A Penn Education

A Penn education provides a liberal arts and sciences foundation across multiple disciplines with a practical emphasis in one of four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Nursing, or the Wharton School.Given the undergraduate school to which you are applying, please discuss how you will engage academically at Penn.(Please answer in 300 words or less.)

“The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes. Anyone can pass a history test by memorizing the facts. Anyone can follow an essay format and make an A. Anyone can watch a PowerPoint and take notes. That’s the easy part, the part anyone can slough through, the unrewarding part. The real fruits of learning come from understanding the significance of the facts and applying them to all levels of thinking, allowing one to perceive the world around them in a new way.While I’m at Penn, I want to be involved with the people, the city, and the culture, all contributing to the fulfilling experience a great education will bring me. I’m excited about the opportunities presented to me at Penn. There are so many that it’s difficult to decide between the different paths I could pursue. I’m considering a major in either History or Anthropology. Everyone in the world is experiencing this moment right now, but studying history allows me a glimpse into a previous time, a different culture, a new perspective. However, I’d also like to be involved in music, one of my great passions, and medicine, my career interest. One of the unique opportunities that makes Penn such an attractive option is the Integrated Studies Program through the Ben Franklin Scholars Seminars. With such differing interests, ISP will provide the environment where I can intertwine what I learn into a well-rounded and disciplined “big idea”.I can acquire the facts necessary to obtain the diploma I need at practically any college in the country, but with a Penn education I will thrive and push boundaries in all facets of life.

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