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The Importance of Empathy

I remember during my senior year of high school, one of the most common scholarship and college application  questions I would get was, “What sets you apart from others?” People often resort to answers of motivation or determination, sometimes they...

When are we wrong?

During Thanksgiving break, my perceptions and beliefs were called into question regarding a family matter that I discovered. It is not my place to share specifically what I am referencing, however I would like to share a few thought developments and questions that I...

Support of a Tobacco Free Penn State

On October 2, 2017, Penn State News released an article announcing that the Penn State Smoke Free/Tobacco Free Task Force concluded its exploration and provided seven recommendations to President Eric Barron for consideration. The task force recommends that the...

The End to a 46-Year Tradition

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) was recently notified that one of the next two gubernatorial appointments to The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees would not be a student.  The tradition of appointing a student to the Board as one of...

The Final Countdown

And with that, my 6th semester at Penn State is coming to a close. It’s crazy to think how fast time goes by as a college student. I still remember my last day of freshman year as if it were yesterday. Now looking back, I cannot believe all of the amazing...

Tobacco Clean-Up Day

On Wednesday, I participated in Penn State’s Healthworks Program Tobacco Clean-Up Day. Throughout the day, students participated in cleaning up discarded cigarette butts across campus. On this day, students picked up 14,418 cigarette butts! I don’t know about you, but...

Our Relationship with the Borough

You know that old question, ‘What came first: the chicken or the egg?’ Of course you do, everyone does. Well I often consider, “What came first: Penn State University or the Borough of State College?” If you have never thought about that before, then you should. Many...

A Letter from Inside the Closet

I found this letter a few days ago on my laptop when I was deleting some old documents. I remember the day I wrote it. I was in class and the professor had aggravated me to an extent I couldn’t hold back. So I turned to my keypad and let loose. I never printed...

Leading With Integrity

I was recently asked during an interview what it means to lead with integrity. Leading with integrity is what I consider to be one of the most important aspects of leadership. One cannot be an effective leader if they are not able to be honest in their decision making...
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