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Apr 14

A Semester In Review

I’m sitting at my usual desk in the library, the same desk where I wrote the first post I made for this semester, about to finish up the last week of classes of spring 2014. Brace yourself for the cliche but… The semester went by so quickly! I can’t believe we’re at the end of another fun, unpredictable and amazing semester at Penn State.

Here are some of my highlights from this past spring:

1. THON

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2. Classes

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The bell tower on Old Main- a really cool picture I took during an Old Main tour!

I’m going to be honest, I was a little unsure of my class schedule at the beginning of the year. I was pleasantly surprised, however, as I really enjoyed some of the classes I was most concerned about. My feature writing class became one of the best writing courses I’ve taken at Penn State and I really feel like I am walking away a better journalist. In my sports/ethics in literature class, I read intriguing pieces of literature I never would have been exposed to otherwise and our discussions still linger in my mind as I watch sports and read sports coverage. It’s a testament to the quality of professors you learn from here at Penn State who are so passionate about what they teach that the class will leave an impression on you far past inside the classroom. Each semester I feel like I have a new favorite professor to add onto my list!

3. Reorganizing

I spent many, many days this semester reorganizing my apartment. This sounds a little trivial, but there is no better satisfaction then walking into my clean apartment knowing everything has a designated place. As a college student, you attract clutter and seldom have time to put everything away. (To be honest, a lot of it isn’t worth your time. That free frisbee you picked up? Not necessary. The free sunglasses? You already have a pair. Save yourself the space in your closet.) I am going to move out of my apartment in the near future and it’s going to make it so much easier to pack up and move on. Getting rid of the chaotic mess also creates an easier learning environment. After all, if my apartment is clean, I can’t procrastinate doing my homework by picking up my room!

4. New Opportunities

As you get close to the end of your college career, the looming idea that you have to be an adult rests heavily on your shoulders. The real world is rapidly approaching whether you’re ready or not. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions towards my career and life after Penn State. For a while during the middle of the semester, I was pretty close to an emotional breakdown every time someone asked me, “So do you want to do with your life?” Fortunately things started looking up and there are a few opportunities that will (cross your fingers) pan out. To answer the question though, I still have no idea what I want to do. But at least there are steps to getting to an answer! My professors have been so willing to help me or even offer their own advice and or suggest me for things they see as a fit. Everyone at Penn State wants each student to be successful and anytime I’ve looked for help as I face the “real world,” someone here has helped me or even listened to me rant a little bit.

5. Sleep (well, sort of…)

This was the first semester ever that I didn’t pull any all-nighters. I’m kind of famous for staying up all night to get work done but it really does take a toll on your mind as you keep going the rest of the week. I was organized this semester and had to be really smart about how I used my time since I was crazy busy. I also spent the most time in the library then I ever have before and I really think that being in a designated, distraction-free, study zone helped me use time effectively.

 

As I finish the end of this semester, the big date is tomorrow for the class of 2018. May 1st! Tomorrow is the last day to make your decisions if you haven’t already. Here’s one last pitch:

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Penn State is the best place on earth to study, have fun, and work towards a strong future, even if the path isn’t visible yet. There are so many opportunities here and people who want to see you reach your goal. It’s also a pretty fun place to be, in case you haven’t noticed! Happy Valley wants you!

 


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Apr 14

Happy Valley’s Best

Since State College revolves around a major university, there is an endless amount of things to do every time of the year. However, there are a few events that you definitely need to know about and experience.

1. Art’s Fest

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Art’s Fest is this awesome festival and art showing that brings super talented, eclectic artists to the streets of downtown in July every year. There are also pop up food shops, including kettle corn, my favorite, and a chocolate-covered strawberry stand that brings endless amounts of joy for $5. The vendors that come vary from super expensive scupltures to affordable jewelry and hand-made clothing and home decorations. Since I was a kid, our family tradition was to buy a new Christmas ornament from a booth every year and it makes for a great story behind a unique piece of art. Another plus is that after being empty for two months, students and alumni flock back to State College to enjoy some vacation time with art exposure mixed in. For that weekend, Happy Valley is filled with Penn Staters of all ages.

