All in the Family

Family Weekend came and left in a haste. It was incredible seeing the various families of different dynamics and backgrounds all here on Penn’s campus. And the most incredible thing to me was that even though they all came from different parts of the country and the world, they all came for one reason: to support us freshmen. I saw siblings reunited, grandparents doting on their grandchildren, parents embracing their children, and even pets coming along for the ride! For many, this was the first weekend that they saw their family since move-in, and so it was great to just catch up and spend time together.

My parents, brother, and I spent the day at the Penn Museum, which for those of you who don’t know is free for Penn students. I’d also recommend going to the special exhibit on the Maya. No rush though, as it doesn’t end until January. However, if the world does end in December like the Maya have predicted, then you might want to hurry!

After our museum visit, we dined at a Chinese restaurant on Spruce and 37th Street. I spent the rest of the day catching up with the family before they returned to home to NYC without me.

But other Fisher Hassenfelders spent their days differently:

Samina Hydery had lunch at a Thai Malaysian fusion restaurant downtown with her parents, after they attend some of the Wharton sessions earlier in the morning.

Christine Lugrine spent the day with her mom shopping in downtown Philly. She visited Buffalo Exchange, H&M, and Ross.

Lianna Serko, on the other hand, spent the day having lunch with her parents and then attended the football game at Franklin Field against William and Mary.

But now that the madness is over, I am left with the work that was put off for this weekend. While my parents were here, it did feel almost like I was back at home, but that doesn’t mean that school was put on pause. My to-do list continued to grow and it would take both Sunday and Monday night to make up for the time lost, but time well spent.

All in all, it was a great, family-filled weekend!

Photo by PW Baker (used under a Creative Commons license).
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