David Zhou, C’20, came to Penn with a lot of things: an interest in economics and swimming, and a photography hobby that he picked up in high school. Over the course of his college career, he grew in ways both predictable and surprising. He stuck with his economics major and was happy to find that his enjoyment deepened the more he learned, he joined the men’s water polo team, and he worked on his photography skills. He also became a volunteer swim teacher in Philadelphia, developed a love of baking, took an acting class that helped him grow as a person, and declared a minor in engineering entrepreneurship. His advice to new students: try new things and you might surprise yourself.
Pathways is a student series from Penn Arts & Sciences that highlights the academic journey of students in the College of Arts & Sciences and the transformational moments that have shaped their intellectual experiences.