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Fall is Here

Posted: September 23, 2012

Hey there! I’m here to give you all a look at college life from my eyes. Since I’m new, I figured I’d share a little about myself!

Hi everyone! My name’s Frank Desiderio and I’m a junior here at Penn State. This school year I’ll be sharing my experiences with you, which hopefully will provide a unique inside look of what it’s actually like to be a student.

Let me start by telling you a little about myself: I’m from a town in southeastern Pennsylvania called West Chester. My home is quite literally on the border between Philly’s suburbs and endless countryside, so I grew up with the best of both worlds. I’ve loved living there and may very well settle in the area someday.

For the time being, however, I’m quite content spending my days at Penn State. I graduated from high school in June of 2010, and after the world’s fastest summer, came up to State College that August very, very nervous. Would I make friends? Everyone said college is harder than high school; would I succeed, let alone pass? Would I even like being here? In little time, however, those questions were answered with a resounding “Yes!” It turned out friends came even easier than in high school, since all those silly cliques were done with. Classes were more challenging, but certainly not overwhelming, and I found I was learning much, doing well, and still having plenty of spare time for myself. And I not only like it, but love it. My only complaint is how fast it’s going by…

As far as my major goes, I’m studying Environmental Resource Management. The story behind how I came to that choice is actually pretty funny (to me at least). Since English was my best subject in high school and something that genuinely interested me, my parents actually wanted me to go to school for it! But I didn’t. I was taking an environmental science class my senior year, and getting just an overview of the countless problems the world was facing moved me to want to help make things better. It sounds cliché, I know, but it’s really how I feel, on top of being an outdoorsy kid.

So, when application time rolled around, I wanted to select some sort of environmental science as my intended major, but my parents made me pick English. Lucky for me, they weren’t around when I filled out my Penn State application. After a little research, I chose Environmental Resource Management instead. I can still remember my mom yelling, “You picked WHAT? You’re never going to get into Penn State!” Guess which school accepted me first? Sorry, Mom! (She and her family are avid alumni, so it got much easier from that point.) And I didn’t abandon English; I’m minoring in it now. That way I can keep both passions alive, and—who knows?—maybe they’ll both lead me to an ideal career.

I’m really looking forward to writing to you all and hearing your own stories this year. Take it easy!

—Frank