be. You spend so much time getting ready and looking but then go to a basement flooded with alcohol and intoxicated students. My advice is to stay true to who you are. Drinking is not necessary to have fun. The transition can be tough especially for people who don't follow the "norms" of society. Remember to take time to relax as classes will get progressively tougher over the years. Live off campus for at least one year to experience something closer to "real life". Freshman dorms are notoriously bad for the spacing and quality of food available. Try different clubs and groups since you never know what you might find really interesting.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Students who don't like large cities or highly diverse communities would not enjoy this school. Also, the surrounding neighborhoods tend to have lower income groups and higher crime rates which deters people as well. This school requires a level of academic drive above that of other colleges so students shouldn't come here if they don't want to work hard and learn.

Melissa
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very conscientious, but not competitive. They are very willing to send me their notes or explain a concept ...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very conscientious, but not competitive. They are very willing to send me their notes or explain a concept I don't understand. It is great to be in a class filled with intelligent, chilled-out students. My classmates are not solely focused on work either. They get their work done, but will also make sure to have some relaxing, social time.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would remind myself that going from high school to college is a huge transition. Do not expect to love it immediately. Some people enjoy it right away, but for others it takes more time. While you are transitioning into college, it is important to maintain an optomistic attitude, and realize that it will get better with time. I would tell myself to be open to learning from everyone. You meet such a variety of people in college that it is a shame if you don't engage in conversation with them. Also, join different clubs because it is fun and gives you a great social network. I would tell myself that it is so much fun living away from home, but it is sometimes hard to balance socializing and work. When you need to do work, you should go to the library, and not stay in your room. It is better to push yourself, and do great work for an hour than stay in your room and procrastinate for five hours. Choose your college based on academics and the people there. Visit it and see which one you feel most comfortable at.

What's unique about your campus?

My parents always joke saying that they don't know when I go to class. In addition to a huge variety of classes, there is an abundance of extracurricular activities and clubs - sports teams, community service, arts, political activism. These clubs give me a social network of people that have similar interests and are passionate about them. I am able to meet all different types of people by joining different groups.

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