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Smeal Student Mentors · February 2020
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Apply to be a Smeal Student Mentor!
Find the application on our website starting Monday, February 3rd. They will be due on Monday, March 2nd. First-year students are required to have a 3.5 cumulative GPA to apply. 
THON Weekend Tips
Written by Emmeline Brown

With THON being just a few weeks away, here is some helpful information on how to prepare for THON weekend!  For many of you this will be your first THON, so I’ve provided tips so it can be a great experience for you:
  1. I would suggest watching THON videos from past years to not only get excited for the weekend, but to also understand what to expect. 
  2. There are concession stands open throughout the Bryce Jordan Center so that you will not go hungry, but be sure to pack a refillable water bottle so you can always stay hydrated. 
  3. You are welcome to stay as little or as long as you want THON weekend, but for those staying a long time I recommend bringing some travel hygiene items such as purel, lotion, chapstick, deodorant and an extra pair of socks. 
  4. Other things you may want are bright colored accessories such as bandanas or socks because the students love to dress colorfully and make it a bright weekend! 
  5. It will mainly be a weekend full of celebrating, but there are some personal stories that you will hear from Four Diamonds families that may make you cry, so bring a small pack of tissues in your bag to be prepared. 
  6. All of these items can be stored in a drawstring bag. It is a really handy way to keep your stuff together!    
My last tip is that the BJC fills up Saturday night because of Pep Rally and stays full into Sunday evening, so if you want to be there for the “final four” hours, you need to plan ahead!  I hope you have a wonderful THON weekend. You will make memories that will last a lifetime!

Professional Development Events

Are you interested in enhancing your professional 
development and getting your name out to recruiters? It is never too early to start so check out these networking events happening within Smeal! 

  •  Penn State Spring Career Fair
    • Tuesday, February 4th & Wednesday, February 5th
    • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Bryce Jordan Center
  • International Students and the Job & Internship Search
    • Monday, February 10th
    • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 120 Business Building
  • Understanding Offers & Salary Negotiations 
    • Wednesday, February 26th, 2019
    • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
    • 217 Business Building 
    • Learn how to understand your offer while also gaining tips on salary negotiations 


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Penn State Go App


Hot off the press! Penn State just recently released an official all-in-one mobile app called "Penn State Go". It delivers one time sign-on access where you can access university platforms such as Canvas, Outlook, LionPATH and more. Students will be able to stay connected with University announcements and responsibilities whenever they want. This app was a University-wide initiative to improve the mobile experience for Penn State students and it is a great addition to every smartphone. Be sure to download it in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store!

Career Fairs

Looking for an internship for this summer? Career fairs can be intimidating with the amount of people there and the high pressure environment. However, they can be very useful in getting to know recruiters! It is never too early to start looking and start developing those relationships. Even if they are not looking for freshmen, it is always a good idea to go and just get some practice talking to recruiters! 

1. Research - Look up what recruiters are attending and which companies you are interested in so you can narrow down your options. 

2. Prepare - Practice your 30 second pitch and fix up your resume so you can be your best in front of recruiters. 


3. Strategize - Plan out which recruiters you are visiting, dress the part, and get their business card so you can follow up with them after the career fair. 

Why become a Smeal Student Mentor?
By: Cassandra Castoro

"I joined Smeal Student Mentors as a Sophomore to gain professional skills while being able to interact with the incoming Freshman. I realized that Smeal has so much to offer and has given me so many opportunities that I really was interested in giving back to the community. I was in the first year student's position not too long ago, so being able to help them in any way is a great feeling - I definitely encourage anyone to apply!" 
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