I have alluded to it in previous posts, but I am not ashamed of the fact that when I looked at veterinary schools, Penn was pretty much my only choice. The location, culture, and prestigious large animal hospital were all I needed to be convinced that it was the school for me. I fell in love with Penn the first time I visited.
I had never heard of the phrase “PennWe” before my orientation. If you are unfamiliar, it is the phrase that is sometimes jokingly, sometimes seriously used in reference to something exclusively done at the University of Pennsylvania. Used in a sentence, one might sound overwhelmingly condescending in saying “oh, at Penn we…” do it this way. It is a moniker that every Penn student has grown to love in their own special way, and it has been used against us at times to mock our Ivy League roots. I find it quite amusing, actually.
But the purpose of me talking about being a “PennWe” is not to sound pompous or just flat out annoying. It is to draw attention to something about Penn that I could not have anticipated in applying to the school. At PennWe have an incredible amount of financial support from both alumni of the school and private donors that help to fund a variety of scholarships. It is through these scholarships that some students are able to broaden their scope of what veterinary medicine entails through attending conferences or trips that would otherwise be cost prohibitive.
The support from the alumni of this school is staggering at times. It is truly humbling to think that these donors, who do not personally know the students, believe in the school’s curriculum and ability to produce quality, successful veterinarians–and they are willing to donate thousands of dollars to that cause.
It is for this reason, among many, that I am proud to call myself a PennWe.