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January, 2016

  1. Welcome to Penn State Class of 20(something)…

    January 20, 2016 by Olivia Kathleen Richards

    WELCOME TO PENN STATE Class of 20(something).

    Dear Future Penn State Freshie,

    I’m sure you just got the largest envelope of your life with a Nittany Lion on it!

    Welcome to THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH (next to Disney World).

    Officially, I would like to tell you how proud you should be to have been accepted into this school.

    Welcome to the most exciting four years of the first 2.5 decades of your life!

    So, I would love to break the news. This experience will be fun. challenging. exciting. new. beautiful. rowdy. loud. quiet. exhilarating. scary. active. social. very social. powerful. awkward. cold. icy. flexible. bold. humbling. inclusive. studious. INDEPENDENT.

    I feel as though the last word brings about different feelings for everyone. For you, it might be the hardest part because maybe you’ve never done much for yourself. I promise, you’ll be okay! For me, it was my favorite part of the Fall Semester.

    Since it’s the middle of your senior year of high school, don’t let senior-itis kick in too soon. Live up your senior year because it is the last few days with the people that you have grown up with, cried with, laughed with and spent so many hours in high school with. You never know when you’ll see them again or if you’ll see them again.

    Next, make sure that Happy Valley is the place for you. While so many of us fall in love with the 814 and call it home, the school may be too big, too far, too loud or too proud for your liking. Even if you’re like me and you’ve been coming to Penn State football games since you were six months old, still go on the tour. Come to Accepted Students Day. Feel it all out. Spend the night here with one of your friends who graduated from your high school. I’m sure one of them must go here. Everyone talks about getting that feeling that everyone feels at one point on a college campus. I seriously toured everywhere except Penn State. I always knew what kind of feeling I get in State College, Pennsylvania. It’s that warm fuzzy feeling…But, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get it anywhere else. I toured and toured and never felt that special feeling anywhere is. Every other school was too small, too conceited, or too quiet. But, my advice to you is take the tours. I hate having regrets or thinking I should of / would of…I’m so happy that I’m here but you want to be sure before being the excited high school senior who wants their parents to send in the deposit. BUT, it really is easy to absolutely fall in love with Penn State.

    Also, ladies…don’t come with a boyfriend unless it IS THE TRUEST and, in the words of Iggy, “the realest” you could ever imagine. There are many fish in the Happy Valley sea. I’ll talk about this topic of high school love and a few other things next week 🙂 Until then…


    January 20, 2016 by Olivia Kathleen Richards

    I have decided to write my passion blog as “The PSU Female Freshie Survival Guide.”

    I’m so excited to begin!

  3. New beginnings…RCL2 Spring 2016

    January 19, 2016 by Olivia Kathleen Richards

    As we begin our second chapter of Rhetoric and Civic Life, I look forward to new experiences with Dr. O’Hara and all of the Millennium Scholars in Cohort 3. I am also looking forward to writing a brand new passion blog throughout this spring semester. Last semester, I documented and described all of the cupcake places that I have ventured to throughout the country in my cupcake quest. But, since I have spent so much time at Penn State, this quest has been put on hold since I don’t leave State College very much.

    Now, I am faced with the difficult task of thinking of two new possibilities that I will have as my passion blog for the spring.

    After some deep thought, I realized that I want my passion blog to be considered to be useful for someone, somewhere in this world. I realized that a good idea would be to make a freshman survival guide for females in Happy Valley. I figured that girls might actually see some good ideas as they prepare to begin the best four years of their early life. So, one idea that I have come up with for my new passion blog is to document the trials and tribulations of a freshman at penn state. I might call it ‘Freshie’ or even ‘Confessions of a Penn State Freshman.’ I would love to help girls out and share my experiences by talking about a number of surprises to me this year. Some topic areas may include research, the dorm life, bad roommates, unwritten dorm rules, making friends, surviving large classes, greek life, time management, exercise, going out, and the dining hall, among others. I think it could be a fantastic blog. Potentially, I would like to make a list of the things I’ve learned and suggest better choices that someone else could make if they were in a similar situation. If I could go back in time, it is not as if I would honestly change anything at all. I have learned so much from all of my experiences and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. I love this school, my friends and my experience but I feel as though I could have been better prepared for the major changes that I experienced once I arrived. On another, completely opposite spectrum, I have a passion for politics, United States foreign policy and that of other foreign countries. I am interested in the actions that the United States federal government takes in hot spots of the world such as the Middle East and Europe. I would also love looking into Pennsylvania politics as our state government is extremely inefficient and uncompromising. Advocating for the rights of women and other underrepresented groups is also a passion of mine. For my Civic Issues Blog, I might steal my second passion blog idea, look into the 2016 Presidential Election in regards to Party Politics or analyze United States foreign policy by asking the question How is U.S. diplomacy doing across the world?

    After listening to numerous “This I Believe”  podcasts, I think I want to write a podcast on why I believe high school students working is important.

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