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After eight years and two deployments with the Air Force, Deborah Trimble wanted an academic challenge that would expand her mind and let her help people. Listen to Deborah share how Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies is helping her achieve those goals and is bringing her closer to becoming a physician.

After attending Philadelphia’s Central High School for two years, a public high school that consistently ranks as one of the finest in the state, Julian Scott moved to Virginia. After he graduated from high school there, he returned to Philadelphia and went right into the working world. When he was laid off from his job, he explored all of his options, including whether to go to college or find another job. Julian decided to enroll in Community College of Philadelphia. He excelled at his coursework.

When Cate Revak decided to make a career change, after 15 years in the financial industry, she transferred into Penn to earn her bachelor’s degree. Hear about the camaraderie Cate found with fellow students and how campus resources continue to sustain her as she pursues graduate studies at Penn.

Theresa Feo found the experience of being a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies to be exhilarating. In addition to her outstanding learning experiences, Theresa shares her appreciation for all that Penn and Philadelphia offers. Hear about the array of cultural opportunities Theresa found both on and off-campus.

Michael Banks was elated when he learned he had been accepted into Penn. Being from North Philadelphia, he had always viewed Penn as being above the top of the charts! Listen to Michael’s advice, as a transfer student from a local community college, about connecting with others and embracing the opportunity to study at Penn.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Donald Antenen left high school after two years to pursue his love of learning by reading the classics, exploring libraries and visiting book stores. He also traveled to places he thought were interesting. He went to New Orleans to help with the Hurricane Katrina relief effort for a couple of months and then moved to Kentucky. Donald worked in the Lexington Public Library and taught computer classes and helped in its literacy center. While still in his teens, Donald decided to earn his General Educational Development (GED).

When Silicon Valley resident Sarah Zarrin headed to the east coast for college, she knew she wanted to major in the humanities because she thought she might want to become a professor. By her junior year at Princeton, Sarah became interested in pursuing medicine because she saw it as a way to continue her humanistic work while helping people at the same time. She began to look for a post-baccalaureate course on the east and west coast.

Having grown up in the Boston area, Alex began working in its Dorchester neighborhood as an English teacher after graduating from Harvard University. She loved teaching children, especially adolescents, as they are not only unpredictable; they provided her with a different perspective with which to view the world.

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Medicine, 2019-expected
University of Pennsylvania, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Programs, 2014
The University of Chicago, Master of Arts, Public Policy Studies and Master of Arts, Social Sciences, 2006
University of California, Berkeley, Political Science and Legal Studies, 2004

Growing up in a close-knit family in Rockville, Maryland, Sapna Khemka thought of her first cousins as her older brothers. When one went to medical school, Sapna wanted to follow. She began her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland and was in a pre-med track. When she was preparing to graduate, Sapna didn’t think her grades accurately reflected her capabilities.


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