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Wisdom and inspiration from 7 famous Philadelphians

9 Jun

The modern city was founded by William Penn in 1682, but the Philadelphia area was originally home to the Lenape people, a Native American tribe. In the 18th century, Philadelphia played a crucial role in the American Revolution. Over time, it has been the birthplace and home of people who have made history in different ways. Here are a few of them.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
(founding father of the United States and founder of the University of Pennsylvania)
Engraving of Benjamin Franklin on specimen copy of $100 note“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

TINA FEY
(actress, comedian, writer, producer)Lid of Ben & Jerry's pint tub of Liz Lemon flavor ice cream, with picture of Tina Fey“You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.”

WILLIAM PENN
(businessman and founder of the city of Philadelphia)William Penn portrait by Frederick Lamb“There is a zeal without knowledge, that is superstition. There is a zeal against knowledge, that is interest or faction; there is a zeal with knowledge, that is religion; and if you will view the countries of cruelty, you will find them superstitious rather than religious. Religion is gentle, it makes men better, more friendly, loving and patient than before.”

MOHINI BHARDWAJ
(Olympic gymnast)
Mohini Bhardwaj, Olympic gymnast, doing floor exercises
“The reason I do gymnastics is I love to compete. I love the adrenaline, the pressure, the satisfaction of doing well.”

ISAAC ASIMOV
(professor of biochemistry and science fiction writer)
Portrait of Isaac Asimov by Rowena Morrill
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…'”

MARGARET MEAD
(cultural anthropologist)
Black-and-white photo from 1950 of Margaret Mead before a bookcase, reading a book
“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.”

AMAR BOSE
(electrical engineer and entrepreneur)
Black-and-white still from video showing Amar Bose writing on a blackboard
“We did experiments with the Boston Symphony for many years where we measured the angles of incidence of sound arriving at the ears of the audience, then took the measurements back to MIT and analyzed them.”

 (Image credits: Tina Fey ice cream lid photo by Mike Mozart; portrait of William Penn by Frederick Lamb; portrait of Isaac Asimov by Rowena Morrill; still of Amar Bose from this video)

By: BrainGain Staff Writer

Word Nerd: The many meanings of Philadelphia

30 May

This week kicked off with the first of three sessions of the Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) summer program. As we speak, 23 students are at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. Another 76 will head there for two more sessions, to be held in June and July. That got us wondering about all the possible meanings of the name Philadelphia.

Above: Philadelphia skyline – view from South Street Bridge (photo by Jordan Staub, used under CC BY 2.0 licence)

Above: Philadelphia skyline – view from South Street Bridge (photo by Jordan Staub, used under CC BY 2.0 licence)

Founded in 1682, Philadelphia is perhaps the most historic city in the US – home of the country’s first library (1731), first hospital (1751), and first medical school (the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School, founded 1765). It was the country’s capital from 1790 to 1800. It was also an early industrial hub, and home to the first US stock exchange (1790) and first business school (1881 – Wharton, of course). It’s also the birthplace of the US Marine Corps, and was a prime destination for the Great Migration (1910-1970), or the movement of some 6 million African-Americans from the rural South to urban areas in the North and Midwest (African-Americans now make up more than 40% of the city’s population).

Above: The ‘Love Statue’ in JFK Plaza is one of Philadelphia’s best known landmarks. The fountain is dyed pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (photo by nakashi, used under CC BY 2.0 licence)

Above: The ‘Love Statue’ in JFK Plaza is one of Philadelphia’s best known landmarks. The fountain is dyed pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (photo by nakashi, used under CC BY 2.0 licence)

But what kind of name is Philadelphia? How did the city get it? In Greek, phileo means ‘love’, and adelphos means ‘brother’. So Philadelphia means ‘brotherly love’. The city’s founder, William Penn, was an English Quaker, and knew firsthand what religious persecution was like. He wanted his city to be one where all people could worship freely.

Today, the city’s name is associated worldwide with a famous brand of cream cheese. But the cheese is not from Philadelphia – it was invented in New York, and named ‘Philadelphia’ after the city renowned for the quality of its food.

