Current Student Profiles

Meet some of the Golden Bear community to find out about the opportunities and experiences provided by KU!

  • Francesca Strickler- Sinking Spring, PA - PSYCHOLOGY

    I chose KU because it felt the most like home with its welcoming environment and smiling faces.  Everyone on campus is so friendly which truly makes it unique.  There's also so many things to do and get involved in.  I am a tour guide, part of the dance team, catwalk cartel and even a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.  There's more than 230 clubs and something for everyone!  With all the wonderful things Kutztown has to offer, it becomes a home away from home not only for me but for many others!

  • Nessa Cartagena - Bethlehem, PA - FINANCE and PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING

     My favorite thing about KU is that t’s not too big but it’s not too small. I see familiar faces every day but I also meet new people every day!  Something I love about my major is that t’s really easy to pick up a minor or a second major within the College of Business because all business majors take the same core classes. 

    My advice to new KU students is to take your time to adjust to college; your new environment, classes, and time management. I encourage students to get involved but don’t overwhelm yourself. There’s a lot to enjoy!

  • Courtney O'Connell - Monroe Township, NJ - COMPUTER SCIENCE

    Kutztown  University has a bunch of clubs and organizations for students to join! Getting involved is a great way to stay busy and meet new people.

    The Computer Science department offers a lot of fun electives for students to take such as gaming and virtual reality.

    As a new student, don’t be scared to reach out to professors, peers, or organizations! Everyone at Kutztown is always happy to help students get what they need to succeed.

  • Liam D. O'Brien - Allentown, PA - CINEMA, TELEVISION, and MEDIA PRODUCTION

     After achieving an associate degree from Northampton Community College, I wanted to continue my education at a public school with a strong pedigree. Kutztown showcased opportunities outside of the classroom for students studying Cinema, Television, and Media Production. I wanted to get involved on campus and was able to do that immediately.

    As a KU student, I’ve been able to hold leadership positions in clubs, organize numerous on-campus events, connect with dozens of professionals in my field, study abroad, get hands-on experience, and now I’m interning in Los Angeles. I’m looking forward to continuing my education at a prestigious film school and feel confident about getting accepted into my top choices thanks to the opportunities I’ve had.


    Three reasons I love KU are the people, the opportunities, and the welcoming atmosphere. One of my favorite things is when I'm on a tour and students walking by (that I don't even know) say hi to me and the family I'm with. The people and atmosphere are great, and it is a place of endless opportunities! Calling Kutztown home is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    I encourage students to get involved on campus and to do it as early as possible. I have met so many great people and made so many great connections.  I highly recommend taking advantage of all of Kutztown's opportunities.  

    Currently, I work as a student assistant for the sports information department in addition to be an admissions tour guide. With sports information, I get hands-on experience in a field I may want to work in someday which is really nice. I also love being a tour guide.  I am also in the honors program where I am a peer mentor for incoming freshmen. 

  • Athena Garrison - Sussex, NJ - MUSIC EDUCATION

    KU is great for music education majors because of how prepared we will be when we leave college. I know before and after I receive my diploma, I will be knee-deep with connections across Pennsylvania (and even other states) that will help me prepare and achieve my goals throughout the years to come.  As a student, you get your money's worth of education, student life, and everything in between!

  • Nathan Hayduk - Kutztown, PA - GERMAN STUDIES and POLITICAL SCIENCE

    I love how beautiful the campus is. There is an overabundance of places to sit and relax outside including places to put up a hammock between two trees. In the winter the same is true inside; lots of nooks to study in. You have a ninety-nine percent chance of finding me with my feet up by the fireplace in the fireside lounge during the colder months.

    In the German Studies major, you have the opportunity to study in Hildesheim, Germany for a semester or whole year. For Political Science, you have the ability to intern in DC through a program called The Washington Center. Through both of these opportunities, I spent a year in Germany and a semester in DC interning with an NGO. 

