I just returned from a trip to New Jersey where I had the pleasure of visiting for a week to help out with our accepted student programs in Mount Laurel, Princeton, Basking Ridge, and Saddle Brook. We also had similar programs in major metropolitan areas throughout the country recently. Not only are these programs time and again a great resource for students who are offered admission, but they are also one giant example of the enthusiasm that Penn Staters have for their school.
Case in point – it would be easy for us to do these programs with a standard, boilerplate presentation by one admissions counselor and a brief Q&A session. But each night in New Jersey we had several people, including current students (who were on their spring breaks!) and alumni, who voluntarily came out to share their Penn State stories and really made the events come alive. Kudos to all our volunteers and admissions counselors from several campuses who attended and made the events such a success.
As my first time helping out with the programs, I can tell you that there was one common theme that emerged from each of the events — once you become a part of Penn State, it never leaves you.
It was a theme that could be seen on the faces of current students as they shared their stories about new friendships and living in the residence halls, and a theme that emerged from the stories of alumni as they reminisced about their time at Penn State and where their degrees have brought them. It resurfaced countless times throughout the week and perhaps spoke louder and clearer about the value of a Penn State education even more so than any Powerpoint presentation we could ever do.
So if you want your experience in college to be passive, then maybe Penn State isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a school that will become a part of you forever, then consider becoming a part of the blue-and-white family.