Penn State Love Stories: Part Three
It’s Friday in beautiful, springtime Penn State, which means it’s time for another installment of Penn State Love Stories. Blue White weekend is upon us, and weather reports are calling for a gorgeous day, so here’s to hoping we bump into our Penn State soulmates somewhere in the stadium, or maybe at some meant-to-be tailgate.
Let these stories of Penn State love take you happily into this beautiful weekend.
Stephen and Jacqueline
While some of us may bump into our soulmates just by chance, destiny was a bit more obvious for these two. In one fateful semester at Penn State Hazleton, Stephen and Jacqueline shared not one, not two, but four classes. After meeting in tennis class during sophomore year, they realized they had four classes together — and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
They both transferred to University Park and graduated in May 2012. Stephen and Jacqueline then moved into their first apartment, together, where they got engaged. Stephen and Jacqueline’s wedding was a Penn State dream wedding come true: They were married at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and captured moments at the Lion Shrine and the Arboretum, before having their wedding reception at the Nittany Lion Inn. Check out just how gorgeous their wedding was in this sneak peek trailer:
As it is expressed in the video, these two are happily in love, and have been together for six years in total. Congratulations, Stephen and Jacqueline — all the best to you!
Robby and Alyssa
I wonder how many Penn State love stories begin in a classroom: Just like Stephen and Jacqueline, Robby and Alyssa met one semester because of their mutual classes.
In fall of 2012, Alyssa noticed Robby in both their CAS 215 and PHIL 012 classes. “Finally,” Alyssa said, “he must have noticed me as well, because he came up and asked me if we wanted to study together for an upcoming exam.”
They agreed to study in the library, and according to Alyssa, they realized they had an instant connection. From then on, the couple continued to hang out and study together.
In October of that semester, they extended their relationship past studying and decided to meet up and watch the Ohio State game together. Not only did they meet up, but they sat together throughout the entire game, and shared their first kiss in Beaver Stadium on that day.
“He asked me to be his girlfriend later that month,” Alyssa said.
Robby and Alyssa at their favorite one of their favorite bars, Cafe 210.
Both Alyssa and Robby graduated in 2013, and have been together ever since. Alyssa is currently finishing up law school at Syracuse, and once she graduates, they plan on moving in together and buying Penn State season tickets.
Best wishes to this adorable and happy couple!
Alexander and Nathaniel
These two beaus met each other not in class, but through a mutual friend who thought they might hit it off — and boy, was that friend right.
Alexander, who graduated from Penn State in 2006 but returned in 2010 to achieve his MBA, was paired up with Nathaniel, who was halfway through his undergraduate career. On some day in 2010, in a little table at Irving’s, these two had a lunch date.
The two bonded over everything, from their love of Greek life to their passion for THON, and their equal obsessions of Harry Potter. “And the rest,” according to Alex, “was quickly history.”
The next two years flew by, and in 2012, they both graduated, but spent the next two years in State College as Nate pursued his MS at Penn State. After Nate received a job offer in Houston, Alex and Nate both realized they would be moving far away from their Pennsylvania families.
However, in May 2014, marriage equality passed in Pennsylvania, and Alex decided that before they shipped off to Houston, he wanted to surprise Nate with a Penn State engagement, surrounded by their friends and family.
Alex’s surprise proposal to Nate at the shrine.
So, under the guise of pictures at the Lion Shrine, Alex proposed to Nate, with their parents in attendance. “Nate could not have been more surprised,” Alex said.
In addition, Alex gave him a matching Penn State watch, asking Nate to spend the rest of his time with him. Of course, Nate said yes, and the pair celebrated with family and friends at a Nittany Lion Inn lunch — “in true Penn State fashion,” Alex said.
The fiancés, post-surprise engagement.
They now live in Houston, but plan to return to Pennsylvania in October 2017 to be married and to celebrate with their close friends and family.
Congratulations, Alexander and Nathaniel! We wish you a lifetime of happiness.
Feature photo courtesy of Aubert Films || All other photos provided by the respective couples.
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With no canning weekends held this year and canvassing eventually suspended as well, this year’s total is a testament to how committed THON volunteers truly are.
Totals aside, congratulations to every organization that volunteered with THON throughout this year to raise more than $10 million for the kids.
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