Big Macs and Bio

April 30, 2012 at 11:04 am 1 comment

Where’s the only place at Penn State you can study for finals and snag free refills of sweet iced tea?

McDonald’s—an unlikely study spot, for sure. On the Sunday afternoon before spring finals week, I took a quick walking tour of campus to check out where students were studying. Some of the locations are obvious—all rooms in the library were packed, as was the HUB—but others might surprise you.

My favorite was the three students, studying for a biology exam, who picked the basement of Mickie D’s (which has free WiFi, by the way). They said they actually go there a lot.

Two students, who said they walked around the library and it was simply too packed, ended up in an empty room on the first floor of Willard. Panera and Irvings were also popular, as students filled up on coffee and carbs. It was a nice day—probably the first one all week—so I found a few students laying out picnic blankets outside Old Main. What surprised me the most was that Alumni Hall, on the bottom floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, was wide open with rows of long tables and chairs for students to stop by and study at as they please.

Check out the slideshow below, and comment: Where was your favorite place to study at Penn State?

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-Emily Kaplan, intern

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Carol Zeller-Henderson  |  May 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    In the mid 80-‘s it was
    Hub- Fishbowl and basement
    Pattee
    Leete hall
    Roy Rogers on College Ave had free refills and was always open.
    I would have loved some of the gorgeous study areas shown in your slide show, pretty sure there wasn’t much of that around.
    -Carol 1987

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