“I really enjoyed JumpStart and I truly mean that. I credit a lot of my success to JumpStart. I never imagined the program would be as fun, entertaining, and informative as it was. I am happy to have been a part of this program and everything it stands for. Joining JumpStart was one of the best decisions I ever made hands down.” Nick Kostyak, 2019 Jump Start student
Stay Focused on Your College Goals
Your individualized education plan and the personal support you’ll receive through Jump Start can help you stay focused on your goals.
During the Early Entrance Experience, you will earn your First-Year Seminar course credit before you even begin the fall semester. And, by potentially reducing the number credits needed to reach graduation, Jump Start is one of the ways that Penn State Mont Alto is working to help make a college education as affordable as possible.
Create Personal Relationships
Relationships are the core of a memorable and transformative college experience. By fully engaging in the Jump Start program, you will develop meaningful and supportive relationships with your fellow Jump Start students and your Peer Mentor, but also with the staff and faculty you will work with during your time here. They will become your support network and by leaning into those resources, you’ll improve your chances of success.
“Jump Start assured me that I was not alone and that there were people that wanted to help me succeed.” Amber Fickes, 2016 Jump Start student, 2020 Penn State Mont Alto graduate
Get to Know the Campus
Arriving early for the fall semester gives you the chance to become familiar with the campus – because knowing how to get where you need to be can help reduce first-day anxiety. You’ll get to know faculty and staff and other students prior to the start of the semester. The sooner that the Mont Alto campus feels like home, the more confident you will be.
Develop Leadership Skills
Jump Start students who successfully complete the program may decide to sign on for mentorship opportunities to help new Jump Start students.
As a Jump Start student, you may become so comfortable in the Academic Support Center that you become a positive influencer for non-Jump Start students, helping friends and classmates connect to the specialized services and professional staff… It happens all the time.
“I loved my years as a Jump Start student and Peer Mentor.” Renee Grove, 2011 Jump Start student, 2016 Penn State Mont Alto graduate