Hello, everyone! I'm new to LSD, and I have a couple of questions about U Penn. I couldn't make it to the ASW (sorry to have missed out on meeting everybody), but I'm going for a visit in a couple of weeks, just to make sure Penn is a good fit for me. I'll have a few days in Philadelphia; what should I do besides visit campus? Did anyone find it useful to look for housing so far in advance? Also, I would really appreciate any suggestions on hotels. Thanks in advance!
Your first question: It depends. If you like art, go to Barnes Museum (or the Philly art museum). I've heard the zoo here is good also. Rittenhouse square is cool. Team Pam may know this one, but I don't: I think there's a farmer's market that's pretty cool to walk around. If you like sports, go to a Phillies game. If you want to be scared for your life, head about 20 blocks west of campus.
There's a ton to do here.
If you gave a better idea of your interests, we could tell you what to look for.
I think Eggshell means Reading Terminal Market, which is a pretty cool place to grab lunch or shop for cheese and random PA Dutch products. I'd recommend going Wednesday-Friday when all the Amish vendors are there. From the Market, you can either head north and go to Chinatown or south to fun shopping in the gayborhood.
I second the recommendation for a Phillies game -- the stadium is really nice, and Philadelphia sports fans are really intense, so it's a fun place to be. Unless you're rooting for the visiting team, that is.
Another cool thing if you've got the stomach for it (I don't) is the Mutter Museum, which is filled with medical oddities and grossness.
Old City is a fun neighborhood to walk through during the day, and to bar-crawl at night.
I thought the Betsy Ross House was kind of fun, and there's also Franklin Court, the Mint, Elfreth's Alley, and the National Constitution Center if you're into historical stuff.
Or you could sit in on classes for a full day and see if being a 1L is really as fun as it sounds now.