Branching Out

Posted: February 5, 2013

Meet our newest ThinkAgain blogger, Arika!

Hello there! My name is Arika Snyder and I am the newest addition to the Think Again blogging family! Currently I am a junior, studying Animal Sciences and I hope to have a career in animal nutrition or something related to that cattle industry after I graduate.

Penn State University is a place where I have grown as a person for the past three years and have learned much more than material in books and in the classroom but, also about the person I’ve become. I get a great sense of pride when I step foot on campus and I chose this university because no other school had that effect.

Random "WE ARE PENN STATE" chants down the street make me want to scream at the top of my lungs with pride for my school. There is no greater feeling than that.

Before I started at University Park last semester, I attended Penn State Altoona for my first two years. I found that starting at a smaller campus was a great way to transition to University Park.  By starting at a smaller campus, I was able to complete many of my more difficult science classes in a smaller setting while getting adjusted to college for the first time. At Altoona, I made great friends, and joined several organizations such as Ag Club and Lion Ambassadors, where I was a campus tour guide and was able to participate in Altoona THON.

During my time at Penn State, I’ve learned to branch out and take every opportunity that presents itself. I sought out new opportunities, like applying for the statewide and national beef ambassador programs. I served as the 2011 Pennsylvania Beef Ambassador and then was selected to be a part of the National Beef Ambassador Team. It was through these positions that I represented and in the process learned about the beef industry and its impacts all across the country. Currently, I am a member of the Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen and Block and Bridle clubs here at University Park.

My advice to everyone is, never turn down and opportunity and always get involved. You never know where the experience might lead you and in the process you’ll always learn something new!

Till next time!