Although Lindsay had limited travel experience before college, she had always enjoyed trying new things and had an interest in learning about different countries and cultures. In college, she hoped to study business and Spanish, so when her dad told her about the Huntsman Program (which he had found on Penn's website), she thought it sounded perfect. She was excited that the program would help her to balance her education between her two main interests, as well as allow her to take courses from the traditional liberal arts curriculum. Lindsay also liked that Huntsman offered a smaller community within a large university. Penn itself was especially appealing because of its reputation as "the social ivy," its location in a large city and its diverse student population.
Now that she's spent more than two years on campus, Lindsay says that she continues to "love learning from my classmates. There are so many different perspectives. It's a group of people that helps each other succeed within a competitive environment." Lindsay describes living together freshman year as "amazing," and credits her Huntsman family with helping her transition to college life. She loves being able to hang out in the lounge and see friends and talk about classes, activities, and events.
Exploring Diverse Interests
Management and marketing are Lindsay's favorite parts of the business curriculum. She is fascinated by interactions between people, their incentives, and motivations. Management 100 deepened her understanding of group dynamics and taught her to think critically about what makes a good leader. After finishing her first Marketing course, Lindsay found that the SABRE game taught her about "all of the strategy that goes into satisfying the needs of customers and designing an integrated campaign to appeal to a target market." She says, "I really enjoy the idea of needing to apply a consistent message, with all aspects of the chain working together."
Lindsay has also had a chance to explore a long-standing interest in energy, which was the topic of her Huntsman admissions essay. She recently took "Energy, Oil and Climate Change" in the Physics department. "I'm very interested in figuring out how to market responsible resource use to the general public and politicians," says Lindsay. She's even considering a career working on energy issues or climate change, but is also interested in communication and trade between countries. One thing is for sure - she'd love to work abroad at some point.
During the summer after her freshman year, Lindsay had her first taste of life overseas. The Huntsman Program supported Lindsay's participation in a summer study program in Alicante, Spain. The experience "helped my Spanish a ton and helped broaden my perspective on the world." After a discussion with her host brother about the US' decision to drop the atomic bomb, Lindsay became "so much more aware of different global mindsets."
Beyond the Classroom
As captain of one of Penn's Club Volleyball teams, Lindsay went to nationals with her team this year. She's also a member of Wharton Women and serves as mentor to freshman women. As Chair of one of the panels of the annual Wharton Women Business Conference, she helped bring in professionals to talk about finding opportunities to succeed amidst the financial crisis. Lindsay will also participate in Wharton Women's study abroad blogging program during her semester in Argentina. In addition, Lindsay is a model for the on-campus fashion society, DZine2Show.
After spending freshman year at King's Court English House as a member of the Huntsman community, Lindsay decided to move into Alpha Phi's sorority house during her sophomore year. She's found her sorority involvement to be a nice supplement to her Huntsman experience. As a freshman, she acted as Junior Panhellenic Delegate, and as a sophomore, she serves as Director of Member Development for Alpha Phi.