We asked campus elders
staff, faculty, students to offer their words of wisdom
for the new guys on campus. Heres what they answered:
- Norm Mitchell,
manager, Facilities Management
Dont go overboard on the partying. [After your party,] I
have to replace and repair furniture, doors, broken glass, unclog toilets
from massive amounts of paper towels.
- Roger Gordon
(C98), programmer systems analyst, Wharton
Sit in the first row in class. You wont get disturbed by
idiots reading the paper and gossiping. And the professors will treat
you better because they recognize you. Also, socialize with people who
share your moral valuesor slightly higher.
- Kieran Snyder,
linguistics Ph.D. candidate
Buy all books from Amazon.com. Youll save a lot of money.
And abandon any thought of ever getting a good bagel in this city.
- Alexandra McFadden,
College, Class of 03
(Former Penn Young Scholar.) Go to counselors and dont pretend
youre big and bad and know everything. Harass tutors and teachers
for help. They have office hours, so go to them. If you can revise papers,
then do it. Give a copy to Writers House or to your professor
ahead of time to ask if youre heading in the right direction.
- Andres Fajardo,
administrative assistant, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group
enthusiasts, there are pickup soccer games behind the stadium next to
Bower Field. All kinds of international people, some associated with
Penn and some not, play.
- Jennifer Baldwin,
reference intern, Library
Come to the librarian for help when youre trying to evaluate
Internet sites. A lot of students waste time by doing Yahoo! searches
instead of using scholarly databases.
- Dan Bogen, professor
Show up for the introductory meetings for your majors where all
requirements are explained. Some students try to delay as long as possible
knowing the demands of their majors so they dont know what classes
- John Bell, linguistics
The food trucks by Gimbel Gym.
- Garrett Dworman
(Gr99), lecturer, Wharton
Make sure to take a nice walk around the Pond behind
the zoology building. Its a nice tension breaker.
- Giovanni Gavetti,
Wharton Ph.D. candidate
Foreign students should go to the Office of International Programs
and ask everything. You can find out the way the university system works,
information about housing, the city, campus.
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Originally published on September 2, 1999