2. Trash to Treasure

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This sounds a little weird, but Trash to Treasure is basically a giant garage sale that happens in Beaver Stadium. At the end of the spring semester, students dump everything they don’t want to take home with them or things they just want to get rid of into bins outside of their dorms. There are also community donation points throughout town so the local residents can get rid of anything they want off their hands- clothes, furniture, books, etc. When I moved off campus into an apartment downtown, I had no furniture except for my bed that I took from my parent’s house. My first step was Trash to Treasure. There I bought my TV stand, night stand, vacuum cleaner, desk, two bookcases, some random books, a lamp, a microwave stand and iPod dock for $25. For everything. $25! With a little Clorox wiping everything looked great and I had a furnished apartment in less than two hours. The sale always happens in the beginning of May so if you’re still in town, make sure you go line up early in the morning to get first access to the best stuff. All proceeds go towards the United Way, so you’re spending money towards a good cause. The goal of the event is to eliminate too much waste ending up in a landfill. This was people’s “trash” becomes a new (cheap) “treasure” and prevents a buildup of unnecessary junk.

3. AAUW Book Sale

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This is another community sale that happens in the beginning of May, right at the end of the semester. Imagine, rows and rows of books taking up an entire arena… Sounds like heaven right? Well to me, the journalist and English major, it does. It’s actually held in the Agriculture Arena where they have horse shows, livestock, sales and other general farm-like things. The books are used but cheap. Towards the end of the sale, they will have a half-price day where everything is 50% off, and then the best, bag day. On bag day, you pay $5 and can bring your own bag to fill with books. As many books as you can stuff in your bag, for $5! Every genre is there too and if you know what classes you’ll be taking you can grab some textbooks for really cheap.

4. First Night

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State College celebrates the New Year in a big way. I’m talking eight feet tall ice sculptures along the street way. First Night includes midnight fireworks, local events like shows, dances, and other performances throughout downtown. The most famous aspect is the multitude of ice sculptures that line the streets of downtown done by talented artists. They actually close down Allen Street and display the sculptures for everyone to see and celebrate the New Year with. The “parklet” downtown, a little community park next to the high school football field, is home to the ice slide- a slide comprised entirely of ice for kids (of all ages) to ride down on a sled. First Night is a really cool tradition that brings the whole community to downtown State College to ring in the New Year.

5. Fourth Fest

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Have you noticed a theme yet? State College likes to celebrate holidays in style. For the 4th of July, State College puts on a GIANT fireworks show completely choreographed to music that is consistently mind-blowing. The festival includes a 4th of July parade, a 5k race, a lumberjack competition, a giant American flag cake, an indoor amusement park (imagine a basketball arena filled with bouncy houses), and a carnival right next to Beaver Stadium. The main event is of course the fireworks. It’s the third largest annual fireworks show in the country and Travel Channel has named it as “one of the best fireworks displays in the world.”

 

 


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Apr 14

Happy Earth Day!

It’s Earth Day! I know I’m going to be a little more conscious of my electricity use today and make an effort to be nicer to the planet. Penn State also has events planned throughout the whole day to celebrate which you can find about here.

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So make an effort today, turn off the lights, recycle your newspaper, whatever you can do!

Today, we are… green!


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Apr 14

It’s Finally Spring!

The long winter is over and spring has arrived in Happy Valley! During the first couple weeks of warm weather, people are in better moods, campus looks even more beautiful with bright green grass sprawling everywhere, and parts of campus that were covered with snow have opened up again to be used underneath sunny skies.

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One of the things I love most about our campus is how much open space and greenery there is. What would a classic collegiate campus be without big, weathered trees to rest our backs on? The “mall,” the stretch of land that runs from the library to downtown, is lined with elm trees that have been a classic part of the scenery at Penn State. The first elm was planted back in 1890!

The mall is just one of many places to take advantage of now that spring has graced State College again. Check out my favorites!

1. The Creamery

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This is an obvious one, I know. But let me tell you, the first day it reached over 70 degrees, all I was craving was a WPSU Coffee Break ice cream cone, one of the Creamery’s Hall of Fame Flavors. It’s named after the the public broadcast channel! There are lots of tables right outside the creamery to study or hang out at and it’s next to some greenhouses to give you even more of a spring feel.

2. The Arboretum

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If you ever need a calming place to do some homework or just relax for a bit, the arboretum is a great place to visit. Next to the Katz Building (the law school), the garden is full of beautiful plants- over 17,000 to be exact! Not to mention the waterfall, tons of benches, and a pavilion.

