Noah fell in love with Philadelphia before he even knew about Penn. He always looked forward to staying with his grandmother on family visits while growing up; so when it came time to start applying to schools, he knew it would be a great culture fit. He could not have foreseen, however, the transformative journey he was about to embark on as a Penn undergraduate.
Originally planning on pursuing a major in Criminology, Noah began to reevaluate his course of study after a summer program through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships took him into the West Philadelphia community for 35 hours each week. He discovered his love for community engagement during that summer, as he worked with elementary and middle school kids attending The Benjamin B. Comegys School. Together with his research partner, they designed a program to facilitate advocacy and civic education through activities.
For Noah, education isn’t simply about classroom learning. It’s the growth and change that happens outside of the classroom—when he’s able to immerse himself in the vibrant West Philly community through innovative programs and classes—that he’s most grateful for. That’s an education like no other.