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 Allison Alicea
Major: SRA
Home: Downingtown, PA
Stephen Goldsman
Major: IST
Home: Fort Washington, PA
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

Anna Schoen

August 30, 2017

When you pick the College of IST you're not only picking a great major and a wonderful faculty, you’re picking a university with an awesome football team (among so many other things).  There’s nothing quite like standing in the student section of Beaver Stadium with 106,572 of your closest friends, screaming to Bon Jovi at the top of your lungs while James Franklin and the team work their magic on the field.  As we approach the first game of the 2017 season, I want to describe the buzz in the air that everyone can feel – the excitement of college football game day.

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.

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:

Sage Ingram

February 27, 2017

When you stroll into the IST building during recruitment season for the first time, what you see may surprise you. As one of the smallest colleges on Penn State’s campus, you may not expect IST to be where most recruiters hang out. Last year, as co-lead of the IST Career Fair, I gained an inside perspective of just how many different industries and sectors want to hire students in our college (and believe me, it’s a lot).  

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.