High School: Penns Valley Area High School
Why Penn State Altoona?
I came to Penn State Altoona because I liked the smaller class sizes and the beautiful campus.
Why the L.A.S. program?
I chose the L.A.S. program because it gave me the opportunity to widen my academic focus and create the most beneficial plan for my future.
My Major: “Education and Communication”
My subjects of focus are education, communication, and business. They will help me to develop my theme of “Education and Communication” in the business world.
I started out in elementary education and decided that I didn’t want to be a teacher anymore. I had also been interested in business and communications classes because I have my own Mary Kay business. By combining these three elements, I have gotten a well-rounded education that I’m confident will help me tremendously in my career. I loved that this degree allowed me to have more choices with my education.
Did you plan to stay four years?
I originally thought I might transfer to University Park because it is closer to my hometown, but I changed my mind because I enjoyed the smaller class sizes and community here at Altoona.
I plan on continuing to work my Mary Kay business and to move up through the company to management. I am also obtaining another job, but I haven’t made any final decisions at this time. I will probably continue to work in the sales and customer service field.
For more information:
Dr. Sandra H. Petrulionis
Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Office: 129 Misciagna Family Center
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is the author of "To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord," the editor of "Thoreau In His Own Time," and Thoreau's "Journal 8: 1854," and the co-editor of "The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism" and "More Day to Dawn: Thoreau’s Walden for the 21st Century." In addition, she has published on Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and other American writers and reformers. Her current research includes two long-term projects--a cultural biography of 19th-century activist, author, and editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson; and, with Noelle A. Baker, a scholarly, annotated, digital edition of the complete Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson. Sandy is also the Director of the NEH Summer Institute on "Transcendentalism and Social Reform."