This “determined” bunch “is either focused on one specific interest, or very well-rounded.” Pretty much everyone “was an overachiever in high school,” and some students “are off-the-charts brilliant,” making everyone here “sort of fascinated by everyone else.” Everyone has “a strong sense of personal style and his or her own credo,” but no group deviates too far from the more mainstream stereotypes. There’s tremendous school diversity, with “people from all over the world of all kinds of experiences of all perspectives.”
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There’s easy access to downtown Philadelphia, yet “still the comfortable feeling of having our own campus,” giving students plenty of access to restaurants, shopping, concerts, and sports games, as well as plain old “hanging out with hall mates.” “It’s the perfect mix between an urban setting a traditional college campus.” The school provides plenty of guest speakers, cultural events, clubs, and organizations for students to channel their energies (all of which “makes the campus feel smaller”). The weekend buses to/from New York and D.C. “are always packed.” It’s a busy life at Penn, and “people are constantly trying to think about how they can balance getting good grades academically and their weekend plans.”