Luke was not even sure about college as his high school years came to an end. His parents encouraged him to do whatever he wanted, but suggested he just check out a few colleges “just to see what you think”. After looking at a few Philadelphia-area colleges on a visit up north, he spontaneously decided to hop out of the car as he passed Penn. Walking in Houston Hall, he was inspired by how much was happening. Right away, he knew Penn was the place.
“We had focus groups with two different immigrant communities in Philadelphia. At the end of the class, we went to Turkey and visited with Syrian refugees at a border detention center. It was eye-opening.”
At Penn, Luke has been keeping busy as a Silverman Fellow at Robeson High School through the Netter Center, he tutors kids who need writing help. Inspired to support other tutors, he created his own Penn Reading Initiative training program to help impact the community. As a result of that work, Luke is a Civic Development Intern, and also works as a research assistant at Penn Law. His deep passion for civic engagement may in fact lead him to apply to law school next year.
“I signed up to register voters, canvas, and to be a poll worker translator.”