Lydia Periconi

Lydia Periconi

  • Hometown: Easton, MD
  • Major(s): Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Spanish
  • Class of: 2025

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

My biggest passion is endangered species conservation and rehabilitation and I have always wanted to become a veterinarian to help make a difference in the lives of those who cannot advocate for themselves. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State is one of the best pre-vet programs in the country and the academic, research, and career support provided to me in the College of Ag Sciences is truly unmatched. There is no better place for me to pursue my dreams.

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

My favorite part of my experience so far has been the people I have met and the friendships that I have formed. Some of my closest friends are also in the College of Ag Sciences and I am so grateful that this community has brought me such great connections. My advisor and professors are more than willing to help me with anything I need, and the support I feel in the college is overwhelming. I love feeling like I am part of a tightknit family.

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

I wish I had put less stress on myself academically and allowed myself to take advantage of all of the things offered at Penn State. There are so many clubs, organizations, concerts, sports events, and many more fun opportunities to explore. Academics are extremely important, especially as someone applying to vet school, but it is also important to take advantage of being a student in college and keeping a good work/social life balance.