Penn Day in the Life??

<p>Can any former Penn students tell me about the social life at Penn? I've heard from people that it's just frats and drinking, etc.</p>

<p>Seriously though, what is Penn life really like? Day in the life?</p>

<p>Would love to hear on this too!</p>

<p>I’m in the class of 2015, and while I do participate in the whole frats/drinking culture, there’s a LOT more than that.</p>

<p>Personally, I spent most of my time during the day in study lounges in the college houses, hanging out with friends while doing work. I had lunch and dinner with the different groups of friends every day, and spent the weekends playing pick up basketball at the gym, playing music with other people who play instruments, and wandering around Philly. Day to day life is a lot like hanging out with friends from home, except that you can do it ALL THE TIME, because everyone is within walking distance. Playing pool together, making cookies, just fitzing around in spare time. I’d say it’s incredibly diverse, and you certainly don’t have to be involved in the whole drinking night life. Most of my day-to-day friends weren’t really partiers, and I was as close with them as I was with the friends I went out with.</p>

<p>I won’t deny the existence of a big alcohol culture at Penn, but it’s a big enough school that you can find your niche if that’s not your thing. </p>

<p>As an international student who lived in KC, I found myself mostly hanging out with people from my country (frosh and upperclassmen) and my hallmates. I would spend all day with my friends (when I wasn’t in class, that is). We had a masstext so we could easily find each other when we had a break to grab lunch or to study together at night. A couple times we went downtown just to walk around and have dinner, but mostly we stayed on-campus. Once, pretty much for the hell of it, our entire hall decided to have a formal dinner (at New Deck Tavern hahaha). In my hall we all did our homework in the lounge so there was always someone there to chat to while punching out an essay. That was also pretty useful because our hall was about half international, half American, so we would help each other out with language class assignments a LOT. We had a cookies and milk study break every Thursday and this was really where we would have our best bonding moments. :D</p>

<p>When I went out at night we would usually hang out with upperclassmen from our home country, especially closer to the end of the year because we had gotten to know each other a lot better.</p>