‘Tis the Season To-Do: Must-Attend Holiday Happenings

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. To eat, there will be empanadas, latkes, turkey legs, soup, churros, fried Oreos, pie and other bites from Squareburger. Ben’s Sweets & Treats also will be back, but with a new gourmet hot chocolate bar and s’more-making station.

College Nights at the Rothman Rink
Dilworth Park by City Hall | Thursdays | Now until February 22
College students pay $2 admission to the Rothman Rink with student ID (skate rental not included).  On Wednesdays, 21+’ers can enjoy the weekly Cocktails and Cold Ones event.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | November 23 – December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | November 24 – March 4  
Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland is open seven days a week, including all holidays. This seasonal winter park, includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.

Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
The kickoff celebration will take place on Nov. 30 at 5PM at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree.  Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks. Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m. 

Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party (21+) 
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Friday, December 1 | Free for Young Friends
Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us in the Members’ Lounge.

Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
BOK Building, 1901 S 9th St | December 16 – 17
Find one of a kind holiday gifts for your family and friends at the The Punk Rock Flea Market! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.

Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill 
16 E Highland Ave | Wednesdays | December 6th, 13th and 20th
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. Celebrate the season with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights, and a visit from the jolly old elf, himself. 

Intern-view with Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart

With Online Job & Internship Week (OJIW) coming up  on March 27-31, I thought it’d be great to get some background and advice from the real people who work for the companies looking for you. I had the chance to hear from Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart; one of the many companies you can apply to during OJIW, to get some inside advice on what it’s like to work at CubeSmart as well as some helpful tips to get you ready for the Week!

So, who are you and what do you do?

Meredith: I’m the Director of Talent at CubeSmart. I am responsible for efforts to attract, retain, & develop talent at the company. We’re a rapidly growing Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company focused on storage and extraordinary customer service. We find that people who need storage are often going through a life transition – maybe they’re downsizing, moving, going through some other big life change.

What’s it like working at a growing company like CubeSmart?

Meredith: Just to give you an idea of how rapidly we are growing, when I started here two years ago, we had 500 stores; now we’re at over 800 stores in over 30 states. It’s a very dynamic business and we are doing a lot of recruiting.

I was reading a bit about CubeSmart and came across the “WOW philosophy” could you talk a little bit more about that?

Meredith: So, it’s our culture of surprising and delighting our customers – that recognition that our customers are going through some life transition. It’s little things like opening the door to the store when customers approach, smiling, and shaking hands.

I also read about the rebranding of CubeSmart in 2011, what should students know about the future of CubeSmart?

Meredith: It’s exciting. We are a real estate company first. All of the buildings are well lit and clean and have great landscaping. We are trying to redefine the industry. We have cutting edge revenue management analytics and state of the art technology. It’s a very innovative approach.

How does CubeSmart survey and identify talent?

Meredith: We are big on teammate referrals. We try to be visible in the community – that’s why we’re Campus Philly partners. Exposure to universities and college is a must. We attend many college job fairs. We also use available technology like Indeed and Zip Recruiter.

Continuing with the student and finding talent theme: What do you think are some great qualities of a hopeful intern/employee?

Meredith:  Someone who is open to learning. Someone who’s responsible over the summer. The more they can be a sponge, the better. Have a willingness to do new and different things, be exposed to different parts of a business, and share some ideas they’ve learned in class because we too can learn from them.

I know landing a job after college can be a challenge. What are some things students should keep in mind when applying for a job straight out of college?

Meredith:   I can’t overstate the importance of networking – it’s critical. Showing up to events like Campus Philly’s summer party gives students more exposure to network.The volume of applicants with technology is staggering. Sometimes, it is overwhelming. It’s important through LinkedIn to have connections; maybe you have a connection at the company. Have a resume that is grammatically correct, be polite, and send thank you emails after an interview. These things set people apart, especially if you’re interviewing at a company like ours where customer service is a top priority.

How does someone stand out in a digital landscape such as Online Job & Internship Week?

