Behrend Reacts: How do you stay motivated for final exams?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

Final exams are often one of the most trying times of the entire semester, and it can be difficult to push through.

With just two days of final exams left, we asked students how they stay motivated through the home stretch.

Zachary McCauley

Zachary McCauley, junior, Mechanical Engineering, from Clarion, Pa.: “You just have to push through it. I’ve also set a nice reward for myself. I’ll be making a trip to Texas after finals.”

Kati Piger

Kati Piger, first-year student, undecided, from Williamsport, Pa.: “Track helps keep me motivated because I have to maintain my GPA, and I’m also motivated by thinking about my future.”

Hayley McMillen

Hayley McMillen, junior, Creative Writing, from Erie: “I just know that the hard work will pay off. My mother is also a big motivator for me.”

Veronica Lorya

Veronica Lorya, senior, International Business and Marketing, from Erie: “I listen to a lot of music; I’m a huge Beyoncé fan. I also do a lot of meditation and remind myself that I’ll be graduating on Friday.”

Zack Neudorfer

Zack Neudorfer, first-year student, Electrical Engineering, from Butler, Pa.: “It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, and I know it’s important to achieve good grades.”

Jeremy Smida

Jeremy Smida, first-year student, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, from Monongahela, Pa.: “I remind myself that it will all pay off once I graduate and get a good job.”

Jacob DeWeese

Jacob DeWeese, first-year student, Energy Engineering, from Freedom, Pa.: “I have a 4.0 GPA right now, and I want to keep that, so that’s how I’m motivating myself to stay at it.”

Hayley Iacullo

Haley Iacullo, sophomore, Marketing, from Pittsburgh: “Lots and lots of coffee. Also, I know that I have good grades already, so I don’t want to screw that up.”

Tracy Abraham

Tracy Abraham, sophomore, Biology, from Washington, D.C.: “I know I need to work hard because I don’t want to regret it. I also remind myself that finals are just temporary.”

Josh Podpora

Josh Podpora, first-year student, Mechanical Engineering, from Erie: “My internship at GE depends on me doing well in school, so I use that for motivation.”

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Behrend Reacts: What are your plans this summer?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

Ah… summer.

After months of hard work, shoveling snow, and studying, what could be more welcome than warm summer air?

Next week is finals week at Penn State Behrend, and many students will then be done with classes until fall.

We asked students how they plan to spend their summer vacation.

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Tara Sitter, junior, Finance and Accounting: “I plan to travel and go to a lot of concerts. I want to have fun before I have to go into the real world next year.”

Tim Vincent

Tim Vincent, sophomore, Mechanical Engineering: “I’m just going to wing it.”

Rachael Hazen

Rachael Hazen, sophomore, Kinesiology: “I’m going to Austin, Texas, where I’ll be a camp coordinator.”

Daniel Valverde

Daniel Valverde, sophomore, Economics: “I’m going back home to Miami.”

David Graham

David Graham, junior, Finance: “I have a summer internship at Northwest Savings Bank in Franklin.”

Mitchel Meszaros

Mitchel Meszaros, first-year student, Mechanical Engineering: “I have a summer internship with PennDOT in Meadville.”

Abbie Schuster

Abbie Schuster, sophomore, Accounting: “I’m not sure yet. I might have an internship, or I’ll be a camp counselor.”

Collin Mangam

Collin Mangan, sophomore, Plastics Engineering Technologies: “I’ll be working, either at an internship or somewhere else.”

Casey Kern

Casey Kern, junior, Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies: “I’ll be working all summer at my dad’s company, which builds sewage treatment plants. I hope to work as a project manager.”

Theresa Guarriello

Theresa Guarriello, first-year student, Architectural Engineering: “I plan on working, sleeping, and getting ready for school to start back up in the fall.”

Ryan Rendon

Ryan Rendon, sophomore, Mechanical Engineering Technology: “Honestly, I’ll be going to concerts, enjoying backyard fires, and doing anything the military (reserves) throws at me.”

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Behrend Reacts: What will you remember most about this past school year?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

The end is near.

There are just a couple weeks left in the spring semester. It’s been a memorable year at Penn State Behrend with several highlights, some of which include the college welcoming its second-largest freshman class in history and winning the AMCC Championship in every fall sport.

Penn State Behrend students have made their share of memories as well.

We asked students to share what they’ll remember most from this past year.

Brett Larson

Brett Larson, sophomore, Aerospace Engineering: “Getting a 100-percent score on an exam when all of my friends didn’t.”

Chelsey Cratty

Chelsey Cratty, first-year student, Psychology: “All of the shenanigans that went down on the first floor of Senat Hall.”

Jacob Binda

Jacob Binda, first-year student, undecided: “Staying up until 5:00 a.m. talking with new friends.”