    As a new student, remember that this is a time for trying new things. It’s going to be scary getting out there but it’s definitely worth it. You never know what opportunities will come your way by trying new things!

  • Courtney Morstatt - Topton, PA - PROFESSIONAL WRITING

    The professional writing program has some amazing classes, professors, and opportunities, and there are so many clubs to get involved with. 

    Throughout my entire junior year, I have had the opportunity to work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office as their writer and editor of The Collage Newsletter. The position has taught me how to interview, write, and publish a professional newsletter. I also love that it allows me to talk with many unique KU faculty and students. 

  • Tu Bang Huynh - Vietnam - ACCOUNTING

    I chose KU because of its location and beautiful campus!

    Being a summer conference assistant on campus has been my favorite opportunity so far. This job has changed me from a very shy, quiet person to an active, smiley Golden Bear. I’m also a member of the Accounting Club, an Admissions Tour Guide, and a barista at Starbucks.

  • Tyler Shull - Lancaster, PA - SECONDARY EDUCATION

    At KU, I can hold leadership positions in multiple clubs and organizations, enhancing skills I will need as a teacher. The people here are some of the kindest people I have ever met. Ultimately, I chose KU because here, I am given wings to soar and make a difference on a campus I strongly care about, doing things I love to do.

    One of my favorite experiences at KU was attending the CASE ASAP Conference with the Presidential Ambassadors Elective Board (I am the Membership Chair of the organization). We attended this conference in Baltimore that focused on philanthropy, promoting your mission, utilizing social media, and more. On the last day of the conference, the KU Presidential Ambassadors presented about an event we organize on campus that connects current students to alumni in their majors.

  • Victoria Salazar - Allentown, PA - CHEMISTRY AND GERMAN STUDIES

    I've had the opportunity to conduct research since my freshman year, which is extremely important. It allows me to broaden my skills and knowledge in the lab.

    I have always seen Kutztown University as a second home. Not only did I see the campus from a personal perspective in my own college search, but I had the opportunity to see Kutztown grow and expand since my older brothers attended KU as well.

    I have had many great opportunities since the day I stepped on campus. I’ve done everything from research in biochemistry to joining clubs, both academic and for fun. I’ve met so many wonderful people here, especially some from across the world, and made many great memories.

  • Erin Doherty - Bound Brook, NJ - ART EDUCATION

    KU is big enough to meet new people each semester but small enough that you're never just a number! I always see someone I know when I walk around campus and it makes me glad to be part of such a friendly campus community. 

    I love the opportunities KU has given me. I've become involved in so much more than I could ever imagine in my past 3 years here and can't wait to see where the rest of my college career takes me! 


    After just two years of studying Cinema, Television, and Media Production, I have been able to expand my knowledge of filmmaking and producing. I used my skills to make a promotional video for KU's Office of Admissions among other things that I have never thought I could do. The program gives students the ability to produce a demo reel, showing everything that you have learned from the major.  In senior year, you will have an internship either in TV broadcasting, filmmaking, or other media-related topics that increase your chances of getting a dream job. 

  • Dawn Lam - Mount Joy, PA - PSYCHOLOGY

    I love our campus!  There are so many spots you can sit at to study or hang out whether it’s inside or outside.  

    Get involved when you begin your college career and start by doing something that you already know and enjoy. Do something you are interested in! Explore and research what we have on campus. There are some clubs and organizations that you might not think would exist. Do what you like and not what others like.

  • Bobby Frankenfield - Souderton, PA - ELEMENTARY EDUCATION/Pre K - 4

    My favorite thing about KU is the people! I've been able to meet people from different states, countries, and backgrounds with so many outlooks on life that help you grow so much as a person!

    There is an internship opportunity for all education majors that you can start the second semester of your freshman year!

    Get involved as soon as you get on campus! There are so many organizations you can join, and so many great people to meet with similar interests, you won't regret it!