Philadelphia-Cream-Cheese-in-Lima-Peru

Above: Philadelphia’s reputation for quality helped brand this New York cream cheese. These boxes are for sale in Lima, Peru (photo by David Berkowitz, used under CC BY 2.0 licence)

The term ‘Philadelphia lawyer’ once meant a competent and expert lawyer. But in a litigious country like the US, where lawyers are popular but not well-loved, the term now carries a negative connotation, and refers to shrewd lawyers who exploit technicalities.

The city also lends its name to an abnormality – the ‘Philadelphia chromosome’ – found in patients suffering from leukemia, because the lab where it was first noted is in this city.

Before William Penn founded his city, though, there were other Philadelphias. Among the most ancient of them was the Turkish city that is now known as Alaşehir. The New Testament Book of Revelation mentions it as one of the seven churches of Asia.

What is today Amman, the capital of Jordan, was also once known as Philadelphia. The site of one of the largest ancient settlements in western Asia, which goes back to 7,250 BCE, it was previously known as ‘Ain Ghazal and Rabbath Ammon. In the wake of the conquest by Alexander the Great, the area was heavily influenced by Greek culture. Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, occupied and rebuilt Amman, and named it Philadelphia after himself.

There are Philadelphias around the world, including in Germany, South Africa, and the UK. There are about a dozen Philadelphias in the US itself.

Check out this video of a song that The Boss wrote for the 1993 film Philadelphia. It was one of the first mainstream Hollywood movies to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia.

And we leave you with this delightful 2012 photo of a young visitor to the White House, named Jacob Philadelphia, who wondered if US President Barack Obama’s hair felt the same as his own.

Above: Little Jacob Philadelphia asked if US President Barack Obama’s hair felt like his own, to which Obama replied, “Touch it, dude!”(photo by Pete Souza for the White House)

Above: Little Jacob Philadelphia asked if US President Barack Obama’s hair felt like his own, to which Obama replied, “Touch it, dude!”(photo by Pete Souza for the White House)

By: Uma Asher

Advice from a girl who worked hard and got to choose between an Ivy League offer and a full scholarship

5 May

I remember bringing home my grade sheets when I was 12, and seeing the disappointment on my parents’ faces. They never explicitly said that they wanted me to achieve higher results, yet I could tell. They wouldn’t congratulate me, or smile and say ‘well done!’ I knew I wasn’t the best in my grade, and I knew I was only doing the bare minimum to pass. If someone had told me then that I would get into an Ivy League school and receive a full scholarship at USC, I would have thought it was a joke.

My counsellor at school would constantly tell me, “Next year, the grade sheets will be sent to college, so do your best.” I never replied, but that idea stuck in my head. I kept thinking, “I have to work harder next year.” I did.

I enrolled myself in the International Baccalaureate. I tried juggling my social, academic, and extracurricular life. I still knew that I had to get started on my standardized tests if I wanted to take them at the start of the first year of the IB, but I could never get myself to actually start. I’d tell myself, “Tomorrow I’ll start”, and that tomorrow never came. I would postpone it to next month, and I just saw time pass by. I wasn’t being lazy, really; I was just overwhelmed with academic work from school.

I finally started the process of preparing for the ACT. I spent two months studying for it with a tutor: no improvements. What I needed was someone who would explain to me the theory behind the test. I changed tutors, spent three months with him: still no improvement.

I started to get nervous, as the second year of the IB was starting, and I had just wasted five months. I finally chose ArborBridge, and we made the trick: I prioritized the ACT over the IB. I would wake up extremely early every Saturday and Sunday to have lessons and take a full practice test. I sacrificed going out with my friends, to study. I stayed up late trying to manage both courses.

Overall, it was a stressful period: I questioned myself constantly, and by the end I was just plain exhausted. I was trying to maintain a grade above 40 on the IB, whilst at the same time doing standardized tests.

By the end of the semester, I was physically exhausted, as I have always been a big believer in pushing myself beyond the limit of what is expected. However, I still had to apply to the universities and think about personal statements, alongside college supplements. I thought to myself, “I’ll push myself one last time.”

