CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — When Lois Pettigrew returned to college to finish her degree she was nervous — “terrified returning to college as an older adult,” as she put it.
“Penn State Lehigh Valley has a traditional feel and a young student population. At first, students were hesitant to interact with me, but that hesitation faded quickly. I was invited to study groups and welcomed on project teams. I have made friendships that will last long after graduation,” Pettigrew said.
Pettigrew graduated in 2019 with a bachelor of science in business having attended Penn State Lehigh Valley on and off for six years while working full time at Wells Fargo in Allentown.
She was able to attend class during her lunch break or after hours, even doing a handful of online classes — although Pettigrew admits preferring traditional, in-class learning.
“The entire staff supported me throughout my journey. My professors, guidance counselors, the registrar’s office and career strategy office provided guidance to ensure that I was successful as a student,” Pettigrew said.