Hannah Erdogan, C'22, always thought she would major in biology on the pre-med track. But after working with refugees in high school and with Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment (PURE) last year, she decided to major in psychology and minor in Middle Eastern studies, with the goal of becoming a bilingual or multilingual physician.
"I think coming to Penn, coming to the College, I was taught to think a different way and not think 'Step A leads to B leads to C,' but maybe A could lead to a different avenue, and then you reach your destination in a different way … I think it's more about not keeping your mind closed to what's out there. And what you're passionate about doesn't have to fit into other people's agendas and doesn't have to fit into what other people are passionate about."
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 experience.