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If you could write a page in Penn’s history, what would you include? What story would you tell? What would be your purpose? Perhaps to inspire with a story of action and service, or to educate with tales of scholarly research… As a resident of New College House, you get to answer these questions and more as you join a community in the first College House built on campus since 1972.
Your life at Penn begins as you move into your spacious suite. You decide how to set up your single room and are eager to meet your suitemates—each in their own rooms. You meet up in your suite’s common room, and someone has a great idea for where to place the couch. Another suitemate shares your interest in world politics, and you definitely want to learn more about their recent travels abroad. In New College House, you’ll have a balance of personal space and community living in your “home away from home.”
Venturing out of the comforts of your suite, you soon discover plenty of spaces to hang out with friends or study. Your GA greets you in the hall and reminds you about a floor meeting later that day. At the floor meeting, you meet the rest of your neighbors. You might be nervous at first, but soon realize that you have a lot in common with some students and can learn something new from others. Your GA is excited about all of the possibilities for creating traditions in New College House, and as you hear your peers brainstorm about the House crest and motto, you know you’re a part of something special. You’re looking forward to joining the House's Traditions Committee, especially because it’s a chance to put your leadership experience to use.
After a full day of meeting new people and making your new home, it’s time for a dinner break. You look for a place to sit and Faculty Director Cam Grey invites you to join him and his family. As you sit with Cam, his wife Ann and their children, you not only learn about Cam’s expertise in Roman history and some of the newest undergraduate research projects, but are invited to an energetic game of tag by their daughter! You get the feeling that this is the first of many conversations both thoughtful and entertaining. Cam tells you about some upcoming house events, like a Research Symposium, architecture tour of Old City and World Dialogue Series, and you know you’re about to be a part of some cool opportunities in your new home.
While hanging out with some friends in the House living room, an RA from another floor stops in to chat. She was returning from orchestra rehearsal, which gets the group talking about their different musical talents. You suggest getting a group together to jam in the practice room. You ask the RA about hosting a coffeehouse event for student performers and she thinks it’s a great idea. You set up a time to meet next week to start planning.
By the end of the year, you’re proud your idea evolved into a full-fledged performance series. That’s not your only contribution to the New College House story: you hosted round table talks to design the House crest, and the Gala that you helped plan with House Council was a highlight of Fall. You even brought what you’ve learned about leadership to the House service initiative, helping to mentor local middle school students. You’re glad you went to those House workshops on time management, study skills and healthy living—the insight helped you stay on track personally and academically.
You’re looking forward to the summer months to work on a research project you recently started and to Fall semester when you will return to New College House as a sophomore. Empowered and motivated, you are full of ideas for the next, new chapter in the story of your new home at Penn.