Deconstructing the Penn Face

Wednesday December 03, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mental health is a key issue at Penn, especially in light of the recent events.  One of the causes this stress can be attributed to is the 'Penn Face.' Many a time individuals at Penn feel that those around them seem to be leading a life close to perfect. We live under the illusion that others, mainly upperclassmen, are on top of of it all, causing us to feel overwhelmed.
Thus The College Dean's Advisory Board is holding a panel to dispel this notion. We want to shed light on the fact that everyone at Penn, irrespective of their GPA, their leadership position, or however perfect their life may seem on social media- have to struggle with the same issues. In order to do so we organized a panel of 4-5 upperclassmen, which includes a mix of student leaders, students who are self aware about the 'Penn Face,' and those who know about Penn's resources to deal with mental health. We want to facilitate open and candid communication between the panelists and freshmen at Penn. We hope to bring about an actually change in the manner in which students perceive life at Penn.