The 3 Cs of My IEDP Thus Far

Aishwarya Shetty On August 25th, I set foot in the USA for the first time. CNN, Netflix, and Instagram informed everything I knew about the country. Though Indian, I flew in from Qatar, where I spent most of my years growing up. If my life were a rom-com movie, the voiceover for me waiting for my Uber at the airport would say, “There she is, … Continue reading The 3 Cs of My IEDP Thus Far

Unshock the Culture Shocks: An International Student’s Journey

Toto, a first-year IEDP student from Thailand, is interested in curriculum development and implementation. (You can find an introduction directly from Toto here!) 其实很多事情并没有对错,只是为人处世方式不同而已。 Under many circumstances, there is no right or wrong; it’s just that our ways of conducting ourselves are different. The above quote is a lesson I have learned so far in life. I am not Chinese; I am from Bangkok, Thailand, … Continue reading Unshock the Culture Shocks: An International Student’s Journey

The Little (and Big) Things: Reflecting on the Fall Semester

Deepali is a first-year IEDP student from Mumbai, India. She is interested in technology in developing contexts.  Winter break is almost over. We have covered yet another trip around the sun.  Like every year, I take some time during New Year’s Eve to reflect on the year gone by. I do it not just because it is New Year’s Eve, but also because January is … Continue reading The Little (and Big) Things: Reflecting on the Fall Semester

Ode to My Reading Group (aka How to Survive Going Back to School After 11 Years)

On August 31, I stood next to Penn GSE, asked myself what on earth I was doing, and took this selfie to remind myself that what I was doing was going back to school after 11 years. Hi! I’m Maggie, the 2021-22 cohort member behind the blog this year. You’ll hear from me occasionally, though most often you’ll hear from other amazing members of this … Continue reading Ode to My Reading Group (aka How to Survive Going Back to School After 11 Years)

Tessa Kilcourse: Day in the Life as an IEDPer

Hello! My name is Tessa Kilcourse I am a first-year International Educational Development Program (IEDP) student at Penn GSE. In conjunction with our “a day in the life” as an IEDP’er I will be blogging about what I tend to do as a graduate student at UPenn during the COVID-19 era. As many have said before me online graduate school during COVID has been a … Continue reading Tessa Kilcourse: Day in the Life as an IEDPer

Living in University City

Hi everyone! Spring is usually a hectic semester for IEDPers and I am not the exception. This semester has been super busy due to the fact that I am taking four courses (one of which is our capstone class) and I am working/volunteering around twenty hours a week. These commitments have limited the time I have to write my own blog posts, but I am happy … Continue reading Living in University City

Rachel Phipps: Day in the Life as an IEDPer

Hi! My name is Rachel Phipps and I am a first-year International Educational Development Program (IEDP) student here at Penn GSE. Today I’ll be blogging about “a day in the life” as an IEDP’er. I wouldn’t trade my experience as an IEDP student for anything. I’m learning so much and my world is largely expanding in ways it wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. First, … Continue reading Rachel Phipps: Day in the Life as an IEDPer

New semester, new city

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since the last post. At the end of last year, I decided to stick with my plan to move to Philly for the spring semester even though classes are still virtual, so…I am writing this post from my new studio apartment, located less than a mile from the Penn campus! So far, I love Philly, even though it is … Continue reading New semester, new city