It was the Christmas holidays, and I remember sitting down during my vacation in NYC, and just having to write my essays, whilst my family was enjoying the city. I was focused though – I committed myself to the deadline, and I knew I had to keep it.

Two months later, I was coming home from an interview at Brown University, and I received a package from DHL. I thought a friend of mine had sent me something from the US. I opened it and found it was from the University of Southern California (USC), telling me I had got in, and that I was a Trustee (full scholarship) finalist.

One month later, the famous ‘Ivy day’ arrived – I was accepted at Dartmouth College, alongside officially receiving a full scholarship at USC.

Even if there is an element of luck during the application process, you simply have to give it your all, and this is the best advice I could give you. I am not asking you to pull all-nighters and give up on your friends – just do your best, because in the end (and this may seem cliché) it will be worth it. I say this from experience. Receiving the acceptance letters and wait-list letters was proof: I did it.

Sometimes you may doubt yourself, and wonder if it is truly worth it. It is. Dive in, head and heart, and submerge yourself during your high school years, as they will determine your college years.

As I am about to graduate and say goodbye to my friends, I look back and I can assure you, it will be worth it. One last piece of advice: cherish your experiences – they can’t be lived twice. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 – we did it!

A few tips:

1. Write your essays to the best of your abilities. They are a huge factor in your application process.

2. Start early on the standardized tests, and choose the one that suits you the most: ACT or SAT.

3. Get high grades in high school – they will strengthen your application.

4. If people tell you you’re studying too much, don’t listen. I heard it constantly, and in the end things worked out. Do what is best for YOU and not them.

5. Talk to older people who already got in to college and ask for their help. Trust me, they will help you.

6. When choosing universities, don’t go purely by ranking.

7. Be proactive and do what you’re passionate about during the summer. Don’t just binge-watch Netflix. Choose an activity that suits you, and you can write about it.

8. Get involved with outside-the-box activities – they will set you apart from other applicants.

By Marina Rauter

Marina studied at St Paul’s School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She will start college on a full scholarship at the University of Southern California in Fall 2017. In 2016, she attended the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy at The Wharton School, University of Philadelphia.

 

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A Program Close to My Heart

30 Aug

Sofia and Philadelphia: 4805 miles and 7733 km apart, 7 hours’ difference, situated on different continents, an ocean and a few countries in between. The journey I was taking got me thinking: I was for sure out of my comfort zone. This was one of the reasons why I decided to attend the Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Global Young Leaders Academy at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, I wanted to meet new people, to understand what it is to study in an Ivy League school, to gain knowledge in fields that have always interested me, and to go back to the country where I spent my childhood. For 9 years I was torn between two places; although I was physically in Bulgaria, my mind was in the United States, and I often thought about going back to the place that I used to call home.

Philadelphia-to-Sofia

At the beginning of the program, I felt homesick; I missed Sofia, but after a couple of days something changed in me. My room started radiating the warm feeling that a home does. My roommate no longer felt like an assigned person with whom I had to share a room – she felt like family. The daily walk to the Class of 1920 Commons, where we gathered for breakfast, felt like something I had done all my life. The contagious smile of the woman who took my coupon for breakfast was an essential part of my day. The pancakes/ French toast with bacon and ginger ale not only alleviated my hunger but also provoked in me a familiar feeling of satisfaction. The slogan “Wharton; University of Pennsylvania” in Huntsman Hall triggered in me a feeling of eagerness to enter Classroom G50 and gain knowledge in subjects that I am highly interested in. The evening campus walk with my friends was crucial for my high level of happiness.

Wharton-University-of-Pennsylvania

All these little details made me feel like I was home. However, I am missing out on something: the warm feeling which I associate with Philadelphia and Penn today is mainly due to the friends I made there. I found friends that are always willing to help me, friends who will always try to make me smile if I am in a bad mood and friends who will always be there for me and will always hear me out.

I believe that the friends I made in the program are for life. Every time I start missing them, I wonder whether one day our paths will cross again. I really hope they do. The daily routine that I mentioned above was what we experienced together and this is why it is so special. One of the reasons why I took this journey was to reunite with the place to which I said goodbye 9 years ago. However, I found a better home and I understood that home is not only a place; it is the people in it and the way they make you feel.

