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Penn State Love Stories: A Love From Coast To Coast

True love knows no bounds, and nobody knows this better than Penn State alumni Jane Leverich and Andrew Probst, whose love story proves that what’s meant to be will always be.

Leverich graduated from Penn State in 2015, while Probst graduated in 2016. Despite being one year apart, the pair never officially met. It took a trip across the country, one fateful New Year’s Eve, and a slide into the Instagram DMs for them to officially start dating.

In 2016, Leverich was living in Newport Beach, California but was home for the holidays on the East Coast. She was in Philly one night celebrating her freshman year roommate’s birthday when she ran into a friend and fellow alum.

Her friend told her that he and his friends were traveling to California to watch Penn State play in the 2017 Rose Bowl. Since he wasn’t familiar with the area, he asked Leverich for New Year’s Eve party suggestions.

Leverich invited him and his friends to her favorite spot: Stag Bar. When New Year’s Eve rolled around, Leverich met up with the group, where she met Probst.

“Jane walked into the bar and me and my friends were already there,” Probst said. “I remember she was wearing a tan dress. She looked cool, and I knew I wanted to talk to her.”

Lucky for Probst, Leverich noticed him, too, and wanted to get to know him better. The couple spent the night dancing and singing.

“I immediately thought he was cute, so we started talking,” Leverich said. “We danced together, and he knew none of the words to the songs. But he was just super nice.”

Despite being at a California beach bar, Probst and his friends brought their East Coast-style — suit jackets. The bar was packed, but they splurged on bottle service and snagged a table.

Leverich and Probst talked and danced all night long. After the ball dropped at midnight, the fun ended and Probst left without asking for Leverich’s number. She was bummed, but a few days later Probst followed her on Instagram.

Besides liking each other’s Instagram posts, the two had no contact until a few months later. Leverich moved back to the East Coast, and her friends convinced her to slide into Probst’s Instagram DMs. Luckily, Probst shared mutual feelings and asked Leverich on a date the very first weekend she was back on the East Coast. For their first date, the pair kept it simple by getting pizza in Morristown, New Jersey.

“It was obviously awkward as all first dates are, but we had a good time getting to know each other,” Leverich said.

They split a six-pack of Blue Moon and talked for three hours. Leverich and Probst lost track of the time and were the last two people left in the restaurant.

Almost three years later, the couple moved across the country to Denver, Colorado. In January, Probst popped the question while they were on a weekend trip for Leverich’s birthday.

“I had no idea what Andrew had planned,” Leverich said. “We got in the car and drove to a small town called Carbondale. He booked us a room at a lodge known for its hot springs.”

The two arrived at the lodge late at night, so they went right to sleep when they got there. The next morning, they headed to the hot springs until Probst suggested they go down by the river.

“He said he wanted to take a picture of me so I stood there smiling. Then, he started pulling something out of his pocket, walked over to me, got down on one knee, and said, ‘Jane, will you marry me?'” Leverich said. “I was so surprised he was doing it in that moment. I think I asked, ‘Are you really doing this right now?’ And then, of course, I immediately said yes.”

After hanging out by the river, the newly engaged couple drove back to Denver. Probst told Leverich he booked the first flight the next morning to New Jersey to celebrate the engagement with their family and friends.

After lots of fate and flights, Leverich and Probst will tie the knot this summer in Vermont. It’s clear that their coast-to-coast love is truly one of a kind.

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Grace Cunningham

Grace is a sophomore advertising major and one of Onward State’s social media editors. Grace hails from Chatham, New Jersey—no, she doesn’t know Snooki, and yes, she will fight you if you tell her that Pennsylvania bagels are good. Grace loves buffalo chicken, the Yankees, and watching Shark Tank. Follow her on Twitter @gecunningham7 or email her at [email protected] if you can get her an internship with Jimmy Fallon.

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