May 14

Living in State College

Beaver Stadium

White out at Beaver Stadium, borrowed from flickr.com/psuzombienation/

  • The State College bus system (CATA bus) has four routes that run through campus for free, as well as a number of regular routes that cost $1.50 per trip. The most useful routes for students are probably the V bus going to Walmart on North Atherton St., and the M bus going to the Nittany Mall. Almost all routes stop at the Pattee Transit Center in front of Kern Building, as well as downtown (Allen St. and West College Av.). The schedules can be found on the CATA bus website.
  • If you don’t want to carry your passport around, it is probably a good idea to get a state ID or a driver’s license  from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. You will need a 12$ check (cash is not accepted), immigration documents, proof of residence (e.g. lease+ gas bill), a letter from the Office of Global Programs, and your SSN. You can get to Penn Dot via bus, but it’s a long trip that requires taking two buses, so you are probably better off getting a ride from a classmate.
  • There are also plenty of sport events at State College Penn State has top teams in different disciplines, and there is free admission for students to most events. Football is one exception, but even if you don’t want to buy tickets, you can have fun at the tailgate party. You may also want to follow the Spikes, State College’s minor league baseball team.

May 14

Life as an Econ grad student

PhD comics

“Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com

  • EJMR -the unofficial sister of the AEA job market site– provides an anonymous forum for graduate students and young APs in Economics. It contains a lot of trolling and irrelevant discussions, as well as tons of politically incorrect content, and barely no job market rumors. But if you spend some time on it, or ask a question yourself (and you have the common sense to identify trolling), then it can be a very useful source of support, information, and advice. Warning: it can be extremely addictive, use at your own risk.
  • Jorge Cham’s PhD comics (Piled Higher and Deeper) are comic strips about life in grad school.

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