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Hi everyone! My name is Ria, and I’m a freshman in Wharton who is still exploring what all the different concentrations have to offer. I grew up all over but lived in Dubai, U.A.E. before moving to Philadelphia, a city that I absolutely love to explore on the weekends. On campus, I am involved in Wharton Council, Passion Projects, and work-study at the Development & Alumni Relations department. In my free time, you can catch me reading, doing yoga, and going on walks by the Schuylkill River.

Interacting with Philadelphia
Ria | May 1, 2019
When applying to college, one thing that I knew for sure was that I wanted to be in a city. I wanted an option for fun activities that weren’t on campus, I wanted the ability to get off campus w...
What I Learned During Alternative Spring Break Trip
Ria | April 24, 2019
There are probably a million and one ways to spend spring break, but the trip that I went on a few weeks ago during that time is arguably the best. Through a program at Penn called Alliance fo...
Wellness Spots at Penn
Ria | April 15, 2019
Penn can be a busy place and it’s important to take some time for yourself. Allowing yourself to take a break can re-energize you to get back to all of the incredible things you’re doing, so&n...
Friends Become Family
Ria | March 18, 2019
Making friends in college is a lot more spontaneous than I expected it to be. For example, I was seated at Hill Dining Hall during New Student Orientation with some people in my hall and someo...
Defining Success
Ria | March 4, 2019
In Wharton, all freshmen need to take a class called Wharton 101. It consists of a 200 person lecture and a 60 person recitation. In the lecture, the heads of departments demonstrate problem-solvi...
Tips for Surviving Your First Philadelphia Winter
Ria | February 15, 2019
Are you a west coast kid who is dreading their first winter? An equatorial individual who basks in the heat and is nervous about going to college where it’s cold? Never fear! I, a certified S...