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Off-Campus Dining: There are many nationally-known restaurants like Chili's, Ruby Tuesdays, Red Lobster, and Outback, but one of my favorites is a place called Baby's-it's like an old fashioned '50s diner. It is fun, and best of all, it's cheap!

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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are located mostly off-campus. Mario and Luigi's, Café 210, the Tavern, the Corner Room, and the Allen Street Grill are all good places to eat. There are also ethnic restaurants that carry Indian, Thai, and authentic Mexican cuisine. There's lots of variety to choose from here.

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Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants in State College are fabulous, but most are overpriced. Expensive places like Spats, Zola's, and the Tavern are favorites that are usually for when parents want to take you out. Mediocre restaurants are everywhere like Applebee's, the Corner Room, and Mio Zio. And (naturally) we have our sketchy places-if you want your tea refilled with coffee, and obnoxious service at three in the morning, go to the Diner. Everyone does at some point.

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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants off campus are a hit-or-miss deal. Some cater to the drunk (not good), others cater to the professors (expensive).

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants here are pretty decent, although there isn't really an authentic Italian place in the area. There needs to be. The good spots are Spats, Faccia Luna, Duffy's, and Arby's.

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Off-Campus Dining: For some good pizza delivery, Gumby's and Papa John's are always a crowd pleaser. The Corner Room is a nice restaurant to go to with friends to eat and relax. And grilled stickies at the Diner are a must!

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Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of good places to eat off-campus. Fast food (Wendy's, McDonald's, 8,000 Subways, Quiznos, Arbys, Taco Bell) and sit-down restaurants (Corner Room, the Deli, Baby's, Chili's, Brothers Pizza, Hi-Way Pizza, the Diner, and a bunch more I can't remember right now). Don't expect to get any good service at the Diner, though. I think they're actually trying their best to be known for their poor service. But that just gives us poor college students another reason not to tip.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in this town are good. Everyone makes a big deal about the Corner Room (a local landmark) but, frankly, I have never been impressed with the food. Spats is amazing if you have the money to afford it. A great place for an limited budget is the Green Bowl, a unique stir-fry restaurant. Chinese food is easy to come by here, but it's not necessarily good. Pizza is big in a college town like State College, and almost all pizza shops are acceptable for 2 a.m. cravings.

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Weather: It's not as bad as you would expect. It does definitely get cold in the winter, but it is manageable because of public transportation. It's real nice in the spring and fall.

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Weather: The fall is awesome-the trees and grass leave such a brisk feeling in the air. It can be rough to get motivated in the winter since getting to class can be quite a hike. And the spring's usually gloomy until the last month and then it's beautiful and relaxing.

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Weather: The weather? Somebody please shoot me. The winters are frigid with tons of snow. A kid that grew up in State College once told me that State College gets the most rain next to Seattle; I believe it-it's absolutely miserable at times.

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Weather: Centre County weather is winter and summer weather. During the school year, it's about three months of summer and then seven of winter. The sun can be a stranger in the winter.

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Weather: It can get cold here in the winter. However, fall is absolutely beautiful, especially spending Saturday at the football stadium for great JoePa football. There were times we had 70 degrees in February, but there were also times we had 30-degree temps in April. The weather can change fast. Wind chills can be a factor, as some parts of campus are windy when it's cold. It generally warms up at the end of the semester, and for the last two or three weeks, you'll see lots of people sun tanning.

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Weather: We're stuck in a valley surrounded by mountains where all the clouds get stuck. So we rarely see the sun, and it rains a lot. Bring a jacket.

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Weather: Since we're in a valley (Happy Valley), it tends to rain and be overcast a lot. Winters get pretty cold and snowy.

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Weather: Warm clothes are a necessity. You will be wearing more winter items than summer.

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Weather: Sometime in October, the wind starts blowing and doesn't stop until about April or May. When April rolls around, it will be about 90 degrees one day, then 10 degrees the next. Needless to say, bring a variety of clothing and a heavy coat.

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Weather: The weather is nuts here. It can be sunny and warm one day, and snowing the next. No, wait, I mean it can do all that in one day. In general, it is cold. `Spring' semester it is freezing and snowing, until finals week when it gets warm just when you should be inside studying. Any day that parents come up, like for football games and parent's weekend, it is inevitably beautiful and warm.

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Overall Experience: My experience in school has been phenomenal. I can't ask for more. I have everything I need.

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Overall Experience: I love Penn State. I wish to be nowhere else. The atmosphere is relaxed, and it is a nationally-recognized Big Ten school. There are lots of ways to get involved in different organizations, and the school spirit is tremendous.

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Overall Experience: I have loved my time at PSU, and there is no other school I would rather attend. I have made so many friends there and had such a great time that I wish I could go for another four years.

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Overall Experience: I would never dream about going anywhere else. This has been the best three years and counting of my life, so far. I've learned more and experienced more than I would have ever dreamed. Penn State was the best decision I've made in my life.

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Overall Experience: Penn State has something for everyone, I think. Penn State is alright. Try to get a car if you can because it gets boring, but that can happen anywhere. I mean after living somewhere for a while, you do everything and then start looking for new options. Overall, this school is great, and the best part is the football games. Even if you don't like the sport, the games are fun, and almost every student has tons of spirit.

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Overall Experience: I graduated from PSU last May and had a wonderful experience there. It was the best four years of my life! The campus has so much to offer and many activities to get involved in. It definitely has a reputation of a `drinking town,' and there is plenty of that, but if you aren't into partying, there are so many other options.

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Overall Experience: Basically, there are two things that govern PSU: drinking and football. There are always parties going on, tons of frats and sororities, and when you do turn 21 or obtain a fake ID, there are plenty of bars. School is pretty challenging, though. Depending on how well you can retain information, whether you like to go to class or not, and your study habits, it's not impossible to receive an `A,' but it takes a good bit of work. ?

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James Bunting
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Despite common reservations about the location and climate, most Penn State students are fiercely loyal to their alma mater. Penn State boasts one of the largest alumni populations in the United States; graduates are proud of their degrees, and employers recognize the University’s name immediately. Although the campus is located in a very rural area, school is technologically up-to-date and on the cutting-edge of current research.

Aside from academics, PSU is also known for its social scene, especially in relation to sports and parties. Nittany Lion football—home of the 2008 Big Ten Champions—is a national draw and a point of pride for both the University and the town of State College. For anyone interested in playing or watching varsity sports, PSU is a top choice. Penn State has also been ranked highly by many polls and “party school” surveys as one of the top party schools in the nation. While it certainly isn’t the wildest town, these rankings are definitely accurate. The small-town setting and large-school atmosphere makes for little else in the way of entertainment, so it can be hard to avoid encountering the party scene during your time as a student. Still, the mix of work and leisure seems to work well for most of the student body, and academic standards at Penn State remain relatively high. It’s easy to spend four years at Penn State as an ever-serious student, focused completely on whatever you choose to study. With so many opportunities to relax nearby, balance and moderation are some of the best skills to learn from your four years in college.

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