I chose Penn Schuylkill because...
Many students graduate from high school and leave home to go away to college. Sometimes, for many different reasons, related to financial or personal, they decide that it was not the best decision for them. In addition, students may earn associate degrees at other colleges or universities, and then want to further their education by enrolling in a bachelor degree program.
Penn State Schuylkill offers an excellent opportunity for these students to continue with their education through transfer admission. It provides a significant cost savings while giving the student an opportunity to either obtain a degree at our campus, or eventually finish their degree at another Penn State campus, like University Park.
We have asked some of our past and current transfer students to share their experiences. Maybe you can relate to their situation and determine which path would be best for you to further your education.
Hi, I'm Nick Shugars, graduate of Pine Grove Area High School.
When I was a senior in high school, I did not think that there were any college opportunities for me in Schuylkill County, so I decided to go away to an arts school. After a semester, I realized that I was not happy with my decision. I wasn't happy with the school, I missed my friends, and it wasn't financially easy for me or my family. I decided I would have to come home.
I really did not want to attend college locally and assumed I would just find a job. But, some of my friends who were attending Penn State Schuylkill talked me into applying. I decided that I would try it out and hope that eventually I would be able to take all of my general education credits and then transfer to University Park.
It was hard the first semester. I was working a part-time job to help with expenses, so I was not involved in any clubs or organizations. However, I joined the Lion Ambassadors, which is a group that helps out the Admissions office, and I started to make friends, both local students and students who lived in the resident apartments. I also auditioned for the theatre production because I had theatre experience in high school. And...I even continued to work at my part-time job.
How quickly things changed for me! I was really enjoying my experience at Penn State Schuylkill. I had made many friends, not only with the students, but with the faculty and staff.
After all of my hard work, I was accepted into the Film/Video major at University Park and I will be transferring there for the fall 2013 semester. Even though I had a bad experience the first time I went away to college, I know that I am now better prepared, both financially and academically, to be successful this time.
As a senior in high school, I never would have imagined that I would be going to Penn State Schuylkill. But, after almost two years of taking classes and being active on campus, I am very grateful for my experiences at Penn State Schuylkill and I know that I made the right decision.
UPDATE, SUMMER 2015
Nick graduated in May 2015 from the University Park campus with a bachelor of art degree in Film Studies. He was chosen for an externship in Los Angeles, CA with a production company for the summer 2015. To read more about his experience, read his story at http://news.psu.edu/story/362959/2015/07/17/arts-and-entertainment/interns-tackle-opportunities-los-angeles-new-york.
Hi, I’m Samantha Hablett and I’m a graduate of Blue Mountain High School.
After going away to school at private university located in Pennsylvania, I realized that being far away from home wasn't for me. The campus was too large, and the education didn't seem very personal.
Penn State Schuylkill is much closer to home, in a safer environment, and much cheaper than my previous school.
Because of the smaller class sizes, the education itself is more individualized to suit my needs. The professors are very approachable and eager to help their students in every way that they can.
While I am here, I plan to earn a degree in Administration of Justice, and I have already joined some of the various athletic and academic clubs and organizations that are available on campus. I also work part-time at a local retail store, which I was not able to do at my previous school.
I am glad that I made the switch to Penn State University, and I am looking forward to completing my degree at Penn State Schuylkill.
Hi, I'm Wayne Moreland, graduate of Pottsville Area High School.
In 1991, I was a senior in high school doing a machine shop co-op; jobs were plentiful for machinists and the pay was good. During that year, I also had a part-time job at a local car wash. The repetition of the co-op job and the lack of social interaction was not for me. Thankfully, one month before graduation, the car wash owner promoted me to manager. I thought I had found a career.
One year later, realizing that the promotional potential at the car wash was nil, I contacted Mr. Laubach, my high school criminal justice teacher, to discuss opportunities in the field. He suggested I pursue an associate degree at a local community college. Working first shift at UPS loading trucks from 3am-8am and then the car wash from 8am-6pm did not leave me a lot of time for schoolwork and it took me three years to complete my associate degree. But this time I knew I had found a career!
Getting a job as an officer, though, proved difficult. I took a dozen police exams and was not chosen for any of the positions. When the city of Palo Alto’s police chief resigned in 1997, I was serving on the town council and was offered his job. I accepted it gratefully. In 2000, I became a full-time officer for the City of Pottsville and then in 2004, I took a similar position in Muhlenberg Township, where I am still employed.
In late 2009, a lawyer friend encouraged me to continue my education and sent me the website and contact information for Penn State Schuylkill’s Administration of Justice program. I was reticent about going back to school. In addition to my work for Muhlenberg Township, I was the Team Leader and Training Coordinator for the Berks County SWAT Team. How was I going to fit in classes?
Penn State, it turns out, was the perfect fit for my busy schedule: it’s accredited, has night and online classes, world-class faculty who understand adult students, and it is right down the road from my home. I could come home from work and head to class where I learned material that is applicable to my job. Because of the mentoring and research opportunities provided me while at the Schuylkill campus, I am now considering enrolling in a master’s degree program in Criminal Justice so that I can continue to research policing and community interactions.
Hi, I'm Amanda Staller, graduate of Blue Mountain Area High School.
When I was in high school I knew three things: I wanted to get a degree related to working with animals, I wanted to become a member of the Penn State Blue Band, and I was very nervous about the idea of going away to a large school. However, if I wanted to accomplish my first two goals, a smaller school would not be an option for me.
I thought it would be better if I could start out at a smaller campus and then transfer to University Park after two years. This would give me the opportunity to be a college student and alleviate the pressure of going away to a large school. The problem remained that I would not be able to participate in the Blue Band if I was at another campus. I knew that Penn State Schuylkill offered college courses to high school students that I could take during the school year, so I began classes at the campus during my junior year in high school. I would leave high school early to attend class at Penn State Schuylkill.
I really enjoyed the classes at the campus. I was able to get a feel for college-level courses, get a better understanding of the expectations of college professors, and I also met a lot of interesting people from all over the world. By the time I graduated high school, I had completed twelve credits of courses, which is equal to an entire college semester. While I was still nervous about going away to a very large campus, I felt better prepared for my new experiences.
The first time I stepped into a classroom at University Park as a freshman with 700 other students, I was so thankful that I took advantage of the opportunity to take courses at Penn State Schuylkill as a high school Dual Enrollment student. My experiences have helped me move closer to my original goals. I am enrolled in the Wildlife Sciences degree program, and I successfully auditioned in 2012 for the Penn State University Marching Blue Band.
Thank you, Penn State Schuylkill, for helping me get a jump start on my future.
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