The Five BEST Classrooms on Campus

Last semester, I sojourned across campus to find the five worst classrooms. We all had a good laugh at how awful they all were! But what about the unsung heroes? What about the great classrooms? Well, dear reader, fear no more. Here’s my breakdown of the five best classrooms at Penn State.

5. 208 IST

Why it rules: This classroom is pretty neat. As you can see, there are 2 sides to the class. One side has computers, while the other does not. That makes the room much more versatile than other rooms. Does the professor want everyone to use computers? S/he can do that! Does the professor want undivided attention? S/he can do that too!

Words of warning: The room feels a bit like a computer lab, so it may be tough to have the Full Classroom Experience.

A message to everyone saying “You should have picked the Cybertorium or one of the other super cool classrooms in IST!” — fuck all y’all.

4. 010 Business

Why it rules: The size of the room here is quite nice–not too big, not too small. The chairs feel nice, and, while they aren’t completely mobile, they have a nice movable radius. There are about a billion whiteboards and blackboards in this room too. Plus, electrical outlets galore!

Words of warning: Due to the room’s lighting, it can be easy to fall asleep during class. But hey, if you bring your laptop, then you can access The Internet, An Endless Source of Entertainment!

3. 113 Carnegie

Why it rules: It’s a goddamn movie theater! How cool is that?

Words of warning: If you take an exam here, you’ll have to put your blue book/scantron sheet on a wooden plank and that seems kinda silly.

2. Second floor seminar room, Katz

Why it rules: Room 010 in the Business building is a nifty room, but 010 Business cries itself to sleep every night because it’s too sad that it’s not a room in Katz. This room has one of the neatest features of any room on campus: on every desk, there is a button. If you press the button, the camera at the front of the room focuses to you, and your face is shown on the main screen. Pretty pretty pretty cool.

Words of warning: It’s way too easy to abuse the camera system. Therefore, stay away from this room if you’re a douchebag. Also, you probably won’t have any classes in Katz unless you’re a law student or in the School of International Affairs. Oh, and it’s super far away.

1. World Campus

Why it rules: C’mon son. This is the ultimate classroom. Literally zero commute. You make your own class hours. You can drink beer while taking class (if you’re 21 or over). Do you have a pet? Ever wish you could take it to class? BOOM. Now your stupid cat Drake can come to class with you. It’s everything you could ask for.

Words of warning: When your classroom is your apartment, sometimes it’s easy to forget that your apartment is also your classroom. If you’re not diligent, you will forget the class even exists. Taking tests while drunk might be tempting, but it’s probably not a good idea.

Did I miss a cool classroom (I probably did; a man can only go to so many classrooms)? Think one of the ones I featured is a figurative piece of shit? Comment away.

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Evan Kalikow

Evan Kalikow co-founded Onward State in November 2008 with Davis Shaver and Eli Glazier. Having previously served as a Writer, Editor, Standards Editor, and Community Manager, Evan is now a proud alumnus of both Onward State and Penn State. He was also named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2006.

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