Penn World Scholars Class of 2020

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Nigeria
Simisola Afolayan

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
My favorite thing about PWS is ready the opportunity to meet and engage with peers from all over the world in social settings that feel safe and are at the same time lots of fun.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
At Penn, I was also involved with the International Student Advisory Board, the Society of African Internationals at Penn and NSP (The New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir)

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
Doing work within the healthcare space (Healthcare consulting, management and global healthcare policy) over the course of my career.

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Mauritius
Priya Bhirgoo

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
Coming to Penn has broadened my horizons and I have loved being surrounded and inspired by amazing students with diverse interests and goals.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
I have been involved in the Undergraduate Assembly as an Engineering Representative, in Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional and social sorority for women in STEM, in the Rachleff Scholars Program as Vice-President of the Rachleff Scholars Society and in CBE Study Hall as a CBE Mentor and Tutor.

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
Improve healthcare through research, set up my own research firm and contribute to the future development of my country.

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Romania
Catalina Dragoi

Academic Areas of Interest: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, International Relations, Anthropology

Activities and interests: Debating (Mostly within the European Youth Parliament), traveling, writing, reading, listening to music, going to concerts, watching movies, taking photographs, and meeting new people.

Future Plans: Ideally, I would like to work in the UN or NATO, and contribute in one way or another to getting this world as close to universal peace as possible.

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Jamaica
Jamaal Hay

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
I love how Penn really allowed me to explore my interests. I came in having selected Biomedical Engineering and am leaving a Computer Science major. This wouldn't have been possible without Penn's flexible course requirements. Penn World Scholars really made an effort to bring together students from vastly different backgrounds which I will always appreciate.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
I was a part of Club Golf, Quaker Finance Group, Penn Poker Club and Wharton Investments and Trading Group.

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
After graduation I plan to spend a few years working at the Boston office of Microsoft. From there I may either try to delve into quatitative finance or pursue a PhD in Computer Science. No idea.

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El Salvador
Santiago Herrera

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
Penn is a unique, globally-oriented community. Students are really hard-working, dedicated, and smart. You get to learn something new everyday while you grow and become an improved version of yourself.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
No matter the type and degree of involvement in Penn extracurricular activities, there is something for everyone. During my time at Penn, I had the opportunity to be part of Penn World Scholars, Greek Life, and pre-professional Clubs. My involvement in these groups allowed me to get a head start on figuring out my intellectual as well as professional aspirations while forming strong connections with incredibly talented individuals who are now friends.

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
After Penn, I am going to be working as an investment banking analyst in New York City, NY. As I am interested in working in emerging markets, I would like to exercise a career where I contribute to the promotion of economic and human development in the most vulnerable regions of the world.

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Kenya
Sylvia Kimwei

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
The support senior year - OPT and Career Services.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
Minority in Nursing, Christian Union at Penn

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
To be a nurse and start a mental health hospital in Kenya. 

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Croatia
Marko Lamza

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
I enjoy meeting ambitious, hard working people with virtuous intentions and great skills.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
Wharton Undergraduate Real Estate Club, Dean's List (2017, 2018, 2019)

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
Pursue a career in innovation and impact investing.

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Turkey
Halil Memoglu

Academic areas of interest: Computer Science, electrical engineering, business/entrepreneurship, computational linguistics, nanotechnology, mathematics, product design, artificial intelligence.

Activities and Interests: Basketball, soccer, reading, literature, entrepreneurship, global politics, linguistics, design, debate, visual art, fiction writing, programming, puzzles, and robotics.

Future Plans: For the most part, I am an inventor and a storyteller. In the future, I hope to go on being a better inventor and a better storyteller. I will explore what it takes to support and realize the dreams of a world.

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Pakistan
Khizrah Naveed

Academic areas of interest: Chemistry and Mathematics

Activities and interests: Parliamentary debates and  public speaking,

Future plans: Continuing public speaking at Penn and to join other student clubs.

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Vietnam
Hai Nguyen

Academic areas of interest: Entrepreneurship, History, Finance

Activities and interests: Travelling to see what's happening in the world with my real eyes and then writing about it, soccer, swimming, and starting small businesses.

Future plans: I want to keep traveling to explore current problems around the world, particularly the current immigration and education problems; by my own eyes. I also want to build a business of my own, a restaurant or food shop in particular. I also want to try a career in finance or management as well. Generally, I am very open to new things.

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Iraq
Abdullah Noaman

What do you love about Penn and/or Penn World Scholars?
Penn is a community of passionate and ambitious people who want to change the world. Being at Penn for four years taught me so much and allowed me to grow in many ways.

What Penn groups, clubs, organizations were you involved in, and/or what achievements would you like to share?
I founded the Alif Bet Fellowship at Penn Hillel with a friend of mine. Alif Bet is an educational program of investigating similarities between Arabic and Hebrew in an inclusive space facilitating intercultural dialogue and collaboration.

What are your plans or aspirations for your time after Penn?
I hope to go to graduate school, eventually conduct my own research, and own many patents.

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India
Arundhati Singh

Academic areas of interest: Everything

Activities and Interests: Reading, debate, film, technology, philosophy.