OS Cribs: Pollock Supplemental Turned TikTok Famous

A few dozen unlucky Penn State students get stuck with supplemental — or overflow — housing each year. Penn State converted a few large rooms into permanent living space and had a bunch of students live in what would be an unorthodox dorm room experience.

For many, the lack of privacy and risk of having multiple random roommates is daunting, but a few Penn State students decided to make the most out of their situation.

Four students took advantage of the extra space and decked out their supplemental dorm with lights, a basketball net, and a projector.

In late February, freshman Ryan Hagan turned to TikTok to flex his supplemental dorm in Pollock. Since the video was posted, it’s accrued over 380,000 views. With all the attention, we headed over to Hartranft Hall to see for ourselves what all the hype was about.

High ceilings allow the residents to fill the excess space with all of their favorite posters and memorabilia. The dorm is two floors, so they outfitted the staircase with lights.

Roommates Ryan Hagan, Nakul Choudhary, Truman Carter, and Christian Smith posed with their beds.

Privacy was one of the only “downsides” the roommates agreed on, but they “wouldn’t exchange their room for anything,” according to Choudhary.

The brick wall gives the space an industrial loft feeling.

One of the “bedrooms” is on the second floor, which overlooks the rest of the crib.

The crew set up one large table using the extra desks and a giant projector screen to maximize the utility of the room.

“We love playing poker with our friends and playing Smash Bros. on the projector,” Smith said.

To further take advantage of the spacious room, a mini basketball net hangs from the railing.

The group said there are many positives to this room, such as being the “hotspot” for group hangouts.

Maybe supplemental living isn’t so bad after all…

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Jack Anderson-Jussen

Jack is a second-year finance and accounting major from Pittsburgh, PA, and is one of Onward State's photographers. A die-hard Penguins fan, Jack bleeds black and gold. Feel free to follow his incredible Spotify playlists and make him feel good about how much time he's spent on them. When not taking pictures you'll find Jack at Panzer Stadium playing for the club lacrosse team. Follow him for more @jackaj_ on Instagram, and @jackaj on Spotify.

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