Dinner Discussion with Professor Rajiv Gandhi

WiCS Residential hosted Prof. Rajiv Gandhi for their annual dinner discussion! Prof. Rajiv teaches CIS160 in the fall and CIS121 in the spring, and he answered many questions that students brought up including, “How did you develop your teaching style?” and “What brought you to Penn?” and “What resources do you believe Penn students should…

Autonomous Cars Demonstration & Collaboration with STWing

On November 7th, WiCS Residential collaborated with STWING for a demonstration from Penn’s F1/10 Autonomous Car Team at New College House! Dr. Rahul Mangharam and his research group presented their work and shared their latest findings. They drove and raced their cars around the track for all to see! Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner from…

LinkedIn and Resume Workshop

Right before thanksgiving break, another WiCS event took place as we held a workshop to help students work on their resume and LinkedIn profile. There was a good mix of freshman, many of whom hadn’t touched their resumes in a while, and upperclassmen students, who have been consistently working on their resume and LinkedIn profile…

Leetcode Workshop

Leetcode is a website that allows students to practice their coding skills for technical job interviews. We recently held a workshop that introduced the website to the attending students and explored the myriad of problems they could attempt to improve their skills. Many freshman got their first taste of preparing for internships and jobs in…

Upperclassmen Q&A Panel

October 8th Last week, we invited four upperclassmen to a Q&A panel in KCECH to discuss their experiences with finding internships and different positions as an undergraduate student. We lured participants in with free Thai food and consequently many underclassmen showed up ready to listen to the imparted wisdom of their upperclassmen peers! With topics…

NYC Google Tech Trek 2018

October 4th On the first day of fall break, the first WiCS event took place as we gathered a group of 16 to visit Google in New York as a Tech Trek. We met our very own Penn alums, who gave us a brief tour of their favorite parts of the building and sat down…

Haskell Workshop with WiCS alum!

This past Sunday, we invited our very own WiCS Residential alum Qiao (Rachel) Han to lead a coding workshop that exposed participants to a fascinating functional programming called Haskell. Prior to the workshop, we had the opportunity to indulge in Sabrina Cafe’s signature French toasts (yum yum!), as well as to learn about Rachel’s background…

WiCS Discussion with Profs. Kafai and Weirich

On Saturday March 17th around lunchtime, students and professors gathered to have a really interesting discussion about all sorts of topics ranging from being a woman in a STEM field to the general stressful environment at Penn, and what we can do about it. This was one of my favorite events–it’s really not every day…

Dinner with Professor Rajiv Gandhi

On February 6th, we brought Professor Rajiv Gandhi, who teaches a number of computer science courses here at Penn, back to Kings Court English College House to speak about learning comp sci in the States. The discussion was a chance for students to ask the professor any questions that they had. Professor Gandhi talked about…

Evening Study Session

If you were there for the evening study session that WiCS hosted two weeks ago, then you know that Insomnia Cookies makes studying a hundred times better. Aside from preparing for their upcoming exams, students were able to enjoy a beautiful view of Philly from the rooftop lounge. Hopefully everyone who came had a great time,…

Website Workshop

Recently WiCS hosted a web development workshop where participants learned how to use HTML and CSS. It was led by Sally, who did a great job explaining the basics of HTML and CSS and showing us examples of what we could do with our skills. We made our first websites, and we then learned how…