Meredith: Cover letters are one way to stand out – even if it’s just a paragraph describing how their skills and interests align with the position. This tells us “Why do they want to spend their summer working us?” For example –  we have a bunch of internships at our call center in the summer, someone can convey in their cover letter that they enjoy helping people over the phone; it’s hard to know that through a resume.

Awesome, well I think we covered a lot on a range of topics. Thank you so much for you time!

If you like what you’ve read, check out CubeSmart’s employer page during OJIW and apply to their open positions. How to prepare for Online Job + Internship Week:

1. Create your account in a few minutes on campusphilly.org/launch.
2. Complete your profile and show off your personality!
3. Starting  Monday, March 27, log on to start your search.
4. Return every day; new positions will be posted all week.

Philly Field Trip: Fairmount

Saturday morning, I woke up to the sound of the birds chirping and the fresh air drifting into my room, right then I knew I wanted to spend as much time as I could in this unseasonably gorgeous weather. My roommate and I quickly got ready, packed some snacks, grabbed a blanket, and headed down to Fairmount.

In hopes to make the most of the day, we headed straight down to Fairmount Park to relax by the Schuylkill River. We were determined to get as close as we could to the water, but we also had to be conscious of the geese who were also enjoying the nice weather. With the right book and some good music, you’re set for the day and that is where we spent most of our time.

A bibliophile’s dream at Book Haven!

There was a storm in the forecast so we decided to head back and pop into some of the shops on our way. Our first stop was a Book Haven, a mesmerizing book store, filled from top to bottom. In hopes to find the film section, we were surprised by something else–a cat emerged from the back room and rubbed up against us for a nice back scratch.

Looking at books can work up an appetite! We decided to go OCF Coffee House to enjoy some coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich, and the view of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Despite the clouds covering the sun, we sat outside and were greeted by another (!!!)  cat, except this one was orange and wearing a nice gold bow. He sat at my feet and persistently begged with his puppy kitty eyes for some of my food, however, I quickly apologized because I wasn’t going to give up my sandwich.

We continued our stroll down Fairmount Ave. to find ourselves in Philly Flavors ordering some water ice. We wanted to celebrate this “swinter” day as best as we could, and this treat was the cherry on top. With water ice in hand, we  headed back to campus. As we left Fairmount, we also said good bye to all the animals we had seen throughout the day. If you’re like me and need that furry, four legged fix, just make your way to Fairmount—just be aware of the geese!

ILC 2017: Students Unite to Find Their Collective Voice

This year’s Inclusive Leadership Conference theme was “Find Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion and Respect.” Whether you are an activist, writer, artist, or entrepreneur, YOUR voice is what we need. If you do not yet know your voice, or if you want to discover more ways to use your voice, ILC will engage you in conversation and activities around inclusion and respect for your voice and others.

On Saturday, February 11,  Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center was teeming with students from various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region– such as Temple, Moore, Rowan, Drexel, CCP, UArts, and many more– who were ready to educate themselves on the importance of inclusion. The conference was an eye-opening experience on how inclusion can affect people from both a personal and interpersonal standpoint.

As part of the Campus Philly team, I had the opportunity to cover the buzz. Jumping from room to room, I got a feel for some of the workshops and presentations delivered by local leaders. My biggest takeaway from the event was the recurring theme of mindfulness.

The nuances and subtleties when interacting with people who are different from you can be all the difference in fostering an inclusive relationship and environment. Nothing supported that claim more than listening to students share their personal stories and takes on some serious subjects. People right around my age divulged their thoughts on race, gender, identity, culture, discrimination, and mental illness just to name a few. Workshop leaders stressed the point of speaking up, challenging the status quo and voicing your stance on inequities is imperative to creating an inclusive environment.

The workplace is often a place where people face discrimination on many fronts, it was telling to see just how to tackle these problems. I dropped in on workshops like Trans 101: How to be Inclusive of Trans People When Leading, Eliminating Social Stigma, Effective Strategies for Inclusive Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, and Closing the Gender Gap. Unfortunately, there’s only one of me so I couldn’t get to each and every seminar, but I left each one with an important takeaway.

