I don’t know about you, but I knew that my child was smarter than me when he was about three years old. I knew more than him for a while, but I stopped trying to keep up in high school. My remaining hope was to influence his selection of where to go to school, given that I’d worked in higher education for more than 25 years and thought that I might know a bit more than he did. I did not want him to go to Penn State. He was born in State College and had been around Penn State his whole life. I was convinced that going away to college was what he needed and encouraged him to do so.
Once again, Joshua proved that he was smarter than me. He knew that the Honors College gave him the best opportunity to get the quality of education that he wanted and the types of experiences that he was seeking. A fun, but underwhelming trip to Pomona College near Los Angeles helped to solidify my acquiescence and he quickly accepted his offer of admission to the Honors College.
The Honors College has offered more than any of us expected. Whether it is the Leadership Jump Start class that occurred before classes started his first year and from which many of his best friends came, or his involvement in Springfield benefiting THON (founded in the Honors College), to his multiple study abroad experiences, the Honors College has enabled Joshua to have as well-rounded of an experience as possible. There are few colleges and universities that offer the rich array of in and out-of-class experiences that Penn State does. The Honors College recognizes its ties to Penn State and helps to make participation in those opportunities easier. It truly combines the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the resources of a large research University. I couldn’t be happier, once again, to have been proven wrong.