I Graduated from College TWENTY Years Ago

I didn’t have a family legacy at Penn State. I didn’t grow up visiting campus each year or attending football games.

When it was time to select a college, my parents and I visited several Pennsylvania schools. I had attended small, private schools my entire life and I expected that it the type of college I would choose. And then we visited Penn State.

I set foot on campus for the first time in 1989 and I knew immediately. There would be no other college for me. It didn’t matter that it was huge and I didn’t know a single person; it instantly felt like home. It is the only college that I applied to and my acceptance letter arrived by mid-October my senior year of high school.

I met my assigned roommate on freshman move-in day, August 1990. Ann and I ended up as roommates by luck of the draw and it worked. I could not have picked a better roommate for myself. We shared a dorm room in Bigler Hall for 2 years – freshman year we were on the first floor of rooms (second floor of the building), right above the main entrance. Our second year we were assigned to the 4th floor of the same building. We moved off campus to a two bedroom apartment with 3 other roommates in our Junior year and stayed there with 2 of those roommates our Senior year. All four years of college, Ann and I slept in the same room. I won’t say that we never had a disagreement, but most of the time we got along great! Here we are in our dorm room freshman year and on my graduation day (Ann graduated the next day); the last day that we lived together.

college1 college2college3It’s unimaginable to me that it’s been so long since I graduated from college. When I took Juliana to a football game in 2012, it was my first visit to campus in a long time. After that trip, I wrote that Happy Valley is Still my Happy Place and a little bit about seeing Penn State through Juliana’s eyes.

Here I am on graduation day in 1994. It was a day of mixed emotions. I was happy to be graduating and my parents were proud of my accomplishments but I was sad to be leaving my friends and the place that I loved and heading off into the next chapter.

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In this last picture I am standing on campus near South Halls. State College is behind me and there is a building with 5 floors of window – that’s the apartment building on College Avenue where I lived my Junior and Senior years.

We’ve Come to Hear the Lion Roar.
’cause We’re the Class of ’94.


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