Even with all the serious discussions and constructive activities, there was still time for students to get to know each other and relax. Ending with a massive Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament and a Swag Swap. Capping the day on a more playful note left everyone feeling visibly happier. I strongly believe attendees left with a sense of purpose.

At ILC, the goal of inspiring and educating the leaders of tomorrow on the values and importance of inclusiveness was achieved. It’s a personal responsibility that is part of a much bigger picture: improving the fabric of society.

If you’re looking to continue the conversation, you should consider becoming a part of our Student Leader Network.

Get to Know: Campus Philly’s Spring Interns

As a welcome exercise, I asked my spring interns–Haley, Dan and Lindsay– to share their Philadelphia story– how they found out about Campus Philly internship opportunities, what they hope to learn and what their perfect day in Philadelphia is like. 

Haley Monson, Brynn Monaghan, Dan Jacob and Lindsay Allen

Hi! I’m Haley Monson and I’m the new Multimedia Intern for Campus Philly. I am a senior at University of the Arts but I have been living and exploring Philadelphia for five years. Campus Philly has been a huge part of my college experience as a student and a residential assistant so it felt like a natural step to apply for the internship. I found the position on their Online Job & Internship Fair, which I encourage all of you to explore in March! My goals for this internship are to:

-Narrow my focus on post grad opportunities I want to pursue

-Develop a better understanding of Philadelphia’s animation needs in the workplace

-Find what best reaches audiences and connects the Philadelphia community

-Have fun!

My perfect day in Philadelphia usually starts at Penn’s Landing hanging out by the water and ends with sneaking cheese samples from Di Bruno Bros near Rittenhouse, most likely while catching Pokémon on my phone. I am also partial to sitting by myself in Ritz at the Bourse and watching indie films.

Dan Jacob, Editorial Intern at Campus Philly, here! I am currently a junior at Community College of Philadelphia with a focus in Business Administration. Finding out about this position at Campus Philly took a bit of patience. I probably Googled something like “Philadelphia internships,” which led me to Campus Philly’s website. Ironically, after using Campus Philly to apply to as many internships as I could, I scored a position here.

During my internship at Campus Philly, I want to:

-Listen and collaborate with as many people as possible.

-Develop my skill set alongside my fellow interns is something I strongly look forward to. Upon meeting them I was astounded by their varying backgrounds, interests, and future goals. I hope to gain insight on content creation by collaborating with young talented people, under the guidance of the Campus Philly team.

-Furthermore, I would like to see what it feels like to be a part of a team that enables students to make the best of their opportunities.

Campus Philly aligns seamlessly with my idea of a perfect day in Philly. To me a perfect day in Philly starts by doing inspiring and creative work, grabbing a bite to eat somewhere downtown, followed by taking part in whatever event Philadelphia offers on that given day.  

Hello there! I’m Lindsay Allen a freshmen at Temple University studying Film and Media Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.  I am not native to the wonderful city of Philadelphia— or even the state of Pennsylvania—but I am far from being a newbie to the city life, and hope one day soon to be considered a savvy, well-informed Philadelphian. When I moved here from Maryland, I was eager to dive into the city and take in everything it had to offer. As I sat alone in my newly decorated box, a.k.a. my dorm room, I noticed a tiny booklet on my desk. To hold my homesick tears back, I began to mindlessly flip through it. I realized this information was useful and would soon be my key to getting around and learning more about this great city.

That booklet was Campus Philly’s Insider Guide to Philadelphia, my first introduction to this great non-profit organization. I quickly followed them on every social media they had to offer and started to scope out the website. I quickly discovered their job and internship portal and started on my journey to fulfill my dream of interning in the city.

As the Editorial Intern, I will be working alongside Brynn Monaghan, the Editorial Director, to create the 2017-2018 Insider Guide and hopefully inspire more students to take a chance and explore this magical city. I have also been given the task to explore the city and write about my adventures, and I am super excited. I hope I can reach the college students of Philadelphia and get them off campus and into the city for the true Philadelphia college experience.

I still have so much to do here, but I think my perfect day in Philly is the day you do not intend on that happen to be the best. I am a runner and I like to capitalize on my surroundings through my runs, which makes it all the better. I can run for miles on end and see anything from the foliage to the skyscrapers and whatever is in between.

