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Rollin W. Apgar, 2013

Communication Arts and Sciences
Personal Story
Penn State York Campus
April 23, 2013

Penn State York has had a profound impact on me. I have grown both personally and professionally during my time at the campus. The knowledge and perspective that I have gained during the course of my studies at Penn State York will help me as I continue to grow as a human being. Having the ability to attend Penn State, all while helping to raise my two children, has made the accomplishment of graduation even more meaningful to me.

I struggled personally in high school. During my high school years I was unsure of the direction I wanted to take in my life. After deciding to leave high school, I took the tests required to earn the Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED). Then, I enrolled shortly thereafter at Penn State York as a provisional student. I maintained a good grade-point average (GPA), but funding my studies was difficult. I decided after two semesters to venture out into the working world.

I worked for the next few years in a job that I really enjoyed, all the time thinking about the time that I would return to finish my bachelor’s degree. In 2004, I decided to enlist in the United States Army. It was one of the best decisions of my life. For the next four years I spent time in more than eleven foreign countries, including two years in Germany and a year in Iraq. In 2008, I returned to York County, Pennsylvania. In 2010, I re-enrolled at Penn State York.  

With the support of my wife and family I have been able to maintain a 3.4 GPA and meet the requirements for graduation. The resources that Penn State York has made available to me have helped me to succeed in my goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. The faculty and staff at Penn State York are second-to-none in my opinion. Having the resources and excellence of Penn State, all while being local and operating in an intimate setting, has made all the difference. I feel that Penn State York valued me as a student, a veteran, and future alum.

  • Iraq War Veteran
  • Nine years of Army Service (Four years active duty and five years in the National Guard)
  • Lambda Phi Eta and Alpha Sigma Lambda inductee
  • 3.4 cumulative GPA
  • Born and raised in York County, Pennsylvania
  • Married with two children
  • Elected official