"One big family where everyone is approachable, friendly and eager to lend a helping hand."
Daniela Lopez Melean
Penn State Millennium Scholar
Penn State Air Force ROTC
Daniela Lopez Melean was only a middle school student when she began thinking about college. A connection with a Penn State alumnus all those years ago sparked her interest in Penn State. Fast forward to today and Daniela is currently a student at Penn State’s University Park campus.
As a first-generation college student, a large university like Penn State seemed intimidating to Daniela. However, she quickly realized that her involvement on campus was the perfect way to make Penn State feel smaller. She describes Penn State as, “One big family where everyone is approachable, friendly and eager to lend a helping hand.”
Daniela is a Millennium Scholar student studying biology with a focus in neuroscience, and a minor in military studies. She is also active in multiple different organizations including Silver Wings, a civilian and cadet service organization through Penn State’s Air Force ROTC Detachment, and New Life, a Christian student fellowship organization.
After graduation, Daniela plans to attend grad school to pursue a PhD, and eventually hopes to join the Air Force. With the opportunities and resources presented to her at Penn State, she is well on her way to reaching those goals. Daniela’s Penn State story has just begun, and she is excited to continue writing it for the next three years.
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