Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Megan Lydic (2016)

My First Generation Story

Being a first generation college student is hard at times, but I see it as a blessing. I have had some amazing opportunities that many others probably haven’t had that have helped me throughout my journey. I have had to work hard and am still working to complete my education.

The opportunity I had at Penns Manor High School to be a part of the Accelerated College Education program through Penn Highlands Community College gave me a huge academic and financial advantage. I was able to take dual enrollment and online college courses at a discounted rate my sophomore through senior year of high school, and I had the privilege of receiving my associate degree through Penn Highlands a month before I actually graduated high school. I was also a member of the Upward Bound Math & Science Program at IUP throughout high school, and the staff helped me so much when it came to the process of applying for college. The program helped me with many things that I had no clue about, such as applying for and getting accepted into college and obtaining financial aid and scholarships.

I want to use my experiences and things I have faced, both good and bad, throughout life to help others; this is why I have chosen the career path I have taken. A person can either dwell on something, or take the good from even the worst situation and use it to move forward. If I even make a difference in one person’s life, whether it is by helping them overcome something or just offering guidance and listening, everything will have been worth my time and effort in the end.

Because of the opportunities I have been able to take advantage of and the support I have received from my family, friends, and other people who helped me along the way, I am very close to achieving my goals. I want to make them proud when I complete what I have already spent almost five years working toward. I cannot begin to thank them enough.

About the Student

Megan Lydic Resized

Megan Lydic is a full-time college student. She has two work-study jobs that she holds when not in class during the semester and during breaks from school. She works for the IUP Upward Bound Math & Science program, as well as for IUP Conference Services.

Student Stats

Name: Megan Lydic (2016)
Age: 19
Year in School: Junior
Major: Psychology with a minor in child development and family relations
Favorite Course: Developmental Psychology
Dream Job: Therapist for children and adolescents or teach developmental psychology in a college setting

About the School


IUP combines the academic opportunities of a large university with the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a small college.  

Almost 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in our accredited and nationally recognized programs, enjoying traditional and nontraditional classroom experiences, engaging in research and service activities with their faculty mentors, becoming lifelong learners, preparing for rewarding careers and productive lives, and developing leadership skills for effective citizenship.



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