After high school, Adi spent a few years working in the U.S. and then serving in the Israeli military until 2014. He was looking to go back to school, and a family friend convinced him that Penn State Brandywine was worth giving a try.
“He wasn’t wrong,” Adi said.
From the get-go, Adi was taken by the variety of different programming and networking opportunities Penn State offers its students. Penn State’s adult-learner program, which does not require an SAT or ACT score, made the transition even easier for Adi, something he’ll always be grateful for.
Brandywine especially attracted Adi. “There’s a sense of community among the students, faculty and staff. The students and faculty seem to work together, rather than have a lecturer-student type of relationship.”
Brandywine’s smaller class sizes and one-on-one attention from staff was a big draw for Adi, especially in regards to the honors program. “Once I was offered admission to the university, and later the Cooper Honors program, I was all in. Hearing about the research opportunities offered to honor students, as well as the small class sizes offered in honors courses, reaffirmed my decision to come to Penn State, and Brandywine specifically.”
Brandywine’s unique size and location allowed Adi to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in business, while also working full-time when he needed to. Even in conjunction with his personal and professional life outside of school, Adi continued to find research opportunities that allowed him to work with his professors – not for them.
“The faculty who teach the courses are often experienced professionals in their respective field, who come and share their viewpoint with students, rather than just reviewing the material from the textbooks. I believe this practical approach is the best way to prepare students for the post-college world.”
Joining the Cooper’s honors program has only served to enhance his experience at Brandywine. Not only has he had the experience of even smaller class sizes, but he also has had multiple opportunities for individualized research with his professors. Outside of academics, he has made great connections with his honors peers, getting an exclusive glimpse at what they’re doing now – and what they might achieve in the future.
“The honors program showed me a whole new side of learning that I was not exposed to before, and I am very grateful it did.”
After Brandywine, Adi hopes to work in market research, continuing to pursue his interest in behavioral economics in graduate school and beyond.
“The number one advice I would give anyone coming into school, or in it, is to use the resources the university and campus offer. Every faculty or staff member I’ve met wants to help students succeed. Sometimes, students miss out on available help because they don’t bother asking. You’ll never know if the help is there if you don’t ask. I think that’s the most important thing I’ve taken from being in school. That and trying to enjoy the journey. These four years are hard work, but I try to appreciate how all of that work has made me grow.”