Neha Narain, M&T Class of 2019
When I moved to Philadelphia in August, I was excited yet nervous; I was going to start my journey at Penn, something that I had only ever dreamed of. What I didn’t quite realize was that before even stepping foot at Penn, I already had a community of people to support and befriend – some of my best friends here at Penn are in M&T and I couldn’t be more grateful to have met them. M&T provides us all with a strong network and community that I have always felt that I can run to for advice and help – I remember that when I got handed my very first engineering problem set, I was flustered and confused and went up to an M&T upperclassman who, even though she had never taken the class, very happily and willingly helped me through the problems! I know that no matter how challenging it may be, I wouldn’t want it any other way because I’ve made some of my best friends here through these challenges and opportunities.
I find M&T valuable because of the people within, whether they be fellow students, advisors, professors, or alumni. Dual degrees and hard work aside, there’s not much I enjoy more than the chance to unwind at the M&T office with my friends in the program after a busy day. The community is really incredible – our classes are small enough so that you get to know most everyone intimately, yet large enough to have an incredible breadth and diversity in background. College would have been an incredibly different experience without the friends, connections, and insights I gained amongst my M&T peers during my tenure at Penn. And at the end of the day, it’s the little moments and memories with M&T that are an integral and formative part of my Penn experience – random happenings at the office, late night quirkiness with fellow M&Ts and the general camaraderie and closeness that always seems to be borne out of such things.
Alaric, from Hacienda Heights, California, is a member of the M&T Class of 2015. He studies Electrical Engineering in Penn Engineering and Management (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) and Marketing and Operations Management in the Wharton School.