I am not ashamed to say that I went to Penn State. I completed my bachelor's and my master's degrees at Penn State and, given the choice to do it all over again, I would choose Penn State again.
Here's what Penn State is to me (in no particular order):
-a place where I was able to follow in the footsteps of my brothers, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents
-the place where I met the love of my life
-the place where I got married
-the place where I accepted Christ as my one and only Savior
-the place where I got to know one of the coolest roommates I could've ever asked for
-the place where I was diagnosed with cancer--and found the best support system I could have ever imagined
-the place I used to study in the library for hours on end in the stacks
-the place where I used to meet up with my little brother in the dining hall, just to chat over supper
-the place where I learned how to eat healthy and exercise regularly
-the place where I got to cheer on my team with over 100,000 of my friends
-the place where I would type all my notes from class and make notecards with all the information on them
-the place where I could just walk a block and be near some of my closest friends
-the place where I struggled with the hardships I was facing
-the place I used to have girls' nights, complete with vanilla cappuccinos and chick flicks
-the place where I discovered who I was and what was important to me.
Say what you want about Penn State. Here's what I say:
WE ARE, and I AM, Penn State, now and forever!