THON + Personal Scare = Deeper Connection

Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately shortened to just “THON”. Twelve million dollars raised this past February and just as many wishes for a cure for cancer. I begin with their mission statement: “The mission of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to…

Lights, Camera, Anxiety!!

When the camera is on you, do you feel a certain sense of anxiety, stress, nervousness, or maybe even a little sweat dripping from your forehead? Recently, the World Campus wanted to film a video of my study habits and ways that I overcome test anxiety. I instantly said “yes,” anything to help my university…

A University of Friends

The tragic times we have recently faced as a university had seemed to foreshadow a lot of our pride, honor and unity. But as time has passed, we have not wavered in our mutual respect and care for our fellow Penn Staters. Friendships have actually gotten stronger as strangers before now stop, and through conversation…

Connecting with Your Adviser

Building a relationship with your academic adviser is vital to maximizing your World Campus experiences. I would like to share my experience with my adviser, Richard Brungard, who has been exceptional and has made such a difference in my academic success! To give you a little background, the start of college was an exciting, challenging,…

Close Encounters with World Campus Staff and Faculty

Dr. Larry Ragan. Your first response may be  “I have no clue who he is.” No, he is not one of the presidential candidates for 2012. He is, however, just as important to our education and student experience. Why, you may ask? Dr. Larry Ragan, as the director of faculty development, is responsible for the…