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Strengthen Your Collegian Connections this Holiday SeasonWith a long list of prestigious alumni whose careers were launched thanks to skills they learned at the Collegian, it is apparent that our newspaper positions its staffers for long-lasting success after graduation.

But perhaps an equally important benefit of being a Collegian staff member is less obvious. It's about the human connections--the lifelong friendships that are formed.

Strengthen Your Collegian Connections this Holiday SeasonWith a long list of prestigious alumni whose careers were launched thanks to skills they learned at the Collegian, it is apparent that our newspaper positions its staffers for long-lasting success after graduation.

But perhaps an equally important benefit of being a Collegian staff member is less obvious. It's about the human connections--the lifelong friendships that are formed.

We hear time and time again from students and graduates that the Collegian quickly became their home at Penn State. It introduced them to like-minded colleagues that welcomed them into a close-knit community at a sometimes overwhelmingly large univeristy.

"As I reflect on my four years at Penn State, I hate to say goodbye to the place and the friends that made me the person I am today--and also to the Collegian, who I am forever indebted to," said Antonella Crescimbeni '17. A photojournalist, Antonella thought she had bombed her Collegian interview, but says an editor took a chance on her--perhaps changing the course of her college career and her professional and personal life beyond.

Antonella's experience is nothing new: The Collegian has been developing strong friendships for decades.

"In addition to realistic exposure to daily journalism, the Collegian gave me the richest social experience of my Penn State life," said Ken Franklin '65.

"I made great friends, had great times, and treasure great memories," added Barbara White Stack '75.

Often, Collegian staffers are lucky to meet their future spouse or partner among their newsroom peers, including Justin Stranzl '02, who has since expanded his Collegian connections across the country.

"My wife and I are still together after meeting in 2001 at the Collegian's copy desk, and in 2014 she gave birth to our lovely little boy, Jack. Our peer group in Portland includes four other former Collegian staffers whom we worked alongside in the newsroom. There's a happy, healthy alumni group here in the Northwest!

Find old Collegian friends through the Alumni Interest Group! Click here to go to the AIG Facebook page.

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