I applied to Penn Impact Lab with my usual optimistic desire to change the world and, before I knew it, I was alone on a plane flying to San José. I was anxious for the upcoming week and wondered what this experience would be. To my surprise and delight, the other PIL Fellows were the most innovative, passionate, caring, bright social impact dreamers I’ve ever met. They became my family in ways I never thought were possible. The magic of human connection and openness was an unexpected highlight of the trip and my absolute favorite part.
Qi He was a member of PIL who fully embodied this magic every day of the fellowship. His easy-going, adventurous, kind personality was contagious, and he instantly made everyone feel like a life-long friend. He was one of the first people on the trip that I knew I would enjoy spending an unlimited amount of time with.