Welcome Back!

The semester is in full swing and we are absolutely delighted to have all of our students back on campus! So delighted that I forgot to take photos at our welcome back gathering last week!

Last Thursday, winners from the 2012 CASI Travel Funds competition were joined by student interns and research award recipients from previous years, along with CASI visiting scholars, affiliated students, and CASI staff, for samosas and stories in the CASI office.

A common thread I kept hearing: “How can I sum up a summer in India in a few sentences?” There is no easy way. There are many thoughts circulating on personal growth, professional development, and new perspectives on looking at the world beyond our beloved alma mater.

Adjusting to campus life is not always as fluid as one might imagine and we are looking forward to reading more reflections from our students on the blog this fall. Rumor has it that some of our recent grads (Abby in Sri Lanka; Sudeep in New York; and Shrestha in Philly) will be writing too and we eagerly await their thoughts on life post Penn and on India one year later.

Below are a few photos from the bagel breakfast we held on campus a few weeks back! It was the first time we could all be together. Our eleven CASI interns will be speaking at our upcoming Student Symposium on October 5th. More details to come soon!


From Left to right Sudi, Christina, Becky, Natalie, Christina, Ali, Sindhu, Sam and Eliana.


Lucia, Eliana, Sudi, Becky, Ali, Natalie, Sam, Sindhu, and Shumita


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About Aparna Wilder

Associate Director, CASI Student Programs and Outreach After graduating from Penn, Aparna spent six years living and working in India. She volunteered with Indicorps and started her own production house, global rickshaw, that makes short films in collaboration with NGOs and non-profit organizations. Aparna is a TED India Fellow and holds an MPA from Columbia University.