|The Northeast Regional - the guy on the left was tired too, |
We arrived in Philadelphia a little before 10 AM, and headed right away to Independence Hall to meet up with the Cornell cohort. We toured Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Constitution and the site of America's first transfer of power (George Washington to John Adams), which was a landmark event in that most changes in power in the world at the time had been either violent or nonexistent. I am super big on history, and to stand in the rooms in which much of our nation's history unfolded was a fascinating experience for each of us.
After visiting Philadelphia's historic district, we headed to Distrito in Western Philly near the University of Pennsylvania campus. I sat with Lenny, Mrs. L, and Ross, a rising junior at Penn, and Amy, a former Penn student and current admission officer. The Mexican food was delicious, and we were able to have a great conversation with Ross and Amy about their interests and our interests and some of the pros and cons of University of Pennsylvania. The one thing I'd say we discussed most over our lunch was diversity; my current high school is diverse in that there are a number of different ethnic and economic backgrounds, but the school, in my opinion, lacks integration of these diverse backgrounds. UPenn, Ross and Amy both agreed, was extremely diverse ethnically and economically, something that I love about Penn and something I believe may be the result of a more urban environment (I've seen a similar integrated atmosphere in New York). I also walked and talked for a while with Monique, who told me a bunch about her study of international relations, some of the classes she took for that major, and how every day life at Penn was. It was pretty difficult, I'll admit, to race through two courses of lunch and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss UPenn with current and former students, but I got a great deal of information out of it and had a very good time.
After our lunch, we hurried toward an information session and tour of the UPenn campus. We had trouble with the information session because of microphone problems, but I got a good page of notes and left feeling pretty interested in the university. The tour was what really sold me, though; our tour guide was extremely informative and energetic, and the university's tree-lined campus was made even more beautiful by the amazing architecture (in the photos below). I absolutely loved the Penn campus, and all the information, stories and other little tidbits the tour guide told left me very very interested in the University of Pennsylvania.
|Locust Walk, Penn's main walk across campus|
|The roof of the amazing Irvine Auditorium|
|Penn's beautiful architecture|
After 8 hours of sleep in 48 hours, I was exhausted, and I slept nearly the entire train ride back.
|30th Street Station in Philadelphia|