Penn State University: By Renee Margolis: CB South HS
As seniors quickly approach the time in their high school career where they are forced to make seemingly life altering decisions, the choice of college almost always marks their number one stress. The stress will quickly disappear the moment you step on a campus and instantly feel the relief of knowing you are standing on the grounds of your new home. Upon my own college search, Penn State University was the first college I had visited that gave me that particular feeling of relief. Located in the small town of State College, Penn State lies at the base of Mount Nittany. There are nearly 96,000 students, each enrolled in one or more of the
university's 160 majors available.
The moment I stepped foot on the campus at University Park, I experienced the sense of pride and spirit that illuminated the streets. On every corner, students were covered head to toe in blue and white. With smiles on their faces, students happily greeted each other. They knew they were a part of a community unlike any other, a community creating a close-knit family. Along with the sense of togetherness, the overwhelming spirit of the Nittany Lions intensified especially on game day. Penn State greatly values their sports teams, their athletes, and their student support section of the stadium. True pride is expressed when both students and alumni join together to cheer and show their love for their football team and the close bonds that result. The crowd chants their alma mater in sprit that gave them the opportunity to be a part of such a unified community.
However, even if you are not the biggest sports fan, there is much more in which to be involved. From Greek life, to drama clubs, to community
service, to religious groups, Penn State works to provide opportunities to every type of personality attending the school. There is never a dull moment on campus. A particularly exceptional student-run event called "THON" involves yearlong participation from all students to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. Supporting the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, students and faculty have come together to raise over $127 million over the last 40 years. As one of the largest PSU community events of the year, students join together at the Bryce Jordan Center to participate or support those who spend 46 hours in a dance marathon.
A stroll through the PSU campus is an experience of its own. From the constant chants to the effortless friendships, the closeness of the students makes this large college feel small. Whether you will forever bleed blue and white or only ever refer to it as Happy Valley, Penn State is home.
~ by Renee Margolis: Central Bucks South
We've had some very happy girls move on to Penn State. See Kayla Diamond's complete grad card set below for her 2014 graduation!
Amanda Burchell couldn't wait to come in with all her Penn State gear and announce she got in!