I’m a sophomore majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and anthropology. Beyond classes, I’m involved in research, wind ensemble, and Penn Geology Society. Although I’ve settled down in the sciences, I have a huge range of interests. Fortunately, ISP allowed me to explore some of these interests in really unique ways. I especially enjoyed the Friday seminars where smaller group discussions allowed me to delve into that week’s theme. In addition to helping me grow academically, ISP was crucial in my personal growth at Penn. I’m normally more introverted than a lot of Penn students, so living with the same people I was taking classes with allowed me to come out of my shell. In addition to making most of my friends through the program, I found a supportive group of people I study with for other classes. Several of my ISP friends and I have taken every chemistry class together since freshmen year. We plan on sticking together until we run out of chemistry requirements! I’m sure I’ll keep in contact with these friends even beyond Penn.