|Waiting for the train to Philadelphia|
|Welcome to Philly!|
|Portrait depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence|
|Our tour guide holding a replica of the Declaration of Independence|
Onward to the University of Pennsylvania!
Lunch was only about an hour since we had to rush over to the information session, which was held inside of a cathedral. About one hundred people were at the information session. The information session was not the best because the microphone wasn't working very well and the speaker did not speak very loudly. After the information session, we headed out on a tour that was lead by Brian, a rising senior who is double-majoring in bioengineering and pre-med.
Interesting Facts about the University of Pennsylvania:
1. U-Penn was founded in 1754 by Benjamin Franklin. Ben felt that education should serve a purpose, which is why so many Penn students are invested in service projects around the campus. 75 percent of Penn students conduct research projects as well. Benjamin Franklin is also credited as really started the liberal arts and sciences education by insisting on courses ranging from philosophy to religion.
2. Penn has a 12-14 percent acceptance rate for a freshman class of about 2,400. There are about 10,000 students in the school. Penn students are cited as always questioning themselves and looking at how things intersect in the world. Many students are involved in extracurriculars, such as writing for The Daily Pennsylvanian or joining a sorority.
3. There are four undergraduate schools at Penn, and when applicants apply they have to apply into a school (students apply through the Common App and complete the Penn supplement):
- College of Arts and Sciences - The most popular school within Penn. C.A.S. has over fifty majors, ranging from anthropology to psychology.
- School of Nursing
- Wharton School of Business - Penn is the only Ivy League school to have a business school. Wharton is also the oldest undergraduate business school in the United States.
- School of Engineering
4. Penn only offers need-based aid like the other Ivy Leagues. If students receive a full scholarship due to financial issues, it is expected of them to work on campus or get an off-campus job as the "trade-off", which I felt was fair.
|Welcome to U-Penn!|
|Nice fashion sense, Ben Franklin...|
|It IS called the City of Brotherly LOVE|
|Where the information session was held|
|Basking in the inner beauty of U-Penn|
|Aurea and Morvarid|
|Rachael Redlo (ILC Cornell 2012 - Hotel Management) and I|
|Last picture of University of Pennsylvania. It truly is a beautiful campus|
After taking the train back to New York City, we had less than an hour to get ready for a fancy cohort-only dinner at Petrossian. The dinner was wonderful and the food was absolutely fantastic. We had great conversation about our schools, possibly senior quotes, what we all look for in a college, and had many great debates. Here are the top three things I look for in a college:
1. Diversity - This is very important to me. I went to an elementary school that had over fifty percent of one race, and I got made fun of for not being a part of that race. I do not want to go to a school like that for the rest of my life. I own the book The Best 367 Colleges in America and I like looking at the percentage rates for each race. If a school has a 2 percent minority rate for each minority group, that does not interest me. I feel like diversity should be a very important part of my college experience.
2. Programs for my major - Even though I am going in undeclared for every college I apply to, I am looking into schools that have good programs and classes for my interests. I feel like this is really important because even if I end up changing my mind for my major, my interests will always be my interests and I want to enjoy them when I go to college.
3. Location - I am interested in a school that is either in a city or a quiet-town that still has a city. I am not interested in attending a school that is deemed to be in the middle of nowhere.
|Where we ate dinner!|
|Black caviar - very salty!|
|Split pea soup|
|Filet Mignon with mashed potatoes and mushrooms|
|Apple tart with cinnamon ice cream|
We get to sleep in tonight, which makes me so happy I might cry of joy. Sleep is needed! Tomorrow we see Grand Central and tour Sarah Lawrence, which I have been interested in due to hearing about their great writing program!