Amanda Petruski: In her own words “My College Experience”

By Debi Swick-Cruse 

Amanda Petruski may have seemed like a typical college student, but she’ll let you know that her experience at Potomac State College of West Virginia University was anything but typical. 

“I moved to West Virginia from North Carolina thinking that it would be the most amazing time of my life, but when I arrived in Keyser I found that it truly wasn’t what I had expected, so I spent my first few months at the College crying on the phone to my parents, begging them to allow me to come back home. They never did and I now thank them for that; if they had let me give up I would not be where I am today,” said Petruski.   

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Amanda Petruski on the balcony of the
WVU Erikson Alumni Center.

And where Petruski is these days, is employed as a food service supervisor in the Erickson Alumni Center (EAC) at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown. After attending Potomac State from fall 2005 - 2007, Petruski changed campuses to WVU in Morgantown where she began working at the EAC as a student worker. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communication, English and leadership, Petruski decided to apply for a full-time position with the University. 

Since beginning her career with the University, Petruski has been promoted twice. She provides leadership and direction to a 35-member service team. In this capacity, she has played a key role in events ranging from providing small beverage breaks to organizing wedding receptions with more than 400 guests in attendance, as well as coordinating groups which have included the president of the University, the governor and U.S. senators from West Virginia. 

“I love WVU, but I also find myself looking back and wishing I was still at Potomac State, which I came to love over time. I didn’t just meet some of my best friends there; I actually met people that would soon become my family,” stated Petruski.

“I would have to say that my favorite professor was Dr. Falkowski,” she added. And according to Petruski, the story goes that she and some of her friends were sitting in the lobby of Friend Hall while she tried to decide which science class she should take. After deciding on Dr. Falkowski’s chemistry class, her friends said they would take it as well in order to show their support, since science wasn’t her favorite subject. “It was tough but it was also one of my favorite classes. I can’t thank the people at Potomac State enough for what they’ve done for me. I occasionally find myself driving to Keyser to take one more loop around the quad or to stop at Clancy’s for some of the best wings I’ve ever had,” said Petruski.  

Petruski is the daughter of Mike and Joan Petruski of Charlotte, N.C. Her father is also a graduate of WVU, Class of ‘74 and serves on the WVU Alumni Board of Directors.