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 Allison Alicea
Major: SRA
Home: Downingtown, PA
Sam French
Major: IST
Home: Ambler, PA
Stephen Goldsman
Major: IST
Home: Fort Washington, PA
Frank Kasper
Major: SRA
Home: Bucks County, PA
Elizabeth Kohler
Major: IST, SRA
Bryce Malinchak
Major: IST, SRA
Home: Long Hill, NJ
Mihir Marathe
Major: IST, SRA
Home: Cupertino, CA
Christina McMahon
Major: SRA
Home: Pittsburgh, PA
Patrice Morris
Major: SRA
Home: Jenkintown, PA
Lauren Ritter
Major: IST
Home: Landisville, PA

Megan Tucker

February 17, 2017

This past summer I had the exciting opportunity to intern with Boeing, one of the largest airplane manufacturing companies in the world. This opportunity took me way out of my comfort zone and pushed me to do so much that I was terrified to do. To start, I had to move 11 hours to Charleston, South Carolina, which was a much different atmosphere than my little hometown of Easton, Pennsylvania. It forced me to part from my family and friends, rent out an apartment, and move to a place for 3 months in which I knew literally no one. It was honestly one of the scariest, best times of my life.

Anna Schoen

February 7, 2017

You’ve done your research, applied to your desired program and been accepted to study aboard in a foreign country.  Congrats!  All the preparation and planning in the days building up to the departure date seem to fly by and before you know it you’re at the airport hugging your loved ones goodbye.  It’s easy from here though… right?

Christina McMahon

January 16, 2017

This past fall semester, I was fortunate enough to have visited the NSA for their Women in Cyber Security event at Fort Mead in Maryland.  The event was one day, and it was truly an honor to hear the accounts of women who are working for the NSA. Their work environment is fast paced and high intensity, but at the end of the day those women are a family.  Their close bonds are truly inspiring, and fosters one of the most productive corporate cultures in the country.

Heather Johnson

December 13, 2016

From the time I was in high school, I knew that I had an interest in making things easier for people to use. It wasn’t until last my sophomore year of college that I realized this field had a name: user experience.

Daniel Goga

December 12, 2016

It is impossible to know the correct answer to every question. With the amount of information that people absorb daily, you are bound to forget some things. People often feel pressured to have a correct answer to every problem that they face. However, it is often more important to know how and where to find the answer rather than knowing everything.

Daniel Goga

December 12, 2016

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure”
–Christopher McCandless
World famous hiker and itinerant traveler

Mihir Marathe

December 9, 2016

While there are many amazing majors to pursue in college (More than 160 at Penn State), pursuing a career in the field of information technology (IT) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will give you opportunities like no other.

Stephen Goldsman

December 9, 2016

Congratulations! You have been accepted into The Pennsylvania State University to study in the college of IST. A new building, state of the art technology, and some of the best professors you can find awaits you. What also awaits you is a large amount of group work that you will complete throughout your career at PSU. This work is absolutely vital for your education, and does a fantastic job preparing you for, “The Real World”. It may seem easier said than done, but group work can become excruciatingly difficult.

Bridgette Gill

December 9, 2016

Most Penn Staters have a moment where they felt “at home” for the first time at University Park. It can be intimidating to start freshman year at a large school, and the majority of students have felt homesick more than once, particularly around the holiday season.  However, it is encouraging to know that so many others feel the same way.

Sam French

December 7, 2016

For some people, the last week of classes is a big relief, as the end of the semester is near and only a few assignments remain. For myself, however, this is by no means the case. The final week of classes for me is usually one of the busiest times of the year, and is typically full of assignments, presentations, and exams. All of these assignments can seem very overwhelming and perhaps tedious at times, but underneath all of these assignments is an important life skill. Time management.

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