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So, All Your Friends Are 21…Now What?

This is for all you underage Penn Staters out there.

Chances are, you’ve been at a 21st birthday party and the following has happened: It’s 11:59 p.m., Trap Beckham’s “Birthday Bitch” starts blasting, and everyone is hyped. The clock strikes midnight, and everyone starts chanting, “LET’S GO TO THE BARS!” Everyone leaves for the Phyrst, and you’re left alone in the apartment to clean up the mess. And, to add insult to injury, the music is still blasting once everyone is gone.

Sound a little too specific and real? Believe us — We’ve been there, too. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of activities to numb the pain if all your friends are 21 and you just don’t know what to do without ’em.

Take A Spin Bike For A Ride

While all your friends are out at the bars, a late-night Spin bike joyride could be your move. While I have yet to go for a spin myself, the reviews from those who have are nothing but positive.

In a recent conversation with Onward State staffer Tobey Prime, he revealed that the vibes of a late-night spin are immaculate, and he highly recommends it. In fact, if you’re single, maybe you can even join Prime on one of his Spin-bike adventures. He’s always down for a good time.

Until May 8, Spin bikes are free for up to 30 minutes nearly every night after 11 p.m. You can even ride one for free after 7 p.m. on Sundays. You can find the free ride hours here.

Have A Movie Night

Yes, you’re allowed to have a chill night on a Friday or Saturday in State College!

This could be the perfect time to turn on that movie you’ve been wanting to watch, invite over that Tinder guy/gal that you’ve been talking to, and just enjoy the relaxing vibes. While your friends are out in a hot, sweaty bar setting themselves up for a massive hangover the next day, you’ll be at home in your sweatpants eating popcorn with a potentially special someone. Who knows what could happen? Sounds like a no-brainer to us.

State College offers a handful of theaters, too, if you’d rather get out of the house. Check out our guide for a quick breakdown of weekly deals and specials.

Catch Up On Some Homework

Call us nerds all you want. Sometimes, college students just need a night dedicated to, you know, school.

If you’ve been stressing over your classes, welcome to the club. A night where you just focus on getting work done could do wonders for you and your mental health. While all your 21+ friends are scrambling to submit their assignments by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, you’ll be fast asleep and ready to take on the week.

Block All Your Friends On Snapchat

Unfortunately, this may have to come into play at some point. If you’re prone to getting FOMO and your friends like to document their lives on their Snapchat stories, the block button could be your best friend for the night. You know what they say — out of sight, out of mind.

Sometimes, you just need to do what’s best for your sanity. You can just tell them the next morning it was an accident, anyway.

Cry And Find New Friends

First off, if you already cried over this, we’re sorry. However, if you’re feeling that lonely, it may be time to branch out and find some new friends. There are plenty of people who’re feeling the same way as you, and they’re definitely searching for some new blood to hang out with. We’re sure your current friends will understand.

With your new friends, you can bond over your youthfulness. One day, you’ll all be stumbling walking down Beaver Ave. to the Phyrst on your 21st.


We all need it, folks.

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About the Author

Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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