3. The IM Fields

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Now that it’s warm, people can exercise freely outside again. Runners pop up everywhere on the streets of downtown and campus. However, if you’re like me and running is not your thing, head over to the IM fields with some friends for pick up touch football, soccer, baseball, even Quidditch games.

4. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

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Speaking of sports… I seriously love going to Penn State baseball games. Student tickets are only $3! Where else can you enjoy a spring day at a ballpark for that kind of deal? The seating is not reserved so you can pick your favorite spot. Mine is behind the visitor’s dugout, that way I can rest my feet on the top. The view from the park looks out to Mt. Nittany and it’s just a great atmosphere. (Also: if you buy student tickets, they’re only $20 and you get a free tee shirt plus a batting practice with the team.) The park was named the 10th best park in college baseball by College Baseball daily last July.

5. Old Main Lawn

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This is the most popular place for students to soak in some sunshine once spring hits. At any given moment when the temperature is above 65 degrees, you will find students sprawled out all over the place whether they’re studying, playing frisbee, just hanging around, or eating lunch. The lawn is huge and overlooks College Avenue, one of the main streets downtown. It’s a great merging point of campus and downtown and one of the most scenic areas in State College.

6. The Hintz Center Gazebo

I walk by this gazebo every single day to get from my apartment to campus and all throughout winter I just couldn’t wait for it to warm up so I could sit in it comfortably. Right next to the Alumni Center, the gazebo is part of a courtyard with a pond and scenic little bridge where ducks tend to hang out. Didn’t get to use up the entire box of cereal before it went stale? Just feed it to the ducks instead. The gazebo is just so quaint and is somewhat tucked away so you can focus on work but still close enough to some of the main classrooms that you won’t be late to class.

 

 


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Apr 14

Making State College Your Own

Once you’ve made the fantastic decision to attend Penn State, you’ll quickly learn about campus and downtown State College. Your dorm room will become your new home and State College will be your new hometown. Let’s face it; you’ll spend more time in Happy Valley than you will at your parent’s house. While it might seem daunting, it’s easy to make State College your domain. As a college town, State College adapts as the tastes and trends of campus life. Trust me, almost everyone and everything in State College caters to us students.

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1. Explore the town!

With downtown State College being mere minutes from campus, you’ll be acquainted with the charm and eccentricity of downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment. However, there’s still much more to State College. The CATA bus system makes it easy to get from one end of town to the other and easily serves all shopping areas in State College. There are two Wal-Mart’s and a Target plus several grocery stores (Wegman’s, Giant, Weis, etc.,) and even specialized grocery such as Trader Joe’s. Prices are usually much steeper downtown for staples such as cereal and personal care items so find a group of friends and pick a day to make a trip to Target and pick up what you all need together. Better yet, befriend an upperclassman with a car who can shuttle you around.

2. Embrace the change!

Everyone will miss their hometown and certainly the normalcies they’re used to. However, going to college is no excuse to go months without a haircut or visit the dentist.. Like I said before, Happy Valley is your home now and it’s worth fully diving into a regular lifestyle here. There are some great local businesses to support that are used to the influx of students and offer great deals just by showing your PSU id+ card. (Personal recommendation: Adam Cole Salon on College Avenue. Amazing quality and super friendly people!)

3. Find your new favorites!

You’ll pretty soon discover all new favorite places to eat, study, and hang out. Be open-minded and embrace our college student-friendly community. Go to the public library downtown and get a library card, find a local restaurant that makes your favorite dish, and figure out where you can make a positive impact on your new home. Some of my “townie” favorites:

-The Deli- a downtown restaurant with a huge menu and amazing cheesecake!

-Otto’s Pub & Brewery- a restaurant that has great vegan/vegetarian options as well as classic American food with a gourmet touch.

-Schlow Library- The local community library. I love having a public library card. You can also rent DVD’s there for free! This also makes a good study spot as it is located in the center of downtown.

-The State Theatre- located downtown on College Avenue, this is a great place to see community theatre productions, intimate concerts, and see screenings of movies and documentaries. It’s a part of State College’s cultural history and they typically run great deals for students on tickets!


