State of State is a relatively new organization at Penn State which facilitates a dialogue between faculty, students, and State College community members through an annual conference.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
It can be quite easy to go through your college years disconnected from others—especially in a school of 40,000 students. State of State helps bring together people with different backgrounds, professions, and experiences to discuss our shared experience at Penn State.
How did you decide to take on your role as a content committee member of State of State?
I was encouraged by my professors to interview for State of State during my freshman year. I specifically chose to apply for the Content committee, which works directly with student and faculty speakers up to the day of the conference. Being on the Content committee has allowed me to meet people I would have never known otherwise.
How does your work with State of State to give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
I love working with people, and being able to serve in that capacity has been a great experience. I’m able to engage with others in the Penn State community, and start discussions on topics that are extremely pertinent in our world today.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
College is one of the most transformative times in our lives, and being able to engage in meaningful conversations is one way to expand our own understandings and also bridge differences that divide us.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
Come to the State of State 2018 conference on February 3 and see if you like it. Apply next fall if you’re interested in joining a great community of change-makers!