The insider's guide to the Jerome Fisher Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Philly College Day: Culture, Food, & Fun

by Emily Z., M&T Class of 2016

by Emily Z., M&T Class of 2016

For those who aren’t familiar with Philadelphia, I think attending the city’s annual College Day is a fun and inexpensive way to get to know Philadelphia’s multiple museums and attractions, perhaps experiencing its public transportation as you go. Campus Philly College Day is an event specifically for college students in the Philadelphia area filled with free entertainment and of course free food! Our little group of M&Ts just had to find our way and from there, it was free fun!

Because most of the sites are in Center City, there are multiple places you can go that are on the way, so bring along someone who is familiar with the area! In our case, fellow M&T Jeff K. brought us to Trader Joe’s before we went to our first museum. If you’ve never been there, definitely go sometime while you’re at Penn! So much good fooooood! From there it was a short walk to the Franklin Institute, definitely a fun place to spend with fellow M&Ts – and it’s free so make sure to take the time to explore. The Eastern State Penitentiary is also a great place to visit. It’s a bit spooky but has a lot of interesting points – it’s worth taking the trip. When Halloween comes around, make sure to go again for the haunted house edition! One thing that I wish I knew, but only found out later was that there is a trolley loop that is free for students and stops at many of the sites featured during College Day. We could have saved a bit of walking and a token or two had we known!

Now that College Day is almost upon us, I hope that some of the new freshmen check out Philly’s College Day!

Emily is a current M&T sophomore in the Class of 2016. She studies Bioengineering within Penn Engineering and has yet to declare her concentration in the Wharton School.

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