Exchange at Penn Highlights of Exchange Part II

May 23, 2024
By Celia Ngoga, Queen Mary University of London

Celia, one of the Exchange at Penn Correspondents, shares her experience at Penn during the Spring 2024 semester. Follow along with the group of correspondents on our blog and look out for their images on the @pennabroad Instagram feed.

CeliaThe spring semester went by very rapidly but was one of my most enriching and busiest academic periods. From the transition to the end of winter to beginning of spring with flowers blossoming. To classes organizing field trips, and my outdoors club bringing us canoeing at FDR park.

21st of March, I went to DC to see the cherry blossoms. I also took the opportunity to explore Georgetown, surrounded by charming antique stores and cafes such as the popular Call your Mother for bagels. As well as the African American Museum to gain more knowledge on the history and culture.

Celia6th of April, we were one of the lucky few who embarked on a free trip to New York City. Hosted by the Fine Arts and Design Department at Penn, as soon as I received the email, I enthusiastically signed up. Even though I had been to the city several times, I knew there was an endless list of activities. We stayed in the Chelsea area and did tours of galleries, Chelsea Market and Whitney Museum.

Celia16th of April, I took a day trip to Baltimore. During the train ride, I conversed with an elderly and managed to get local recommendations. This was one aspect I learned is to not be afraid to ask. When I arrived, I headed down to the Inner Harbor and visited the Aquarium.

23rd of April, I gained a new passion for roller skating. Even though I was a beginner and fell many times on the rink, I still managed to get out of my comfort zone and skate for hours. The roller rink on Dilworth Park opened in late April and it was the perfect occasion to give it a try.

Celia8th of May, to celebrate the end of my exchange, I decided to go to Chicago, landed in O’Hare in the early afternoon. I was very lucky to have sunny days, because it is called the windy city. I fell in love with the Riverwalk, tried the famous Deep Dish Pizza. As an art enthusiast, I was pleased by the extensive choices of exhibitions. Opted with the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the largest museums in the country.

Towards the last few days, I was sad that my departure was approaching. I will miss strolling on Locust Walk to my classes, late Wawa errands, Mcclelland chicken bowls, picnics on Biopond and being part of the community of those who had the courage to leave their homes. This is not goodbye, I hope to see you soon Penn!

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The Exchange at Penn (EAP) program offers students from Penn's international exchange partners the opportunity to make Penn a part of their undergraduate education. Students take classes and have access to internationally renowned undergraduate-level teaching and research programs while living on a cosmopolitan university campus in the birthplace of the United States - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.