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9 Things You Know If You Went To Penn State

Mike the Mailman, anyone?

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1. THON takes over campus


Seriously. Last year, we raised almost $14 million to the Four Diamonds (a fund that specializes in defeating childhood cancer). Every Greek organization, special interest organization, committee, and general organization on campus comes together with one goal in mind. Oh, we're also the largest student run philanthropy in the world.

2. East Halls are a world of their own


It's hard to explain the realm that is East Halls to someone who has never endured it personally. While it continues to be a great way to meet new people and have a good time during Freshman year, you'll no doubt see a few cockroaches or get a case of Athlete's Foot. East Halls also remains one of the largest residence halls in the country, so naturally it's going to get a little... Funky.

3. Mike the Mailman is a legend


SERIOUSLY. Just Google Search "Mike the Mailman" and you'll know what I'm talking about. He has become so vital to the University that he makes regular appearances at events throughout campus. He dances on stage during 100 Days til THON and last week he sold a VIP dinner with his wife during an auction.

4. West chocolate chip cookies


While the campus insists that every dining hall uses the same recipe for their cookies, there's something special about these ones. To this day, I've yet to find a better, more moist cookie. West Halls... Sigh.

5. The Loops during the Winter... JK


Anyone at Penn State knows that the Loops and Links are serious lifesavers. They're free and have stops virtually close to every building throughout campus (and even downtown for the White Loop). This is heaven when the temperatures are below zero and you've got 15 minutes to go from Wagner to the IST - or worse, the Earth Engineering Sciences Building. However, this is exactly what every other (40,000+) student on campus is thinking as well. I digress: don't even bother waiting for the Loops (and Links) from December to March 'cause chances are, it's packed like sardines already.

6. Two words: Canyon Pizza


If we're being completely honest with ourselves, the pizza is not good. But when you're a broke college student, wandering downtown at 1 am on a Saturday night, and desperate for some ~grease~ in your system, Canyon does the trick better than anyone.

7. We have our own High School Musical stage


After some (never-ending and long over-due) restorations to the HUB-Robeson Center, we finally got a sweeping staircase much like the High School Musical "Stick to the Status Quo" one. Since the opening, it remains arguably the nicest place to relax in between classes. It's also the perfect place to sip a Jamba Juice smoothie and snack on some Panda chow mein.

8. We also have a Harry Potter room


This one may seem obvious to those ~true~ Penn Staters, but man is it important. This room is by far one of the best places to study on campus. It's quiet, vast, and makes you feel a little less miserable about those four finals you have coming up.

9. Movin' On


Recently named one of "Five College Concerts That Should Be Actual Festivals" by Live Nation, Movin' On is legen- wait for it- dary. It's one of the largest student-run festivals in the country and it's free (key word for us broke college kids). Past headliners have been Passion Pit, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Fitz and the Tantrums, and MGMT. It's the perfect way to let loose during that pre-finals-week-fatigue.

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