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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.


As graduation approaches…
As I am sitting here writing this post, I am having a hard time putting into words how I feel about graduation. I really am just a mix of emotions; sad to leave the place I have called home for … Continue reading
How to fulfill those pesky gen-ed requirements
Scheduling classes can be stressful for any student, but when you are new to Penn State it can seem even more intimidating. You do not know what any of these classes are and in reality what is best to take. … 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.


Why I Chose Penn State
This is by far my toughest blog to write this semester. This is my last blog post as I am graduating next Saturday. The past four years have been absolutely amazing and the fact that my time is almost up … Continue reading
15 weeks down, 1 to go
Well, the last week of classes is fast approaching (ahem, starting tomorrow!). The fact that this is my last week of college classes is mind-blowing. If you’ve been reading my blogs this semester, you’ll know that I love giving advice … 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!


Getting to know the library
My freshman year I was overwhelmed by the size of the library here and the many places you could go to study. Now, as a junior, I rely on the library as my main study spot. So here are some … Continue reading
With finals slowly creeping in on us, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for some exam tips. We all know that as the semester comes to an end we get lazier by the second and procrastination takes charge. … 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!


Penn State football is back (for the weekend)
Like fellow intern Niccia (, I too planned on experiencing Blue & White weekend! Even though I am a sophomore, this was my first time participating in the festivities of Blue & White weekend. With the return of many alumni … Continue reading
Why Special Living Options at Penn State are awesome!
To make your transition to living in campus dorms easier, Penn State offers first year students the option to participate in Special Living Options (SLO). While I did not do SLO myself, I wish I would have known more about … Continue reading