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The Best Of Your Penn State Classes In Weird Places

Last week, we asked you to tell us some of the strangest places where you’ve taken a Penn State course.

After receiving a handful of responses, it seems that many Penn Staters can say that they’ve attended class in some pretty unsuspecting locations. From math and business law in the ROTC building to a labor and delivery course in the Agricultural Engineering building, you just never know where you may end up during any given semester.

Here are some of our favorites.

Stress Management In The Food Science Building

“Fitting that we can have ice cream right after class to manage stress.”

This sounds like the perfect place to have class. Once you’re done learning about de-stressing, you can head on over to the Creamery for a bite and practice what your professor is preaching. Creamery ice cream fixes everything.

Geoscience 472A/B ‘Out West’

“Accommodations ranged from ski condos in Utah to off-grid primitive camping among the bears in Idaho; we also got to swing through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. And at least one professor joined us at the campfire for beers!”

It sounded cool until you mentioned camping and bears. But in all seriousness, this trip sounds awesome. I can’t even imagine spending a semester in the American wilderness, where I would get to wake up every morning to some of the most scenic views on Earth. The campfire bit doesn’t sound bad either. For now, though, I’ll stick to Happy Valley, where my dorm overlooks the eighth Wonder of the World: the Waffle Shop.

Abnormal Psychology In The Forest Resources Building

I’m going to be honest: I didn’t know Penn State had a Forest Resources Building. And apparently, it’s quite a large building that I had somehow been missing. A class in abnormal psychology in a building like this is definitely odd but could be a nice place to learn about the intricacies of the human mind.

Situated across from the Arboretum, I can imagine on a nice spring day, cracking open the windows to the smell of flowers is a great way to discuss theory and perspective.

Biobehavioral Health (BBH) 311 In Deike Building

“Yes, it‘s a science building, but it’s located all the way next to Waring Commons. Plus, the room the class is in (022) is right next to a fossil museum, and I thought I was losing my mind and ended up walking around there thinking it was the actual classroom. Cool place, though.”

The more I thought about this one, the more I realized that this class and building were made for each other. Wandering around a room filled with bones, combined with the smell of fresh cookies from Waring Commons, makes for a perfect environment to learn about human behavior. It also sounds like Deike is the perfect place to film a fifth “Night at The Museum” movie.

Food Science (FDSC) 105 In The HUB

”I didn’t even know you could have classes anywhere in the HUB? Like, I know it’s not a rule, but it feels like something that’s true. There was also a lecture that was full of students before and after my class, too, so there was always a crowd of people waiting outside for my class to leave.”

Ah, yes. The hidden Freeman Auditorium. In the center of campus, the HUB is home to a rather large “classroom.” If you navigate up to the second floor and wander past Old Coaly, you will find it tucked away in the back corner. Home to large, lecture-style classes, the auditorium was newly renovated and is open for business (and food science, apparently). What doesn’t the HUB have? Oh, that’s right, a Chick-fil-A.

Latin 101 In Electrical Engineering West

Latin is essential to most Western languages. Electricity is essential to our lives. Need I say more? Taking a language class in an engineering building seems all too common at Penn State. We received plenty of responses from students who have taken Spanish classes in such locations as well. Is Sparks not big enough? Perhaps it is time for a new foreign language building on campus.

Kinesiology (In?) The Water Tower

What kind of kinesiology? Was it in the water tower? Next to the water tower? On top of the water tower? The people need to know.

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About the Author

Jamie Lynch

Jamie is a first-year DUS student from Chappaqua, NY. He loves to swim and is a member of the club team here at Penn State. Jamie is also in the Schreyer Honors College, and wishes there was an advanced course in college football fandom (scored 118/133 on the mascot quiz). Avid ping-pong player, dairy lover, and has met two U.S. Presidents, in case anyone was wondering. If you have anything to share, or want to debate the AP Poll with someone, email [email protected] or reach out on instagram @jamie.ly3.

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