If you don’t live in Pennsylvania, then you might not know about the rivalry between Pitt and Penn State. Usually the rivalry only pertains to sports but sometimes it bleeds over to other areas of comparison such as campus life, food, classes, etc. Now we are obviously biased in our perception of which school is overall better since we attended Pitt but we do have a lot of friends who went or are still going to Penn State. Therefore, we don’t mind PSU whereas other students at Pitt might not feel the same way. Sorry guys.
This past weekend, we traveled to enemy territory to visit our friends Matt and Sam who currently attend Penn State. The drive from Pittsburgh to State College was spectacular to say the least. The rolling Allegheny Mountains, all decked with snow cover, were breathtaking. The orange sunset and October moon that followed were equally beautiful. We don’t get out into the country much so it was a nice change of scenery.
After we arrived on Friday, we noticed that State College had been hit with about a foot more snow than the Burgh. So we stayed in to celebrate Valentine’s day with our friends.
Sam even made us cute little parfaits!
We even listened to Simon and Garfunkel on a record player!
Matt and Sam had plans to show us around campus on Saturday, but the snow continued to fall making the trek too difficult. Instead, we spent most of our day watching the Olympics and playing board games until the snow let up and the roads were clear.
Our favorite game was this Lord of the Rings board game which was impossible to beat.
Oh, and Matt and Sam provided us with plenty of snacks too.
We drove into the downtown area of campus which was really quaint and obviously all Penn State themed. Then we stopped at an Irish pub to grab a pint of beer and catch up before Matt and Sam took us on a quick tour. The biggest difference we noticed between Pitt and Penn State campus was that Pitt’s campus is “sprinkled” throughout the city whereas PSU is completely separate from the town. We prefer the city feel but still liked how Penn State’s campus was laid out.
But all good things must come to an end. We headed back home on Sunday (during a blizzard!) and made it safely. It was a nice and relaxing visit and we are glad we made the trip to see what Penn State has to offer. Matt and Sam are visiting Pittsburgh on Friday, guess they couldn’t handle being away from us for so long!