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Apr 14

Penn State Fashion

When I was in high school and would watch episodes of Gilmore Girls when Rory was at Yale, I was awed by how all the college students seemed to be well-dressed and preppy at all times. There was an abundance of khaki pants, sweater vests, and blazers, all which of which they wore to class on a regular basis. Gilmore 4

Let me dispel the myth right here, kids: No dresses that nice in college.

At least not on a consistent basis. There is a kind of college-student dress code where it becomes totally acceptable to wear yoga pants five days of the week and the same sweatshirt two days in a row. It’s not like high school where you go to the same classes every single day- you’re not going to see the same people two days in a row so who is really going to be able to tell?

That is a kind of gross exaggeration but trust me, it happens. Especially when you’re in desperate need to do laundry.

Since my experience comes only from dressing myself, a girl, I asked my brother, a freshman here at Penn State about what he wears:

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I even made him provide photographic evidence. He was thrilled.

“Whatever is clean and closest to my bed.”- Evan Galimberti, Freshman, Earth and Energy Engineering

On that note, here is a list of seven outfits common outfits you see at Penn State. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t dress up if you don’t want to! But let’s face it, when else in your life are you going to get to be able to wear a tee shirt seven days out of the week? Take advantage of it while you can.

1. The “I Have Been Awake for Two Hours but It Looks Like I Rolled Out of Bed”

lThis is my most worn outfit. Yoga pants (best invention ever), a PSU sweatshirt, and sneakers. I threw in the hat because sometimes my hair doesn’t look great and this is a very easy way to show PSU pride yet hide my bad hair day. Plus it takes no time to put on and once you have been at Penn State for more than a month, half of your closet will be just Penn State clothes.

2. The “This Outfit Makes Me Look Like I Either Came from the Gym or Am About To Go To the Gym, but Psych!”

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When it’s warm enough, this is what I live in. Nike tempo shorts are a favorite amongst all college girls, I think, especially since you can get them in any color. Plus, nothing says laziness like wearing one of your 75 tee shirts! And if you actually do go to the gym, you’re all ready!

3. The “It’s Winter”

l-2If you’ve been on campus in the winter before, I bet 75% of the girls you saw were wearing some variation of this outfit, me included. It starts with a big, warm, puffy  coat and snow boots that keep your feet warm even if it didn’t snow. A lot of girls wear this with leggings and Ugg boots, two fashion trends I am not on board with. (Leggings are not pants!) Get used to wrapping yourself up in a scarf, hat, and gloves. I really like the gloves that are touch-screen compatible.

4. The “White Out Game!”

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Penn State students take the white out themed football game very seriously. It’s usually the biggest home game of the year against a top opponent. The main things you need are a white Penn State shirt and a white jacket. Penn State hair bows are a favorite accessory among many girls and of course you’ll need temporary face tattoos!

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 Body paint is optional.

5. The “Ugh, It’s Raining…”

l-4 Rain happens. Sometimes it will happen in the middle of class. For instance, when you walked into Willard building it was sunny and beautiful. But when class was over, the sky exploded and a full rain is pouring down. Good thing you have that mini-umbrella in your backpack, right? If you were smart and checked the forecast that day, maybe you would have been a little more prepared. Make sure you have a pair of rain boots and a lighter rain jacket. I always keep the mini-umbrella in my backpack for the unexpected storm but you’ll want some trustworthy boots to make sure your feet stay dry on your walk around campus.

6. The “It’s THON Weekend, Where’s My Tutu?”

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This set of clothes is supposed to look crazy. THON (which if you don’t know about, immediately go to thon.org) is all about putting on as many different colors and patterns on your body at one time. Most people will have colored shirts for the organization or groups but they are almost always decked out in tie-die, knee socks, and girls (sometimes guys) love to wear tutus throughout the weekend. Why not? Tutus make everything more fun!

7. The “Better Look Like A Real Adult For This”

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At some point, you’re going to need to have professional attire that is appropriate for interviews, workshops, and luncheons while you’re on campus. I had an interview for a THON committee in my first two months as a PSU student. I was pretty surprised how many people didn’t think to bring professional clothes with them! Bring pieces that can be dressed up or down but make sure you have some go-to looks for when you need to look professional. There are lots of opportunities on campus and you don’t want your attire to hold you back!

