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Luke Coleman
Luke Coleman C’22

Luke Coleman C’22

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.”

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Favorite Penn Memory
One day, I was walking with my best friend with no destination. We ended up in Fishtown and found a Mexican restaurant, Que Chula Es Puebla, that has the best food ever. At the time, it felt so inconsequential, but it was a great day.
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Favorite Place to Eat Near Campus
Thai is my comfort food, and I really like Pattaya I became vegetarian at Penn, and Thai has lots of good options.
Favorite Penn Tradition
At my New Student Orientation (NSO), Penn rented out the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was a surreal experience, being in this brand new city with my classmates. I really felt like I had arrived.
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