July 20th, 2010


Greetings from Home

We are back from Philadelphia, where we spent the day at Penn, going on tours to show Daniel the school and reacquainting ourselves with the campus since there has been a lot of construction since we visited a couple of years ago. The day did not start very auspiciously, since there was an unpredicted torrential thunderstorm while we were at breakfast, but the sun had come out by the time we got to campus, and although it was quite hot, there was more of a breeze than when we visited Duke. We went on the main campus tour first, which covered the new business school buildings, student union, main library, residential quad, and football stadium. There were at least four other tour groups going around simultaneously and the information session was packed. We had a perky rising sophomore as a tour guide who amused Adam when she explained that there are dormitory floors for special interest groups, like Women Entrepreneurs and Infectious Diseases (doesn't everyone want to live on the Infectious Diseases floor?).

Then we went to the bookstore, had lunch at Mad Mex (a very enjoyable Mexican restaurant not open when we were students), watched the old law school being torn down so a new one can be built, visited Paul's and my freshman dorm, walked up the middle of campus past the high rises to the shopping arcade along 40th Street, walked back to 34th Street for iced frappuccinos, and headed to the engineering school for their tour. This one had fewer students than the general campus tour and was conducted by a recent graduate. Daniel seemed more impressed by the lab facilities at Penn than he was by the ones at Duke, though that might be because we saw more robotics and lots of machines instead of classrooms with fancy podiums (Wharton gets those, heh). The engineering school has been substantially rebuilt since I was a student and they're building yet another major facility now, so it looks like it would be awesome to go to college there...though of course I'm biased, since I spent four happy years there!

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