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Her Campus Cutie: Jessica Bao, C’22

Welcome back to another Her Campus Cutie! Our March series is all about celebrating influential, female–identifying leaders in our community. Today, the spotlight is on Jessica Bao:

Jessica Bao is a junior (Class of ‘22) in the School of Arts and Sciences with a double major in English and Art History, along with a minor in Classical Studies. She traces her roots to both Rochester, Michigan and Shanghai, China. Bao is the Co–Editor–in–Chief of The F–Word Magazine: A Collection of Feminist Voices, Penn’s feminist literary magazine!

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Birthday: March 10th, 2000

How you’re celebrating Women’s History Month: I am building a long to–read list that I’d love to get to if I ever have time — Jenny Zhang, Kim Addonizio, and more. We’re also heading into the final stretch for The F–Word’s upcoming Spring issue, so I have been spending a lot of time working on that with our awesome team. We’ve been putting together some great art and writing submissions from women, nonbinary people, and people of color in the Penn and West Philadelphia communities. 

~Slight plug: please submit to us at [email protected] if you have any cool poetry, prose, art, or anything in between~

Extracurriculars: The F–Word, Penn Museum’s Clio Society, Wharton Global Research and Consulting, 34th Street Magazine 

Hobbies: Reading, knitting, sleeping, annoying my cat

Fav place on campus: Houston Market for Bento and their dumpling bowls ?

Apple Music or Spotify: Spotify

Corner piece or center piece of cake: Corner piece 

Fav ice cream flavor: Oreo

Show(s) you’re binging: Wandavision just now, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier soon 

Most memorable experience at Penn so far: Taking a fiction class with Jennifer Egan my freshman year. She’s been my favorite author since long before I came to Penn or knew that she is an alumna. It was the first and only semester that she’s come to teach at Penn, and it was just amazing and such perfect kismet that I could be here for it. It was the coolest class ever, and I even got her to sign my book! 

A lesson you learned in college: Compromise where you can. Where you can’t, don’t. 

What’s on your bucket list: Visit Las Vegas now that I have turned 21?

Best self–care tip: Cuddle with a cat!

Mary is a junior majoring in Science, Technology & Society with a minor in Consumer Psychology. She is on the Penn Women's Golf Team and is passionate about storytelling and health & wellness. Her favorite writers include Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut, and Malcolm Gladwell. When she isn't studying or golfing, Mary enjoys listening to music + podcasts, watching TV with her family & friends, and practicing yoga.
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