Hello again! Mikaela here. In today's blog, I will be talking about what the college search was like for me and why I ultimately made the choice to come to Penn State New Kensington.
In my direct family, I am, for the most part, considered a first generation university student. So, when it came to applying for schools and touring, I was extremely behind in the process. I hadn’t taken my SATs until November of my senior year, putting me behind with applications. Most students had taken their SATs, and many had even started applying to colleges in September.
I managed to apply to about 6-8 colleges by the end of January, all without taking a tour. I was fortunate enough to get accepted to 4 or 5. I thought that I wanted to go away to school and live in a dorm, so I applied to some out-of-state schools. While using the collegeboard.org website guide to figure out which schools had the majors I was considering, I set some guidelines for myself: I wanted to focus more on in-state campuses, and I did not want to attend any private schools. Even though they may have offered a good education, I refused to pay the high tuition.
When I applied to Penn State, I chose New Kensington as my first choice campus because I had a feeling I would be more likely to receive a scholarship for my grades if I went to a commonwealth campus of the University. It was the best choice I have ever made because not long after, I had not only received my acceptance letter, but I also received the Chancellor’s Scholarship for my first two years! Once I finally toured the school and went to a reception dinner, it sealed the deal. I had a truly great Lion Ambassador tour guide (Craig) who really made me feel like Penn State New Kensington was the place for me. I honestly could just feel that it was the right fit, especially since everyone from the beginning was extremely helpful and so nice.
I was shocked at myself for thinking I wanted to go far away to school. I enjoy being able to work and make my own money while being in school and sleeping in my own bed every night. I also like the idea of having smaller classes sizes for more individual attention because I like to ask so many questions. I wanted to be Mikaela, not just a number in a large classroom. From the first time I visited campus, I had my mind made up that Penn State New Kensington was the place for me. Below is the picture on the day I became a Nittany Lion. :)
Thanks for reading the blog, and until next time…. WE ARE… :)