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Are You A Real Penn Stater? This 1980s Checklist Could Decide

Did you go to Penn State during the 1980s? Oh, you did! Are you sure about that?

Recently, a popular Penn State thrift shopping Instagram account, Joe Pa’s Closet, released photos on a “blast from the past” poster titled “Are You A Penn Stater?” The sign features a list of 80 things that determines a real 1980s Penn State student from just the ordinary, boring bookworm.

So, Onward State poses the question: Are you really a Penn Stater? Did you actually “do it” on the 50-yard marker of the golf course? Were textbooks only $25? Did you ever meet Joe Paterno?

To find out, see how you stack up against a few of the list’s many dated highlights:

  • Climb Mount Nittany
  • Buy a cone at the Creamery
  • Actually go inside Old Main
  • Cash a check at McLanahan’s (lol)
  • Hallucinate during THON
  • Sell your plasma
  • Get lost in the Stacks
  • Watch porn on campus (Was that a thing???)
  • Pay your respects to Old Coaly
  • Feed a squirrel
  • Say “Hi” to JoePa
  • Look the wrong way on College Ave.
  • Lose your coat…or something else…at a fraternity (Like my wallet, right? Right?!)
  • Eat a Grilled Sticky at 4 a.m.
  • Go to a bowl game
  • Dance to oldies at the Gaff (By 1980s standards, we’re talking about real oldies!)
  • Pull a dorm prank
  • Graduate within six years
  • Grow up and leave Happy Valley for the real world

Let us know in the comments what you did back in the day during your time in Happy Valley.

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Dana June Nunemacher

Dana is a senior, who is studying public relations. She is from the 570 and yes, she has watched The Office. Her passions in life include drinking unsweetened iced tea and spreading her love for agriculture (yee haw)!

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