When it comes to cramming for a stressful finals week, we’ve all heard plenty of unsolicited advice. “Always make flash cards.” “Study one topic at a time.” “Try to get plenty of sleep.”
But what about advice when you don’t have finals during finals week? Yes, what’s a girl to do during finals week if she doesn’t have any finals? Some unsolicited advice you might get for this predicament might be something along the lines of “watch TV, stop complaining.”
Then again, this is your last week of school, might as well make it as eventful as possible right? Below we’ve included a list of solicited advice for your predicament of what to do when you have no finals. Continue reading
The semester is quickly coming to an end, and seniors are preparing their caps and gowns.
Now that most of their work is done, they have the time to look back on their years at PSU and think about what they would have done differently, or what they know they did right. Meanwhile, high school seniors are preparing to make the biggest move of their lives thus far.
PSU is a huge place and takes a little longer to navigate than smaller schools. There are so many groups and classes and, heck, people, that it can all be a little overwhelming. Luckily, Valley’s here for those who need a little direction.
We caught up with a few seniors who had some words of wisdom to share with incoming freshmen. Continue reading
Call me crazy, but until about three weeks ago I had no idea what Blue and White Weekend was.
And to be honest, I’m still not quite sure what it is.
An exhibition football game – I’ve heard? A carnival in the parking lot of Beaver Stadium? It looked like it. A celebration? Definitely.
This year has been a wild ride. From adjusting to dorm life in East Halls to learning important life lessons such as when not to consume Canyon Pizza (never), I can honestly report that I’ve had the time of my life. But on Saturday morning, I swear that I have never woken up to a more comforting or beautiful sight than a sea of tailgaters surrounding Beaver Stadium. Continue reading
Attention business majors: somewhere out there is a book that tells you exactly how to rise in the ranks of the business world without really trying—but you’ll have to get it from a J. Pierrepont Finch, first.
The Penn State Thespians put on four productions of the musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying this past weekend in the Schwab Auditorium. The show told the story of how Finch (played by Mike Weakland) rose from the World Wide Wickets mail room to well, almost every other position, eventually landing at Vice President of Advertising.
Using his wit and handy book, he climbs the corporate ladder and faces some mishaps and clashes with fellow employees in between—and also finds love with secretary Rosemary Pilkington, played by Morgan Sichler. Continue reading
Have you ever looked into your closet full of clothes and shoes and said to yourself: “Oh my goodness, I have nothing to wear!” Yup—any fashionista probably has.
Have you ever stopped to think how fortunate you are to have what some might consider a shopping mall in your closet? Some people barely have clothes. Some kids don’t even own one pair of shoes.
What about your education? Do you ever skip class just because you have the luxury to or you don’t feel like going? Some kids don’t have access to education in developing countries—at all. Continue reading
Penn State’s Relay for Life this weekend was, as always, an amazing success. The event, which raises funds for cancer research and treatment year-round, takes no backseat to THON—it walks alongside it.
The weekend started off right with $109,000 already donated to the cause, a significant increase to last year’s total of $69,620. Preparation for Relay seems to pick right back up as soon as the previous Relay has passed.
Lauren Thigpen, a Logistics Captain, explains that Relay is always happening, even when people aren’t running laps.
“Basically, the Overall committee starts right after Relay is over,” says Thigpen excitedly, “they pick all the captains in the beginning of October.” Thigpen says the Logistics team, as well as the other committees, work nonstop, usually from Friday to Sunday. Continue reading
Basically, we all go to college to get a job, because if we don’t, there’s no way we can succeed. None of us really want to be stuck in a dead-end job when we’re 30, so we’re busting our butts now to earn that degree. But what if I told you there was a book that teaches you how to succeed in business without really trying?
Okay, so that book might not exist, but it’s the premise of this semester’s show performed by the Penn State Thespians. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical comedy that’s sure to make you leave in high spirits. To get some more insight, Valley sat down with Sam Davis, the costume designer of How to Succeed, to talk about the show, the costumes and how a junior majoring in childhood and early adolescent education got so involved in theater. Continue reading
“Every year one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday,” says Jasmin Enriquez, founder and director of Penn State’s Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
That could be one of your closest friends or even a roommate you’ve lived under the same roof as the past few years. You would think more people would be aware of such an alarming statistic, but most don’t know about the high prevalence of rape and sexual violence.
So how do we fix this? It all starts with education—and that’s where Penn State’s Sexual Violence Awareness Week comes in. Continue reading
Chances are you’ve walked by it a thousand times. You can recognize its glorious chimes from anywhere on campus. No matter how many times you pass it on your way to class, just one look and you fall in love with Penn State all over again. That’s right, we’re talking about Old Main’s Bell Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks on campus.
With so much history and (let’s be real) awesomeness behind it, it’s no wonder that climbing the Bell Tower is at the top of many students’ Penn State bucket lists. And if you haven’t climbed the Bell Tower just yet, don’t worry because Penn State’s very own Lion Ambassadors (the Student Alumni Corps operated by the Penn State Alumni Association) has got you covered. Continue reading
Well, we’re in the home stretch as yet another semester nears the end. For some of you (lucky) freshmen, that means packing up your dorm and gearing up for a summer filled with high school friends and part-time jobs that leave plenty of time for sunbathing and vacations. As for you sophomores and juniors, you’re probably frantically searching for last-minute internships… or gearing up for a summer filled with high school friends and part-time jobs.
But for those of you who are graduating, the end of this semester carries a whole different feeling. Don’t worry, we won’t get into all the depressing, reminiscent details of how college is unlike any other time in your life and now you’re just another average Joe in what they call “the real world.” Okay, so we did sort of rub salt in the wound there – but only to help you really live up these last four weeks (five if you’re staying the week after – hello, fake senior week), we’ve compiled a list of end-of-the-semester musts.
As for you freshmen, sophomores and juniors, feel free to join in! Better to start tacking things off your list early than to leave it all until your senior year. Although, at that point it’s not like class really matters all that much anymore anyways (you didn’t hear that from us). Continue reading