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Her Campus Cutie: Aubrey Welch (C’24)

Her Campus Cutie is our monthly series giving you a 1-on-1 with a new face of the Penn community. We’re celebrating Native American Heritage Month by highlighting some of the diverse voices here at Penn. Keep reading to learn more about the incredible, Aubrey Welch!


Name: Aubrey Welch

Pronouns: she/her/hers

School: CAS

Major: Biochemistry or Neuroscience

Year: 2024

Hometown: Gildford, MT

Birthday: 01/28/2002

Languages: English, Spanish

Extracurriculars: Natives at Penn, New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, TIMBA Tutoring, PennFERBS


What does your Native American identity mean to you?

Being Native American is more than just being a different race for me. I am Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux of the Dakota people and am more than just a Native. All tribes are different and as Americans inhabiting tribal lands, it’s important to recognize that all tribes are different and have different histories and traditions. I like learning about the ways of my ancestors and participating in tribal events whenever I have the opportunity to. I find comfort in knowing I have a whole tribal family who supports and understands me.


Fav Philly food truck: Mom Mom’s Polish Food Cart

Apple Music or Spotify: Spotify

Dogs or cats: Dogs

Corner piece or center piece of brownie: Corner of course!! (ed. note – Spotify, dogs, & corner pieces? girl we’ll get along well)

Show you’re binging: The Handmaid’s Tale

Most memorable experience at Penn so far: Ice skating at rothman orthopaedics with my friends

A lesson you learned in college the hard way: What worked for me in high school doesn’t always work well for college.

Bucket list: See the seven wonders of the ancient world, bungee jump, live in Alaska, visit Jamaica, hitch hike across the US, climb Mount Everest, invent an artificial digestive track

Sylvia Goldfond is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Cognitive Science major from Kearny, New Jersey. Her interests in women helping other women has led her to a platform for just that, Her Campus! You can most likely find her making a new Spotify playlist in a room with holiday lights on full-year or playing with her shitzu-poodle puppy named Lucky.
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