Greatest Possible Investment - Stephanie Kelly, Nu'15
First in her family to attend college, undergrad discusses her road to Penn
Stephanie Kelly, Nu'15, is a Philadelphia native and the first in her family to attend college. In spite of significant personal challenges, she graduated at the top of her high school class and was admitted to Penn. She believes she was meant to be here, where she is getting a world-class education and preparing for a life of service.
"We live in Philly, so me and my Dad were just walking on campus. I was in seventh grade and he said, 'One day you are going to come here.' My father passing away was a big inspiration for me, just seeing the way the nurses cared for him I wanted to do the same thing for other people who were sick and suffering," says Stephanie.
Now that she is an undergraduate student here, Stephanie helps others who are interested in coming to Penn. A member of the Kite and Key Society, Penn's largest and oldest service organization, she hosts students overnight for the University and serves as an ambassador for Penn, showing potential students what it's really like to be a part of the Ivy League. Even though she's not sure what she wants to do after graduation in 2015, Stephanie recognizes that Penn Nursing – and Penn's financial-aid assistance -- has provided her with a plethora of pathways from which to choose.
"I have been considering attending school to earn my master's degree in nursing in hopes to become a nurse practitioner," Kelly says. "I do want to see what it is like to be a floor nurse and also narrow down my specific area of interest before I go back to school."
Penn has a more diverse, academically gifted, and international student body than ever before. Exceptional men and women like Stephanie are choosing our University for its extraordinary opportunities for leadership, learning, and service.
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