Investment Associate, Wilmington Trust Corporation
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, cum laude ’14
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. This prompted his advisor to tell him about the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. After Julian spoke with an enrollment advisor during a Walk-in Wednesday, he knew he wanted to go to Penn and was determined to make it happen. In August of 2012, Julian was accepted and enrolled at Penn.
“I was so excited— but very nervous—when I was accepted. I started out by taking only two courses my first semester in order to get accustomed to the academic pace. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the newness of the experience and the rigor of Penn’s academics.
I stayed very organized and when I earned As in both classes, I felt confident enough to attend full-time. I also created milestones for myself—getting through first semester and then declaring my major—to get to my goal of graduating.
It was amazing to be in classes with students of every age. All are smart, yet some are wise with life experiences. I felt right at home and enjoyed the camaraderie with them all. They are from every walk of life and come from all around the world.
The library became the center of my universe. I met other non-traditional students there and we stayed together throughout our different programs. We became one another’s support network.
There are so many different classes to explore at Penn. Just by reading a course description and purpose, I became inspired. I wanted to take advantage of all the programs and opportunities available that would enhance my analytical skills.
I was even able to take graduate level classes and help conduct research as an undergraduate with a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education. The study focused on cultural competencies affecting a minority’s attainment of a higher education. It was fascinating.
The environment at Penn makes you want to be better and the experience helped me realize that my next goal will be to go to law school.”