Student Engagement - Ava Phillips

Headshot of a smiling Ava Phillips.

What activities are you engaged in outside the classroom?

  • University Park Undergraduate Association: Vice Chair of Student Life Committee, DUS Representative - I got involved with UPUA because I wanted to become more engaged with Penn State and play an active role in events on campus
  • Student Fee Board Member: UPUA Elected - I became interested in SFB because I want to become an accounting or financing major and I thought it would be a good experience.
  • Presidential Leadership Academy - I applied for PLA because I wanted to gain critical thinking skills and thought learning from the President of Penn State would be a great experience.
  • Delta Gamma - I joined DG because I wanted to meet more people and engage with Penn State in a different way.

What did you hope to gain/have already learned from the experience? 

  • UPUA: I learned better communication skills and how to collaborate with different people and organizations in an effective way
  • SFB: I hope to become more familiar with how a University as large as Penn State funds extracurricular offices and facility resources.
  • PLA: I hope to gain a stronger foundation for how to discuss difficult topics in a professional manner
  • Delta Gamma: I have been able to better my interpersonal skills and continue to learn what being a part of a community looks like

How did each experience make you a better student? 

  • They have all allowed me to better manage my time as well as give me professional experiences so I am more prepared to enter the workforce.

Did your engagement help you explore majors? 

  • Yes, being involved in UPUA lead me to realize I wanted to try and have a double major in political science or a humanities major.
Anticipated Major: 
Accounting; Political Science