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Isabel Li, Class of '19
"As a freshman, I joined PTS on a whim without expecting to become very involved. After just one semester at Penn, it's safe to say I soon discovered that my expectations were unrealistic-in the best way possible. Aside from delicious food events, emotional drama nights, and admittedly (un?)productive study sessions, I've never met a group of people so inviting, hilarious, and genuinely eager to ensure that each and every person feels like a part of the family. My experience with PTS has involved not only amusing cooking adventures and spontaneous hangouts, but also, and surely best of all, the chance to get in touch with my Taiwanese roots and bond with an amazing group of individuals whom I am now grateful to call my friends. #PTYAAAS"
Queenie Lam, Class of '19
"I was a bit skeptical about joining PTS at first because I have no ancestry or relation to Taiwanese people in anyway. However, looking back I am now SO glad that I joined PTS because it is one of the few things that make me happy to be at Penn! There is a great and friendly, close-knit community that emphasizes friendship (and food). I met a lot of people through PTS and they're all very welcoming and friendly. Also, shoutout to my black sesame bear fam for all the baking-bonding sessions we had so far! PTS is definitely one of the activities that I plan on sticking through with during my next four years at Penn. :)"
Emily Vo, Class of '18
"I was incredibly shy when I was a freshman at Penn. It was such a big school with a huge amount of opportunity. I didn't think to join any cultural groups since I had grown up in a homogenous suburb of Philadelphia, and never really thought about my Asian identity. Joining PTS was even more left-field and unexpected because I wasn't Taiwanese, but PTS was able to offer a sense of family and home immediately, even from my first event, the Bubble Tea Social! My big, Franklin Jeng, is such an outgoing and caring individual. He was able to get me to come out of my shell and make more friends at events. PTS has also granted me awareness of PAACH and other APSC groups here at Penn, and my sense of community has only grown."
Lawrence Li, Class of '16
"What I love most about PTS is the open and welcoming environment. I joined PTS in my junior year, and even though this was quite late to join a club at Penn, PTS welcomed me with open arms. PTS is also refreshingly open to everyone, regardless of whether you are ethnically Taiwanese or not! I have made many of my closest friends through PTS, and I consider joining PTS a critical point in my Penn experience."