Aspire, because each Penn Stater has hoped for something they didn’t have. Whether this hope belonged to the first generation college student who had no guidance throughout the application process, the international student who had to leave everything behind in their home countries in order to pursue their education or the student athlete who has practice countless hours in attempt to perfect their sport, each Penn State student aspires to do.
University Park receives over 100,000 applications for an incoming class of about 8,000 every year. People respect the power of a Penn State education. Unfortunately, higher education costs throughout the country are continually climbing and we are no exception. In addition to tuition and textbooks, many classes at our University have additional required course materials (iClickers, laboratory kits, WebAssign, etc.). While some of these services may be necessary, it is unacceptable that some of our students are forced into buying expensive, third-party educational tools in order to submit homework assignments. It is important that we constantly pressure the university to avoid adding unnecessary costs to an already expensive education.
Participate, because you only have the opportunity to be an undergraduate student once. Being an engaged member of the Penn State Community means involving yourself in various entities that challenge you intellectually, spiritually and socially. To optimize the student experience in the classroom, we intend to implement a variety of programs that allow students to have more control over their education. Alongside the recreation of the University eBulletin will come an Online Syllabi Database, giving students the power to choose the courses that work best with their learning styles.
With the overhaul of General Education that is currently taking place, we have made an agreement with the office to have proposed five student-initiated courses by the end of the Spring Semester. We plan to propose a course focused on American Civics and engagement in local government which will ideally double as a resource for students undergoing the citizenship process. Additionally we believe that the faculty at Penn State should represent the diverse students that they serve.
Live, because as Penn State students we have all earned our place at this University. Thus, we all have the right to feel safe, welcomed for who we are, and have the resources necessary to live a healthy life. We believe that no student should have to walk through campus and feel unsafe. Penn State should be a diverse and welcoming place, where we all are respected for who we are as individuals. UPUA’s role in this is important and we must work alongside the multicultural Caucuses, LGBTQA Roundtable to ensure that this is the case. Our mental health is also important and in order to live a healthy life our students need the resources necessary to insure that they can get the help that they need. This includes the expansion of counselors across campus and continued support for CAPS. Additionally no one should have to feel unsafe walking home late at night. It is the responsibility of the University and the UPUA to make it clear that sexual assault will not be tolerated.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Penn Staters come from many different parts of the country and the world. We are different yet similar in many ways. What is certain is that we share at least one common characteristic and that is that WE ARE all Penn State. We must work to make this a University that works for all.
Samantha (Sammy) Geisinger
Class of 2018
Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience
Cape May, New Jersey
From afar, Penn State seemed like a campus that would never provide me with that “home” feel — I grew up just ten minutes from the beach and winter had never been one of my favorite seasons. Despite the wind chill below 0°F on a frigid February day when I first visited, I felt at home the second I stepped onto our beautiful campus. What was once never an option; three years later, has become my home.
Coming from a small town, Penn State was initially very intimidating in stature. With 46,000 undergraduates, it is easy to get lost in the crowd — but I wanted to become as involved as possible in the different facets of the university and do whatever I could to improve Penn State. When you truly love something, it is your absolute mission to spend all the time that you have making it better than when you found it. I hope that I will be given the opportunity to show the love I have for this University and serve all of the undergraduate body to the best of my ability. It would be my absolute pleasure to serve, and I am proud to share my home with you all.
For the Glory,
Other Involvements / Time Commitments
Association of Big Ten Students – Executive Director
Class of 2018
As a first generation college student and first generation American I have been extremely fortunate to be able to pursue my dreams here at Penn State. At a very young age my parents always told me that we are in the positions we are in, in order to better the future generations and those around us. Through previous involvements with Latino Caucus, THON, and Lion Ambassadors I have seen first hand the many aspects of our University. Penn State has molded me into the person that I am today through the people that I have met and for that I am extremely thankful. Therefore at Penn State I have dedicated myself in doing what I can to create a campus climate worthy of all of our students. The issues that our fellow students face are enormous but it is nothing that we as a Penn State community can handle.
Other Involvement / Time Commitment: Lion Ambassadors
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