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…

STWiCS Bakathon 2017

Once again, members of WiCS and STWing got together at Marta’s apartment to make all sorts of delicious chocolate recipes (see beautiful picture of Brazilian brigadeiros above). There was also pound cake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and chocolate cake. A great way to destress during midterm season!

WiCS Freshman Internship Panel

With warm pizza and personal stories, big sisters from WiCS calmed down freshmen’s high-strung nerve around the mysterious first-year internship experience—“In my group, many members had children of my age. It was like becoming the child of the family for one month. So don’t be afraid to ask for help, because everyone on your team…

WiCS Takes Restaurant Week!

Ahi tuna dumplings? Check. Mini duck rolls? Check. And those were just the appetizers. WiCS kicked off the year by eating out at Spice 28 during Restaurant Week. While dining on yummy dishes like dry pot chicken and green tea mochi ice cream, new members and upperclassmen alike got to catch up and get to know…

Benedict Brown Dinner Discussion

The first WiCS dinner discussion with Professor Benedict Brown–the CIS 110 professor– was a huge success! As we dined on delicious food from Hummus, we listened to him discuss his career path and current projects. As of that time, he was working on digital restoration of antique pieces. Professor Brown was one of my professors…

Paper Jam

WiCS read academic papers together

STWiCS Bakathon

Every Valentine’s Week, WiCS and STWing come together at our Faculty Master Jorge and Marta’s place for a Bakathon. This year we made a loooooooooot more treats than ever before: Oreo Truffles Snicker Doodles Rosemary Cookies Brownies Banana Bread Chocolate Dipped Strawberries It took us about 5 hours to bake everything… but we had a…

Winter PennApps 2016

The second Penn-hosted hackathon of the year was almost like a miniature of the first (it’s hard to beat an event held at the Wells Fargo Center, after all). To me, however, it was a much more intimate and rewarding experience. This time around, I teamed up with Penn seniors Sally Kong, Carter Tilghman, and Vincent…