I enrolled in IST because I knew that technology was one of my strong suits. I wanted to pursue something that I could make a difference with, and I knew IST would be exactly that: a difference maker.”
Heading into the college search process, Penn State was not at the top of my list. However, after visiting University Park and getting to see the College of IST and all the buildings on campus, I fell in love. I enrolled in IST because I knew that technology was one of my strong suits. I wanted to pursue something that I could make a difference with, and I knew IST would be exactly that: a difference maker.
How I felt like I belonged and like I was welcomed by everyone I interacted with! Being new to Penn State can be daunting, but being able to go through that experience with my fellow peers helped me find who I wanted to be. I also lived in the IST Living Learning Community during my first year. Being able to surround myself with peers studying similar or the same topics helped me gain insights into my own thought process and problem-solving skills.
Overview of Information Security was an awesome experience. I learned Linux and how to hack and defend a system from threat actors. Outside of the college, my favorite class was a political science course, International Relations. It was filled with so many various and interesting discussions about political relationships between global powers.
I have been a member of the National Security Club at the College of IST. The organization helps its members by having speakers of various security functions talk about their roles, career opportunities, and career advice. Some of the agencies of note are Homeland Security Investigations, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency, National Ground Intelligence Center, and countless others. I am also a learning assistant in the college.
I worked as a digital services intern for Mondelez International last summer. I applied concepts I learned throughout my studies, such as risk analysis and threat modeling, to complete my ten-week project for the company. I now have a much better understanding of what it is like to work for a global corporation and how important it is to work for a company that values its employees—which Mondelez certainly does! It also put me on my path toward my career goal of working as a security analyst.
The IST Internship and Career fair has made the biggest impact on me by allowing me to see just how what I've learned through my studies can apply in the real world. It allowed me to network with a number of companies that I would have only dreamed of connecting with before my time at Penn State.
Everyone from the faculty to your fellow peers is incredibly welcoming!
Last updated November 2022