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This is why you should apply to a large research university...
Kelsey | December 11, 2017

Hi everyone!

Early Decision results will be coming out soon for those who already applied, which is super exciting! But there are probably many of you who are looking at this blog because you have not yet applied, and are thinking of it. The holiday season is a great time to start finalizing your regular decision lists and writing your application essays.

I remember being here with you – the regular decision round seems like it never ends. You’re always adding in one more school here and there, because options are great right? You think this school is okay, so maybe you should apply just in case the other 12 don’t work out. I remember what I thought would be a super simple regular decision round ended up being very overwhelming by the time applications were due.

But you’re here looking, so obviously there’s something that is drawing you to Penn. Looking through brochures and admissions blogs, it may seem like you can do anything here, from research to study abroad to 3 majors and 2 minors to submatriculating.

The funny thing is that that is completely true! The special thing about Penn, or any large research university for that matter, is that your resources extend far beyond the College of Arts and Sciences and your undergraduate professors. Penn is connected to the top business school, graduate schools for Education, Design, Architecture, Dental, Veterinary, Medicine, Engineering, and of course Nursing (and more). Interested in something and want to pursue it? You can! Talk to graduate students about their careers, the venture capitalists flying in and out of Huntsman about backing your idea, start a new club, take your professors to lunch to hear about their careers. Really, you can do anything.

One of the biggest perks of Penn as an institution for me is the amazing medical system we have right here on campus. People from other nursing schools, including Drexel and Villanova, travel to our hospitals for clinicals, but for us, they are right on campus. It’s not just HUP (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania); Penn Presbyterian is also part of the Penn system, and CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and the VA (Veterans Affairs) hospital are right on campus as well. By the end of my academic career, I will have had clinicals at all four institutions, which really are great and have been excellent places for me to observe stellar nursing care.

About the author

I'm a bona fide chai tea latte lover hailing from Rockville, Maryland, a D.C. suburb. I am in the Nursing and Healthcare Management dual degree between the School of Nursing and the Wharton School of Business. When I'm not at clinical, in class, or preparing for clinical, I'm taking care of business as the President of Student Nurses at Penn. On the side, I'm a member of Wharton Women, the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, and Zeta Tau Alpha. I'm a gallery assistant at Lindsay Rapp Gallery in Old City on the weekends, and this is my happy place to escape to when I'm stressed. For fun, I like running, dancing (I still take a ballet class!), exploring Philly, baking study cookies with my roommates, and looking at pictures of cats (or if I'm lucky, actually being with one).

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