 

Of course, you should dress however you want to. If you want to dress up, go for it. Love your pajamas? We’re not judging you. Don’t be afraid of fitting in or looking “uncool” when you’re on campus. These are examples of what the norm of dress is- casual and decked in Penn State apparel.

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Mar 14

What do these numbers mean?

Classes in college all begin with a certain number that helps guide you in determining how hard/how much work that class is going to be. For instance, a 100 level class is going to be something slightly more general and easier than what a 400 level class will be. Comm 100, a class I took as a freshman, is “The Mass Media and Society.” Comm 467, a class I am in now, is “News Editing.” As you can see, the topic is more more focused as the numbers get higher. The workload also increases with each level of class you will take.

However, don’t let the numbers scare you! Some of my favorite classes have been 400 level, very specific classes that I was nervous about taking. Last year I took English 432, “The American Novel to 1900.” That is a pretty scary title right? The class turned out to be a fun discussion-filled literature course with an amazing professor that never seemed like a boring class about old books, which is what I was afraid it would be. It was definitely a lot of work to keep up with the readings and papers, but it was worth it for a class that I ended up loving. Honestly, I don’t mind the workload when I really love the subject and the higher level-classes usually end up being more specific to your major and interests.

When scheduling, you want to give yourself a mix of class levels. As much as possible, I try to limit myself to two 400 level classes and keep the rest in the lower levels so I have a balanced schedule. This semester I’m taking two 400 levels, two 200 levels, and a 100 level class. That way the workload stays manageable and I don’t feel too overwhelmed.

When you’re scheduling, the site, schedule.psu.edu, will give you the name and description of all the courses. For example, here’s what you see when searching for courses. Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 11.35.55 AMComm 462, “Feature Writing,” is a class I’m taking this semester. The site gives you the sections, times, and professors teaching as well as location. Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 11.36.12 AMAfter the small description, you can click in ‘more’ and it takes you to the longer description given by the academic college. This gives you an idea of what the class will be like and what work to expect.

If you’re curious, you can even look at the courses being offered for the next fall semester if you want to get used to the site before you start scheduling!

Big numbers or scary titles may give you some anxiety about classes in college. Don’t be put off just because something is a higher level. I’ve found that in most cases, I liked the class more because it was specific and something I was really interested about. Talk to other students about their favorite professors and classes, too! I’ve taken classes earlier in the morning (yes, 9:45 a.m. is considered “early” in college) because the professor was recommended to me by my friends and it’s always worked out for the better. Carve more time into your schedule for the higher level classes and create a balanced schedule for yourself in order to keep up with the workload. Don’t judge a class by it’s number!


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Mar 14

Accepted Student Programs

I spent part of my spring break in Cincinnati last week where I got to see Wicked (it was hilarious and amazing), do some shopping.  I also went to the  accepted student program for the Cincinnati area and spoke to more potential Penn State students.

You’ve probably heard about these programs and maybe even went to one. If you haven’t had the chance to go, I’ll give you a recap and highlights. There are still some programs left so if there is one in your area, I encourage you to go and talk to an admissions counselor and other alumni volunteers about Penn State. You can find the locations and dates here. There are also receptions at University Park if you want another chance to get back on campus. These programs will be more specifically towards your major or academic path and are a great resource to use when making the final decisions. You can find dates and register for the programs here.

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The regional program provides a guide for what you and your family need to do in taking the next steps towards you becoming a Penn State student. The counselor will go over everything from financial aid information, placement tests, new student orientation, and housing. Having an acceptance to Penn State is a pretty big deal and you should be proud of yourself for receiving one! ASP_Checklist_Slide (1)It can be daunting to figure out what you need to do next and this program guides you and your family through what is going to take place over the next few months.

I had a lot of fun talking to future students and their families. As the only current student there, they had a lot of questions for me about academic life, social life, advice, and even what to bring to campus! Here are some of the questions I was asked:

Q: How much stuff did you bring with you?

