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I studied Psychology through Penn State's World Campus. The flexibility afforded by the online program cannot be overemphasized, but this does not mean that it was in any way "easy." In fact, having a history of traditional brick-and-mortar education, I can safely say that the online program was "no joke;" it was rigorous and thought-provoking, with no room for slacking off. There were multiple due dates each week, and weekly discussion posts that mandated references to assigned activities. The discussion posts were respectful and often necessarily challenged the reader to re-evaluate their previously-held assumptions and ideas. Group work was certainly possible with the online platform and helped to engage the student in real-life, virtual interactions. The downside of the online program was that some professors were not as easy to interact with as others and had less comfort utilizing the online platform.
I enjoyed my time at Penn State both educationally and socially. Penn State University Campus is a very large campus, both in size and diversity. It gives you the feel a small city within a city. Educationally I think it challenged me to expand my thought process as well as my problem solving skills. It also teaches you how to work well in groups and with other nationalities. Socially, there is a wide-range of clubs and organizations to join, community service opportunities and of course sports.
Penn State has wonderful programs. Whether it's at a satellite campus (I went to Penn State Mont Alto), online, or at Main Campus you will have a great experience. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with your community, other students, and even internships. Many of the professors are one of the best parts of the school. I learned a lot from all of my teachers. As a learning support student, the ACC at Mont Alto can not be beat! I did wish the learning support at Main Campus was more like the one at my satellite campus after I transferred. They did not seem as open to answering some of the questions I had or at least not as knowledgable about their campus. The only down side for me was that the advisors and administrators are not helpful when it comes to questions about your major or job opportunities after college. Scholarships are also hard to find. You have to do a lot of the legwork to find answers about these type of questions by yourself. Over all, Penn State is an amazing academic experience.
This major set me up well with skills to go into either the business or providing side of healthcare.
I liked the size of the campus (Shenango) because it allowed for smaller class sizes - the professors got to know you as a person, you weren't just a number. Scheduling of classes was easier (at times depending on which ones were being offered that semester) because there were less amount of students vying for the same class.
The nursing program at Penn State (main campus) was relatively small when I attended (a little over 100 students or so). The diversity of the clinical experiences was much more limited due to the location of Penn State (as compared to say, a big city). However, living in State College as an undergraduate student can really be a priceless experience in and of itself. Also of note, is that I ended up not having to live in Hershey for a year (won a "lottery" to not have to go) and was able complete my BSN while living in State College all 4 years.