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Penn State’s Sylly Week Horror Stories

One week ago, we asked you to spill the deets on your most embarrassing Sylly Week stories. Luckily, you didn’t disappoint.

From chipped teeth to RickRolls, Penn State’s spring 2022 Sylly Week was chock-full of stories to remember and days to forget.

Em — Sophomore

There are two types of people: the ones who acknowledge the “seat neighbors” in their classes and the ones that don’t. Em knows that all too well now.

In class during Sylly Week, she leaned over to her classmate to share a laugh. Sadly, her seat neighbor looked at her computer, saw what she was doing, and straight-up ignored her.

“Not even a pity laugh,” Em said. “NOTHING.”

Alex — Freshman

We all know how hard it is to leave a crowded bar or house. However, few likely know the feeling of losing a tooth in the middle of it all.

This all started when Alex was chewing on some ice and felt something wrong.

“I realized my tooth was missing. I tried to leave the [place] out the wrong door, but then [another person] said I couldn’t go out the way,” Alex said. “After showing the [person] my mouth, they said, ‘Clear the seas, people…’ so I could find my tooth. I found it on the ground and I made it out.”

Denys — Freshman

There are many reasons not to sleep during Sylly Week, but we would not expect this to be one of them.

As a meteorology major, Denys said he “wasted the entire week forecasting the snowstorm” and wound up falling way behind on sleep.

Riley — Sophomore

Now, this one is a double-whammy. Not only did Riley fall down the same flight of stairs twice (ending with a big fat bruise on her bum), but she lost two right mittens, too.

To clarify, Riley says she lost a right mitten and bought another pair. Then, 12 hours after buying a new pair, she lost the right mitten…again. Bruised and out of mittens, Riley said that week was one of the “most humbling moments of her life.”

Grace — Junior

Sometimes, it’s tough navigating Penn State’s campus. What’s even tougher is knowing exactly where you are and still going to the wrong place.

“I have a class in Deike, and I know exactly where that building is. But I walked across Burrowes Street and into the Walker Building instead,” Grace said.

Gabriela — Sophomore

No matter how hard students try (and parents hope), we’re bound to make mistakes. Generously speaking, Sylly Week is chock full of ’em.

Few know this better than Gabriela, who fell and split open her chin while running home from a Sylly Week party. Ending up at Mount Nittany Medical Center probably wasn’t on her agenda.

Katy — Freshman

Sensing a theme? Katy wound up walking right into the wrong building as she tried to find her lay of the land during Sylly Week. Even worse, she wound up on the completely wrong side of campus.

“My dumb ass wasn’t paying attention to where I was supposed to be going and walked right in the wrong place,” Katy said.

Lex — Sophomore

Imagine this: It’s Monday morning on the first day of classes and you have the entire Sylly Week ahead of you. Countless opportunities await you this semester, and nothing’s getting in your way!

…Except for ice.

For Lex, her week of fun ended quickly Monday night when she slipped on a patch of ice and smacked her head on the sidewalk. After getting checked out, she was told she had a concussion, ruling her out for the rest of Sylly Week.

Alex — Freshman

Alex literally got RickRolled by her professor. Come on. What year is it?

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Alexandra Pepe

Alex is a sophomore from New Canaan, CT, pursuing the Master's of Accounting program and minoring in both journalism and entrepreneurship and innovation. She spends most of her free time with friends, watching "Curb Your Enthusiasm", or trying to figure out the buses. Her favorite things are getting breakfast sandwiches on a Sunday morning, listening to new music, and... writing for OS, of course! She can be reached through her email [email protected] or Twitter @aalexpepe.

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