A: Well, I brought too much stuff. Let’s face it, a dorm room is a smaller shared environment and you don’t want to overcrowd it with stuff. I had an entire bin of backups and random things that I didn’t even touch. Take enough clothes for a couple months and worry about bringing heavy sweaters and coats once you go home for Thanksgiving. Bring some light cleaning supplies and decorations to make the place your own- just not too much. Don’t bring figurines or something that is going to take up shelf space. Think vertical and bring a cork board to put pictures on, small lights, and make sure you talk to your roommate before you do anything drastic! I lived with a random roommate my freshman year and we talked on Facebook once we had been assigned to the same room. That way we got to divide things up and no one came with duplicates. For example, I brought the rug, she had the TV, etc. Just bring less than you think- those drawers will fill up quickly and you’re about to enter an abundance of free tee shirts!

Q: Are the classes really hard?

A: Yes and no. Of course there are going to be challenging classes and there are going to be some easier classes throughout your time at Penn State. What I told the girl who asked me this was that you got into Penn State for a reason- you’re already a good student. College is a learning experience in time management. There will be times when you feel like you’re struggling with exams, papers, and projects but it’s all to prepare you for the real world.

Q: Is campus really that big? How long does it take you to get to your classes?

A: The campus is big. But not in an overwhelming way. I have never had a walk further than 20 minutes to get to class. Even now, I live downtown and it takes me under ten minutes to get to my first class.

Q: What’s your best advice for someone about to go to Penn State?

A: Find what you love and stick with it. If you’re going into college with an idea of what you want to major in or if you already have your career path planned out, that’s great. Just don’t be surprised when it changes. I have changed my mind, major, and plan more than once while I’ve been in school. My grades are better and I’m happier when I’m learning about things I really care about or enjoy doing. When I bounced around taking a bunch of classes, I didn’t stick with the ones I had planned on taking because I just didn’t like them. Don’t worry about what everyone is telling you- take the classes you want because you’re going to get so much more out of college that way.

 

Hopefully you can make it to one of these sessions or come over to campus and take the next steps in becoming a Penn Stater!


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Mar 14

Classroom Environments at Penn State

Before I got to college, I know I was worried about taking classes in lecture halls and even a little intimidated by being in a small environment with a professor. Fortunately at Penn State you’ll have a good mix of all different types of classrooms with professors who know how to teach a room of 300 students or a room of 10.

Watch as I take you inside some of my classrooms this semester and meet the professors!

 


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Mar 14

It’s Midterm Week!

Since spring break is next week (yay!) most professors schedule their syllabus so that midterms take place this week. I have three plus a midterm project! The good thing is that after a few years of college, I have a pretty good system down to keep up with studying. Fortunately Penn State has some great resources that help, too!

Tip 1: Don’t Procrastinate

We all break this rule, I know. Once you get to college though it’s harder to cram for a big test, especially when you have so much other stuff going on. Instead of thinking about an exam being a huge deal, study a little bit every night and ease the information into your brain instead of stuffing it!

Tip 2: Change Location

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Third floor Pattee corner- my favorite spot!

I have a hard time studying at my apartment. My TV is there with a DVR stocked full of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episodes, I have cleaning I need to get done, and generally my couch is very comfortable and not a good place to study. I visit the library at least three times a week and before an exam, that count goes up. I even switch up my spots in the library! This is my usual corner, but when I’m in a rut or getting bored I’ll go to a different location on the opposite side to put my out of my comfort zone.

Tip 3: Use Office Hours

Professors have office hours for a reason. I was intimidated at the beginning of my college career to visit one-on-one with a professor but they want to help you! It’s also more rewarding and easier to learn if you build a relationship with a professor. Be warned though, don’t show up right before an exam and ask to go over everything so far. Go semi-regularly so you don’t annoy the professor and come prepared with questions you want to ask.

Tip 4: Use Penn State Resources


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Penn State has a lot of on-campus help to get you ready for tests or even just help out if you’re confused about something in a class. There are free peer tutors, writing labs, and media commons assistance to help with major projects. I’ve used all of these at some point and they are incredibly helpful. Don’t be afraid to use them!

Tip 5: Take a Break

Sometimes you need to clear your head and relax when things get stressful. Head to the gym, relax with a free movie from the Student Programming Association, or get off campus and do some wandering around Target (my favorite activity ever). Starting on Thursdays, SPA presents free movies that are recently out of theaters but not at Redbox yet and it’s a great way to save money and still get a chance to see all the movies you want!

 

I can’t wait until Friday when my last exam is over! I’m going to take advantage of my own tips now and hopefully ace my exams, wish me luck!

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