psubrandywine: “Students share how scholarships have helped them succeed and grow at Penn State Brandywine. This video was created by alumnus Justin Carrington.”
I totally forgot about this! The final product is really great :)
I don’t even know where to start… how can I possibly explain the immense joy I’m feeling? I swell with pride at the thought of my school, Penn State Brandywine, and the opportunities it has provided for me. My academic year has been a powerful, meaningful, incredible, humbling, successful voyage into the joy of taking ownership of my education, my passions, and my path in life.
(via Penn State Brandywine)
Tonight I spoke at Penn State Brandywine’s annual Alumni Gala. The focus was on the students, scholarships, and the new “For the Future” campaign. Two alumni, PA State Representative Thomas Killion, and retired financial aid coordinator, Sylvia Schaffer, were honored during tonight’s event for their outstanding efforts and support of the campus and its students. I was lucky enough to speak to a group of alumni, fellow students, faculty members, and advisory board members; I shared my experience at Brandywine and the profound impact it has had on me.
I’m swelling with pride and joy just thinking about tonight. I was in a room surrounded by professors I’ve come to know and love, former faculty members who built the campus from the ground up, and alumni who have been avid supporters of Penn State Brandywine since its birth in 1966. I only knew a handful of the attendees, but after hearing Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, alum and advisory board member Ernie Repice, Representative Thomas Killion, and former financial aid coordinator Sylvia Schaffer speak about their connection to the campus and its impact on their lives, I felt connected to every single person in the room.
The fact that I’d never spoken to Representative Killion in my life, and yet he shared with these people how proud he was of me… the fact that two women I didn’t know approached me to thank me for my speech & encouraged me to continue my success… the fact that the founder of our campus, John D. Vairo, stood up for me to give me a hug after I walked down the 627 steps* from the podium… all of these moments gave me such pride in being a part of my school.
I love it there. I love Penn State Brandywine. I do not regret a single step I’ve taken in my college career. I have been given a plethora of opportunities, and I’ve taken steps out of my comfort zone to fulfill my potential and gauge my abilities. I’ve gained a level confidence in myself that I never thought was possible.
I know I’m gushing a little bit here, but the Gala was so powerful. Respect. Admiration. Love. Pride. Joy. It’s all present and bubbling inside of me and I never want to forget this feeling.
Take control of your educational path.
Do something you love.
And as always, keep questioning,
*Okay, maybe it was 10, but it felt like 627… I was so nervous!