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This website features stories of successes and failures, ups and downs, hardships and self-

discoveries, in order to foster resilience and create more honest and open dialogue on Penn’s

campus. It celebrates the diversity of members of the Penn community - students, faculty, staff, and alumni - by sharing stories that can connect all of us. In sharing these stories and perspectives, we hope to deconstruct the Penn Face – the idea that one must always appear busy, happy,

and successful at everything all the time. Let's challenge the single notion of success by embracing the unique faces and stories that make up Penn.

 

Faculty Story
PennFaces Speakeasy
In Fall 2016, students, faculty, and staff members gathered on College Green to share their stories.  
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Student Story
Talking About Rejection
Three students talk about rejection at the Wall of Rejection.                
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Student Story
Building the Wall of Rejection
Rebecca describes building the Wall of Rejection with her peers during Spring 2016 at Weigle Information Commons.  
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Student Story
What is the Penn Face?
Students discuss their personal experiences with the "Penn Face" and how it has affected them during their time at Penn.
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Faculty Story
Confronting Failure
Dr. Andy Binns, Professor of Biology, tells his story of learning from failure as a first-year university student.  He shares significant suggestions for both students and faculty.
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Student Story
Coffee Club Rejection
Adam describes an unexpected experience with rejection.
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Student Story
A Spring That Bounces Back
Daisy, a graduate student in the School of Education, discusses her experience with moving her family across the world in order to pursue her education in the United States. 
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Story
Medical reasons
I went on a leave of absence for medical reasons. Everyone knows what "medical reasons" really means - I couldn't handle the stresses Penn threw at me. I'm not ashamed to say Penn exacerbated my...
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Resonating
In Blindness, I Saw Light
Growing up in a family of dental practitioners, people assumed that I would get into the profession just because I was born into it. Although that is untrue, I understand why it would be an easy...
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Resonating
It May Take Time...
First, I tried to get into a top college and the answer was "No." So I went to a state university and got mostly C's in my freshman year. Then, I tried to get into med school but again the...
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The PennFaces Pledge

 

I pledge to challenge a single notion of success, to contribute to an environment where others feel safe and comfortable, to create more honest and open dialogue, to learn from setbacks and be proud of accomplishments that matter to me.

 

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