 

By: Ana-Elena Karlova (17 years old, student at American College of Sofia, Bulgaria)

 

Click here to find out more about the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy!

The Great Wharton Adventure

26 Aug

Wharton Adventure – in our enthusiasm about joining a thrilling summer-camp at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, that was the name my friends and I gave our Whatsapp group. Counting down weeks, then days, then hours, finally we were at JFK Airport, amid lots of apprehensive, bright faces just like us.

Oops! We don’t know eachother here J.

Knowledge@Wharton Session C students gather at JFK airport

As we shook hands with each other, I instantly I felt it, and I’m sure many of my friends did too: we were going to have a rollicking adventure together, the kind of experience that lingers in your mind all your life.

Arriving at Penn, we settled down in our apartments, little knowing this place was going to be our second home. Our walks around the huge campus left us impressed. We chatted along Locust Walk, ate tacos and ice-cream, bought Penn merchandise at the great bookstore, played card games and pool, and formed our new families.

We were very lucky to meet each other: everyone was extremely friendly and kind, which resulted in hours of chatting and laughing every day.

Mr Kerzner’s lessons were very informative and fun at the same time.

In class with Alan Kerzner

Our days at Knowledge@Wharton High School were filled with rewarding lectures that would help us develop our business plans. With Alan Kerzner’s witty humor and his references to his career, we gained valuable insights on how to successfully market a product. Megan De Lena’s lectures strengthened our knowledge of financing and investment.

It was an honor to get such precious lectures from amazing people who are successful professionals in their fields, and I would like to thank them for everything they taught us on our KWHS journey.

This program became an intersection for lots of cultures. My Indian friends told me about their daily lives back home. I also got to learn Canadian vocabulary, Brazilian dances, and how to say my name in Bulgarian. And I taught my friends Turkish.

We got to visit downtown Philadelphia, and see attractions such as the Philadelphia Museum art and the US mint . We watched a fun baseball game. On our Washington, DC trip, we visited the elegant US Capitol, and got a glimpse of the the White House. Our last two days were spent in the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”, as Alicia Keys sang about New York City. Times Square was fantastic.

So KWHS not only taught us a lot about business and economics, it also made us acquainted with diverse cultures. And we had fun together!

A great picture with great people. Credits to the Photographer Can!

A great picture with great people. Credit to the photographer Can Conger!

Our group’s final business plan was about an electricity-generating bicycle that you can also make fitness adjustments on, with its innovative app. Having learned how a corporation works, we announced our company as Subchapter S, and presented our balance sheet, pricing options and marketing plan.

I can honestly say that this program has taught us about the business world step by step, and gave us the chance to be members of the executive team. As Chief Communications Officer, I talked about the mission of our corporation, “Safe & Swift”. It was a great experience creating our brand, and we all learned a lot, regardless of which team won.

As I said on our last day at Penn, it was very precious to see how we struggled to pronounce each other’s names on the first day, and now it was like we had found our long-lost families. It was great being in this program. I am extremely grateful for all friendships I’ve formed here.

I also want to thank our amazing chaperones Saloni, Amardeep and Rishabh, for always keeping an eye on us and also adding joy to this program.

Besides learning in and outside the classroom, we dabbed and dabbed and dabbed. So if you’re reading this, DAB one last time for Session C of the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy: it was a great adventure, guys!

We dab everywhere everyday!

We dab everywhere, every day!

 

By Ezgi Okutan (16 years old, student at Robert College, Istanbul)

 

Click here to find out more about the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy!

Two Unforgettable Weeks at the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy

13 Jul

It’s not every day that one gets to meet the author of a New York Times bestseller (who also happens to be a Marketing professor at one of the best business schools in the world), attend his obviously incredible lecture, and get a signed copy of his bestselling book!

Sounds unreal, right?

KWHS-Summer-Program

Campus tour of the University of Pennsylvania

Thanks to Knowledge@Wharton at High School and BrainGain Magazine, meeting Professor Jonah Berger, and getting a copy of ‘Contagious’ was just one of the extraordinary things that we, a group of high schoolers, experienced at the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy.

