Even though Iâ€™ll be here until Thursday, this feels like my last night here. Almost all of my friends have gone back to their respective hometowns or on adventurous trips abroad. Very few students remain in town, or at least thatâ€™s how I feel.
Our spring 2015 cover girlâ€™s story is one of lossâ€”both of her father and of herself, but she also gained back strength and support through a variety of activities like working at the Office of Veterans Programs, studying under important mentors and by starting up her foundation, For YOUR Glory.
Thousands of us are in the stands right now. Some of us come and go with generous breaks in between, and some of us decide to stay for…well, a long time. Being in the stands is an underrated struggle â€” you really can’t move much. Sure, you can go take a walk on the concourse, but you can’t spend half your time ditching your org.
By now, may have read the “Penn State Eats Here” article in our Fall 2014 print issue. While the restaurants downtown definitely deserve their own bucket list – what about the late night eateries? So letâ€™s just be honest right from the start and admit that our late night eating habits are still in full swing (for most of us anyway).
As if you didnâ€™t already know, tailgates are one of the highlights of every football seasonâ€”scratch that, every fall semester. Whatâ€™s better than hauling your favorite party dips and bevvies up to the stadium to consume with your friends and family and pump yourself up for yet another great game? Let us answer that for youâ€”nothing, friends, nothing.
Any time something new pops up in our rather small Happy Valley, we canâ€™t help but be some of the first to check it out. This past week, we ventured near the Palmertonâ€”under it, actuallyâ€”to enjoy some bubble tea.
If you havenâ€™t heard about bubble tea, get your head in the game. State College is not new to this drink trendâ€”Tea-Time on McAllister Alley is a popular spot for many studentsâ€”so naturally another spot is always welcome.
Is summer really gone? Well to us, weâ€™re just happy we can soak up the last rays with our favorite group of college kids in these next few weeks. Itâ€™s time to set your clocks to fifteen minutes before that first 10:10 a.m. class, indulge in that long-awaited State College Chipotle burrito and get together that perfect playlist that will pump you up for class.
If any of you out there are THON chairs, youâ€™ll know how absolutely frustrating and rewarding the job is THON weekend. We have worked our fannies off the past six or so months, and now weâ€™re basking in our hard work thatâ€™s paying off.
If weâ€™re laying our honesty out on the table now, some of us will admit that the Super Bowl is not of extreme interest. What is of interest, however, is walking into a friendâ€™s apartment only to find a plethora of snacks and pizza. Suddenly watching the game is a pretty good idea.
So youâ€™ve just barely made it through the grueling 15 weeks of the semester and now youâ€™re coming up against the most stressful part of it allâ€”finals. It happens every semesterâ€”the memory of staying up until late morning studying for tests youâ€™re fairly certain may kill you and living on the free late-night meals the dining commons offers doesnâ€™t exactly exude positivity, but we all go through it.
The only other time Iâ€™ve ever gone Black Friday shopping was for a family my mother and I took under our wing from her Adopt-a-Family Foundation, and we had a missionâ€”find as many clothes as possible and if we had time, a few awesome toys as well.
Letâ€™s just admit it nowâ€”itâ€™s hard enough to find that perfect gift for our siblings, parents, friends and significant others (and still be in the positive in our bank accounts) without thinking about, well, everyone else.
There have been too many times in our lives that weâ€™ve heard how privileged we are. Itâ€™s quite possible that we have become desensitized to it. Well, itâ€™s time to hear it again.
There arenâ€™t many luxuries in the world quite like a home-cooked dinner after a long, busy day. The vision of a hot, steaming plate is stuck in our memories forever, but what shouldnâ€™t be is the feeling of fatigue, inability to move or just overall â€œI shouldnâ€™t have eaten thatâ€ syndrome that follows a not-so-good final meal of the day.
For our parents, being busy means obliging to a 9-5 job, keeping their credit score in check and an array of things that we canâ€™t even imagine at the moment. However, theyâ€™ve had years of practicing balance and prioritizing. For us, itâ€™s not that easy yet.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a best friend. That in itself seems to be a miracle with how many hundreds of people to choose from. Between the cattiness to fakeness, distinguishing true blues from pseudo-friends can sometimes be a challenge–an honest talent–but once you find that friend, it’s the real deal.
From elementary school on, weâ€™ve heard repeatedly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, when we got home and put on the TV, we saw cereal and Pop Tart commercials that preached its nutritional value when the back of the box reveals the reality.
Going through fall rush can be a rush of emotions. You just spent the last week completely devoted to smiling, being charming and hoping that youâ€™ll meet the sorority in which you belong.
Between the football games, weekly org meetings, classes and the convenience of having (almost) everything you need downtown, it can be difficult to notice that thereâ€™s an entire county around you, let alone another side of State College.
Most likely you have some staples in your kitchen, and those staples are exactly what can get you through your hungry nights here in State College without even touching Ramen or (donâ€™t even say it) nightly take-out.