"Making friends is my favorite part.”

"Making friends is my favorite part.”

Thalia Soto Torres, a first-year student at Penn State Behrend, appreciates the small community feel on campus. As well as being close to dining commons, the library, and her classes, she finds that the small campus helps her meet new friends more easily.

“I come from a small school, and living on campus helped me get to know people better,” says Soto Torres, who is from Puerto Rico. “Living on campus makes it easier to adapt to change—it’s not the same as being back home. Making friends is my favorite part—I’ve made really good friends, from my hall and other halls. It has been a good experience.”

Soto Torres, who plans to major in chemistry and attend medical school, remembers how her hall mates helped each other through finals. “We were all in the same classes and taking the same lab, so we got each other through some rough times. But we also had a lot of fun together. When the Super Bowl was on, we all got together to watch it and had a great time.”