Student Voices

What would you do with an online Ivy League education at your fingertips? Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree and working adults who completed Penn LPS Online certificates and courses share their experiences of the virtual classroom―and their plans for putting their education to work.

Joslyn Banks
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Individualized Studies, University of Pennsylvania '20

Joslyn Banks (BAAS '20) retired, moved to a new town, and graduated from Penn—in that order—and she’s already looking forward to her next challenge.

Eleanor Burke
Eleanor Burke
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania '24—expected

As a program coordinator, a community leader, and an author, Eleanor is an experienced communicator; now she is working toward the BAAS degree to prove it.

Susan Hassett
Penn LPS Online Certificate in Data Analytics ‘20

Susan Hassett has worked with data throughout her career in higher education—and loves it. Her courses in data analytics have given her new tools and the confidence to continue learning independently.

Mary Koenke
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Physical and Life Sciences, University of Pennsylvania '20

Mary Koenke (BAAS '20) returned to Penn after more than a decade and synthesized many years of educational, professional, and personal growth on her journey to the degree.

Daniela Mandracchia
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Individualized Studies, University of Pennsylvania '20

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Individualized Studies, University of Pennsylvania '20

Robert Marshall
Penn LPS Online Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology ‘19

For Robert Marshall, the APOP certificate opened the door to explore mindfulness and resilience strategies for himself and other military veterans.

Harsha Ravindran
Harsha Ravindran
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania ‘24—expected

Harsha Ravindran is a young entrepreneur and a youth movement leader. Her next passion project: a bachelor’s degree that can balance her career.

Erwin Benedict Valencia, Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology student
Erwin Benedict Valencia
Penn LPS Online Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology ‘21—expected

Taking classes in the Applied Positive Psychology certificate helped Erwin Benedict Valencia find clarity in his mission at the intersection of physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

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