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How I chose my specialization and university, and what I got out of it

18 Jul

Saikiran Tharimena recently got his PhD from the University of Southampton in the UK. Here he tells the story of his journey from South India to Southampton. Read on to find out how he chose what and where to study, what he got out of it, and what he plans for the future. Coming from […]

Special early ceremony for Indian student with cancer who may not make it to graduation day

18 May

Between June 6 and June 22, the University of Toronto’s Class of 2017 – nearly 14,000 students – will receive their degrees in one of 27 traditional ceremonies. Not Precilla Veigas. This student from India, who was diagnosed cancer two years ago, had a special convocation ceremony on May 9, because doctors warned her that […]

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 […]

With no date, girl who got into 7 Ivy League schools takes Harvard acceptance letter to prom

2 May

American teenager Priscilla Samey got into seven Ivy League schools, but couldn’t find a date for the senior prom. Instead of being disheartened, the 17-year-old took her acceptance letter from Harvard University to the dance. Last Saturday, she tweeted this picture with the message, “Couldn’t find a man to accept me for prom so I […]

Word Nerd: 8 most commonly mispronounced British place names

10 Apr

The UK has bizarre place names. We’re not just talking about the tiny Welsh town with a name 58 characters long – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, or Pity Me – a village in Durham County. Between these two places – the first of which we doubt you’ll ever wrap your tongue around, and the second you will never […]

KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy – An Incredible Experience

21 Jul

So yesterday someone asked me to describe my experience in the KWHS Wharton Summer School. My reply was “extraordinary”, but now contemplating my reply, I realize that it cannot possibly be summarized in one word. Yes, the experience of staying in University of Pennsylvania and studying in the Jon Huntsman Wharton Building would be overwhelmingly […]

5 surprising facts about Cinco de Mayo

5 May

1.  It marks a small but stunning victory. Many people celebrate Mexican culture on May 5 each year, but not many know the story behind it. On Cinco de Mayo (pronounced ‘singko de maa-yo’; Spanish for the 5th of May) in 1862, Mexico defeated France at the Battle of Puebla. The fighting lasted just three hours, […]

5 New Year Superstitions

21 Dec

It’s that time of the year again when everyone is rushing back home to their families to celebrate the upcoming New Year. And that means people have to bring out the best in their houses, and themselves – through festivities, decorations, resolutions. In all this fun, superstitions too have a part to play. After all, […]

5 Cool Facts about the UPenn Campus

29 Jun

#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. #2 The Addams Family Connection The demolished Blanchard Hall was rumored to be the inspiration for the […]

5 Fascinating Firsts of the University of Pennsylvania

23 Jun

We all know UPenn is one of the best. Here are five facts about the trailblazing university’s fascinating firsts – from opening schools of business to relay races. Read more below! #1 Founded by Benjamin Franklin, UPenn hosted the first school of medicine, the first student union, and is the first collegiate business school in the United […]