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Alexandra

I am a student in the College of Arts and Sciences from Johannesburg, South Africa, majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. On-campus, I'm part of the Penn Debate Society, in Penn's Benjamin Franklin Scholars program, an undergraduate research fellow for the Andrea Mitchell Center, and a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. I'm also a research assistant at Penn Medicine's HIV/AIDS prevention program. In my free time, I love to cook, eat, explore Philly and unashamedly run-up to any dog I see on Penn's campus for cuddles. Join me as I navigate life 8,020 miles away from home, in the wonderful, sometimes overwhelming world that is Penn.

Alex | January 31, 2020
It is, by now, a cliche to say that it’s difficult to believe how far I’ve come since filling out my Penn Application. But it’s true -- December of 2016 feels like just a few months ago, des...
Alex | December 13, 2019
I am now halfway through my junior year at Penn, and I still find myself mind-boggled that I made it here -- to this place more than 8,000 miles away from my home in Johannesburg, and lightyears a...
Alex | October 31, 2019
Before coming to Penn, I knew that the university was renowned for its research capacities across a vast array of disciplines. With thousands of graduate students, and some of the best professiona...
Alex | March 15, 2019
Towards the end of Penn’s week of New Student Orientation – after days of free food, introductory talks and tours of campus buildings  – Locust walk is abuzz with the sounds of students...
Alex | January 22, 2019
This semester – for the first time since I’ve been a Penn student – I happened to be enrolled in 5 classes with take-home papers instead of final examinations. With the prospect of working o...
Alex | December 13, 2018
Fall Semester at Penn can feel like a blur of colorful, fleeting experiences. The first few weeks of humidity coincide with the hum of students getting back into the rhythms of coursework and univ...