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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.


All about CATA
Penn State is a big school so sometimes it is necessary to find some means of transportation other than using your own two feet and walking. Coming in freshman year I had no idea what CATA was or how to … Continue reading
The Happy Valley weather essentials
Happy Valley is known for a lot of different things, one of which is its crazy or as us Penn Staters like to call it bi-polar weather. It is important to keep that in mind when doing that beloved back … 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.


Saying goodbye to Happy Valley and hello to the Real World
It’s crazy to think that in less than two months I will be a Penn State alumna! For the seniors graduating from high school this year and heading off to college, I just want to say congratulations! If you’re coming … Continue reading
Spring break’s over…now what?
After a much needed vacation in sunny Florida for spring break, I am back in Happy Valley! Spring break is a little different from Thanksgiving break and winter break in the sense that when you return from spring break, you’re left … 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!


What to look forward to your first semester
  With all of those acceptances coming in, I’m sure many incoming freshman cannot wait to see what’s in store for them Fall 2015. I’m here to give you a little preview of what you have to look forward to … Continue reading
Supplemental housing
Every year a number of students get assigned to supplemental housing and that often makes a couple of people nervous. Supplemental housing means that instead of living with one other person in a double, like most freshmen do, you are … 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!


An open letter to the class of 2019
Dear College-Bound High School Seniors, “Where are you going to college?” was the question I attempted to avoid at every social gathering I attended my senior year of high school. It was the inevitable question that was so easy for … Continue reading
5 things I wish I had known before attending New Student Orientation
As a current sophomore, I remember my New Student Orientation (NSO) very fondly. It was my first time visiting Penn State after putting my deposit in and my first time feeling like a real college student. But, truthfully, I was … Continue reading