Learn more about Owen Gilbert in the latest Student-Athlete Spotlight. Gilbert, a native of Wells Tannery, Pa. and a 2017 graduate of Forbes Road High School, is entering his sophomore season as a midfielder on the Penn State Mont Alto men's soccer team. In his first year as a Nittany Lion, Gilbert appeared in 17 games as a goalkeeper collecting 154 saves and finished last fall with a 5.28 goals against average.
Owen is a Information Sciences and Technology major at Penn State Mont Alto.
Why did you choose Penn State Mont Alto?
- I’d always had Penn State in mind when deciding on a college. Mont Alto was a campus that was close to home and was small enough to not be overwhelming to me coming from a very small high school.
What is your major and why?
- My major is Information Sciences and Technology with a focus on design and development. I’ve always had an interest in technology and how its evolved over the years and I knew I wanted to pursue that field with the number of opportunities stemming from it.
What has been your favorite course at Mont Alto and why?
- My networking and telecommunications class was my favorite because it was interesting to learn how machines communicate as well as function. Also, my teacher John Henry always kept the class entertaining.
What is your favorite inspirational quote and who said it?
- “You have to fight to reach your goal. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”- Lionel Messi
What is the hardest part of your sport?
- You always have to be aware of everything that is going on. So that when the ball comes your way, you should already know where to go with it.
Name one obstacle or form of adversity you have had to overcome.
- I tore my ACL during my junior year of high school and it hasn’t really been the same since then. But I worked hard to get back on the field and stay on the field.
What advice do you have for a prospective Mont Alto student-athlete?
- Enjoy your time here, Mont Alto is a great campus and I wish I could stay my four years of college here, but my major dictates me moving on to University Park next academic year.
Restaurant- Pizza Hut
Movie- Step Brothers
TV Show- The Office
Musical Artist- Theory of a Deadman
Athlete- David Villa
Pro Team- New York City FC