Penn State Stories

Tell Us Your Story

Our stories are nothing without the people in them, and this is what I hope we remember as we reflect on these past one-hundred years of Penn State tradition. It is hard to think about our love for Penn State without thinking about all the people who journeyed through our time here with us. I hope that my Penn State Story has enlightened you both to some of the people who have shaped my life here, but also to the power of a single interaction. It is the small moments we share each and every day that can change the course of our lives. I would not be privileged enough to be sharing my story now without the small words of encouragement from a mentor. As we close the chapter on one-hundred years of Penn State Homecomings, I would love if we could all take some time to reflect on the stories, big or small, that have shaped our time at Penn State. We, as Homecoming, would love to hear about the stories here that changed your lives for better or for worse. We want to take the time and space to honor all the stories that have gone untold from Penn Staters. If all those impacted by the Penn State community feel so compelled, please send us your story. Over the next Homecoming Season, use our #CenturyOfStories to share your stories on social media. Additionally, please email with any content you would like to share about your time at Penn State. We want to hear your voices and we want to honor A Century of Stories. I would like to thank anyone who has made it this far for reading my story. We look forward to reading yours over this one-hundredth Homecoming season.

Isabella Webster – Executive Director

My Penn State Story begins, as many do, with a White Out Football Game. As I was applying to colleges my senior year of high school, I spent a weekend visiting friends a year older than me, then first-year students at University Park. From that moment on, I knew that I would go to Penn State. Shortly after I was accepted on December 15th, 2015, I was committed to begin at Penn State’s College of Engineering for Summer 2016.


Jenny Monteith – Alumni Relations

As a senior in high school I was convinced that I wanted to go to UConn, and my second choice was Penn State. Sadly, I got rejected from UConn and was conflicted because if I went to Penn State I would have had to go to summer session. Although I was nervous to come here during the summer and leave everyone at home, I decided to take the leap of faith and come to Penn State. So, there I was, one day after graduating from high school on my way to dear old state for my first day of college. I was a young 18-year-old with no clue what these next few years had in store, and how this place would shape me to be the person I am today.