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Penn State Love Stories: Thanks To Subway

Like many college students, Jen Bet needed to get a job to help pay rent in 2012. So she applied to several businesses, including Subway.

Subway was the first call she got for an interview and she was hired soon after. Bet spent her sophomore year working at the Pugh Street location, and was eventually scheduled to work the Subway in the Bryce Jordan Center during THON in 2013.

Bet obviously didn’t work alone during her THON shift, and one of the co-workers she was scheduled to work with was Alec Redman, whom she had only briefly met previously. Redman typically worked at the Burrowes St. location, so the two rarely crossed paths.

After talking throughout their long shift, Bet and Redman realized during their shift that they coincidentally grew up 15 minutes away from one another. Although Redman was shy, Bet was attracted to him right away.

Bet, admittedly not very forward when it comes to relationships, knew this was different. She left her shift that night and messaged Redman on Facebook.  “Here’s my number, text me. We should hang out,” she said.

Redman reciprocated Bet’s interest and texted her right away. The two made plans to see each other the next weekend.

The magic of the BJC during THON captured another victim, and the two made a point to see each other every weekend after the 46-hour dance marathon ended. The couple officially started dating on May 5, but not without a few more moves by Bet.

“So if you were to introduce me to your family what would you introduce me as?” she asked. “Well I’d want to introduce you as my girlfriend,” he responded. With that short conversation, things were official.

From that point forward, everything seemed to be the work of fate. Redman is actually a year older than Bet, but because he took on second major he stayed a year longer and the two graduated at the same time. Bet graduated in May of 2014 with her Bachelors in Psychology. Redman graduated with his Bachelors degree in IST and Economics the following December.

After graduation, both Bet and Redman ended up in West Chester. They recently put in an offer on their first house together.

Beyond the paycheck, very few college students find enjoyment out of their job, but for Bet and Redman deciding to work at Subway may have been one of the best decisions they made during their years at Penn State.

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About the Author

Caitlin Gailey

Senior from just outside the city of Brotherly Love. Yes, I am one of those Philly sports fans. I bleed blue and white and have since birth. Maybe someday you will see me on ESPN and then again maybe not. If you ever want to inflate my ego email me at [email protected]


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