Student Profile ~ Amanda Berman
Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Why did you choose Penn? I chose Penn for many reasons. First, I knew the stellar reputation of Penn’s Nursing School, making it my first choice academically. Second, from talking to students on campus, I learned that apart from studying hard, Penn allows you to have a fun, social college experience at the same time.
What do you love about Penn? Academically speaking, I love how intimate the Nursing School is. Since my graduating class is around 85 students, we have grown very close over the years. This is also true of my relationships with my professors, as they put as much effort into knowing their students as they do into making lesson plans.
Do you have a favorite class or professor? My favorite class that I have taken thus far has been Anatomy and Physiology. This class serves as the foundation for my nursing career, and was one of the most exciting classes I have ever taken! Anatomy and Physiology includes a lecture, a laboratory, and a clinical component, which kept me busy but never bored.
What is your favorite activity outside of academic life? One of my favorite hobbies is dancing, and when I left high school, I thought that it was the end of my dancing career. However, I then learned about the many dance groups on campus and auditioned. Freshman and sophomore year, I was lucky to dance with Penn Dance, a primarily modern dance group that is co-ed and student run. Penn Dance has fall and spring concerts on campus.