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Opinions on whether Penn students are really more depressed than students at other schools/Ivies?


Who can say, really? Maybe transfer students might know, but in truth, college is jut difficult. For most of us, it's the first time we've been away from home, and becoming an 'adult' can be terribly stressful and discouraging at times. I think if you asked your friends at other schools all across the country, they might think that they're more depressed than other students at other schools. It's all subjective: some people seem to be really enjoying their time here at Penn. But if you're like me (and you might be if you're asking this question), you might be having a really rough time.

In fairness, Penn does have the highest mental health rating of all the Ivies, boasting of a solid D+ (seriously, and do note the sarcasm: https://www.thedp.com/article/2019/01/penn-ivy-league-mental-health-report-leave-of-absence). I'm sure there are things the university could be doing better to support the students attending it. But CAPS does exist, and when things get too hard, it is a great resource. Be open and honest about what you're dealing with with those you trust and that might help make a difficult experience a little easier.

Perky Puffin, April 9 2019 2:00 PM

How do I get involved with the Kelly Writers House?


There's lots of ways to get involved! I personally interned there in the summer through the CURF Humanities Internship Program, which was a great way to get immersed in the community for a couple months. During the year, KWH holds a lot of public events, from poetry readings to conversations with famous writers, which you can definitely attend. They also have work-study positions available for students. It's also just a nice space to chill and read at!

Laughing Llama, 4/8/19, 9:19 PM

Should I be involved in Greek Life? I'm a little hesitant / not sure if it's right for me.


When I got to Penn, I was also hesitant to become involved in Greek Life. I always thought Greek Life was very heteronormative and exclusive. When I got to Penn, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Greek Life was pretty accepting of all people and inclusive to those who wanted to give it a try.

In Freshman year, I joined a professional business fraternity because I wanted to be more exposed to a diverse group of individuals interested in business. I have absolutely loved this community and recommend rushing to my friends.

Only 25% of Penn students are a part of a Greek organization, so it definitely is not something you have to do; however, I'd say it's worth giving it a shot if you are looking for a new community.

Amazing Ant, April 8th 2019 3:25pm