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Computers: The computer network is great-incredible speed. The labs are not too crowded, but that depends on which college house you live in. I would definitely have to say though, that you should bring your own computer if you have one . . . almost everyone does, and I personally feel it is a necessity.

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Computers: Penn is very reliant on computers, so I would suggest owning your own. Computer labs usually shut down too early, and since you most likely will not start studying until after those hours, it's more convenient to have your own computer. However, the Wharton building does have a 24-hour computer lab.

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Computers: Definitely bring your own computer. I haven't used a computer lab once, and I find it most convenient to have your own. It's amazing to have Ethernet and be online all the time. Downloading music, movies, and TV shows is fun.

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Computers: Each dormitory has some sort of computer lab if necessary, but I bring my own computer to school out of convenience. For example, I can do work in my room real late at night, but most labs only stay open until 2 a.m.

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Computers: There are some computer labs that are open for 24 hours, like the Wharton computing center in Huntsman Hall. The main library, Van Pelt, also lets you rent out laptops that have wireless Internet, so it's very convenient. I would recommend bringing your own computer just to have one, but you can also get by using the computer labs on campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is full of good restaurants. Just get in a cab and go downtown. There are also tons of restaurants right around campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus is host to a wide variety of dining options. China Town is an interesting diversion. In Rittenhouse Square, Alma de Cuba and Bleu are tasty. Moriarty's is home to some of Philly's finest wings. And Pat's and Geno's have a long-standing rivalry over the best cheesesteaks.

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Off-Campus Dining: Cheesesteaks are everywhere-Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's are the best. I had all three in a span of an hour and a half once, but I'm a fat kid. Pat's is a messy cheesesteak but my favorite. I particularly enjoy it for the quality of its steak; it's a little sparse with its onions though. Geno's is a more refined cheesesteak, more onions, not as messy, but also not as good. Jim's is like a cheesesteak one would see on a billboard. It has the soft, fluffy bread, the steak that is diced into a million little pieces so that it's easy to chew, a just enough but not too much onions or cheese. If you want to talk cheesesteaks, just give me a call.

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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are the best here; remember, you're in a city. Restaurateur Stephen Starr created a string of eclectic restaurants that are very unique and only a cab or subway ride away. Food is a bit pricey, though. Check out the Continental, Pat's for Cheesesteaks, and Striped Bass.

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Off-Campus Dining: Well, there are restaurants off-campus, which are really just as close as any of the dining halls. My favorites of those are Cosí, Izzy and Zoe's, and Bubble House. If you travel a bit into Philly, there are lots more, including several famous Cheesesteak spots.

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Off-Campus Dining: Center City, a quick subway ride from campus, provides a huge variety of foods from all different cultural backgrounds. Italian, Chinese, Cuban, and Caribbean are just a few types you might find. Of course, a few Penn favorites are always great places to visit, such as Abner's, Allegro's, and the New Deck Tavern.

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Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been many places, but Geno's is good, and there are a million other places to go. There's even a Hawaiian restaurant.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around campus and in Philly are awesome. Whether you're just looking for a cheap meal or want to go all-out, you can always find something to suit your tastes.

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Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants on or off campus come at a price unless you go to Chinatown, where you can get pretty full off of $20. Philly has a lot of good Italian places. Don't try the seafood unless it's Cajun.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, there are a variety of good restaurants. All of Stephen Starr's restaurants are commendable: Buddhakan, Continental, Alma de Cuba, and Morimoto are just a few. If you like Japanese, there are several great Japanese restaurants-check out Kisso.

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Off-Campus Dining: Any of the many Old City restaurants are not too far away and very popular for a night on the town with friends.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of good restaurants downtown. If you want to break the bank and get unbelievably amazing food, I would recommend going down to restaurants like Le Bec Fin, but plan to spend over $100 a person there.

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Off-Campus Dining: My friends and I always go down to Chinatown on the weekend to eat. There's great grub there for, like, $4. If you want variety, there are great Korean, Japanese, and Italian restaurants all over. And you should definitely try the cheesesteaks!

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, there is Le Bec Fin, Morimoto (the Iron Chef), Susanna Foo's (a French/Chinese fusion restaurant), and Striped Bass (fresh seafood). All the previously mentioned placed will cost a pretty penny, about $60 per person. There's also a recent movement toward Latin/Spanish food, and one of the good places is Alma de Cuba. If you come to Philly for nothing else, at least come for the restaurants.

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Off-Campus Dining: Food's pretty good. Of course, campus dining sucks, but there are some pretty good restaurants around, and the food carts are a good places to get a quick bite to eat. The Thai restaurants are all really good, but Pattaya Grill is my personal favorite. White Dog and La Terrace are expensive, but also really good. Beijing is the most widely-known Chinese restaurant, but the general consensus is that it sucks. There are also plenty of Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants around, but my Indian and Middle Eastern friends all agree that the food is as unauthentic as you can get.

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Off-Campus Dining: For dinner, Pod, Beijing, White Dog Café, New Deck, and La Terrasse are popular among students.

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Guys & Girls: A large percentage of students tend to hail from the Northeast and tend to be upper-middle-class. The guys are better looking than the girls.

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Guys & Girls: My personal opinion is that the guys are very good looking, though I've heard the opposite opinion from guys about girls. I, however, beg to differ. I've met so many great people here, of both sexes. And if you're looking for intelligent conversation, you can talk to almost anybody on campus.

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Guys & Girls: Penn students, in general, are very good looking. Yes, they are hot. Unlike at many smaller, liberal arts school campuses, hot is not defined by how good you can look without even trying or who's the sexiest bohemian. At Penn, `hot' for the girls usually means who can wear the most expensive ensemble while still sporting a relatively casual appearance. As for the guys, it's buff abs, preppy clothes, and hair gel all the way.

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Guys & Girls: Since it's cold most of the time, you don't see much of the actual person, just a heap of sweaters and pants. Of course, underneath all of that cotton and wool, there are wonderful people with great ambitions and ideas. If you take the time to learn about your classmate's dreams, you might see a glimpse of the type of company into which you've fallen.

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Perry Petra-Wong
Pasadena, Calif.
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Students seem to be extremely content and do not regret their decision to come to Penn, even though the school definitely has a pre-professional feel. Despite this fact, it is extremely common to find yourself in an intellectual conversation, and the students really do work hard, while remembering that college is about fun as well. The opportunities provided at Penn are astounding; in fact there is almost too much to do. Most students base the reasons for their happiness around the people, the academics, the urban environment, and the endless opportunities. People who enjoy their experience at Penn tend to appreciate city life, socializing, and a busy schedule. Usually, students do not hesitate to endorse Penn, and many feel that everyone should love the school as much as they do.

Many adults call their years as an undergraduate the best four years of their lives. Penn students certainly can not make that prediction so soon, but most would agree that their time at Penn has been the best years of their life so far. Obviously, Penn is not the school for everyone, but the student body consists of interesting, intelligent, and well-rounded people, which creates a stimulating and fun environment for most. If you come to Penn, I can almost guarantee that you will meet fascinating people, find something to be passionate about, and enjoy the benefits of living in a vibrant city. You can also feel confident that an education from Penn will prepare you for what lies beyond your undergraduate years. The Penn Overall Experience is defined by the combination of the rich history and academic rigor of an Ivy League school and the school spirit and propensity for socializing of many other schools. This "work hard, play hard" mentality is what many Quakers, and prospective Quakers, find so appealing.

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