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Penn State Love Stories: Part Five

You did it — you finally finished your last week of classes. For some of you, you’re one year closer to your college degree. For some of us (tear), we just had our last undergraduate classes ever. And for those of you who are alums, or are simply nowhere near being in college, you’re living the good life.

Before the fear of the disaster zone known as Finals Week catches everyone by storm, let’s take a moment to feel all the feels with this week’s segment of Penn State Love Stories.

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Phil and Sarah

Ah, isn’t young love the sweetest? Phil and Sarah have been dating for less than a year, but their blossoming story gives hope that Penn State love is just around the corner — or can be found during your next night out.

Sarah graduated from Penn State in May 2013 and moved to Florida, but returned for the summer of 2014 to soak up the sun and hang out with some friends. The same summer, Phil was about to start his final semester of grad school. Although they shared a surprising number of friends, they had never met — until one night at Kildare’s trivia.

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Sarah and Phil in the beloved duck pond gazebo.

Meeting up with respective mutual friends, Phil and Sarah were the only two who didn’t know each other. However, once Sarah (embarrassingly) got all the pop culture questions right, and Phil missed a hard-pressed history question, the two noticed each other. After that evening, they both asked a mutual friend about each other. The friend brought Sarah to Phil’s, where, according to Sarah, “he impressed her with his Cards Against Humanity prowess and ukulele-playing skills.” At a following party, they shared their first kiss, and it seemed like they were meant to be.

But there was a problem: Sarah was supposed to go to Florida in a few days.

She decided to postpone her return to Florida to spend more time with Phil, and the couple agreed to date long distance. It’s worked out perfectly for them. When Sarah made it back to Florida, chocolate and flowers were waiting for her at the door, and she and Phil have been able to see each other about once a month since their separation.

Sarah manages to visit often, and they spend their time at Zeno’s, Herwig’s, and Cafe Lemont. And when they’re not together, according to Sarah, “they Skype every night and dutifully count the days until they can see each other again.”

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Outside Old Main when Sarah came up from Florida to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

In Sarah’s words, they are “currently dating long distance but eagerly awaiting to move in together.” Congratulations to the both of you, and all the best!

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Dan and Erin

These two lovebirds met during fall semester of sophomore year, when they were both at an O-Chem review session. At the review, Erin and her friend were talking to each other about an EMT course they were both taking. Unbeknownst to them, in the row in front of them sat an EMT in his full duty uniform, who told them he was working on the ambulance that night. They made small talk before the review, but that was all.

Eventually, Erin began working as an EMT for the Penn State Ambulance Service, and ran into Dan again — this time as coworkers. While they enjoyed working with each other, about a year after Erin started working, the two of them shared an epic duet to T. Swift’s “Love Story” at a Valentine’s Day party, and Erin began to feel something more for Dan.

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Erin and Dan watching a game at Kildare’s.

The next month, Dan, Erin, and a big group of friends went to a cabin in the Poconos for the weekend. At the evening fire, the two sat beside each other and laughed all night long. Erin took her girlfriends inside and (drunkenly) whispered to them, “Oh no, I think I really like him!”

Their first date happened the day before Erin left for summer break. Even though she left the next day to work at a summer camp in Texas, “we ended up falling in love over those spotty service long distance calls,” Erin said.

Dan and Erin have been together ever since, and recently, after a week of gifts, notes, and general adorableness, Dan proposed. Of course, Erin said yes, and the two are currently planning a Penn State wedding in April 2016.

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Dan and Erin hangin’ with the Lion at this year’s Philly Liberty Ball.

Happy engagement, Dan and Erin! I wish you all the Penn State happiness.

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Gregory and Susan

This couple encapsulates what we all hope for in a Penn State love story.

Greg and Sue first met at a Phi Gamma Delta party in November 1958. After that first meeting, the two enjoyed each other’s company, and continued to date. After one particular outing at a party at Phi Gam, Sue told her roommate, “I think something more is going to come of this.” Clearly, their love was in the stars, and Sue had a good feeling about it.

They continued to date, and finally Greg “pinned” Sue in 1959. The custom, which has unfortunately been long-forgotten, was incredibly romantic and quite similar to exchanging promise rings. By then, Greg and Sue were super-seriously dating — and what a perfect couple they were, and still are.

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Greg and Sue outside Phi Gam, after they were pinned.

Greg proposed to Sue on New Year’s Eve in 1960. After Greg graduated in 1961, Sue took summer classes so that she could graduate early and be with Greg. The two finally enjoyed a Christmas wedding, married on Dec. 23, 1961, and they have been in love ever since.

Three children, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild on the way, and 56 years later, Greg and Sue are as happy as they’ve ever been. “We have had a wonderful life together,” they said, “and will celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary this December.”

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Greg and Sue with the symbol of our best during a visit in 2011.

All the happiness to you and your large, wonderful family!

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Can’t get enough Penn State love stories? Read our first four installments herehere, here, and here. And if you have a Penn State love story to share, we’d love to hear it!

All photos provided by the respective couples.

About the Author

Jessica Myers

Jess graduated in May 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English, and with two minors in Latin and Art History. When she says she's "shippin' up to Boston," she's not just singing the song -- she's actually attending Northeastern University this fall to pursue her master's degree. You can follow her shenanigans at her site, http://www.jessicarmyers.com.

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