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.


Meet the Penn State 2019 Homecoming Committee Directors!

Isabella Webster

Executive Director

Isabella’s Story

Jenny Monteith

Alumni Relations Director

Jenny’s Story

Victoria Goldfader

Competition Director

Victoria’s Story

Joshua Johnson

Distribution Management Director

Joshua’s Story

Alyssa Placha

Financial Management Director

Alyssa’s Story

Julia Grecco

Internal Development

Julia’s Story

Megan Kiel

Merchandise Director

Megan’s Story

Megan Smajda

OPPerations Director

Megan’s Story

Natalie Wenger

Parade Director

Natalie’s Story

Sarah Shoulberg

Pride Events Director

Sarah’s Story

Lauren Myers

Public Relations Director

Lauren’s Story

Kasey Dunleavy

Royalty Director

Kasey’s Story

Aaron McKenzie

Talent Relations Director

Aaron’s Story

Austin Webster

Technology Director

Austin’s Story

Isaac Messner

University Relations Director

Isaac’s Story

Student Stories

“Selecting Penn State was the best decision of my life! I went across the country from my hometown of Los Angeles to attend this awesome school because of their professional guidance and career opportunities. Furthermore, the opportunities to meet people from across the world and all walks of life was invaluable and has broadened my horizons. Let’s go State!”

Ryan Feng

Class of 2018

 “I was the classic stressed out high school senior. I had no idea what I wanted to major in or where I wanted to go. Since I was a homebody the thought of leaving my parents and hometown seemed daunting. I started off my college search by looking at Maryland schools because they were all within an hour of my house. I visited the schools and liked them but never per-say loved one. At this point I was just looking at college as another 4 years of school to earn a degree and be done. With that mindset, I felt that any of the Maryland colleges would be fine because it was just school and worse case I could come home whenever I needed to.
It was second semester senior year and most of my classmates had chosen their college. They all had “that feeling” at their dream college and knew that’s where they wanted to go. Everyone was wearing their college sweatshirt and was so excited to graduate. This stressed me out even more because I had none of that excitement. So as the annoying little sister I was, I called my older sister and asked her for advice.
Of course her advice was COME TO PENN STATE. She was a junior at the time, and convinced me to come up and visit her. So I came up for the weekend and that’s when I fell in love with Penn State. I’m a little biased because I did come up for a football game but what really made me choose Penn State was the tour. When I was walking through campus I actually could see myself here. I finally got “that feeling”. Leaving the tour I got a rush of excitement and finally felt ready to go to college and leave my parents. That’s when I knew Penn State was the school for me. It was the only college where I felt this way.
I went home after that weekend, send my deposit and was Penn State, class of 2019. Penn State is so much more than school and just earning a degree. It has given me opportunities I would have never thought of. Penn State has taken me out of my comfort zone and helped shape me into a better person. Penn State gave me my home away from home and my second family. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made and I am so lucky to graduate from the best university in the world!!!”

Samantha Heavner

Class of 2018