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I keep getting a lot more Bs than I want to -- should I be worried, or is this normal?


***Freshman perspective, so take it with a grain of salt lol***  I think not performing at our expected level is a normal thing, and I don't think you should be worried so long as you are taking steps to improve your performance in the future. If you're intent on improving your performance, set aside some time to assess your habits throughout the school year and develop a plan to improve with concrete and actionable steps towards progress. It's not enough to just say "study more";  you should say something more like "I'm going to study five hours more per week." These academic decisions we make don't occur in a time vacuum, so it's also important to tell yourself what you're going to sacrifice to reach your goal. Going back to the above example, you could add: "I'm going to take time away from social media usage each week to study..." or something like that. At least for me, when I perform below my expectations it's reassuring to find areas that I faltered since that means I haven't maxed out all my options for success.

Zesty Zebra, May 18th 2019, 2:44 PM

Generally agree that it's good to be honest with yourself about whether you're investing enough time for each class.  But it's also important to strategize not necessarily for studying longer but smarter.  I think one thing that trips people up once they get to college is that their high school study habits aren't as applicable.  For example, does it make sense to spend time making flashcards if a class tests more for understanding than memorization?  Should you spend more time reading the textbook or practicing problems?  Should you try to grind alone or find a study group?  Should you go to office hours or seek one-on-one tutoring?  Each major/class has a different answer to these questions and it's helpful to gauge the best study strategy earlier on by looking at previous exams ahead of time.  For some pre-professional paths (like law and medicine), GPA matters more than others, but other skills like interviewing/networking/leadership may compensate.  

(By the way, there is nothing wrong with getting Bs, especially if you've just started Penn.  It may seem like everyone else is getting As all the time but this is not true – believe in your ability to improve and at least take comfort in the fact that you're being challenged at a prestigious institution, and other employers/schools know that, too.)  

Friendly Fox, May 22 2019, 1:00 PM

What is your favorite memory at Penn?


Every karaoke BYO, for sure.

Absent Aardvark, April 15th 3:47 AM

How hard is it to get a double in the Hill? (it's my first choice & I have a roommate already)


It's very hard to gauge. I went random and put a Hill double as my first choice and got it, but I've also heard of people getting deferred to their second or third choices. Just put your options in order of preference and submit; there isn't much more that you can do past that.

How are the single rooms in the Hill?


There are two sizes of singles in Hill. One type is a handicap-reserved room that is the same size as a double but without the extra closet. It's crazy large, especially since there is one less bed in there to take up space. They have a hearing impaired doorbell which people like to press in the hallway which is kind of loud lol.  The other type is a smaller room tucked into the corners of the halls. They are smaller, but it doesn't feel cramped since you're just there by yourself. Both of them are just like the rest of Hill: renovated and clean. Would recommend.

Zesty Zebra, May 1st, 2019 1:13 PM

Greetings! I'm currently deciding on which house to rank as my #1 choice — the Quad or the Hill. One of my factors into consideration is the bathroom situation. While I know that the Hill have more spacious/private bathrooms, I'm curious to see those of the Quad.

If it's possible, can anyone take photos/a video of the entire Quad Bathroom?

It would truly help me! Thank you!


lol sure

Absent Aardvark, April 29th 4:17 AM

Smh can't believe this request was granted. Kids are spoiled these days.

Rumbling Raccoon, May 1 5:33 AM

What the difference between LGST 100 and LGST 101? How much harder is the latter, and is there any advantage to taking one over the other?


LGST 101 gives you a great overview of all kinds of law - criminal law, tort law, constitutional law. My professor (Laufer) would discuss cases each lecture, which were pretty interesting! I haven't taken LGST 100, but I believe it's an interesting class on business ethics. Discussions are around relevant topics in the social and ethical dilemmas we might encounter in our careers. Here's a syllabus for LGST 101, and here's one for LGST 100. It wasn't hard to get an A in LGST 101 (and heard the same for LGST 100), but some professors might be a bit harder than others.

Wallowing Whale, April 28, 2019, 8:45pm

What is the time commitment for Kite and Key, and how do I apply to be in it?


Not exactly sure on the details, but this might be able to help: http://www.kiteandkeysociety.com/apply (good luck!)

Perky Puffin, April 25, 2019 10:48 AM

What is the best College House in the Quad to get a single?


Ware, for sure.

Absent Aardvark, April 19th 12:08 AM

I had a single in Ware my freshman year. It was depressingly tiny, but also pretty cosy. One thing that annoyed me a little was that my friend who lived one floor above me also had a single and it was twice the size of my room.

Rumbling Raccoon, April 25th 1:35 AM

How hard is it to get into the uncoordinated dual degree program for Wharton? Is the workload hard to keep up if I want to pursue a major (or two minors) at the College (currently interested in Spanish, history, and compsci as possibilities) as well?

Also, are a lot of the recruiting opportunities for IBs and consulting firms limited to the students at Wharton or are they generally accessible by people across the different schools at Penn?

Thanks!


Chill dude — I know people at Penn have a tendency to do so, but why work yourself to death? Try taking at least the intro class for each of the major/minor you're interested in before making a decision. The workload is definitely very hard for uncoordinated dual (check question adee47), and you'll never know whether it's worth it until you get through a semester with 7 classes.

For recruiting, the opportunities (on campus) are there for everyone, but it might help to have that Wharton name on your resume.

Rumbling Raccoon, April 25th 2019 1:27 am

What are placement exams and how do they work?


You take placement exams to determine what level class to start with, or to try and get credit for classes in stuff like math, language, etc. They're usually around the beginning of the semester, but for more info you'd need to look online or ask and advisor.

ex. here's the math placement from last sem: https://www.math.upenn.edu/undergraduate/make-and-credit-exam-advanced-placement-exams

Chunky Chipmunk, April 24th 2019 2:10AM