We all fell in love with the programme from the very first day when, after a particularly long and tiring journey from the airport, we were offered pizzas to help restore our energy. But this programme was so much more than just the delicious food we had every single day (though that was a very important aspect too)!

The classes we had were beyond amazing! Each one, sprinkled with numerous activities and discussions, required us to think on our feet. From Jaime Potter’s lecture on Behavioural Science to Professor Laura Huang’s talk on Entrepreneurship, from Professor Arthur Benedict’s masterclass on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills to Megan De Lena’s workshop on Business and Finance (she even brought candy for us in every class), from Andrea Contigiani’s class on Start Ups to Professor Alan Kerzner’s sessions on Marketing Strategies, from Professors Tyler Wry and Katherine Milkman’s pointers on Unlocking Innovation to Professor Mauro Guillen’s insight into how money works, and finally, Andrew Wakelee’s assistance in helping us build our business plans for the final presentation. It was a remarkable fortnight to put our little grey cells to the best use possible.

The only dissatisfaction we have? We wanted to spend more time with each and every teacher! If it was an hour-long class, we wanted two; instead of a two-hour class, a three-hour one would have been better! What’s more, we even got the opportunity to visit an actual start-up on campus, Weiss Tech House, and see for ourselves how things are run.

A number of group activities were organized, to infuse the spirit of teamwork within us. While the scavenger hunt helped all of us get to know the campus better than probably many students of UPenn itself (Google Maps, without thee we would be so lost!), the Marshmallow Challenge brought out our creative and artistic side.

And just when one thought the entire experience couldn’t get any better, the field and day trips came in! We had a quick Philadelphia city tour and a baseball game on a weekday. Then, the first Saturday was spent in Washington, DC, walking around the Capitol and marveling at the White House. On Sunday we went to Six Flags amusement park, and it was such a fun-filled and exciting day!

The Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and Fifth Avenue were on our itinerary for the next weekend. Yes, we also visited the Big Apple.

Volunteering at Philabundance

Volunteering at Philabundance

Overall, this programme helped us gain a lot of knowledge, made us realize the value of teamwork, and most importantly, taught us to be independent. All in a short span of two weeks! We made some friends whom we will cherish forever and learnt things that will remain with us. To call it an unforgettable experience would be a gross understatement.

Our only complaint? Instead of two, the programme should have been for three weeks!

 

Diotima Roy
Class 11
DPS, Ruby Park, Kolkata

 

Click here to find out more about the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy!

 

Word Nerd: Cool Words You Should Know if You’re a Vegetarian in the USA

4 Jul

Food

Today, 4th of July, is USA’s Independence Day. It’s a day which will be celebrated with fireworks, parades and fare sampled outdoors – beer butt chicken, Louisiana crawfish boil, Cajun fries, and the regular hot dogs.  If you’re like me, most of these dishes probably sound as mysterious as they sound tempting.

Except hot dogs, which everyone knows about! But what if you’re vegetarian? Well, then you could go for the not-dogs. Just like hot dogs, they don’t involve dogs either, but unlike hot-dogs, they are vegetarian. Not-dogs or veggie dogs are usually made of tofu, which is a soy protein, and served variously (with sauerkraut or cream cheese), across the country. This is the option I resorted to, while at a baseball game in the USA last month. And so did many of the vegetarians in our group.

During the trip, I came across words which were new – whether food or slang, which piqued my curiosity and helped me to understand the culture better, as well as my relation with it. This was especially true of food, since Indians have so many factors to consider when choosing what to eat. Especially abroad! So, not-dogs came high up on the list (because they’re also not-pork, not-beef, not-chicken, although not so sure about not-egg). Another American savoury that was a delight was kettle chips. Being in Philadelphia, the kettle chips capital of the world, this was hardly a surprise. The difference in kettle chips is their texture – thicker and way crunchier than the all too familiar bag of crisps. Highly recommended. But later, researching my favourite snack, I found that kettle chips are sometimes cooked in lard – that’s pig fat. Naturally, this caused a little concern. So look out for that word in the ingredients list of your pack of fried snacks.

