With his interests in public policy and finance, Chad Payne learned plenty at Wharton. One of the most important lessons was about himself. “I realized that I have really good time management skills,” he said. “When it comes to balancing school work, sports, and extracurriculars, I didn’t find it too hard to do everything while still enjoying school.”

3 best things about Wharton and Penn

  • Access to the large and urban city of Philadelphia
  • The perfect number of undergraduates – it’s relatively big but at the same time you can’t take a few steps down Locust Walk without seeing a friendly face
  • Though tradition runs strong, both Wharton and Penn are not afraid to constantly change and improve

Favorite place on campus

The courtyard outside of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. It’s a very beautiful and secluded area on campus that no one really knows about.

Favorite class

My favorite class so far at Penn would have to be “Communications 141: Public Policy, Museums, and Cultural Heritage” with Professor Leventhal. It was a class outside of my business curriculum that let me explore my interest in Public Policy using museums. Another great aspect of the class was the use of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and its artifacts to explore how different countries interact with one another.

Favorite activity

My favorite activity outside of the classroom would definitely be exploring the city of Philadelphia. From the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum to the Love Statue in Center City, Philadelphia is such a diverse and urban location definitely worth exploring.

Something I learned that I applied

One of the things that I learned was how to be a leader among a group of leaders. The people that you will meet at Penn are the high school valedictorians, sports captains, and club leaders from all across the world. Each person brings something new to a project.

Defining “business and more” experience

In a class project, I had the chance to see the University of Pennsylvania as a business. Working with Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, one of Penn’s off-campus facilities, we learned how to increase the number of student visitors per year. With this non-profit organization, we used a social media campaign and promotional events to successfully attain our goal.

Posted: June 21, 2016

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