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Class of 2012, Psychology and Media Studies majors

Yidi LiFreshman year of college for Yidi Li brought her from Hang Zhou, China, to Penn State Greater Allegheny and she is so glad to have made the trip.

As one of only a handful of international campuses in the Penn State University system, Greater Allegheny can recruit directly with international locations. Li remembers fondly when she met members of the admissions staff on a recruitment trip in China.

“After many emails with the director of admissions, I felt like I at least knew one person and have since found that the size of the campus and the friendliness of the students, faculty, and staff have made the transition a smooth one,” she said.

“I think making the choice to come to this campus over perhaps a larger one was one of the greatest things I’ve done so far,” said Li. “I have found a new confidence in myself that I didn’t have before and perhaps wouldn’t have found on a campus among thousands of other students.”

Originally pursuing a double major in media studies and East Asian studies, Li changed to psychology and media studies in her sophomore year. She is considering graduate school to pursue her interests further.

Last summer, Li applied for and received an internship working on a psychology research project at Northwestern University in Chicago.

“I find that I thrive on all of the projects, work, and activities that the campus provides for me. I actually kind of look forward to when summer vacation will be done and I can come back,” said Li.