When I began my college career at Penn State, I wanted to pursue a business degree. Little did I know that would change when the course requirements for this particular major would include way too many math classes for my liking.
My pursuit for a business degree quickly changed and I found myself enrolling in the Division of Undergraduate Studies to figure out what my options were.
While I was in the process of figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, I became heavily involved with the Lion Ambassadors organization at Mont Alto. As a lion ambassador, I had many opportunities to attend both small and large college fairs.
To my surprise, I really liked speaking with students and sharing my Penn State experience with them, in addition to offering my advice to them if they were interested in attending Penn State.
I would also provide campus tours for students and their families. Sometimes one tour with me would be what the student needed to decide to attend Penn State. If they were undecided at the time, they would choose Penn State and specifically Penn State Mont Alto.
It blew my mind! If I could recruit students to a university successfully without much experience, how much of an impact would I have on students if I gained more experience? My experience as a tour guide and representative for the admissions office at Mont Alto made me realize what I want to do when I graduate in May.
I want to work in admissions and help recruit prospective students-hopefully at Penn State! I love being able to meet students and help them begin their journey to college.
My passion for working in admissions and the connections I made while I was at Penn State Mont Alto was helpful when I became a social media intern for Undergraduate Admissions.
My advisers at Mont Alto and University Park saw what I was capable of through events I have planned and my interactions with students, which is something my supervisors at my internship noticed during my interview.
The purpose of this blog entry is to encourage prospective students to make connections with professors, advisers and other students at Penn State. Get involved with clubs and organizations because I guarantee you will create lifelong friends and bonds with people you meet here.
You never know…having those connections could help you in following your dreams and preparing yourself for what’s to come after you leave Penn State. Those connections have definitely helped me.
For the Glory…