Sarah Simi Cohen, '19

Education, Culture, and Society, M.S.Ed.

Psychology and Sociology, B.A. Suffolk University

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Simi Cohen and I am a second year Education, Culture, and Society student at the Graduate School of Education! I was born and raised in Boston, MA, where I completed my undergraduate studies at Suffolk University. I participated in the nationally recognized Ronald E. McNair Scholars program and Americorps in undergrad. These experiences drove me to apply to Penn GSE, and here I am! My work at GSE focuses on the intersections of first-generation, low-income, queer college students and how they experience higher education institutions. I have had the opportunity to work with top scholars here at GSE, do independent research, join countless committees, student groups, and clubs, and even work to create new partnerships across campus centers cumulating in a new initiative-- FGLIQ! Philadelphia has turned into my home over the past two years, and it has been great! I love running the Schuylkill with my 1-year-old dog Noble, going to Center City for some shows and great food, or walking through Old City to see some art! I'm currently applying to Ph.D. programs, finding the best places on campus to take landscape pictures, and trying as many coffee shops as I can until I graduate in May! 


Posts by Sarah Simi Cohen, '19

Time really has sped by me these past few months. I entered this program knowing what I wanted to write my thesis on, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next. I suppose that’s almost everyone’s thought process—what is next, what comes after this venture?

As a first-generation, low-income, queer college student I never saw myself as a student here at Penn. Once I was accepted, I...