Meet the Cognos
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Hometown: Cupertino, CA Major: Biological Basis of Behavior Minor: Computer Science
What's special about the College: The diversity of backgrounds and passions represented in the College has really enhanced my Penn experience. Just hearing about all the cool projects my friends are engaged in — from analyzing the diaries of Hans Christian Andersen to researching CAR T cells — motivates me to pursue my interests while expanding my knowledge of different disciplines. Students in the College aren't all taking the same courses or striving for the same careers — and that's what I believe makes studying in the College so interesting and multifaceted.
Hometown: Denver, CO Major: Political Science Minor: Psychology Campus Involvement: Student theatre (Front Row Theatre Company and Quadramics Theatre Company), SPEC Connaissance
To me, the most incredible thing about the College is how you are encouraged to apply your intellectual curiosity and passion to many different disciplines. This enables students to study what they find most interesting even if that isn't their declared major, which illustrates how the College facilitates a love of learning.
Hometown: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Major: Cognitive Science Minor: Chemistry
Campus Involvement: Penn American Red Cross, Penn Community School Student Partnerships, South Asian Women's Space, PEER, Penn Sangam
Favorite thing about Penn: the people! Everyone, from the students to the faculty to the staff, has a really interesting story, and the conversations I've had and meaningful connections I've made have opened my mind and allowed me to learn so much outside of the classroom.
Hometown: Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts
Major: Health and Societies Minor: Political Science
Campus Involvement: Managing Editor of the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal, contributor to feminist publication upenn f-word, member of Write On!.
Favorite thing about Penn: The city/food! I love going into Center City for a SoulCycle class and a fun dinner; it's a great break from the bustle of campus. I highly encourage prospective students to explore Philadelphia's restaurant scene while they're here.
Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia
Major: Biological Basis of Behavior Minors: Psychology, Medical Sociology
Campus Involvement: Quadramics Theatre Company
Favorite thing about Penn: is the contrast between the atmospheres of Philadelphia and campus. On one hand, you have access to all the resources offered by the city, from museums and historical landmarks to restaurants. With D.C. and New York only a couple hours away, you never run out of things to do. On the other hand, when you step onto Penn’s campus, you feel like you’ve escaped the city and are just in any other college town.
Hometown: Northville, Michigan
Major: Undecided, leaning towards BBB
Campus Involvement: MEDLIFE Penn, MAS/Pipeline, JSA Board
Favorite thing about Penn: I love how willing everyone is to help students adjusting to campus life.
Hometown: Yardley, Pennsylvania
Major: Political Science Minors: Mathematics, Classical Studies
Campus Involvement: Penn Ivy Council, Penn Political Union, the Polybian Society, Penn Democrats
Favorite thing about Penn: The fact that this university was founded by Benjamin Franklin really shows through on the educational philosophy and guiding principles of Penn. The core tenets of the liberal arts education, interdisciplinary study, and applying knowledge to better the world have made my education all the more valuable and enjoyable.
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA Major: Theatre Arts Minor: Linguistics Campus Involvement: student theatre (Quadramics Theatre Company, Stimulus Children's Theatre Company), Penn Theatre department, work study (working with Community School Student Partnerships through the Netter Center and the Annenberg Theatre), Penn's LDSSA What I think is special about the College: The countless opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and experience something completely new over and over and over again.
Hometown: Newtown, Pennsylvania
Majors: Jewish Studies and English Campus Involvement: Penn Hillel leadership, The Penn Review, Spoon University, Greek Life
Favorite thing about Penn: The diversity of student intellectualism on campus in a variety of different fields, and the collective motivation to make difference in the world.
Hometown: Manalapan, New Jersey
Major: Cognitive Science Minor: Consumer Psychology Campus Involvement: Penn Traditions, Admissions Dean's Advisory Board, Peer Advising, Hillel, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Favorite thing about Penn: is its focus on interdisciplinary learning. Both my major and minor allow me to take classes across disciplines and schools, which is something that is very unique to Penn and has been fundamental to my success in college. And of course, I also love all of the incredible people at Penn!
Hometown: Catawissa, Pennsylvania
Major: Mathematical Economics Minor: Hispanic Studies Campus Involvement: Yalla Belly Dance and Drum Troupe (social chair), Penn Vegan Society, PennGreen leader, Mr. and Ms. Penn Bodybuilding Competition.
Favorite thing about Penn: is how bustling and vibrant the campus is. There are always people walking to all of their various activities, classes, and events (and so many opportunities to get free food!). You can always find something to do on campus or exploring Philly.
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ Majors: Biology and Biochemistry Minor: Journalistic Writing Campus Involvement: Administration beat reporter for The Daily Pennsylvanian, Associate Editor for Synapse (biomedical magazine) Favorite Thing about the College: The ability to really make my education my own by combining majors, minors, and concentrations.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio Major: English Minor: Biological Basis of Behavior Campus Involvement: Wharton Neuroscience Initiative, Kelly Writers House, Penn American Red Cross, Greek Life Favorite thing about Penn: Being among so many passionate and driven individuals! Whether it be students or faculty, this environment pushes me to be the best version of myself in a way that I had never experienced before coming to Penn.
Hometown: Plainview, NY Major: Physics, Economics Campus Involvement: Peer Advising, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Society of Physics Students, Ushering What Makes the College so Special? All of the interesting classes! I think it’s so cool that I’ve been able to take classes in the College ranging from Quantum Mechanics to Buddhism, Game Theory to Greek & Roman Mythology and everything in between!
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Communication Minor: Economics Policy Campus Involvement: MUSE Consulting, Own It Penn, Delta Delta Delta Sorority
Favorite thing about Penn: As cliche as it may sound, definitely the people. Even as a junior, I'm continuously surprised by how crazy intelligent, interesting, and down to earth the people I meet are. Penn fosters an environment where you feel inspired and motivated to grow, personally, academically, and professionally.