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Olivia O'Dwyer

I am a sophomore from Wilmington, Delaware, majoring in Computer Science. On campus, I’m involved in Access Engineering, a group that teaches engineering classes to local Philly high school students, I am playing Ultimate Frisbee for the first time, and I write for the ( In my free time, I love to paint, write, and listen to music. Join me on my quest to find the best running trails and coffee shops around Penn’s campus and in Philly. I’m looking forward to journeying through my freshmen year with all of you!

Going Beyond the Grades
Olivia O'Dwyer | November 27, 2018
Before I became a CIS (Computer Science) major, I’d heard about the infamous CIS 160 class, widely known for causing hundreds of Penn students to pull all nighters each week every semester. CIS ...
Changing Majors
Olivia O'Dwyer | October 16, 2018
Throughout high school, I changed my mind over what I wanted to pursue in college about every six months. By junior or senior year, I had narrowed it down and was pretty sure I wanted to study eng...
A Summer of Resetting, Relaxing, and Rejuvenating
Olivia O'Dwyer | August 28, 2018
When I moved out of my freshman dorm room in Ware College House in the beginning of May, I was in a hazy state comprised of post-finals giddiness, excitement for summer, and disbelief that my fres...
A Reflection on my First Year at Penn
Olivia O'Dwyer | May 17, 2018
“How’s Penn? How’s your first year going?” During any of the many times people have asked me these questions over the last year, I always hesitate for a moment; not because it hasn’t ...
The Opportunity in Interdisciplinary
Olivia O'Dwyer | April 2, 2018
Growing up, I rotated through a growing list of possible career choices and majors, including but not limited to an actress, architect, author, lawyer, doctor, teacher, something business-related,...
Finding a Roommate
Olivia O'Dwyer | March 1, 2018
I was just thinking back to the hundreds of accepted students that came to Penn for ConnectED day a few weeks ago, a day that feels startlingly recent for something that took place a year ago for ...