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We Gotta Have Ya At Penn State: An Open Letter To Wawa

Dear Wawa,

I miss you. Ever since I moved to the ~middle of nowhere~ in Pennsylvania, I haven’t seen you much.

Now, this isn’t just a me thing. I know for a fact that a considerable number of Penn State students can say the same. We are truly missing you.

I understand that we have Sheetz, which comes in handy whenever one needs a late-night bite. But it’s just not the same. I’m not going to lie, Wawa. When times were getting tough, I may have cheated on you…a few times.

I felt ashamed of myself after trying Sheetz’s app sampler for the first time. The guilt was eating me alive. Afterward, I found myself going back to Sheetz and ordering more to fill the hoagie-sized hole in my heart. However, far too many fried pickles and mac and cheese bites later, I realized nothing can replace you, Wawa.

Nothing can fully satisfy me or my cravings for your Wawa-brand mango iced tea and M&M cookies. Your chicken tenders and mac and cheese bowls always hit the spot. And your quesadillas. And your hoagies. I think you get the point. You provide the east coast with an endless amount of options…and love.

Touching the hearts of customers at nearly one thousand locations for almost six decades, you’ve managed to protect and serve our hunger. However, you’re not as easily accessible for us Penn Staters.

When I saw your tweet about taking a trip to Florida to sponsor some of their college games and ~nothing~ about coming to Penn State, I shed a few tears. I thought to myself, “What makes Florida better than us?”

I wondered how I could prove to you that Penn State deserves a visit. Alas, I wiped away my tears and realized that maybe Penn State is still in the running. I saw this as an opportunity that I couldn’t resist taking.

About five years ago, Penn State student Shane Leister created a petition to bring Wawa to campus.

“The store will provide a literal ‘taste of home’ for those who are fortunate to have a Wawa in their area and even offer something new to try for those who aren’t as fortunate to have Wawas in their area,” Leister said.

Now, I’m not saying we need a Wawa on campus immediately. But, Wawa, I’m also not not saying that.

Last year during Halloweekend, Penn State student Tina Goldhorn showed her love for you by dressing up as one of your hoagies. The outfit was even complete with a mock receipt and order number.

Courtesy of Tina Goldhorn

This just goes to show how passionate Penn State is about you, Wawa.

If you haven’t heard, we rake in more than 100,000 fans to our football games. You would have so many potential fans in the crowd not only screaming for our beloved Nittany Lions but for you too, Wawa.

Besides, Philadelphia is the sports capital of the world right now. The Eagles are 7-0. The Phillies are in the World Series. The Union are in the MLS Cup finals. Why not capitalize on that moment and bring that Brotherly Love west to the phanatics in Happy Valley?

So, what do you say? Don’t you wanna make Happy Valley even happier, Wawa? Give Penn State the chance and we promise we will not disappoint.

From Happy Valley with love (and hunger),


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Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your suggestions, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @e.evan.halfen.n.

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