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I am one of the youngest people in my cohort because I decided to begin my graduate school journey immediately after finishing my undergraduate degree. I got my bachelor’s degree at Boston University, where I fell deeply in love with the city of Boston; therefore, when applying to graduate programs, I knew that I wanted to continue to live in a big city. I had never been to Philadelphia before...

I came from a place where there was little to no public transportation. There were two major downtown areas in my home state, so I experienced a very large transition when I came to Philadelphia. I won’t lie; it was pretty difficult. However, I do think that there are ways to make the transition better. The first tip I have is to make sure you connect with people who are going through the same...

During my year in between undergrad and graduate school, one of my side gigs was editing my friend’s grad school papers. She attained her Master’s in Leadership and Management and one of her papers really stood out to me because it discussed the paradigm shift between older generations and Millennials’ work-life balance practices. According to her research, Millennials put a greater emphasis...

A half year ago I began my classes at Penn, in June 2017. During this time, I have gone through a great deal of transformation and growth. Now though, a new chapter in life is beginning. As I prepare for the next chapter of my life, certain preparations need to be made. Ideally, I’ll be moving across the country soon which means housing, a car and job applications. Recently, here’s what I’ve...

Recently, we at the GSE hosted a webchat so that prospective students could ask their questions about the college. An interesting thought that I had never considered, being from the city of Philadelphia natively, was that the weather here in Pennsylvania is not comparable to the weather throughout certain other parts of the world. While Philadelphia isn’t as frigid as areas such as Vermont or...

Balancing school and a graduate assistantship has certainly been a unique challenge, but a very worthwhile experience. On top of attending about 10 hours of class each week along with studying outside the classroom, the graduate assistantship is a 20 hour per week paid position designed to provide GSE students with a professional work opportunity during the school year. For me, working in Penn...

I decided for my first post to be about the transition to Philly. When thinking of a title, I thought Motown Philly was perfect. First off, who hates Boyz II Men?! Secondly, if you’re unfamiliar with the song, it tells the story of how the Boyz II Men group came about and their dreams coming true. Now the song title Motown Philly is special to me because I’m from Detroit, and among many of the...

I grew up in a very small town in Gloucester County in Southern New Jersey. We were actually rated the slowest paced town in the state, and horses still trot along busy roads. That bubble of being a small-town girl was inevitably popped when I entered my undergraduate career at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and even more so when I began my graduate studies at Penn.

Moving to West...

July 3, 2017. The day I moved to Mantua, a small neighborhood on the northern side of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. I came to visit Penn GSE during the Admissions Open House in March of 2017, so I was slightly familiar with University City, but what I didn’t realize was when I signed on to move into my apartment, that I would be relocating to one of the most under-...

I moved to Philadelphia a month before school started and I had visited twice since being admitted so, needless to say, I was really excited about moving to Philadelphia! I moved from Durham, NC where I did my undergrad at Duke and then taught for four years. Born and raised in Los Angeles, you would think I would have no problem adjusting to living in a big city again, but LA, Durham, and...