There was a moment when Peter Rosenberger’s ’16 parents knew that Gettysburg was the right school for him.
Of course, his sister Veronica ’13 was already excelling here, but Peter was looking more seriously at other schools at that time.
But, according to his parents, it was a visit on Get Acquainted Day that completely changed his decision.
“Everyone who comes to Gettysburg for Get Acquainted Day leaves knowing that Gettysburg wants you there,” Randy Rosenberger P’13, P’16, stated. “We were at a reception hosted by the philosophy department when we knew that this was where Pete would go. You could just see it in his face—he was taken with that session.”
The session was an academic presentation for the philosophy department. After giving an overview of the areas covered by the department and their requirements for majors, faculty members spoke about their academic interests and what they liked to teach.
That’s when Peter’s mom—Lynn Huddell P’13, P’16—exchanged a knowing look with Randy. “Pete said to us afterwards that this was where he wanted to go, but Randy and I already knew. It was very clear in that moment that this was where he wanted to go, and he made the right decision.”
Lynn’s comments come after a seven-year relationship with the College that saw both her daughter and son graduate summa cum laude in their fields of study—English and theater arts, and English and philosophy, respectively. In fact, Peter was chosen to speak on behalf of his class at this year’s Commencement ceremony.
Watch his speech on Youtube or view it below.
“I’m incredibly proud of him—I’m excited and nervous and even a bit sad for him, too,” Lynn said of her son’s graduation. “This has been an incredible experience for him, and having the opportunity to speak at Commencement just adds another layer to his experience."
In addition to excelling academically, Peter served as a Peer Learning Associate in the English department and held a Mahan Research Fellowship in the philosophy department. His dedication to the study of philosophy was recognized with the College’s Tarek A. Tannous Memorial Award, and his academic excellence earned him membership in the international English honors society Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for students of the liberal arts and sciences in the country.
Outside of his academics, Peter was a member of the Residence Life student staff, worked in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, Ambassador, and an information session presenter, and served as a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advancement (I.D.E.A.) Council, an administrative group that works with the College's Chief Diversity Officer to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. He also participated in College Choir, Student Musical Theater, and the Owl and Nightingale Players.
“He’s intense, passionate, and motivated. He can really dig deep into himself and do some really great work,” Randy said about his son. “He had the benefit of seeing his sister take full advantage of her academic and co-curricular opportunities, so he knew coming into this that his experience was his to shape. I’m proud of how he’s embraced that.”
His mother agreed. “I obviously think he’s bright and confident,” she said, “but I also think that his ability to think outside of himself has significantly changed in his time at Gettysburg. He is much more aware of other people and their situations, and he is able to find ways to relate and communicate with them. That is the most significant change I’ve seen in him throughout the past four years.”
It’s this and other skills that Peter has honed as a student that both Lynn and Randy believes will serve him well as he takes his next step after Gettysburg—teaching English in Memphis, Tennessee, through Teach for America.
“I’ve always believed the fundamentals you develop at a good liberal arts college will prepare you for whatever you want to do, no matter what you want to study,” Randy said. “You develop critical thinking skills, learn how to communicate and solve problems, put yourself out there and find your path. When you have those skills and a strong education to help you put your best foot forward—the money and the jobs take care of themselves.”
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Kasey Varner, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6806
Posted: Mon, 23 May 2016
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