Thinking Ahead

The best thing you can do for yourself is to plan your education in advance. There are a few ways you can do this.

  1. Really question which classes you need to take and which you can waive. Give yourself extra space in your schedule, by waiving a class, to pursue certificates or just other classes that will inspire and challenge you.
  2. Attend convocation and upperclassmen studio elective presentations! This will give you an idea of the studio briefs in the future and the approach professors have towards the brief. Getting a sense for which professors you agree with, are intriguied by, or would challenge you will make studio and research choices much simpler.
  3. Get to know the faculty and staff of your respective departments. Even if you aren’t in that department yet getting to know the department will only open doors for you. I really wish I had done that sooner!
  4. Literally plan out every single semesters schedule, the credit count, and the possible alternatives. This can help make your case for waiving classes and gives you a plan to follow so you don’t have to figure it all out again every semester.

That day before classes may be the last little break you have but spending it on campus planning in the first few semesters is absolutely worth it. Best of luck everyone!


Back to School

Another lovely summer has come and gone. Thankfully this year, much like the last, brings with it the excitement of starting another adventure!

As a dual degree student I am set to study Architecture and Landscape Architecture here for the next four years. My first year I delved into Architecture and explored all the digital tools, fabrication strategies, and more unique design style encouraged by Penn. This year I am setting out to explore Landscape Architecture. My summer introduction, which I might add I reviewed in a tired but content state, was a wonderful peak into the world of landscape. From my experiences thus far I can say that the Landscape department is very welcoming, much more positive and encouraging, and overall strives to create lasting, meaningful connections between the students. The transition from summer to Day One has been smooth and extremely positive.

I will be sure to update my opinion at the end of the week with a proper review of all the classes I will have this semester.

As well a Landscape Architecture camping trip is being planned by upperclassmen and is sure to be a fun welcome! I can’t wait to join my new classmates and meet the upperclassmen on my first camping trip ever!!!

I hope that everyone else’s first day back was a joyful and invigorating as mine! Best of luck this semester!

Here are some fun photos of yesterday’s welcome back and today’s activities:


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