Student Blogs

Meet Our Graduate Assistant team.

Each year, Admissions asks student representatives across programs to chronicle their experiences at Penn GSE. The blogs provide prospective applicants with a better sense of what life is like as a student at Penn GSE. Managing a full course load, an internship and a social life can be hectic, and topics range from how to navigate moving to a new city to securing a job at the end of their programs.

Follow their journeys throughout the year, as students generally update their blogs bi-monthly, so check back often. Our student blogs are not edited by Admissions, and opinions posted in each individual blog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the university.

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Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Chi Chan '20
Higher Education, M.S.Ed.
Politics and Economics, B.A. University of Virginia
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Kate Conroy '20
Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program
B.A. in English Boston University
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Mandy Duong '20
Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program
B.A. in Political Science and International Relations Carleton College
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Mike Hogan '20
Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program, M.S.Ed.
B.A. in English and Political Science University of Rochester
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Nikki Hunter '20
Education Policy, M.S.Ed.
International Development Studies, B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Lentner Jaraba '20
Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program
Dual B.A. in Psychology and Spanish La Salle University
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Scott Kominkiewicz '20
Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology (SMART), M.S.Ed.
History and Sociology, B.A. Lafayette College
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Rachel O'Connell '20
Higher Education, M.S.Ed.
English Literature, B.A. Stony Brook University
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Yuki Okamoto, '20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.S.Ed.
Linguistics, B.A. Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Penn GSE Graduate Assistant Aigerim Sary '20
Teaching, Learning, Leadership, M.S.Ed.
Foreign Language, B.A. Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan
Education, Culture, and Society M.S.Ed.
B.A. English and Pyschology Haverford College
Counseling and Mental Health Services, M.S.Ed.
B.A. in Psychology Bucknell University