Holly Lussier

Holly Lussier

  • Hometown: Malvern, PA
  • Major: Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Minor(s): Microbiology
  • Class of: 2026

Question #1: What inspired you to pursue the major you are in?

I came to Penn State to pursue the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major. I grew up around and loved animals, and I loved science, so I thought it was a natural fit. During my second semester, I had a scheduling conflict and wound up taking a class (VBSC 211, The Immune System and Disease) that I was not supposed to take until my third year. I had never been exposed to the field of immunology before this class, and I ended up falling in love with this science. After meeting with the department head, I was able to switch into the Immunology and Infectious Disease major! I’m so grateful that I get to study this subject at a deep level. There is so much to learn, and still so much to be discovered.   

Question #2: What has been the best part of your time in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences?

When I switched my major, I was so glad that I was able to stay in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The college had a smaller feel to it, advisors were so accessible, and there were research opportunities everywhere. Getting involved in research has broadened my perspectives so much and has since encouraged me to pursue a career in discovery.

Question #3: What do you wish you would have known as a new student at Penn State?

As a new student at Penn State, I did not realize how many resources there were to help students out. There are so many people and faculty everywhere who want to lend a helping hand in academics, finances, finding clubs and extracurriculars, or essentially anything else you can think of. College can be a challenging transition, but the Penn State community wants to make it as smooth as possible.