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A Day in the Life of a Penn Quaker
Queenie | March 25, 2019

What does a college student’s day look like? This is something I fantasized about as a high school senior after I received my acceptance from Penn. I couldn’t wait to spend my days studying in the Van Pelt Library or grabbing lunch at Houston hall – but would I actually do these things when I come to Penn? Each day is different and it differs from student to student. Penn has so much to offer and below is an outline of just one of my many days I’ve spent at Penn.

A great place to study in the mornings in the ARCH building

10:01 am: My first class of the day is at 10:30. After waking up early and stopping by the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), I sat in the ARCH building to do some readings for class while eating a morning snack. It was a nice productive start of the day.

This is my view of class!

10:35 am: I am seated in my cognitive neuroscience course which lasts from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. I am taking notes on Evernote – a program I started using my sophomore year after I stopped using physical notebooks. Today we are learning about MRI methods and how MRIs work

Campus always look beautiful in the snow!

12:02 pm: Walking out of class and back to my dorm is always a scenic route. Today I get to see Penn in its winter wonderland form.

Here is a picture of my desk!

12:45 pm: After cooking and eating lunch in my dorm, I sit down at my desk to do some readings for my Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film class. I enjoy studying in my room the most because it is quiet and personalized to my own needs. I have snacks, water, and I could study in bed if I wanted to lay down. On cold winter days like today, studying in my warm room is just what I need.

Penn's Math Physics Astronomy (MPA) Library is a great place to study!

5:03 pm: After my classes, I head to work at the Math Physics Astronomy Library. I’ve worked various jobs on campus since my freshman year in research, but this job is my first customer service-oriented job. I decided to apply to work for a library during my senior year because I wanted to learn more about Penn’s library system and also for me to practice my customer service skills. It’s also an excuse for me to spend less time in my room and more time in the library.

It's always important to find time for friends!

8:45 pm: Every February, students in the graduating class have Feb Club, a series of events for seniors to participate in. My friends and I went to Dave and Busters as a part of Feb Club and I enjoyed some games and even brought back a prize. It was a nice end to a productive day.


About the author

I am majoring in Psychology. South Philadelphia, born and raised, I decided to attend a college 15 minutes away from home. Despite being so close to home, Penn has led me to pursue many interesting experiences and adventures that are normally far out of my comfort zone such as traveling to Singapore and Malaysia, joining a sorority, and managing an entire cultural show production.

As an aspiring counselor/therapist, I not only love helping my friends through their own journeys of self-discovery but I’m also a big fan of my own self-reflection through various mediums like blogging, writing, and painting. In my blog posts, I aim to be completely candid and true to how my experiences made me who I am today and to help inspire self-reflection in others as well.

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