Brandon Ford

Brandon Ford, first-year student, History and Education: “The night I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. at the Delta Chi house getting to know my brothers.”

Alexa Seeton

Alexa Seeton, first-year student, Marketing: “I don’t have a specific favorite memory. I just loved it all.”

Meredith Snyder

Meredith Snyder, first-year student, Accounting: “Winning the AMCC Championship in volleyball.”

Paige Scurpa

Paige Scurpa, first-year student, undecided: “Definitely winning the AMCC Championship in volleyball.”

Matt McWilliams

Matt McWilliams, sophomore, Aerospace Engineering: “Going to the ECAC Indoor Championships for track and field.”

Omkar Paturu

Omkar Paturu, first-year student, Biology: “Just being around Behrend and getting to know the college.”

Janai Keita

Janai Keita, first-year student, Psychology: “The annual drag show from this past November.”

Bethany Still

Bethany Still, first-year student, Biology: “Trying to scare my boyfriend’s roommate while pretending to be a dinosaur.”

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Behrend Reacts: What’s your favorite cellphone app?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

It seems like there’s an app for almost anything these days.

Need a dog whistle to train your canine? Interested in watching real-time radar for predicting storms? The App Store or Google Play has you covered.

Of course, some apps have bigger followings than others, and that’s true at Penn State Behrend.

We asked students what their favorite cellphone app is.

Ryan Kapner

Ryan Kapner, first-year student, Mechanical Engineering: “Twitter and YouTube are my gotos.”

Connor Combs

Connor Combs, first-year student, Project and Supply Chain Management: “Reddit because you get to see everything before everyone else does.”

Aubrey Marcoline

Aubrey Marcoline, first-year student, English: “I use Instagram because it’s convenient.”

Libby Marcoline

Libby Marcoline, junior, General Arts and Science: “Snapchat because it’s fun.”

Maurice Moffett

Maurice Moffatt, sophomore, Marketing: “I like the PNC app because it’s useful when I need to do my banking.”

Demond Carr

Damond Carr, junior, Psychology: “The TV remote control app is great because whenever I lose the remote, it lets me use my phone instead.”

Julie Pace

Julie Pace, first-year student, Nursing: “Instagram because it’s fun to see other people’s photos and what they like to take pictures of.”

Marissa Duvall

Marissa Duvall, first-year student, Nursing: “Instagram because it keeps me updated on my friends’ lives who don’t live close by.”

Claire Petrun

Claire Petrun, first-year student, Psychology: “I’d say Tinder because it’s fun to see who’s on it.”

Ian Duchene

Ian Duchene, first-year student, Plastics Engineering Technology: “Twitter because it’s nice to stay in touch with all my buddies at home.”

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Behrend Reacts: What’s your favorite social media network and why?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

Social media is everywhere.

It’s the reason the words “like” and “tweet” now have new meanings compared to just a few years ago.

Whether you’re into tweeting, liking, connecting, pinning, or watching, there’s always something out there to satisfy your social media tastes. There are plenty of options when it comes to social media networks, but which one is the best?

We asked Penn State Behrend students which social media network they enjoy most.

Sean MacVay

Sean MacVay, sophomore, Computer Engineering Technologies: “Twitter because it’s the only one I really use.”

Alex Hoover

Alex Hoover, sophomore, Computer Engineering Technologies: “I’d say Twitter because you don’t see as much drama as you would on other stuff.”

Christopher Bendt

Christopher Bendt, sophomore, Software Engineering: “They’re all a waste of time and a distraction from the things we should be doing.”

Taylor Stephens

Taylor Stephens, junior, Communications: “I guess Twitter because you just get little snippets and quick responses. It’s easier to keep up with your friends from home.”

Hannah Rauch

Hannah Rauch, freshman, Chemistry: “Twitter because it’s easy to access.”

Julianne Carter

Julianne Carter, junior, Business Economics and Finance: “Twitter because it limits you to 140 characters, and people can’t go on and on.”

Virginia Schoonmaker

Virginia Schoonmaker, sophomore, Agribusiness Management: “Facebook because I’m used to it.”

Erin Kyle

Erin Kyle, sophomore, Early Childhood Education and Special Education: “I like Twitter because it’s fast, and everything’s very instant.”

Greg Cass

Greg Cass, sophomore, Early Childhood Education: “YouTube because I like videos, and Facebook and Twitter are basically the same thing over and over again.”

Ali Sieckowski

Ali Sieckowski, sophomore, Early Childhood Education and Special Education: “Pinterest because there’s so many great ideas out there. It brings out your creativity.”

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Behrend Reacts: Who’s your pick to win the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

It’s the end of March, which means the madness is well underway.

For weeks, sports fans have meticulously crafted their NCAA Division I men’s basketball bracket selections in search of a winner.

So, who you got?

