When we started talking about colleges for my oldest son, Penn State University Park has always been at the top of the list from the moment we started making our first list.
As you know, we live in Pennsylvania, and have always been fans of Penn State football. Back when I was looking at colleges, I never had the nerve to apply because I was overwhelmed at the size of the campus. Not my son, as soon as he saw Penn State University Park campus, he was ready to pack his bags and head to college two years early!
We feel really lucky that a high quality university is located in our state. Penn State University Park is situated in Central PA, about a 3 hour car ride for us. Close enough for us to get home and back in a day, if we need to, yet far way enough that our son will have his own independence.
Since our family has never been out there, we decided to go out the day before so we could take our time and look around. We booked a room at The Penn Stater for the night. If you ever need a place to stay or even host a wedding reception or business conference, definitely check out The Penn Stater.
When we went to visit Penn State University Park, we had already visited a few colleges. They were on the smaller side, so this was a bit of a culture shock for us. People talk about colleges like they have human personalities. For the first time, I actually understood what they were getting at. Penn State University Park has a school spirit like nothing you have ever seen!
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So what did Penn State University Park have to offer my son? First of all, I loved that you could tailor your information session based on your child’s interests. He is thinking of majoring in physics, so we spent the majority of our time in the math & science information sessions.
He really enjoyed meeting the Dean of Physics in an informal session.
Other things we got to see during the Spend A Summer Day program:
- The HUB. This is home to the campus bookstore and so much more. Made me wish I was young enough to go there.
- The library. What an impressive space.
- The Creamery. No explanation necessary!
One of the other highlights to the day, was the Young Learners session they had for younger siblings. So while hubby took oldest to his final session of the day, I took our youngest to a question and answer session. It was interesting to hear how the younger kids felt about college.
We finished out our day with a campus tour. I have to tell you, I think it was our tour guide that really gave you a sense of what Penn State University Park is all about:
Finding your place in this world.
Getting equipped to succeed in life.
Making the most of opportunities.
And never stop moving!
Seriously, our tour guide never stopped moving. I wish I could walk backwards like she did and give us the most real information possible.
I loved how she sat in a classroom with the prospective students and parents, and just talked. Real. Honest. Truthful.
The only downside to the day was we ran out of time, and did not get to see the dorm space. Our tour guide was able to give us a lot of information, though.
Now, it is still too soon to know what my son will do. I do know that he was very impressed with Penn State University Park. He felt a connection to the campus, the students, and the faculty.
I wouldn’t be surprised that he will be a part of the class of 2021 at Penn State University Park. And I couldn’t be happier for him, knowing that they will give him what he needs to succeed in the future!