For Brittany Kusniar, Cal U feels like family. She recalls first coming to California for a campus tour when she spied faculty member Dr. Mario Majcen, who teaches several meteorology courses.
"He said, 'Let's go back to the Eberly Science and Technology Center,' " Kusniar says. "He showed me the classrooms, the studio and the weather lab. I job-shadowed him twice and was able to meet other meteorology students."
Kusniar, a member of the Honors Program at Cal U, has taken advantage of a variety of educational opportunities as well as extracurricular activities. She has presented research at the Pennsylvania Geographical Society Conference and at the second annual PASSHE Honors Student Development Conference. She was the planning committee chair for the 2013 Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference at Cal U.
She is assisting Dr. Chad Kauffman on research about students’ perceptions of climate change. "I can’t say enough about how lucky I am to be in such a program and work so closely with my professors."
She serves as president of the Student Honors Advisory Board, which provides input to the Honors Program director and assistant director and provides programming for honors students; is secretary of the Meteorology Club; and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta , an honor society for first-year students, among other activities.
She acknowledges the challenges of a busy schedule.
"I definitely had to learn time management and organizational skills very quickly. And I did struggle for a while, even though I was an honors student in high school. But I surrounded myself with upperclassmen at Cal U, and that really helped a lot. We are all very supportive of each other."