Brian Tholl

Undergraduate Academic Adviser
Tinley Park, IL
B.A. in Italian Literature, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. in Italian Literature, Rutgers University
Ph.D. in Italian Literature, Rutgers University
Penn Stater since: 
2009 when I came to Penn State as an undergraduate.
“To discover a truth oneself, without external suggestions or assistance, is to create—even if the truth is an old one.” - Antonio Gramsci

I’m here to help you become independent thinkers and creators in your educational journey!

My favorite place I have traveled to is Ireland; I’ve been there three times. It’s simply a beautiful country with beautiful individuals.

In my spare time I like to read, watch movies, and play chess. Occasionally, I write!

You may not know this about me, but I taught Italian language and literature at Penn State and Duke before becoming an adviser.

When it comes to sports, I enjoy playing soccer and running. I’ve completed 3 marathons, and I’m just getting back into marathon training after an 8-year hiatus!

I love to read books by anyone who writes about what it means to be human, broadly speaking. One of my favorite books is Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

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