UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Where do I go? Who do I talk to? How do I get involved? Hundreds of questions flood the minds of first-year students entering college, all asking the same thing: Where do I begin? Before you know it, you start to imagine classmates becoming co-workers and roommates growing into life-long friends.
Jordan Smithberger, a fifth-year student at Penn State, looks back on her experience as a freshman, wanting to try as many new things as possible, pushing herself to go outside of her comfort zone each year. As she entered her senior year at University Park, Jordan felt like she was missing some familiarity in her life. While searching for a job, it all began to click. This was a chance to bring back an old passion into her life: tennis.
In hopes of finding a way to make money by doing something she loves, Jordan started working for the Tennis Center in Campus Recreation, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs.
“I missed [tennis] and thought the opportunity to be around it again was really exciting,” said Smithberger, who now works as a customer service representative and an Instructor for the Junior Development program.
Through this opportunity, Smithberger’s love for tennis grew. Her favorite part of the job is working with younger athletes in the Junior Development program, watching each child improve gradually each week.