Students of Philadelphia: Meet Your Campus Philly Interns

“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.

Meet Campus Philly interns, Zipporah Dixon and Nakie Uzeiri from Arcadia University:

Students of Philadelphia: The Interns from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Now that you have a feel for some of the creative students all around Philadelphia, we thought you may like to know about the people who’ve brought Students of Philadelphia to you. We are two of Campus Philly’s interns, Zipporah Dixon and Nakie Uzeiri. We came up with the idea for this piece, because as two seniors in college, we both realize how amazing it has been to be able to be in Philly for the past four years. We wanted to celebrate people we know, people we don’t know, things we love and things that are special to us that many people don’t notice in the city. We’ve interviewed others about the City of Brotherly Love, so now we want you to know a little bit about us:

Zipporah Dixon: So Nakie, is there anything you learned while we’ve interned here at Campus Philly?

Nakie Uzeiri: Campus Philly was more than just an internship experience for me. I learned more about what I want to do post-graduation and definitely did more than just ‘gain experience.’ I was able to connect with the city of Philadelphia in a way I honestly had never done before. I was given opportunities to explore different neighborhoods in Philly and different museums, which allowed me to see a different side of the art scene throughout the city. I really enjoyed the work I did while here; video editing, blogging and representing the ‘student view’ of Philly. In my eyes, Students of Philadelphia was a huge success and if it is continued after I’m gone, I will definitely keep an eye out for it! The best thing about my past semester here would have to be everyone in the office. This is one of the most welcoming working environments I have ever been in and the entire staff cares so deeply about what they do. Seeing people extremely passionate and considerate for the students of Philadelphia is inspiring to see as young professional, and it is how I strive to be when I enter the professional world.

ZD: I’m glad you got a lot out of our time here! I definitely think we landed an awesome place to have an internship.

NU: Yeah me too, what about you, Zeph?

ZD: While being an intern at Campus Philly, I definitely learned a lot about myself not only professionally, but also personally. As corny as it may sound, it’s given me the chance to go out and explore Philadelphia and see all the neighborhoods that I’ve been saying I’d go see. I love art and museums, so I got to go to some ones I’d never even heard of before. I had the chance to just go and find some places around the city that I really love. As Campus Philly’s editorial intern, I’ve been reassured that I really do love writing and reviewing places. I looked forward to doing my “Weekly Picks,” reviewing events or seeing things I thought other college kids would be interested in. I liked being able to give my opinion on things and inform people about what’s going on around the city. I also just really loved everyone at the Campus Philly office, everyone is so nice and helpful and really funny, I’m definitely going to miss coming into the office every week!

ZD & NU: Well, we’re signing off, folks. This has been a great experience and we hope you enjoyed learning about people just like you, the students of Philadelphia!

We will miss you, Nakie and Zipporah! The special thing about interning at Campus Philly? You can always come back and visit. We look forward to getting our first post-intern visit from them! Do you know an inspiring, Philadelphia-based student who we should keep our eye on for a future profile? Send them our way!

Students of Philadelphia: Meet Maura from Arcadia University

“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.

Meet Maura Weaver from Arcadia University:

Students of Philadelphia: Maura Weaver from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

MW: Hi! My name is Maura Weaver, I’m 21 years old, and I’m an international studies major (pre-law) at Arcadia University.

ZD: How do you like living in Philadelphia?

MW: I really like Philadelphia because I’ve been discovering really cool parts, like Spruce Street Harbor Park. Plus, it’s the most historically important city in America and I’m all about history. 

ZD: What’s your favorite neighborhood in Philly? Do you have a special place in Philly that’s your special, (perhaps) getaway spot?

MW: My favorite spot in Philly is Rittenhouse Square because you can just sit, have a cup of coffee, and people watch.

ZD: Since you moved to Philadelphia, have you discovered something new about yourself?

MW: Since I’ve come to Philly and started at Arcadia, I’ve realized I have a talent and a knack for ceramics!

ZD: How has Philadelphia influenced your art form? Has the city inspired you in any way?

