The University of Pennsylvania allows Penn employees to take up to two free classes at Penn, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on Wednesday.
These classes can be in either liberal and professional studies or in other fields, and enable these employees to learn more advanced career skills or work toward a degree.
Charlotte Merrick, a communications officer in the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science, explained that young professionals are most likely to take advantage of these free classes. She added that many people get master’s degrees in their spare time, often while also working full time jobs.
Many employees taking classes alongside undergraduates have felt the drastic age difference, especially because they are also often older than the professor. Merrick explained that these classes uniquely allow young people to interact with older employees, which can be an interesting experience.
“It was weird at first, but now I really like it,” Merrick said to the DP.