Undergraduate Students

Experiencing the pandemic from abroad

When rising junior Julia Mitchell learned in March that France was about to shut down, she decided to immerse herself further in the language rather than come home, quarantining with her homestay family and finishing courses remotely.

Michele W. Berger

In the News


How college activists are trying to win the youth vote remotely

Senior Owen Voutsinas-Klose and Junior Eva Gonzalez spoke about how student activists are organizing their peers amid the pandemic. “I think we’ve definitely seen a lot of people wanting to get more engaged, and, you know, obviously voting is a part of that,” said Gonzalez.



Former and current Penn students launch ‘I Lost My Job To Coronavirus’ website

Rising senior Rachel Brenner and May grad Sigal Spitzer launched an online job platform to help people find work during the pandemic. “I think like a lot of people right now, we felt really hopeless,” Brenner said. “This was a way to feel like there was a tangible impact we could make.”


CBS Philadelphia

Invisible Hands PHL offering free delivery of necessities to at-risk people who can’t leave home

College of Arts & Sciences rising senior Lexy Chavez co-founded a free delivery service that helps provide people at risk of contracting COVID-19 with groceries and other necessities. “I would want somebody doing this for my grandmother,” she said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Elite athletes deal with delay of Olympics, look toward 2021

Nia Akins, a senior in the School of Nursing and a student athlete, spoke about the postponed 2020 Olympics. “I think if you're only running, you know, you tend to overthink running a lot more, and it kind of like consumes your life,” she said. “And I think especially now, with this huge pause, I am very fortunate that I have nursing school to kind of take away from that, if that makes sense. It is something that I can focus on.”


The Wall Street Journal

Can a woman win in 2020?

Sarah Shaiman, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote an opinion piece encouraging voters to look beyond identity politics when selecting a presidential candidate. “Electing a woman to be president means nothing if she doesn’t commit to materially improving the lives of the nation’s women, including working-class women,” she wrote.


Philadelphia Inquirer

At 11, she started college. Now, at 18, she’s on the verge of a Penn degree

Soleil Hawley, a senior in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, was profiled for her accomplishments as one of the youngest students in recent memory to enroll in a part-time B.A. program at Penn.