Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a three-part series on Central Penn’s campus culture.
Dynamic and Diverse
By Sherri Long
Media Club Reporter
Central Penn Knight spirit and pride are cultivated through several sports, plays and musicals. Students, professors and Central Penn staff can participate in baseball, softball, volleyball, cross country, soccer or basketball by being a member of a team, coaching or by attending events. Central Penn continues to increase school pride and the number of sports teams offered, but still, some feel there is less school spirit than at other colleges.
“I’m here for school – that’s it,” stated Jaida May, a junior Criminal Justice major. “I don’t feel there is as much school pride as traditional colleges and universities.”
May participates in several clubs and was part of the Knight Writers Poetry Slam held on Sept. 7. To feel more a part of Central Penn, May said, “Stay active; be a part of clubs.”
Tyler Willis, a resident student who is finishing his last term in Information Technology, stated Central Penn “feels too much like a second high school.”
Willis added that Central Penn “does have room for improvement,” but “for most ‘cons,’ there is a ‘pro.’”
Up close and personal
With average class size of 16, according to Central Penn statistics for spring 2016, students get to know and interact with their professors. This increases the sense of belonging to the Central Penn family, versus being lost in a sea of students on a larger campus.
Small class size is an often-cited reason students select Central Penn. Professors are available to answer student questions and encourage students to reach out to them for help. Because of the class size, professors get to know their students and can provide an in-depth reference for a student.
The small class size increases student camaraderie and a student feels more a part of Central Penn by knowing the professors more personally – not just as the person lecturing.
“I like the smaller class size,” May said. “It gives ability to better focus on the class and to get to know the professor.”
The downside of a small campus is residents without their own automobile say they can feel “trapped.” There are scheduled shuttles to Walmart, Target and grocery stores, but public transportation options are minimal. The sense of community, though, has students sharing rides or picking up items for other students.
Something for everyone
There are several ways for all students – resident, commuter, evening and online – to feel and be a part of the Central Penn culture. From on-campus events, to e-newsletters, to evening and weekend events, Central Penn students can easily progress from saying, “I go to Central Penn” to “I am a part of Central Penn.”
As the Central Penn mantra states, “You can. You will.”
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