MW:  I never really saw Philly as an “art city,” but that changed very quickly after I moved here and went to all the awesome museums and cultural venues (a lot of them have great student discounts, by the way). Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street really influenced my ceramics because I took a lot of what I saw in there and tried to add it into my own work. 

ZD: So we know about the Cheesesteak scene here in Philadelphia, but where’s your favorite place in Philly to grab a bite to eat? 

MW:  I really love shawarma and there are some really good food trucks in Philly that serve it!

ZD: What’s your one piece of advice for those considering coming to Philly for school?

MW: My best advice for students in Philadelphia would just be to explore. Try things you’ve never tried! Random foods, different places you’ve never even thought of going to– that’s how I discovered Spruce Street Harbor Park! I just happened to stumble upon it one day because I was exploring.

You heard Maura– get out and explore your extended campus, the City of Philadelphia! If you know someone who should be featured, let us know

A look back on my first semester in Philadelphia

Written by: Katie Bishop, Open Arts Analytics Intern 

I though a lot during the summer before my junior year of high school in Pittsburgh, PA–where I would live for the next few years? #1 on my list was the historic and far enough/close enough to my parents, Philadelphia. This city was so vital during the Revolutionary time period, there is a distinct history here that no other American city can boast; that was something I wanted to experience first hand. Secondly, it’s in the perfect geographical location! It has easy access and is in close proximity with New York City, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. They’re only a short train or bus ride away.

The rich history and convenient geography were my intial reasons for liking Philadelphia, but now I have reasons for loving it. Philly is a classic city that runs at its own pace. Like other cities, it’s always bustling with a sense of urgency and purpose, but here, you can always join in and be part of the collective experience. It’s the kind of pace that keeps you moving but doesn’t overwhelm you. Oh, and the culture! This place is the jack of all trades– the sports, art, entertainment, food, music, and parks all bring Philly to life! It is an inclusive culture where anyone can find a way to surround themselves with the things they love. It truly is the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

From the easy access to opportunites– in my first month here I received a paid internship! — to being able to delve into any kind of culture you want — becoming a huge Eagles fans or become regulars of the local music scene– this culturally rich and perfectly paced city welcomes newcomers with open arms and makes you feel right at home.

Students of Philadelphia: Meet Kelsey from Arcadia University

“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.  

Meet Kelsey Pendergast from Arcadia University:

Students of Philadelphia: Kelsey Pendergast from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Can’t get enough of Kelsey and her awesome scientific illustration? Here’s a little more about her!

Zipporah Dixon: Hey Kels! Would you mind introducing yourself to us?

Kelsey Pendergast: Hi! I’m Kelsey, an artist at Arcadia University studying scientific illustration!

ZD: What was your first impression of Philadelphia? What do you think of it now?

KP: Since I grew up right outside of DC, it was kind of just different and new to me. Philly has really grown on me and I actually miss it when I go home.

ZD: What’s your favourite neighborhood in Philly? Do you have a special place in Philly that’s your special, (perhaps) getaway spot?

KP: I have a few! I really like Germantown, because it’s cute, quaint, and has a whole bunch of local shops. Another one would be Fishtown because of vibrant Frankord Avenue that’s home to great restaurants, shops and La Colombe’s headquarters.

ZD: Since you moved to Philadelphia, have you discovered something new about yourself?

KP: One thing that’s definitely changed while I’ve been living here is my art style. Before, I didn’t do color at all, I avoided it like the plague! My advisor/professor had a lot of projects that had to deal with color, so it was you either do this or you fail. It forced me to get into an area that I never really experienced and I actually really enjoy it so, it’s fun.

ZD: What is your artform/creative expression? Can you show us?

KP: Scientific illustration! Mostly medical art, I really like to explore the human body through figure drawings, I do a lot of drawing in my science classes and I can’t wait to get more into the medical side of it!

ZD: How has Philadelphia influenced your artform? Has the city inspired you in any way?

KP: A lot of my photography has been in Philly, because I thought Philly would be really cool to photograph. My favorite photo day was when the Pope came in, there was a grata and everyone put prayers on it and tied them to the structures outside the church, it was a lot of fun to photograph.

