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Reflection and Key Take Aways

My time at Penn State has been overwhelmingly positive. I have gained invaluable experiences, have been surrounded by wonderful, motivated people, and learned more about myself. However, that does not mean I did not encountered a few hiccups along the way. At the...

Trip to India — Family

Trip to India – Family Over winter break I traveled to India to visit my Aunt’s (*not blood related*) family. They live in Kerala, the southwestern coastal state. Instead of the dense and urban environment I associate with New Delhi, Kerala is tropical – still...

Did you know you can use LionCash to tan?

A study conducted in 2014 determined undergraduate universities whose students can use university sponsored debit cards at indoor tanning facilities. The study collected data from the two largest four-year undergraduate universities in each state. In total, eighteen...

Summer Experience: Blog One

Hi guys, it’s been a while. Here’s a short introduction to what I’ll be talking about in my blog this semester. This summer I worked for a nonprofit called Lumos. This wasn’t what I had thought I would’ve done. This past January I was...

Unconditional Empathy

I just got off the phone with my brother. He’s in his freshman year at Fordham and, from what he’s said it sounds like he loves every bit of it. I’m happy that he’s doing well. I wasn’t quite sure how well he’d transition from a rural Hershey to a fast-pace,...

Nicknames

Nicknames are ubiquitous, and because of this, they are not given a lot of afterthought. I simply respond to friends and peers who call me “Johnny” or “Jmillz.” I recognize they are trying to get my attention, register it, and respond. However, Julia Alvarez’s How the...

A consideration…

Instead of writing about something that annoys me about popular culture I am going to write about something that I find quite encouraging. What is this popular culture phenomenon? Stickers… Stickers are everywhere these days. We see them on cars (magnetic stickers),...

Family and Break

I’ve been spending a lot of time preparing for the MCAT recently. It seems like I still have months to prepare; however, at the beginning of last week I have a meager two more months to prepare. Two months may seem like a lot of time (I could cram a third of an o-chem...

College!!!!

My sister decided that she is going to become the second Nittany Lion in the family. Needless to say, I am pretty excited that she will be up here next semester. We both enjoy the same music and are avid guitar hero enthusiasts. We probably won’t be able to play...

PLA Spring Trip

I was very upset when I realized that I would not be able to attend the spring trip or, as I have seen on social media, #plasjourneyfor justice. I remember feeling overloaded with information – both intellectually and emotionally demanding – throughout the trip that I...