Ashley Fragale Rogala
I chose Penn State because it has one of, if not, the largest alumni networks in the entire world. The number of co-ops and internships are in abundance, and there are always opportunities to pursue learning and work outside of your classes. For example, I studied Kinesiology at Berks and this department gave me the opportunity to explore internships that were Kinesiology related which has now led me to my very successful career in Medical Device Sales, which I began immediately after graduation.
The Professors are knowledgeable and passionate about what they are teaching. All of the professors at Penn State Berks genuinely want to see their students succeed and it reflects in their relationships with their students. The smaller class sizes make it more manageable to focus and succeed while also allowing you to have a better relationship with your professors. Along with the school spirit, which is outrageously expressed, there is simply no hiding the passion of the students and faculty of how proud we all are to say “We ARE Penn State”.
Penn State Berks Kinesiology program provided me with the tools necessary to further my academic career in a Physician Assistant Master’s program at Drexel University. The experiences I was able to have in both undergraduate research and clinical internships allowed me to work within settings I was interested in and better prepared me for the challenges of graduate school. The small class sizes allowed me to develop personal relationships with not only my classmates, but my professors as well. I graduated from the Berks Kinesiology program with the confidence in myself that I will be successful in my future academics and endeavors.
Penn State is a wonderful university in which I fully intended to transfer to their main campus after two years at Berks. However, with the intimate classroom setting, I soon knew every single student/faculty/staff almost immediately. The quality of these people and the relationships formed could not be matched.
Deciding to stay at Berks for my full undergraduate degree provided me with many opportunities that bettered my future as a Doctorate of Physical Therapy student. Opportunities such as participation in undergraduate cadaveric dissection, conduction of clinically significant research, and networking with the local community all came bundled with the high quality of education and experiences only Penn State Berks could offer.
I am now a doctoral student in the Physical Therapy program at Alvernia University. The Penn State Berks – Alvernia DPT connection is a fabulous opportunity for Berks Kinesiology students. The Alvernia DPT students conduct their cadaver studies at Berks with Dr. Benjamin Infantolino. The cadaver experience in both undergraduate and DPT programs has truly helped learning anatomy.