Maren Larson

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I grew up in Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa. Much of my childhood was spent playing on the beach, watching beautiful tropical sunsets, hearing a mixture of languages, exploring open-air markets, and meeting new and interesting people.

Upon leaving Madagascar, I moved to Minnesota, where I attended high school and college. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota (go Gophers!), I was undecided about majors but found I thoroughly enjoyed history and French. After a life-changing year studying abroad in France, I decided to complete my undergraduate education with a bachelor's degree in French. Following graduation, I moved to Colorado, where I worked for three years and thought about my career interests and educational plans. When I moved to State College with my partner, a physics professor at Penn State, I returned to school and completed a master of education degree in counselor education. I have worked here at Penn State ever since, both in the Education Abroad office and in DUS. I like advising, because it involves such interesting people: YOU!

My personal interests include civic engagement, social justice, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.


  • B.A. in French, University of Minnesota
  • M.Ed. in Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Current Position

Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser

Research & Teaching Interests

Communications, student development, adviser development, program planning, and the use of technology in advising

Contact Information

Office: 124 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913