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Chipotle, a Mexican restaurant which has many branches across the USA. The word itself stands for a hot pepper used in Mexican food. Normally, the cuisine offers several options for vegetarians – namely, tacos, burritos, or rice bowls. Chipotle will offer options in white or brown rice, soft shell or hard shell taco, and various kinds of beans. You will also be asked if you want some carnitas or barbacoa in your meal. Say no, if you’re vegetarian. Carnitas is pork cooked in lard while barbacoa is made from beef. To sofritas on the other hand, you can say yes. This is a sauce with peppers, onions and garlic, etc.

But sweets on the other hand should be safe. Yes? Maybe not. On offering a packet of gummy bears to one of the steadfast vegetarians in the group, I was surprised when he turned it around to read the ingredients. “What are you looking for?” I asked. “Gelatin,” was the answer. Gelatin, found in pop tarts, marshmallow, jell-O, Skittles, Starburst, and gummy bears among other things, is a tasteless and odorless substance, which makes things, well, gummy. It is made by boiling the bones, cartilage and skin of animals – basically meat industry leftovers. So, while I don’t know how strongly you feel about your vegetarianism, this has made me balk a bit at the thought of another pack of gummy bears.

So, if you’re out and about in the USA today, or any other day, but face some diet dilemmas, these are some of the words you can add to your nerd repertoire.

Have you any such words to share? Tell us in the comments below.

Day 1 of the Knowledge@Wharton High School summer program

2 Jun

Group of students on UPenn campus for KWHS summer program 2016 Session A

Students tour the University of Pennsylvania campus at the start of Session A of the 2016 summer program of the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy

May 29, 2016, 9 a.m. A Sunday and a sunny day. Soft landing. Rapid baggage claim. Great weather outside JFK Airport.

When we left Abu Dhabi airport, we were all excited to see the dual-deck Airbus 380, with its spacious seats and delicious food.  But after the 14-hour flight to New York, everyone was tired.

Pavan Sir and Skendha Ma’am welcomed students who had taken other flights to JFK. After a grand American breakfast at the Central Diner, our group of 15 set out for Philadelphia with Dunkin donuts in hand.

We appreciated the New York City skyscrapers, for they shielded us from the glare of the sun. Cool breeze through the open window filled the bus with zeal and zest. Mr. Jetlag was nowhere to be seen!

After a 3-hour bus ride, it seemed as though Harnwell College House at UPenn had been taken over by the students attending the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Youth Leadership Academy. We got the best welcome.  Cards, codes and keys handed out to all. Off to our rooms. Dump luggage. Rush for the briefing.

The KWHS organising committee kept the session short. Then, finger-licking pizzas in the 9th-floor common room. After that, we were free for the rest of the evening. We were able to step out of the house and go around exploring the campus. The rain would have left us drenched had our Packing List not instructed us to carry umbrellas.

The campus was declared beautiful, stunning and huge!

Curfew time: 10.30 p.m. Students get into their tall and comfortable beds. Alarms set for 6 a.m. the following day. Insomniacs stay awake till 1 a.m. Mr. Jetlag reappears…

 

By Shivang Singh (Scottish High International School, Gurgaon)

 

Click here to find out more about the Knowledge@Wharton High School Global Young Leaders Academy!

5 Cool Facts about the UPenn Campus

29 Jun

UPenn University of Pennsylvania


#1 Gothic Style
University of Pennsylvania’s gothic architecture was designed by the Cope & Stewardson firm, who combined the architecture of Oxford and Cambridge with the local establishments to create a gothic style that is unique to UPenn.

Gothic-Style


#2 The Addams Family Connection
The demolished Blanchard Hall was rumored to be the inspiration for the gothic mansion in “The Addams Family”, but Charles Addams, the cartoonist, repeatedly denied it.

The-Addams-Family-Connection


#3 Goth Green
The green serpentine stone give the college hall its unique gothic green color, which it’s famous for. The college hall is also the oldest building in West Philadelphia.

Goth-Green


#4 The Button
The campus of UPenn has a button which is 16 ft in diameter, weighs 5,000 pounds, and is 4 ft 11 inches high . Created by Claes Oldernberg, the sculpture is in front of the Van Pelt Library. The Split represents the river, Schuylkill. It divides the button into four parts—for William Penn’s original Philadelphia squares.

