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Student Blogger Nicole Schneidman

Nicole Schneidman

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I am a Senior here at Penn State. I am a student in the School of Communications and I am a Media Studies Major with a minor in Psychology. Some interesting facts about me are that I am a sister of Delta Gamma and last spring semester I studied abroad in Barcelona. I hope that my blog posts are helpful.


From the classroom to the “real world”
Finding something you like to do is half the battle. While still in high school, this idea may seem far out of reach since most of your classes are not intended to inspire future career goals. Once you reach college, … Continue reading
State College’s best restaurants
You’re a freshman and have been living on meal points and Good 2 Go for the last few months when your parents inform you they are coming to visit. You panic because you have no idea where to bring them … Continue reading

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Niccia Griffin-McKinney

Welcome to Happy Valley! My name is Niccia and I’m a senior print journalism student at Penn State enrolled in the College of Communications. At Penn State, I’m heavily involved with the College of Communications Student Council as an Executive Board member. I work closely with the dean of the College of Communications, as well as with my adviser Stephanie Fuss in assistance with recruiting and admissions events. I will graduate in May with the goal of coming back to Penn State as an Admissions Recruiter. I am also the THON Co-Chair for the College of Communications Student Council.


Guiding tours guided my life
When I began my college career at Penn State, I wanted to pursue a business degree. Little did I know that would change when the course requirements for this particular major would include way too many math classes for my … Continue reading
In the eyes of a THON Dancer Part 1
THON 2015 is just two days away! After fundraising, participating in canning weekends and planning events all year to raise money in an effort to win the battle against pediatric cancer, over 700 dancers will walk into the Bryce Jordan … Continue reading

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Yarianne Aquino

I am currently a junior majoring in journalism from Puerto Rico. At school I’m a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization and the Penn State Philanthropy Council. I love to cook and at home I spend most of my days reading on the beach. I hope my journey here at Penn State will give you insight into what this wonderful school has to offer!


From the classroom to the workplace
While sitting in class it can be hard to picture yourself utilizing the things you are learning in the real world. However, after interviewing Samantha Strebel on her experience working for Johnson and Johnson as a consumer-marketing co-op, we can … Continue reading
THON necessities
Many freshmen have been asking what they need to bring to THON in order to have a successful weekend. I realized that before you are actually a part of it, you probably have no idea what a THON weekend entails. … Continue reading

Lion Life Blogger Sophia

Sophia Fox

I am a sophomore majoring in communications from Harrisburg, PA. I am a member of the Rules and Regulations THON Committee and a part of Greek Life. I love to read all different kinds of books, bake cookies, be outside (when the weather is nice) and play tennis. I hope that my Penn State story will inspire you to be apart of our #unrivaled family!


Making cents out of your classwork
You might not always believe your teachers, but what you learn in the classroom can be useful in real life experiences. For example, sophomore Catherine Uricoli has been able to apply what she has learned, so far, as a finance … Continue reading
Surviving winter in State College
Welcome to State College, where you could be walking to class in -6 degrees with a wind chill of -16 degrees. But don’t let the winter weather get you bummed, because there are a few tips and tricks to get … Continue reading