Kosar Abolhassani standing in front of a tree with yellow, orange, and green leaves

Food Service's Kosar Abolhassani for Homecoming Queen

Friday, November 3, 2017

Penn State is set to announce this year's homecoming king and queen Saturday, November 11, at halftime when the football team hosts Rutgers at Beaver Stadium.

During the week of Homecoming, students get together to show off their Penn State pride by preparing for the big football game and creating floats for the parade.

The royalty committee selects students for the Homecoming Court each year, and has selected Kosar Abolhassani to be on, a Food Services employee.

Kosar is a senior double-majoring in Psychology and Labor Employment Relations. Being on the homecoming court is extra special to her because her high school did not have this event back in her home in Tehran, Iran. Kosar jokes that other than wearing a tiara, it would be important for her to win because she would be representing the international community.

"I think it's important to reach out to them too because we all go to Penn State at the end of the day and regardless of our individual differences that should be our main goal," Kosar explained.

Her friends and family have played a huge role in this process of Homecoming. "I remember going to work after being named for the court and my managers were so excited." Kosar's Penn State Dining colleagues love being involved and want to help her get the crown.

"I was excited to be on the court but after seeing their excitement it got me even more pumped," Kosar said.

When choosing colleges, Penn State stood out to Kosar because of its inclusivity and team spirit. She felt that "it doesn't matter where you go, whether you're international or in the US, there is always someone talking about Penn State". Now, being a student here over 6,000 miles away from home, she confirms, "everywhere you go there is a sense of community."