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Do More To Get More: My Philanthropy Journey at Penn State

When I think about my past two years of college, it feels like a fever dream. There is nothing quite like sleeping next to a micro-fridge and frolicking through your dorm hallways in your shower shoes. I believe that everyone can agree that their college years were nothing like they thought it would be. You…

A Journey to Home Through a College Acceptance

I’m sure most students can relate with dreaming about life outside of high school since childhood, ecstatic to begin their journey of self-discovery. My dream outside of high school began when I was eight years old, as I moved from LA to the Central Valley, leaving the familiarity of home. My financial situation wasn’t the…

Why I Love Being The Little Fish In The Big Pond

I was extremely thrilled about the opportunity to leave my hometown in Brazil and come to the United States for college. It was so easy to answer the question, “Why do you want to study abroad?”   Penn State had everything I saw in the movies and dreamed so much about football games, tailgates, Greek…

To Decide or Not to Decide: The Paradox of Choice in...

The college process can feel daunting, especially for the current class of seniors forced to apply to universities they may have never visited. If you’ve already been through the process, you may fondly remember the days of filling out endless questionnaires asking you whether you prefer “urban or rural” or “large or small” for your…

TV to Teacher: When My Life Plans Took a Different Direction

During my high school career, I was always asked, “Where do you want to go to school and what do you want to do?” My senior year of high school came, and my dream was to majorin Communications Media with a concentration in production. My ultimate dream was to become a talk show host, a…

The Worst Dorm Room Gave Me My Best Memories

The summer before I started college, I put all my free time towards one thing: my future dorm room. I had lived in the same house, in the same room, for 18 years of my life. I was eager to move into a new space to spend my days in throughout my first year at…

Introverts Don’t Need A Cure, But We Need Confidence

I knew I should call myself an introvert when I was in middle school, and haven’t stopped since. It seemed like a natural categorization— I tended to prefer the quiet, liked going to the library during lunchtime, and I rarely strayed from the small friend group I made. It was common for my peers to…

15 Surprising Benefits of Attending Community College

Community colleges adorn hidden perks and benefits before a student’s eyes. Like a magician with perfectly mastered magic tricks, community college students arrive at four-year institutions with skills straight-to-university students may lack. Community college allows for an easier transition to higher education. However, the stigma surrounding community college disheartens students from taking advantage of the…

Living a Double Life: Life as a First-Generation Student

I am living a double life. It’s nothing like Hannah Montana, although I wouldn’t complain about the luxuries of living the rock star life by night. I don’t shoot webs from my wrists or hold superhuman strength like Peter Parker or Clark Kent, but much like any other first-generation teenager, my life splits into different…

My Most Important College Experience Was No College Experience

The commencement of the nation-wide quarantine that took place as part of the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 has given me, besides absolutely nothing to do, a good amount of déjà vu. This is, largely, thanks to the fact that I’m familiar with the situation. Around two years ago, all my friends said…

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