The-Button


#5
The Love Statue
A continuation of the iconic “Love” series by sculptor Robert Indiana, it is located on the triangular grounds of 36 Blanche Levy Park and Locust Walk. It was installed in 1998. This iconic sculptor is a bigger version of the original which is at John F. Kennedy Plaza downtown.

The-Love-Statue

Compiled by Jai Dang    

7 Things You Need to Know About High School Summer Programs

20 Jan

What comes to your mind first when you think of high school summer programs? Probably endlessly boring lectures on stuff you hardly care about, bespectacled professors reminding you of what’s coming and how you need to brace yourselves, and you sulking and cursing your fate. Should I start preparing for college before college even starts, you ask. As much as you hate the idea of leaving all the summer fun behind, taking up a high school program this summer might just be the best decision of your life. So, before you leave things at sixes and sevens, here is a list of things you need to know about high school summer programs:

#1 IT AIN’T ALL TOIL AND TILL

Contrary to popular belief, high school summer programs aren’t military camps camouflaged in rainbows. There is a fair amount of learning involved, but that’s just one facet of it. There is a lot more to these programs than what your friends just told you (so you could go to the beach with them instead). For instance, the 2-week summer program being offered by Knowledge@Wharton High School comprehensively packs academia and amusement. So, picture engaging leadership sessions, guided tours, community service, cultural and social events, people, food, campus life; I suggest you bring your friends along, or leave them green with envy.

 

 

#2 HOLA, NEW COUNTRY!

My feeling about seeing the world is that it is going to change you necessarily, just the very fact of being out there and meeting people from different cultures and different ways of life.” – Ewan McGregor Not only does travelling open up new worlds, it also makes you more understanding and tolerant towards other cultures and people. If understanding the American culture is what interests you, I suggest you enroll for the summer program being offered by Knowledge@Wharton HS Global young Leaders Academy. With Philadelphia visits and east coast tours lined up for students, this program will ensure you get a chance to experience the American Dream up close and personal.

 

philadelphia

 

CC image source: brillianthues

#3 MEET NEW PEOPLE AND, FOOD

What’s the best part about visiting new countries? Undoubtedly, food. And people too. But most importantly, food. There is a whole new dimension of culinary experience waiting to be explored as you decide to opt for a high school summer program this season. And while you connect with students from different countries and make new friends, drive your taste buds crazy with all the food.

 

#4 THIS GROWN-UP THING CALLED ‘STRONG RESUME’

Don’t be alarmed.

Resumes are something that land you jobs, or in your case, your dream college. One mention of the fact that you took a high school summer program (say, from Wharton), and you come out as somebody who is serious about things. Bingo!

#5  FINANCIAL LITERACY……UMMM, WHAT?

 

Come on, it’s a high school summer program after all. The one Wharton’s offering covers the topic of financial literacy, something that all business school aspirants should know about. It’s not rocket science, folks! So while you are there, exploring the livelier side of the itinerary, give academia a go!

#6 IT’S ALL ABOUT HANDS-ON

Since you were smart enough to take a high school summer program, you will have experienced the campus life in first person. You, my friend, will now be a league apart. And once you are in college, you no longer have to try extra hard to fit in. You have an edge over all the other freshmen at college. You know exactly how it works and how things roll.

 

#7 IVY LEAGUE, HERE WE COME!

While a high school summer program such as one being offered by Knowledge@Wharton High School, doesn’t guarantee you a seat in an Ivy League school of your choice, it does give you the right kind of experience so you can prepare well for that campus life you always dreamed of. And one fine day, when you stand in the sunny boulevard of your choice alma mater, look back and thank this post for convincing you to take that leap of faith.

 

*Thank you Tumblr for all the amazing gifs.

Featured Image credits: CC Flickr by Wesley Fryer

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What are your plans this summer? If you are in the age group of 15-18, and are considering business studies as your college major, we recommend the Wharton summer program. KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is a two-week intensive, summer leadership program conducted at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. It is designed for a select group of high school students and combines business studies and hands-on workshops, with organized field trips and socio-cultural activities.

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