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| Having many classes with 300+ students in them is very, very common. You WILL be treated as a number, not as a person. The campus makes poor use of existing facilities and seems to just keep building and building when it is not at all necessary. Tuition keeps going up and up and money seems to be no concern to the administration. |
|Dec 13 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| I had a great time at Penn State University. I'm a freshman and I've worked hard to maintain a good gpa, so this year wasn't the most exciting in terms of having fun and partying, but I'm glad I did not get sucked into the party scene. One advice-it's easy to get caught up in the party scene...it really is! I'm no party animal, but I've had my fair share of moments getting trashed, and man this place is where you need to be if you want to have a good time! Apart from the whole party scene, the school itself is really good. I'm in the college of communication and my professors have all been fabulous. This school seriously teaches you how to be independent and an individual; you build character by going to this school-you learn how to make good friends, how to get around the campus, how to study and get good grades, etc.|
The campus is sprawling and huge, but it is gorgeous! Especially during the fall time. When you first come here, you may think: "OMG, how am I going to survive here?" But it's not bad at all! After your first semester, the campus will become your home and it will feel really small, but not too small. The downtown area of State College is very quaint and there are lots of little shops and stores for you to have a good time.
The social scene is actually great. I was worried about dealing with annoying frat guys and sorority girls, but after a while, I began to notice that most of the people here are actually not involved in that. Sure, you will come across some trashy people who love to party 24/7, but there are amazing and great people here who will become your best friend! You just have to look hard and stop going to the "main events." I write for the school's newspaper and met so many of my friends through there. The Daily Collegian is a great place to be if you enjoy writing. After this year's crazy event with the Sandusky case, it's hard not to say that this was a one time opportunity for college journalists. Seriously, the reputation of The Collegian is wonderful and it's just a great place to be.The professors here are very nice (some of them are obviously into their research more) and they are willing to go that extra mile to help you. I made the effort to meet all my professors and got help in all of my classes. I'm going to transfer to USC because I want to go a place with a stronger Communication/Film program, but I couldn't have been able to transfer if it weren't for Penn State. In just one semester, I grew to be a stronger individual here. This is a wonderful school and I hope people will not look at in a negative light after the child abuse incident. I'm going to miss PSU and the amazing people I've met here. Penn State is a great school.
|Dec 11 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
|Not so bright|
The atmosphere at penn state is what drew me here first. |
I grew up in a PSU home and it was my dads goal to see me get in. At first it was amazing! The party life, the friends I made and just the whole "WE ARE PENN STATE!"
It was awesome. But then reality kicked in my second semester. My teachers couldn't teach, I was learning from the books. I taught myself more then the teachers ever did. I had to rely on other students to help figure out difficult assignments, the advisers were horrible to me, and more and more I started to dislike it.
I was putting in so much effort and not getting any results. I didn't go to parties, I didn't hang out. I just studied and still struggled to hold a B average.
My program was horrible and I am transferring now. So are a bunch of other people in it as well.
I think the final straw for me was the JoePa firing. I'm sorry, but not many people at this school think for themselves. They all run into things because well "Its what everyone else is doing" Rioting? Hurting people? Knocking a truck over? That is not supporting JoePa that is being idiots. I'll miss the people I met but I don't think I'll miss much else
|Nov 16 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2014 |