The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about our lives and how we connect with one another. As we continue with social distancing, we are all trying to figure out new and innovative ways to safely maintain, enhance, and build connections. Magic Connects is a new platform developed by a team of five Penn students who specifically designed it to connect with other students with similar interests.
College students under quarantine are missing the opportunity to see one another in classrooms, chat about their daily lives, get a fresh cup of coffee, or help one another with their homework. Magic Connects gives students a new way to engage and find new people who share their values, according to Penn senior and founder Vraj Shroff.
“Magic is a community of driven students looking to make meaningful and long-lasting connections,” says Shroff, who is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. “It is the go-to place to find people with similar values, interests, and future aspirations. Magic connects like-minded and passionate students from various intersections, so people can build real connections.”
Senior Anne Chen, majoring in digital media design in Penn Engineering, is working with Shroff on the platform.
“I’m especially excited to work on the dating aspect of this platform,” Chen says. “The identity verification process makes meetups safe, and the matching process ensures that we meet people who appreciate our personality rather than appearance.”
Shroff says the idea for the platform came from the difficulties students are facing in making connections during the pandemic, whether on a professional basis, to find new friends, or meet a perfect match for dating.
He talks to Penn Today about the new “values-led” platform to meet driven students.