Introducing Yourself to the University of Pennsylvania

by Morgan Pilgrim

Introduce yourself to Penn. Our aim is to better understand how your identity, talents, and background guide your day-to-day experiences.

I sit on the school bus and watch two worlds blend as the scenery slowly changes.  The first commercial strip is Grand Avenue where I see check cashing stores, Crown Fried Chickens, and other assorted fast food restaurants. As I get closer to my school, the air seems lighter as neon signs disappear and traffic dwindles. By the time I reach Brookville Road, lined with tall trees hiding sprawling private estates, I see the sign to my school- Long Island Lutheran. The starting and ending points may be very different but they are both my home. The scenes of the bus ride reveal the variety of my American experience. Traveling between the two homes has broadened my perspectives and gives me the understanding of different cultures, which ultimately helped create the versatile person I am today.

Morgan Pligrim is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2012 graduate of Long Island Lutheran High School.