Isaac’s Story


Isaac Messner

From Alumni Parents
Through Joy in THON and Homecoming
Pride in Blue and White
Originally from State College I started my Penn State story watching students dawning blue and white walking down the street. My father being a professor would be recognized wherever we went. All of them walking from place to place going to classes, joining orgs and running events was always something to look forward to. Homecoming would be one of my favorite weekends out of the year. Watching the colorful floats drive by with music blasting and students dancing having a good time was a vibrant and thrilling experience. We would go to tailgates and I would meet his coworkers, play cornhole with grad students and fall in love with the University.
My Penn State pride didn’t let up when I was accepted. I quickly met some of my best friends and became engrossed in the student life. One of the first activities I joined was THON. Working throughout the year to prepare for such a big weekend was exciting, but it really shows a lot about Penn Staters. The people I met were some of the most compassionate and motivating I’ve known. Later I would move on to join homecoming and help to set up the Homecoming week’s events and parade. Throughout the week I had the opportunity to meet alumni an learn their amazing stories. This brought new appreciation to what it meant to be a Penn Stater. Not only while here but even after graduating, the people who have come to Penn State hold themselves to a higher standard.