Victoria’s Story


Victoria Monteith

In 2007, I went on a road trip with my family to visit my brother at Lock Haven and a family friend here at Penn State. Little did I know while taking a picture in front of Old Main that ten years later I would be starting my freshman year here.
Entering senior year of high school, I had no idea where I wanted to go to school. With my mother being a guidance counselor, the process was a little easier for me, but deciding on a school that would stick with me for the rest of my life is tough. Most schools I applied to were on the smaller side – Villanova, Providence College, University of Richmond, Boston College, etc. The biggest school I applied to behind Penn State was James Madison, and that does not even come close to this one. Most of my mom’s college friends had kids that went to Penn State, so I applied just to apply. My mother went to Bloomsburg University and my father went to Bucknell, both Pennsylvania schools – so, I guess it was fate that I went to one.
On a warm, February day (a rare occurrence in State College), I toured the school with my mother, one of her best friends from college, and her two daughters that were attending Penn State at the time. The atmosphere was perfect; there was no place like it. After leaving, I wondered why I even thought about going to a small school in the first place.
A few weeks later I committed, and the rest is history. I found my roommate on the Facebook group, a girl that is now my best friend and I have no idea what I ever did without her. We’re now considered sisters, as we both joined Kappa Alpha Theta, and I could not be more grateful that we chose the same one.
The one thing that has shaped my Penn State story the most is involvement – particularly with Homecoming. It is incredible how one organization changed my life. I am forever thankful for the Homecoming table at the involvement fair during freshman year. Luckily for me, there was a girl that lived a floor above me on the First Year Involvement Committee, and our amazing friendship started from there. We worked through the first committee, became University Relations Captains together, and now we are serving on the Executive Committee together. Homecoming has given me confidence in everything I do and friendships that will last a lifetime.
I am incredibly grateful to Penn State for impacting my life on such a large scale in just two short years. This story is only two years old and will continue to be written throughout the rest of my life.