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| As you read the advice left here by previous students, take it with a grain of salt, your experience is what you make of it. My sister and I attend Penn, we are very similiar in personality, however, she's had a far more positive experience than I. Also because she drinks and gets high far more than I (I hate to admit it but Penn social life need alcohol to be enjoyable). School is pretty competitive, everything in Wharton's on a curve, and campus life is very absorbing. Most student's don't venture off campus unless to go to bars and nightclubs. And their perception of Philly doesn't really go far beyond the upenn/center city bubble. Here's my advice for those of you who choose/want to attend.|
1. Advisors are not God (they didn't attend Penn for the most part and only have second hand knowledge of what undergrad life is really like here)- In Wharton particularly, I have had one advisor tell me no and another tell me yes. It's easy early on to tell which advisors suck, generally the females, except the one Asian lady Hoi Ning
2.Branch out- Never confine yourself to your own ethnic group/club/clique. Meet new people, it's surprising how many cool people there are at this school (if you dig deep enough)
3.Career Services at Penn is pretty much shit if you don't want to do finance/consulting. Beyond that they aren't really much help. Nor are they any help if you don't do well enough to get the job on your own merits. Not really the type to think outside the box.
4.Do really well your freshman year, it's the easiest time of your career5.Decide what you want out of this experience and go for it. It's what you make of it really.
|May 06 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Having a degree from Penn helped me tremendously, both because of it's excellent reputation, and because I was hired twice by Alums. |
Having gotten by with little work in H.S. and still getting great grades, I was surprised by how much more difficult college was. It took me about a year to really learn good study habits. The more you can prepare yourself for this the better.
A key goal in college should be to get to know your professors (or take seminars). Not only will it help you in class, but these are the people who will be writing your recommendations. Back when I was in college, they had "take your professor to lunch day," which I highly recommend doing. Also, get to know as many students as possible, as they will be your future colleages/co-workers after you graduate. I think it will be a lot easier to keep in touch, now that you have FaceBook, and can keep track of people you knew in college and what fields they are in. You'll be surprised by how many times in your life you switch careers, and it's always helpful to talk to people you know who are working in that area.
Study hard. Have fun. Fall in love. Grow up. And most of all, enjoy the process.Good luck!
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|Apr 28 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I'm from a suburb of Philadelphia and Philly was always home to me. I love Penn because it is a magnificent school and is so close. It combines its superior academics with a highly engaging social and extra-curricular life that other Ivies and similar schools often lack. I wouldn't want to go to any other school except Penn. Most people are quite well-rounded and you can have a conversation with a lot of people from diverse backgrounds about almost anything. |
|Dec 24 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |