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Women of Color and the Double Edged Sword of Representation

Women of Color and the Double Edged Sword of Representation

I remember the day that President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to sit on the US Supreme Court. I jumped and screamed and cried from sheer joy. A Latina was going to sit on the Supreme Court, the apex of judicial power. Was this really happening? It wasn’t just the fact that she is a Latina […]

It Could Have Been Me

It Could Have Been Me

Growing up, I never really saw myself as disadvantaged in any way. My neighborhood was infested with poverty and drugs, but I didn’t know anything else, so that was normal to me. My immediate surroundings were my world and I—as several research studies have shown—derived much of my happiness and sense of self from what […]

From Unskilled Salsa Dancer to Slightly Better Salsa Dancer

From Unskilled Salsa Dancer to Slightly Better Salsa Dancer

It was a peculiar Monday October night.  Placement night for Dance Studio, the first step in the month long process that results in the March Dance Studio performance.  Was this just another event of Wharton students succumbing to the “herd mentality”?  Or was this actually going to be a good time? As a rhythmically challenged […]

From Beyond the Grave

To my soon departing 2nd years: hey there [seductive wink!]. To the first years who don’t know me: I’m a combination of the angel and devil sitting on your shoulders. I’m the encouraging voice inside your head when you really want to speak to a gal at the other end of the bar, but your […]

7 Learnings from My Spring Break in India and #KayakWedding

7 Learnings from My Spring Break in India and #KayakWedding

Embrace Color: Indians embrace color and flair like no other people I have ever seen. Whether they are wearing a daily outfit or a wedding suit, they are always decked out, especially the ladies. The level of colorful attire I saw on the streets put my rainbow collection of Bonobos pants to shame. Below, see […]

Getting Lost in Lost-in-Time Cuba

Getting Lost in Lost-in-Time Cuba

I traveled to Cuba over break with my cousin Blair and a friend, Alisa. When we landed at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, we had no idea what to expect. The three of us had made absolutely no plans. We’d travelled extensively together and always embraced an “it will figure itself out” attitude. We […]

David Fajgenbaum, “Leadership in Overdrive” Peer Perspectives On Leadership Talk

David Fajgenbaum, “Leadership in Overdrive” Peer Perspectives On Leadership Talk

Last Monday, David Fajgenbaum (MED’13, WG’15) stood before a hushed auditorium and told us a story about tragedy and hope. As a freshman in college with the brightest of futures—a quarterback, medical scholar, beloved son and brother—David’s mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away his sophomore year. Wracked by grief but determined to […]

Why Professor Barbara Kahn Won Iron Prof

Why Professor Barbara Kahn Won Iron Prof

For those who didn’t make it to the 5th Annual Iron Prof competition last week, Professor Barbara Kahn won. Of course. She’s amazing. No surprise. Except for the fact that she was competing with Professors Peter Fader, Zeke Emanuel, Ethan Mollick, and Vit Henisz. Some serious heavy hitters, right there. So what was it about […]

Why Being a Partner is a Better Deal

Why Being a Partner is a Better Deal

  Before coming to Wharton, family and friends would approach me, asking “So, what is your wife, Aivi, going to do while you are in Philadelphia?” I would answer, “She will be studying an MBA, I am actually going as her partner.” After an awkward silence they would shoot a nervous smile and try to […]

The Stupidest Thing One Could Do Ever In Life

By Varun Uttamchandani WG ‘15 “I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the people that I won’t forget”—Aubrey “Drake” Graham And my, how incredible have these nights been. Ragey pregames. Learning Team meetings that turn into gossip fests and “Top 5” lists. Party bus trips to Delaware to watch the XX. Dancing […]