The Sweet Sixteen begin today, which means that even more brackets are sure to get busted.

We asked Penn State Behrend students who they think will emerge from this year’s field.

Emelie Linder

Emelie Linder, freshman, Marketing and Economics: “I think Kentucky because it’s already been unexpected that they’ve made it this far.”

Kari Mild

Kari Mild, freshman, Elementary Education: “Tennessee because I really like that state and want to move there someday.”

Alexandra Sorce

Alexandra Sorce, freshman, Community and Economic Development: “Louisville because last season, (Louisville player) Kevin Ware had a radical knee injury and you deserve something if you pop your knee out like that.”

Mary Beth Cartier

Mary Beth Cartier, sophomore, Arts Administration: “Kentucky because both of my cousins went there, and they’re usually a really good team.”

Aaron Scheel

Aaron Scheel, junior, Computer Science: “Michigan because it would make my older brother very happy.”

Matt Panetta

Matt Panetta, sophomore, Computer Science: “Florida because I picked them in the ESPN Bracket Challenge.”

Khardiata Mbengue

Khardiata Mbengue, junior, Biology: “UCLA because there’s warm weather there, and their blood will be flowing better.”

Paul Toma

Paul Toma, junior, Finance: “Dayton because I like rooting for the underdogs.”

Brandon Siebauer

Brandon Siebauer, freshman, Plastics Engineering Technology: “Louisville because they’re 31-5.”

Jacob Foglia

Jacob Foglia, freshman, Electrical Engineering: “I’m going to go with Florida because they have Scottie Wilbekin, and I think he’s the strongest player in the tournament.”

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Behrend Reacts: How do you leave a strong impression at a career fair?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

They say first impressions are everything, and attendees at Thursday’s Spring Career and Internship Fair at Penn State Behrend would probably agree.

Hundreds of Penn State Behrend students lined up to mingle with more than 150 employers at the career fair. They were dressed to impress from head to toe, and they all shared a similar goal: land an internship or job.

We asked some students how they set out to make a strong impression at career fairs.

Robert Surrena

Robert Surrena, senior, Mechanical Engineering: “It’s just one of those things I was taught as a little kid. Step one, you walk up, look the employer in the eye, and then shake his or her hand.”

Ryan Price

Ryan Price, senior, Electrical Engineering: “It’s important to just be confident and do your prep work.”

Michael Cochran

Michael Cochran, sophomore, Broadcast Journalism: “Just try to be unique. I tried to connect with them on a personal level and see what they have to offer.”

Zachary Naples

Zachary Naples, sophomore, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering: “I just try to make good eye contact, have a firm handshake, and ask good questions.”

Hannah Kelly

Hannah Kelly, sophomore, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering: “I make sure that I dress professionally. When I walk up to employers, I smile, shake their hand, and look like I’m interested in their company.”

Kristine Campbell

Kristine Campbell, junior, Chemistry: “I think it’s important to dress professionally. Another good thing is to have copies of your résumé and make sure they’re accurate.”

Brian Wilking

Brian Wilking, junior, Accounting: “The key is being able to come across as a professional but also showing that I am different from everyone else and can be an asset to their team.”

Michael Boadu

Michael Boadu, senior, Political Science: “I always believe that your first impression makes the difference. Rather than reading from a book about what you have to do, it’s better to just be natural.”

Sarah Green

Sarah Green, sophomore, Mechanical Engineering: “It’s important to introduce yourself, say what your talents are, and ask questions instead of just having them ask you questions.”

Gillian Groff

Gillian Groff, senior, Management Information Systems: “It’s important to be confident in yourself when you go up to employers and make sure they know what you’re looking for. Experience also really does help.”

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Behrend Reacts: What are your plans for spring break?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

Don’t look now, but spring is right around the corner. Can’t you tell?

Despite the wintery weather, Penn State students will be on spring break next week.

Spring is usually associated with warmer weather and flowers, but here in Erie, it seems unlikely that we’ll escape this polar vortex anytime soon.

Of course, spring break allows students the perfect opportunity to escape the cold… at least for a little while.

We asked some Penn State Behrend students what their plans are for the break:

Shayleana Randle

Shayleana Randle, sophomore, Art Administration: “I’m going to Rhode Island to visit my grandmother.”

Sean Dalton

Sean Dalton, freshman, Chemistry: “I will mostly just be at home taking care of my daughter.”

Cassie Cristea

Cassie Cristea, freshman, Business: “I am going home to Warren to visit family and friends.”

Jeremy Maurer

Jeremy Maurer, junior, Psychology: “I’ll be going home to DuBois to spend time with my family.”

Alan Buckel

Alan Buckel, senior, Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies: “I’m going to Colorado to snowboard.”

Matt Vipond

Matt Vipond, freshman, Mechanical Engineering: “I’ll be working on a service project in Erie.”

