John Urschel Skypes Into Memphis Teach for America Class

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Former Penn State mathematician and football player John Urschel Skyped into a 9th grade Memphis World Geography class on Friday, just a day before he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.

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The Skype session was set up by 2012 Penn State grad and Onward State alumnus Dennis McNamara, who is in Memphis as part of Teach For America. Penn State is one of the top contributing schools to the program annually.

“Stick with your academics, work hard in whatever you do and whatever you aspire to, whatever your dreams may be — whether it be football related or related to academics or related to something else — if you really put your heart and soul into your dreams, you can really accomplish whatever you set your mind to,” Urschel said during the Q&A session. “I came here and had the opportunity to play for a football legend, but at the same time it’s important you get your degree. You never know when the next will play will be your last, and you never know when the game is going to end for you, and you gotta have that backup.”

Check out the videos from his Skype session below:

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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