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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

Christina McMahon

April 17, 2017

            For the past three semesters, I have worked with Professor Don Shemanski as a Learning Assistant for SRA 211.  This particular course is the College of IST's introduction to counterterrorism and crime.  I can confidently say that the time I have served as a LA for this course has been truly fulfilling, and I would recommend that all students consider this rewarding opportunity.  I have always had a passion for technology and helping others.  When I first heard of the LA program, I thought that it would be a perfect fit.  So I reached out to Professor Shemanski, because I loved h

Anna Schoen

March 20, 2017

Applying for college can be one of the most stressful times of your young adult life.  The hours prepping for and taking the SATs or ACTs, carefully wording and rewording admissions essays, and filling out the Common Application website (among the hundreds of other tasks) all build up to that moment of clicking the ´send´ button.  Then you wait.

Mihir Marathe

March 19, 2017

Being a current College Senior, you may be wondering when applying to Penn State what the main difference is between IST and Computer Science, and which one you would fit into better. Well, read along as you are in the right place to find out!

Christina McMahon

March 18, 2017

Many times there is a negative connotation associated with being a woman in a technical role.  There is always uncertainty associated with the topic, and it can be scary as an incoming freshman when you have no idea if you will even enjoy your major, let alone if you will be under scrutiny.

Daniel Goga

March 16, 2017

Many people talk about New Year’s resolutions and changing an aspect of their life to start the New Year. This is a great way to positively change something about your life. However, people should not feel that they can only make changes in their lives at the start of a new year. You can change something about who you are anytime. You can wake up tomorrow and change your life for the better.

Stephen Goldsman

March 13, 2017

Most of the classes someone will take are those that are required for their major, but it is also mandatory to take general education courses. At Penn State, there are many classes that a student can take. These courses vary from taking a general humanities class to being in a laboratory for a science elective. These general education courses can be considered what some students call “easy A’s”, as the student can pick whatever course they would like, based on how easy they believe the class will be.

Sam French

March 13, 2017

In today’s society there seems to be a pre-conceived notion of how people are supposed to live, and what people are supposed to do. Many people keep to themselves, put their heads down and repeat a routine day in and day out of what they are “supposed to do.” As a college student I commonly find people who simply like to go to classes, do their homework, look for a job, rinse and repeat. It’s what they’re “supposed to do,” which is total and utter garbage. College is a time where you are free to be yourself and learn who and what you are as a person.

Sam French

March 1, 2017

In any aspect of life, there are goals you will inevitably set for yourself and then try to achieve. These goals could have to do with school, sports, extra-curricular activities or a career path. Whatever the goal may be, there are steps you must take to achieve those goals, and along the way there will be plenty of challenges, but also plenty of help if you know how to look for it.

 Kelly Costello

March 1, 2017

As a senior, one of my favorite events I participated in during my time at Penn State is the Girls in STEM Day hosted by the Eberly College of Science. The Girls in STEM Day is aimed at teaching middle-school aged girls more about the STEM majors and subjects. One of the clubs in the College of IST, Women in IST, was invited to participate by putting together an event to teach young girls more about IST.  The President of Women in IST and I came up with a proposal of hands-on activities that would engage the girls in both IST and SRA.

Kody Kem

March 1, 2017

At the start of all my tours, I always like to give the same piece of information to the prospective students and parents. It’s worded differently each time but the basic gist of it is:

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