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Things Less Boring Than The Bye Week

It’s finally here, the dreaded bye week. During the fall, you begin to form a routine to get up early, stay up late, and watch Penn State football in between. The bye week throws off what you started to get used to while leaving you without your favorite team to cheer for. Due to this, your Saturday may seem a lot more boring.

It got us thinking, what are things less boring than the bye week? So, of course, we compiled a list of things that are less boring than a fall Saturday without Penn State football.

A 75-Minute Lecture In Thomas 100

We’ve all been there, we’ve all done that. When it comes to an engaged learning environment, Thomas 100 is far from it. When there are over 700 other students in there, finding a distraction is almost as easy as making it through the entire class without yawning.

To get through the lecture, peek around the room and see what games people are playing on their computers and phones. You’re likely to find people playing 2048, Retro Bowl, or an assortment of Cool Math games.

Waiting In Bar Lines

There’s no wonder why LineLeap was created, considering the long bar lines whenever you want to go out. The time when waiting makes you wonder why you even decided to go out in the first place.

Eventually, the pregame starts feeling as long ago as Penn State’s last national championship. Staying at home would’ve served just fine.

Iowa’s Offense


A game where the Hawkeyes only managed to amass 76 total yards of offense is pretty boring. Any other fan, though, may have turned off the television within their first few drives. As a Penn State student, I was certainly not bored watching the Nittany Lions dominate Iowa in this year’s White Out game.

Also, it’s never a good sign when you need to average 25 points per game to keep your job as the offensive coordinator.

Apartment Parties

Any party that’s hosted in an apartment just isn’t the same as those in houses. The lack of space gives you little freedom to play games, and this leads to everybody standing around trying to talk, even scream, over the loud music.

At some point it just feels like you’re back in the dorms. So please, keep the parties for the people who have houses.

Group Projects

The absolute worst thing is when a professor groups you up with people you don’t know to complete a project. To start, projects tend to be far from fun, so you’re likely dreading making progress on them.

Also, you don’t even know the people who you need to complete it with, so you end up sitting in complete silence as everybody completes their own part of the project.

To all professors, please stop putting us in random groups for projects.

Campus During The Summer

If you’re thinking about staying at Penn State over the summer, do it at your own risk. Coming from experience, the place is a ghost town for three straight months, minus Arts Fest.

It got to a point where I thought the conversations I had in my dreams were real because I could go days without conversing with anybody.

So yeah, it’s prettyyyyyy boring.

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About the Author

Aidan Conrad

Aidan is a junior interested in photography and graphic design. He grew up in Dallas, PA a small town near Scranton, yes Scranton like The Office. Although he is from NEPA he is a big fan of all of the Philadelphia sports teams. You can find him on Instagram @aidanconrad12, on Twitter @aidanconrad12 or through email [email protected].

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