ZD: Have you immersed yourself into Philadelphia’s art scene? Have you considered it?

KP: I’d like to! I really like the mural concepts, I’m trying to look into an apprenticeship with one of my professors who does murals throughout Philly, so I’d really like to get into that.

ZD: So we know about the Cheesesteak scene here in Philadelphia, but where’s your favorite place in Philly to grab a bite to eat? Have a cuppa joe?

KP: Oh man, this is a hard question for me! I am a BIG fan of sushi, so Queen Sushi is my go-to. Oh and Wawa! Keswick Tavern, that’s a good local one.

ZD: What’s your one piece of advice for those considering coming to Philly for school?

KP: Explore the city. I know a lot of people who say, ‘I don’t want to go into the city, that’s a long way.’ It’s not far, and it’s a $7 trip there, $7 back! Some kind of awesome event is always happening and there’s so much to explore. Going into the city was one of the things that made me feel at home, especially freshman year. Walk down a main street, check out some shops, have dinner– do whatever you want! Just don’t stay cramped up in your dorm room.

So that’s a bit about Kelsey! Check back soon for our next featured Student of Philadelphia!

Students of Philadelphia: Meet Joseph from Arcadia

“Students of Philadelphia” showcases just a few of the many talented and creative students that inhabit our amazing city. In this mini series, we will introduce you to some of Philly’s young, talented and ambitious students.  

Meet Joesph from Arcadia University: 

Students of Philadelphia: Joseph Ferenchiak from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Here’s a bit more about Joe, his music, and how he feels about Philadelphia!

Zipporah Dixon: Hey Joe! Would you mind introducing yourself to us?

Processed with VSCO with b5 presetJoseph Ferenchiak: My name is Joseph and I’m a fourth year International Business and Culture major with a double music and French minor here at Arcadia!

ZD: What was your first impression of Philadelphia? 

JF: Well, technically the first time I came to Philadelphia, I was in the fifth grade and I saw all of Old City specifically. We visited all the must-see historical spots. When I was coming into college, my impression was through tourist’s eyes.

ZD: What do you think of it now?

JF: Right now Philly is kind of like a home city where I do my day-to-day activities, like work or hanging out with friends.  

ZD: Where’s your getaway spot in the city?

JF: For me, my favorite neighborhoods are Center City and the Gayborhood. It just has that “city” feel to it, the Center City skyscrapers and the Gayborhood’s colonial charm. 

ZD: Since you moved to Philadelphia, have you discovered something new about yourself?

JF:  I was really awkward back in high school and since coming to college, I’ve really come out of my shell.  Philadelphia has really helped with that since I was able to meet a bunch of new people and do a lot of stuff that I was not able to do before.

ZD: So you’re a pianist?

JF: I am, I’ve been playing for 15 years.  I’ve also picked up singing a bit since I’ve come to school

ZD: Has Philadelphia influenced you with your artform in anyway? 

JF: Well, Philadelphia has influenced it in a lot of ways through music events and concerts and just working with my professors at my school.

ZD: So we know about the Philly Cheesesteak scene, but where’s your favorite place in Philly to grab a bite to eat or have a cuppa Joe? 

JF: My favorite place to go actually is this little coffee shop in Chestnut Hill, the Chestnut Hill Coffee Company. I go there every Tuesday to have my little cup of Joe (pun intended) and a pastry while I’m doing homework.

ZD: What’s your one piece of advice for those considering coming to Philly for school?

JF: Just do it! Philadelphia has a really good arts scene and it’s different from other cities. It has this very unique culture to it that you won’t find in say, New York City of Chicago. It’s very down-to-earth. If you’re looking for an at-ease city, where you can be your nice little hipster self, Philadelphia is just for you.

ZD: Thanks for sharing your Philly story, Joe. I’m headed out to lunch. Dare I get a cheesesteak?

JF: Whiz wit, Zipporah.

That was fun! Check back soon for our next featured Student of Philadelphia! And if you know someone who really embodies the qualities of our city, let us know. We definitely want to meet them and hear their Philly story.