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Student Profile: Veronica Lingenfelter

Veronica Lingenfelter

“I would have stayed all four years, if I could have, to finish my degree.” That’s how much Veronica Lingenfelter enjoyed her time at IUP Punxsutawney.

For Veronica, as a senior leaving high school, the main campus in Indiana was just too big. She expected that the transition from high school to college would be easier at Punxsutawney and, now that it’s over, she knows it was. She also has some regrets.

“I wish I would have tried harder. I should have had a 4.0. I should have worked harder. It wasn’t the campus; it was me.”

Now this nursing student has her sights set on making the Dean’s List (requiring a grade-point average of 3.25). She’s also relieved that many of her core subjects are behind her, and she can focus on the intensive nursing program she’ll be immersed in for the next few years.

“That’s the great thing about Punxsy. … All of the core subjects are out of the way—the history, the math, the English—and now I can just focus on my major. Now that I look back, that was a really wonderful thing to knock all of that out so early in my school career.”

Veronica credits the job she has working in the main office at IUP Punxsutawney for giving her that extra leg up.

“It helped me understand some of those confusing forms. I didn’t know what a FAFSA was. Or what an award letter is. All of that stuff is stressful. There are just so many little things to get done.

“But one of the things that Punxsy did for me was teach me more responsibility. You have to figure out when you’ll eat, keep my room clean because I was sharing it, plan ahead so I can make sure I have the time to get my work done. The experience really helps you grow up; you’re becoming the person you’re going to be into the future and for life.”

She’s got an opinion for students who think that IUP Punxsutawney is too small.

“I’ve met kids who think, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go here. I want to be on a big college campus.’ It’s the same, but it’s in a nutshell. It’s just more condensed.”

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