I applied to Penn because of Locust Walk – not that I wrote that in my entrance essay. The first time I visited was in 2009, and a friend showed me around as I grew insanely jealous of her college experience. One of my favorite activities, as a high schooler or a tourist, was to walk around different colleges and people watch.
Locust Walk is a gorgeous couple of blocks in the heart of the university, which in my opinion is one of the prettiest college campuses in the country. The tallest trees in Philly line the brick path, along with historical buildings housing some of the most intelligent movers and shakers in academia. Ok, so I’m a little biased. I do currently go here. But seriously, this is a great place to stop and think and absorb the energy of students and professors.
The whole university is pedestrian-friendly, with easy walking distance from classroom to classroom. Many buildings require a staff or student ID to swipe in, but the real beauty is in the architecture. It’s beautiful in all seasons. If you go during a weekday afternoon, you’ll face numerous bake sales, fund-raisers and flyers for events. I prefer to stroll first thing in the morning, or late at night. That is, unless I’m headed to class.
Stop at the student staple Wawa across the street, or at the hipster coffee spot United by Blue for your coffee fix.