Power Ranking The Free Stuff You Could Get At Penn State’s Vaccine Clinics

Amid the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Penn State has held two clinics on campus to give doses to eligible students and community members. Vaccine distribution at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center, and Pegula Ice Arena has, in general, been rather smooth and easy.

Anyone who’s visited Pegula to get their first dose also received an assortment of free goodies at the end of the 15-minute observation period. It’s like when you were younger and the doctor would let you pick out a sticker for being brave after a flu shot — but this time, it’s Penn State-branded, baby.

In case you’re curious, we ranked the free stuff that could be yours.

6. The Free Universal Testing Shirt

You know, THAT shirt. These bad boys were offered back in February during the university’s universal testing of all students, and they were offered again at Pegula’s vaccine clinic. We’ve seen them all around campus all semester, and mine is currently sitting in the bottom of my shirt drawer, untouched (Editor’s note: And unironed! Sheesh).

This shirt had the potential to be a good one. But that god-awful font and poor word placement that barely fits inside state lines (Looking at you, ‘E’ where Philadelphia is) just makes this a shirt doomed to be one to sleep in.

5. Not One, But TWO Penn State Hand Sanitizers

You may be wondering why not one but two free Penn State hand sanitizers have ranked so low on this list, especially amid a pandemic. The answer is simple: It’s the watery, foul-smelling hand sanitizer that makes you want to gag. Does it get the job done? Sure. Will you gag and have sticky hands for the next few minutes? Yes.

4. Any Snack Of Choice

Who doesn’t love a free bag of off-brand popcorn, pretzels, or potato chips? Personally, I reached for the popcorn. It was a nice afternoon snack, however nothing to write home about. Since I did eat it, unfortunately, no picture of this bag of popcorn exists. You’re just gonna need to trust me on this one.

3. A Gift Certificate To The Berkey Creamery

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. With the weather getting nicer and finals approaching, what better way to treat yourself than to some ice cream? And now, with this gift certificate, I can.

2. 20% Off At The Penn State Bookstore, But Decided By Fate

Now, this 20% off coupon is higher than the Creamery certificate due to only one element: performance. After leaving the observation area, I turned a corner where a woman with a laptop displaying a wheel-of-fortune type wheel with various different prizes listed on each slice greeted me. She clicked the wheel, and it spun until the computer gods decided that a 20% off coupon to be used only on “logoed” items was my fate. If you catch me wearing new ~logoed~ Penn State gear, you know why.

1. A Cup

Not just any cup! It’s a clear tumbler that says “Penn State Undergraduate Education” and has a straw. Reducing plastic waste? Check. Saving the turtles? Check. Repping Undergraduate Education? Check. What’s not to love? P.S.: The hand sanitizer and shirt both came packaged in the cup, so a double win for cutting down on plastic waste.

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Anna Wiggins

Anna is a senior (ew) public relations major from Alexandria, Virginia, and is Onward State's social media manager. Anna spends her days contemplating what emoji to use in a tweet and dreaming of Doggie's Pub's hot dogs, in that order. Share your song recommendations with her on Twitter @annaewiggins and send your best gossip to her email, [email protected].

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