3 Must-Do Things As A Penn State Student

Sometimes college students want to do something else with their money besides stay in town and do the same thing week after week. There are many other activities to do in the Centre county area involving nature, wildlife and more recreation. Gather up all of that money you made from selling notes and knock these things off your bucket list! Here are just a few opportunities:

1.Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park

This tourist attraction is located just before you enter State College, PA in Centre Hall. Penn’s Cave offers cave tours, wildlife & nature tours, a maze, and more! The main attraction, which is the boat tour inside the cave lasts about 45 minutes and costs less than $20. This is a breath-taking tour through the mystic natural cave’s river that you will not regret. You will be able to see how dripping water forms the cave. The other activity to do while there is to go on a wildlife tour and see bears, deer, mountain lions, wolves, elk and much more! You are bound to leave with some additional knowledge on the wildlife that roams PA. The wildlife tour is open from April to November.

2. Millbrook Nature Center

Find your friend with a car and take a 3-minute car ride away from campus and visit this local nature center. The nature center is located off of East College Ave just before W.R. Hickey’s beer distributor. There is no cost for going on a walk on the beautiful scenic trails following Thompson Run Creek. This is a location where many local townies go to walk their dogs and jog. You can also bring hot dogs and burgers to grill while relaxing with your friends. This is for everyone!

3.Stone Valley Recreation Area

If anyone has been to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, then you know where this is. Shaver’s Creek is Penn State’s official nature center and welcomes the public anytime! The Stone Valley Recreation Area is free to go and park. You could rent a boat there for $8 an hour with your PSU ID card, bring your grilling material and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere away from downtown. This is a great place to bring a lawn chair and your notes to study! This location is approximately 20 minutes from campus.

Hard Work Pays Off at Penn State

Many majors here at Penn State require students to take rigorous courses. Some

harder classes include Math 140, Stat 200 and Accounting 211. I have taken all of

these courses and I know that the workload can be overwhelming at times. I have

found that certain work ethics have helped me get through some of the harder

classes and hopefully these strategies can help you too. This means staying up late studying a few nights a week.

Or is could mean having a one-on-one with the teacher to go over anything I may have missed. It is important to stay on

top of your work. Try not to do all of your assignments at the very last minute. In college, the saying “there

is always something to do” means that there is always work to get ahead on. It is

okay to not understand something that a professor taught. It is okay to ask

questions and have a professor or a teacher’s assistant explain a concept or problem

to you again. I have found that Penn State has many extra help options for students

here on campus. There is a free math tutoring service, Professors have office hours,

Teachers Assistants have office hours and there are also note services and tutoring

centers off campus. Lastly, you are in control of your grades. The time to be

concerned with your academic standing is right from the beginning of the semester. Not when applying to

jobs or internships because then it is too late. 

Hard work pays off.