Class of 2016: Meet Courtney Hopson (Elementary and Early Childhood Education)

By Heather Cass
Publications & Design Coordinator, Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2016 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend.  Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Courtney Hopson

Courtney Hopson1

Major: Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Erie

Why Behrend? I knew I wanted to go to a Penn State campus because of the rigorous, hands-on programs offered. I chose Behrend specifically so I could play volleyball.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend: Winning the MVP award this volleyball season, because it was given to me by my teammates. I have been through so much with my team and couldn’t be prouder to be a part of something so special.

What makes you unique? My level of motivation when facing a challenge. I am always trying to improve myself in every aspect of my life. I love to set goals and strive to reach them. I am a really competitive person and I love the process that goes into getting great results.

What’s your passion? I am passionate about inspiring children like I have been inspired through my life. I have such a great support system in my family and in my church, and it really bothers me to know that some children don’t have that support. I want my students to know that they have someone who cares for them and is rooting for them to succeed.

Advice for current students: Not everything is going to go smoothly, and that is okay! It’s all about the journey, so enjoy your time in college and do the best that you can.

Courtney plans to work as an elementary school teacher following her graduation in May.

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