Meet the 2017-2018 Peer Counselors!


AMBER - College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2020

"The Pre-Freshman Program was the best introduction to the University that I could have asked for. It provided me not only with a sense of the rigor of classes at Penn, but some of the most fun field trips and wonderful friends. Though I am from Philadelphia, living away from home still provided me with a sense of independence that I appreciate being exposed to before the start of the school year. I'm so glad I chose to come!"

AngelicaANGELICA - School of Engineering and Applied Science, Class of 2020

"Just like a lot of us in PFP, I was far from home and Penn was both exciting and terrifying. PFP ultimately laid the foundation that I hadn't realized I desperately needed. It gave me genuine relationships with some of the best professors, early connections with academic and financial resources, familiarity with this beautiful city, and some of the most loyal life-long friends. Initially, it was hard giving up some of my summer but here I am doing it again as a Peer Counselor, because this program is undeniably worth it."

DANIEL - College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2020


"The Pre-Freshman Program was a great way for me to get acclimated to Penn's campus. It was also helpful in making me aware of all the resources Penn has to offer. Meeting with my Peer Counselor definitely helped me get comfortable while making the transition from high school to college. As a Questbridge Scholar, I appreciate all that the PENNCAP Pre-Freshman Program has done for me."

KIMBERLY - The Wharton School, Class of 2020Kimberly

"The Pre-Freshman Program was a great way to establish a support group early on. I learned about all the resources available and was quickly able to establish relationships with my mentors and friends that were essential during my freshman year."

LaKeishaLAKEISHA - College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2020

"The PENNCAP Pre-Freshman Program was a big relief to me in the transition to Penn. It has provided me with a great community and wide outlet of support. I was able to get a glimpse into the type of workload that I would be given, while having fun and even doing some community service. It made me even more excited for college and, through PENNCAP, I made some great friends to go through it with."

MalikMALIK - College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2020

"The Pre-Freshman Program was a fun challenge and a worthwhile experience. If I had not done PFP, I wouldn't be as confident in my ability to succeed at Penn. PFP not only provided me with an amazing atmosphere to help me adjust to college life, but it also pointed me to the resources I currently use to help me navigate through the rigors of Penn."

MaritzaMARITZA - College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2020

"PFP prepared me mentally, socially and academically for what was to come during my college transition. One of my favorite aspects of PFP was how it formed a community of students with familiar struggles and narratives who, together, were able to transition healthily to an Ivy League university. Incoming PFP students should take advantage of the resources PFP provides and make close connections to those participating in the program alongside you.  Some of them will likely become your closest friends!"

SYLVIA - School of Nursing, Class of 2020Sylvia

"PFP was a great way to start college. I had such an experience both academic and non-academic that made the transition to college easier and fun. All through the year, PENNCAP was there to provide a supportive environment through talks, trips and events that went a long way to make me both comfortable and aware of school resources. PENNCAP was all to me!"

WilliamWILLIAM - College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2020

"In a flood of emails, financial aid offers, and course registration, the Pre-Freshman Program (PFP) served as a lifeboat which guided me to my arrival at the shores of Penn.  PFP allowed me to acclimate to a rigorous and competitive academic environment. Drowning in uncertainty and inexperience, PFP allowed me to  experience a splendid summer full of activities and memories to last a long time. Finally, PFP allowed me to connect with resources and friends that will last throughout my Penn experience and beyond."