Joining the Society
Those who are interested in applying to Philo should fill out the Google form.
The application process is semesterly and is managed by the First Censor. Membership in the Society is open to all Penn students who are not in the final semester of study. Graduate students comprise of about a fifth of the Society. Membership allows you to become more involved in the Society’s means and ends, to have access to resources furthering such goals, and to help shape the future of Philo.
There are three steps in the application process; they are designed to give you the opportunity to express yourself. They can be submitted in any order:
- Creative: Typical submissions include critical essays, memoirs, poetry, artwork, film, photo essays, sculptures, and scientific studies. The only limitation is that it must fit through our door.
- Presentation: A four to six minute presentation on a topic of your choice, to be presented at a general meeting. The time limit is strict. Two questions will then be asked.
- Interview: An informal interview with four to five members of the Society. Generally, the interview is a casual but also slightly hostile conversation get to know more about an applicant, as well as how they think.
Application are always due on the night of the fifth meeting. Membership applications are then evaluated by the Society's members in good standing in a democratic process. The Society fully complies with the Student Activities Council's Club Recruitment Guidelines.
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