Justin Corwin

Justin Corwin, junior, Letters, Arts, & Sciences: “I’ll be working construction.”

Kara Wenzel

Kara Wenzel, sophomore, Math: “I’ll be doing nothing but homework.”

Josh Wilkins

Josh Wilkins, sophomore, Chemistry: “I’m staying in Erie and will just be relaxing and spending time with my girlfriend.”

Jen Gibson

Jen Gibson, sophomore, Marketing: “I’m going to Florida to visit my friend.”

Tyreck Green

Tyreck Green, freshman, undecided: “I won’t be doing anything exciting; just chilling.”

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Behrend Reacts: What would you like to see win Best Picture at the Oscars and why?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

Gather your snacks, pop some corn, and find a comfy seat on the couch for the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Best Picture category looks to be a three-horse race between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle. Other nominees include: Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

We asked students which movie they thought should win:

Kara Drapcho

Kara Drapcho, sophomore, Nutrition: “I would say American Hustle because it was funny, action-packed, and had a little bit of everything.”

Jim Shaver

Jim Shaver, freshman, Math Education: “American Hustle because out of all the nominees, that’s the one I’ve heard the most about.”

Charissa Ford

Charissa Ford, freshman, Finance: “Out of all of the nominees, I’ve heard the most about Gravity, but if I could choose one to watch, I’d probably choose 12 Years a Slave.”

Tina Rexhepi

Tina Rexhepi, freshman, Nursing: “I haven’t seen Wolf of Wall Street, but I’ve heard people comment on how good it is.”

Jeffrey Memnon

Jeffrey Memnon, junior, Finance: “Wolf of Wall Street because it’s based on a true story and based on financial stuff, which is fun and interesting.”

Rebekah Protulipac

Rebekah Protulipac, freshman, Biology: “Wolf of Wall Street because it depicted Wall Street pretty accurately.”

Rayna Ganabathi

Rayna Ganabathi, sophomore, Communication: “It’s really tough because I really loved 12 Years a Slave and Wolf of Wall Street. I would be happy with anything but American Hustle. I just was not impressed with it.”

Mina Mikar

Mina Makar, senior, Mechanical Engineering: “I would say Her because it’s so genuine.”

Tyler Marweg

Tyler Marweg, sophomore, International Business and Economics: “Wolf of Wall Street because it always had me on the edge of my seat, and it provided insight on what Wall Street is really like.”

Austin Martini

Austin Martini, sophomore, History: “Wolf of Wall Street because it was the best bro-Bible movie ever.”

Casey Labuda

Casey Labuda, freshman, Nursing: “Wolf of Wall Street because Leonardo DiCaprio is hot.”

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Behrend Reacts: What would you like to see happen under new Penn State president Dr. Eric Barron?

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By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

President’s Day is meant to remember and acknowledge past presidents, but why not a new one?

That’s exactly what Penn State did Monday as the university announced Dr. Eric J. Barron as the 18th president in school history. Pretty apropos, don’t you think?

Barron boasts an impressive résumé. He comes to Happy Valley from Florida State University where he served as president for four years. Prior to that, he served as dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006.

Barron is set to take office on or before May 12, 2014. So, with that in mind, we asked Penn State Behrend students what they would like to see happen under Barron’s leadership. Here’s what they had to say:

Jenna Klemm

Jenna Klemm, sophomore, Early Childhood Education: “I’d like another fitness center because ours is always so crowded.”

Derek Durso

Derek Durso, sophomore, Accounting and Finance: “I’d like a better scheduling program. I followed the guidelines, and it didn’t work.”

Madison Barone

Madison Barone, sophomore, Psychology: “I think everything’s pretty good, but it would be nice if he lowered tuition.”

Natasha Todd

Natasha Todd, freshman, Communication: “I’d like more minority networking opportunities. It also would be nice for freshman to have internships in their field, so we can know if we’re in the right major.”

Hunter Olsen

Hunter Olsen, freshman, Nursing: “I’d like to see more parking and some new food options.”

Neil Szoszorek

Neil Szoszorek, freshman, Supply Chain Management: “Another gym or a bigger gym would be nice because the one at Junker is always crowded.”

Sonya Kokus

Sonya Kokus, sophomore, History and Political Science: “I think they should have more funding for the arts programs at Behrend.”

Elizabeth Panko

Elizabeth Panko, senior, English Literature: “I just think we need to put more money into the academics.”

Luigi Damasceno

Luigi Damasceno, junior, Project and Supply Chain Management: “Maybe they could lower the cost of books. Books are pretty expensive, and you can always buy them cheaper online than here.”

Mara Villalongo

Mara Villalongo, freshman, Biology: “I’d like to see more scholarships for minorities at all of the Penn State campuses.”

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