“Everything you need to be your own definition of successful
is provided for you at IUP. It is up to
you as to whether or not you utilize those opportunities. IUP and the Eberly College of Business and IT
offered me opportunities that exceeded my expectations and allowed me to grow
as a person, student, and professional. The experiences I have had, the people I have met, and the knowledge
that I have gained have all contributed to my success at IUP and Eberly.”
I was born and raised in the small town of Fishertown,
Pennsylvania, and attended Chestnut Ridge High School. Being a first-generation college student, I
looked to my older sister and brother who attended Pitt and IUP respectively
for guidance throughout my college search process. After applying to several colleges, I
selected IUP for its quality education at an affordable price and also for the
Eberly Business Honors Program, which offered me professional opportunities in
Washington, D.C., New York City, and India—opportunities I never imagined I
When I first arrived at IUP as a freshman, I knew I would
have to become involved on campus if I wanted to be a successful student. I got a job at IUP Payroll Services, and
joined the Cook Honors College, Student Finance Association, and Phi Beta
Lambda. As I think most college freshmen
experience, I tried to find where I fit in by joining everything I could.
It was during my sophomore fall semester when everything
began to click for me. I was offered a
new job in the Eberly Office of Undergraduate Student Services, I joined Phi
Gamma Nu (PGN) and assumed leadership positions within the organization which
enabled me to become a member and a leader in the College of Business Advisory
Council (COBSAC), and I began taking advantage of the opportunities that the
Eberly Business Honors Program offered me.
I have been involved in the College of Business Student
Advisory Council (COBSAC) since the spring semester of my sophomore year when I
was elected as the vice president of Publicity. I was given the opportunity to run for this position since I was just
elected as Phi Gamma Nu’s secretary, and COBSAC encompasses all of the student
leaders within each of Eberly’s 12 business organizations.
In time, I was elected COBSAC president. I more or less served as liaison between the
student organizations and the college administration. COBSAC was a great way for me to learn the
administrative side of how the college operates. I helped the college update organizations’
websites, bulletin boards, prepare for the annual audits, and also create
reports on the activities of each organization, and even led the initiative of
designing a logo for COBSAC in order to raise awareness of the organization. Perhaps the most rewarding part of being
involved in COBSAC was witnessing how the entire college came together on
several occasions to raise money for community service projects. During my tenure in COBSAC, I have
co-organized several fundraisers to benefit Eberly students in need and local
community organizations, which raised over $3,000.
I have enjoyed my time in COBSAC getting to know the other
student leaders in Eberly and helping and encouraging them to make their
organizations the best they can be. COBSAC enabled me to become extremely involved in Eberly, and that is
something that I will always be grateful for.
During my four years at IUP, I studied abroad in France and
India, networked with alumni in Washington, D.C., New York City, and India through
the Eberly Business Honors Program and also in Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; and
Charlotte, N.C. through PGN, and had the privilege of being president of PGN, a
business fraternity, and COBSAC.
Through my experiences I learned to conduct myself professionally,
how to network and be a leader, and, most importantly, I created valuable
relationships. I am confident these
experiences have prepared me for my future career and more.
Bethany is the marketing and events specialist at Mid Penn Bank (as of June 2016).