Jenny’s Story


Jenny Monteith

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.
When I thought of Penn State I was nervous about how big this school was, and I was worried that I would get lost in the shuffle. But, luckily enough I got placed on 7th floor Sproul where I found the girls who would turn out to be my best friends. Shout out Penn State Housing you really helped me out there. Besides finding amazing friends, I was lucky enough to find Homecoming and THON, which has given me leadership experience, endless opportunities, and friendships that will last long past college. Being the Alumni Relations Director this year for Homecoming has given the opportunity to meet so many unique Alumni and hear about all of their amazing experiences they had at Penn State. One thing that I find so amazing about being the Alumni Relations Director is that every person I talk to say they would do anything to relive their college days and talk about Penn State in such a positive way, this has made me value my time here so much more. In addition to Homecoming, THON gave me the opportunity to unite for a common cause and be a part of the largest student run philanthropy. This past year I was the President of a Special Interest Organization, Pillar, whose sole purpose was to fundraise for THON and to support our Four Diamonds Families. I was fortunate enough to dance for 46 hours and take a stand against Childhood Cancer. This opportunity is something I will never forget and will be a staple of my Penn State Story. PSU has molded me to the person I am today, and I am so grateful that I am a student here. These past 3 years have been amazing, and I am looking forward to writing my final chapter of my Penn State Story next year.