Student Stories: Junior twirls toxicology studies, majorette duties

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- During the fall semester, Saturdays are big days for Penn State junior Jennifer Chelko. As a majorette in the Blue Band, she has embraced her role on the squad while pursuing a keen interest in toxicology and other sciences.

"Being a majorette here is one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said the Sarver, Pa., native. "Walking out onto the field in Beaver Stadium in front of tens of thousands of Penn State fans is unbelievable. It gives me chills just thinking about it."

Chelko loves having the opportunity to share in Penn State's traditions and show her support for the University.

Outside of the majorettes, Chelko dedicates her time to the sciences, for which she's had a passion since junior high. She heard about the toxicology program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences from her brother, a recent Penn State graduate who also studied in the college.

Although she is taking only introductory classes currently, Chelko knows she is headed in the right direction.

"I know the classes I'm in are giving me a basis for where I want to end up some day," she said. "There are just so many possible directions to go, and I love that about toxicology."

Balancing life as a majorette and a science major has been a learning process for Chelko, who noted that majorettes often get together to study and help each other whenever they can.

"The fall is very hectic for majorettes as well as any member of the Blue Band. I know to get started on my class assignments right away and work as much as I can during off weeks," she said, while offering some advice to other students involved in extracurricular activities.

"It is so important to take advantage of any free time you find to get ahead on your workload."

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Last Updated September 03, 2013