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The Freshman Student Handbook

When I picked up a copy of the new Student Handbook, the first thing I felt was frustration. This could have been really helpful to me when I was a freshman. It would have been useful to me two weeks ago, actually. There’s a good mix of information in here, from academic information and GPA calculations to campus landmarks and student activities.

The wealth of information that this 92-page handbook offers to freshmen is invaluable and should serve as a go-to reference for every student. There’s a section on how to navigate eLION, which can always be a confusing endeavor. I would have liked to see a section on how to navigate the cluster—- that is ANGEL, however.

And while it might be unreasonable to hand freshmen a bible-sized handbook, there were a few items missing from the text that I think could have been beneficiary to incoming students. For instance, a section on the different Greek organizations. More specifically, a brief bio on particular fraternities and sororities would have been nice. Joining a frat or sorority can be one of the most important decisions a freshmen makes their first year, and thus some more information on the subject would have been ideal.

I did appreciate the Off-Campus Living addition to the handbook. Figuring out whether or not to live off-campus, and where or what you should be looking for is a lengthy decision and, if done without the proper information, it can lead you down a very slippery and expensive road.

I would also have liked to see some, or any, information on the University Park Undergraduate Association. A map of the CATA bus loops would have been nice, too.┬áThe handbook does offer a good deal on how to get involved at Penn State, as well as where and what the university has to offer in terms of activities. So my advice to freshmen: Read the handbook, use it as a guide to direct you to other sources of information, get involved and stay in school. The handbook is a great jumping off point, but don’t use it as your only source. Get out there and explore.

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Tom Kent

I was born in Virginia Beach, raised in Westfield, NJ, went to college at Penn State, moved to Miami, FL. Peruvian on mom's side and English on my Dad's. I'm a Journalism major and Political Science minor. I do not currently own any reptiles.

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