A Day in the Life of Penn’s Named Scholarship Students
The lives of Penn’s students are as busy and exciting as ever with classes, extracurricular activities, studying, and more:
- Many students now have classes that extend into the evening, including about 40% of aided undergraduates, who have a class after 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday
- 13 College Houses (14 in Fall 2023!) with over 30 interest-based thematic Program Communities
- Over 450 student-run clubs
- More than 1,100 Penn students participate in 35 active club sports
- More than 4,200 courses offered – including more than 40 languages
- More than 2,000 students take part in intramural sports leagues
To learn more about what it is like to be a Penn student today, check out the stories below detailing the days in the lives of these students during the first days of the Spring 2023 semester.
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Grab a bagel and cranberry juice and eat with my friend at Kings Court English College House (KCECH).
Walk to Fagin Hall for my 8:30 AM Nutrition class.
My next class is Introduction to Africana Studies, so I walk over to the Annenberg School for Communication. We went over the syllabus, watched half an episode of Underground and discussed the monologue. I then introduced myself to the professor before leaving class.
Went to Houston Hall for lunch, where I had a burrito from La Plancha and talked with some friends.
Reviewed all my class syllabi and started to plan out the semester. Then I wrote out all my assignments that were coming up in the next week.
Ate leftover food from my fridge for dinner and watched an episode of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix.
Drank a cup of tea to begin preparing for bed.
Went to sleep so I could be well rested for my 10:15 AM class the next day.
Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hometown: Casablanca, Morocco
My alarm goes off. I know today is my busiest day of the week so I plan ahead.
I call my mom and tell her about the day I had yesterday as I walk to class at the David Rittenhouse Laboratory.
Math 1400 lecture – and it turns out I have a friend with me in it!
Mandatory Starbucks coffee break!
Management 1010. Our professor encourages us to participate which makes the class more engaging.
Computer and Information Science 1100 Lecture at the Towne Building. We code our first program and the professors are pretty fun.
My final class of the day is a writing seminar in new global politics of religion. We work on our first exercise, which is to form a logical argument on things the dining halls at Penn should improve.
I go to McClelland Sushi & Market to grab a sushi box on my way back to my dorm room in Hill College House. I eat my sushi while catching up on homework.
I choose my favorite way of procrastinating: playing piano in the Hill music rooms. The pianos there are gorgeous and isolated enough that I can sing as loudly as I want to.
I go back up to my room and get started again on homework.
It’s time for me to go to bed. I take the time to do skin care and a bit of planning for tomorrow before falling asleep.
Minor: Chemistry & East Asian Area Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Wake up, brush teeth, and rinse my face. I get ready for my workout class at 8:30 AM.
I arrive at the workout studio and check in. I always find going to a workout class rewarding and a form of self-care.
I take the bus back to campus on Walnut Street. It is always peaceful and calming to look over the Schuylkill River while crossing the bridge.
I get back to my apartment and I make a simple breakfast. I scroll through my phone to check for any emails or text messages. I routinely check my emails since email is the main way to communicate with professors.
Time to go to my lab! I grab a coffee on my way. It’s really convenient to have a coffee shop that you can mobile order from!
Finish my work at lab for the day and grab lunch from one of the food carts on campus. After getting off the dining plan, they’re the best to-go lunch places.
My first class of the day is Negotiations, a very well-known Wharton class. As a pre-med student, this is an eye-opening class and allows me to expand beyond my STEM bubble.
I rush out of Huntsman Hall and head to my next class, Modern Chinese Literature at Williams Hall.
Head out again for my club’s recruitment event.
Return to my apartment and eat a quick dinner. Shower, turn on my laptop, work on assignments, and read materials for my upcoming classes. I make a cup of tea to warm myself up and stay awake. I love lighting candles while studying.
Brush teeth, call a friend, candle off, lights off, and sweet dreams.
Hometown: Beverly, NJ
My alarm goes off, and I take a deep breath and sit in my bed for five minutes before I get started with my day.
I shower, brush my teeth, and tell myself I’m handsome before I leave the house.
Met up with my best friend. We walk to Claire M. Fagin Hall for our first class of the day, Behavioral Health and Psychiatric Nursing.
After a brief look at the syllabus, we broke into groups to create a small discussion document about behavioral health services being provided in K–12 grade schooling.
After class, my friend and I make our way to 1920 Commons. I have a chicken and cheese quesadilla. Honest rating: 7/10 not bad at all.
During our first class of Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice, we learn the differences in research methods and how they are used in clinical evidence-based research.
One more class to go! My friend and I get a study room before our last class, Children’s Literature.
We read a children’s book called Interrupting Chicken. Our class concludes that this book illustrates the importance of slowing down and cherishing each moment in life.
I get Chipotle as a reward for finishing my first day of classes for the semester.
Back at my dorm, I’m now ready to unpack everything I completed today. Before I unwind for the night, I will go through all my course materials and make sure I am ready for tomorrow.
After a warm shower, it is time to watch my favorite TV show, Peaky Blinders.
Prableen, C’26, W’26
Major: Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
Wake up and quickly get ready for class. Eat a granola bar for an easy breakfast.
Go to my first Biology 2210 class of the semester. See some of my friends from the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management (LSM) for the first time since winter break.
For lunch I have one of the the tasty burritos from La Plancha at Houston Hall with my friends while doing some classwork.
Go to the LSM lounge with some friends to pick up personally signed books by Dr. Vagelos himself 🙂
Head to the Weingarten Center with friends from LSM to sign up for tutoring for chemistry and biology for the semester.
Check out the Summer Opportunities Fair with my friend at Boden Lounge.
Do some school work at the Academic Research Building.
Have dinner at Lauder College House with everyone from LSM.
Go to Kings Court English College House with all the LSM’ers and spent time catching up, playing pool and ping pong.
Go back to the quad for a mini surprise birthday party for one of our friends. Everyone from our floor is there.