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Meet Connor

ConnorHometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Major: Communication

Campus activities: Editor-in-chief of the Behrend Beacon student newspaper, Alternative Spring Break, Reality Check, Student Government Association, Behrend Jazz Ensemble (lead alto/tenor/soprano sax), and Behrend Jazz Quintet (founding member and leader)

Interests: Journalism, music, politics, martial arts, Steelers

Favorite book: Sphere by Michael Crichton

Favorite movie: Either Anchorman or Citizen Kane

What’s one thing you could not live without? Music and writing.

Why did you choose Penn State Behrend? It offered a vast amount of options since I could either transfer or stay here. And I liked the small class sizes, great location, and great school size--Not too big, not too small.

What other colleges did you apply to?  Allegheny College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania

What do you like best about being a student here?  I like how you can take leadership roles in organizations or with projects around campus simply by taking the initiative to do so; your success is all your own doing.

What do you think about living on campus?  Living on-campus was a great way to get acclimated to students who I would spend the next four years with. Penn State Behrend does an awesome job with on-campus programming, so there's always something to do, and you're always a part of it.

How are you adjusting to being away from home? Being away from home brings mixed emotions. On one hand, it's difficult to leave a family that would give the world for me; on the other hand, it's great to get out on my own. Since I know they're always alright with me falling back on them, it's even easier moving forward from here.

What’s your favorite food from Bruno’s or Dobbins Dining Hall? The best food at Dobbins is from the Wok station, hands down - and will be even better in fall 2010, when they upgrade it. Bruno's wins out, though, with the sub line, where you can build your custom sub and have it toasted.

What is there to do for fun outside of class? Probably my favorite activity at Behrend outside of classes has been participating in student organizations. Over my two years, I've gotten to moderate a debate, create a web site, judge a Behrend Idol contest, interview the chancellor (several times), sit down to dinner with Jerome Bettis, and act crazy in an improv night - to name just a few things - all because of involvement in student organizations. Those organizations hold awesome events, too - so even if you're not a part of organizing them, you can still show up and take part. There's always something going on.

What are your plans after you graduate?  After I graduate, I will be going into journalism. Because I've stayed up here writing for two years, I've built a network of contacts in Erie that I can use to hopefully attain a job in the industry right out of college - even in a recession.

What advice do you have for students who are looking for colleges? Have the end goal in mind, but don't forget to have fun along the way. You always want to be thinking about where you want to be when you graduate - that's a given. If you focus too much on it, though, you won't have any time to stop and attend something like a fun concert, an improv night, or join your own student organization. If you focus too much on having fun, you probably won't end up where you want to be - a balance is the best thing. With any college you go to, though, your happiness is what you make of it. If you're going out, joining organizations, and meeting new people, college is going to be the best time of your life.

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