June 19, 2015

"Been there, done that...


...waay too often.  So when Thing #3 had her new student orientation (NSO) at Penn State, I stuck around for a little while.  Like to take the obligatory photo at the Nittany Lion shrine.  Yes, that IS a broken and badly mended ear on the lion, thanks to a prank gone awry by Syracuse University students in 1978 during Homecoming.  Much to the chagrin of Thing #3, she has a mom who knows waaaay too much about Penn State and feels the need to properly educate her waaay too often.


"The Obligatory Shot"
The Lion Shrine
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania


But, she put up with me long enough to allow me to open my wallet and expand our Penn State sweatshirt wardrobes.  In the Better Half's opinion, I do that waaay too much...too.



"We Are..."
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania


But once the NSO itinerary started the information sessions on the "financial aid" that we will NEVER get...I beat feet, camera in hand. Plus? Thing #3 was quickly getting sick of me and my multitude of  "When 'I' was a student at Penn State..." anecdotes.  But seriously, when 'I' was a student at Penn State...I never seemed to SEE the things I see now on campus.  DEF beats yet another financial aid lecture.










There always seems to be a surprise, waiting to be found.  A new path to discover.  University Park, Pennsylvania.  In the middle of the state.  I always compared it to Oz.  Rising up out of nowhere.  A city/town unto itself, nestled in a valley of the mountains of Pennsylvania.  Happy Valley.







"Alumni Walk"
University Park, Pennsylvania


A new way to look at something I've seen a gazillion times before.  And yes, when 'I' was at Penn State I took "Math 35", aka "Mathematics for the Non-mathematically Inclined Student". So I KNOW a 'gazillion' is a LOT!



"Old Main"
University Park, Pennsylvania











Nothing beats the Penn State campus on a beautiful day.  The problem is...beautiful days are in limited supply at Penn State.  Winters are brutal. Spring is sandwiched between the harsh winters and the HHH's (hazy, hot and humids) of summers known in Pennsylvania.  One can usually count on a few glorious Fall football weekends, and a few fantastic summer days.  We hit one of those.  Brilliant sunshine, but challenging conditions to practice my manual camera settings.  Oh the torture of forcing myself off Aperature and Shutter Priority.





"Late for Class"
University Park, Pennsylvania


Eventually I tracked down Thing #3.  At the HUB (the Hetzel Union Building).  And guess what? We STILL don't qualify for any financial aid.  I've heard THAT waaay too many times.



"Big 10 Country"
The Hetzel Union Building
University Park, Pennsylvania


And let me tell ya...when 'I' was a student at Penn State, the HUB looked NOTHING like this!  (Insert Thing #3 eye roll).







Here's where I "link up" today


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16 comments:

  1. Your love for this place shines through every photo!! And those {I believe} white dogwoods are my absolute favorite tree!!

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  2. What a wonderful tour of a marvelous place. Those are some fabulous shots. Yes, your love of Penn State is evident.

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  3. Yeah...I get that whole financial aid thing. I didn't go to NSO with ours. I would have just taken pics too if I did.

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  4. What a gift you have, darling.
    Thank you for sharing it w/ us! x

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  5. What a nice campus - it must be great to study there! Your little one will have a great time.

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  6. Great shots Kathy. Ya know I've lived here all my life and never roamed the campus with my camera. Maybe I should....

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  7. How special that you all share the Penn State connection - truly family to the end!! The campus looks gorgeous!

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  8. Sounds and looks like a great day on campus. Gorgeous images.

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  9. Beautiful photos, and a gorgeous daughter you have. You can never tell them too much information. :-) #mysundayphoto

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  10. What an amazing collection of photos, I love all the different subjects

    Thank you for linking up

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  11. What an incredibly gorgeous campus, all of the architecture and the nature. You captured it all beautifully, your daughter will love it there, perhaps as much as you. It was awesome that you were able to point out the things that as a student you may not see. Great photos.

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  12. WOW! What a gorgeous campus! I've never been to Penn but if I do happen to make it, I hope it's on a day as beautiful as yours!
    And speaking of beautiful-- Your daughter is lovely!
    Happy Sundays In My City.

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  13. I probably went up and down 10x! Lovely photos and made me wish I can see these spots personally as they are beautiful! #mysundayphoto

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  14. Wow, you've got some gorgeous photographs here. LOVE, love, love the BW trees at the beginning, the Old Main building is great too and what an artistic eye to frame that round globe thing. Great photo shoot.

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  15. Well, I've never been to Penn State so I appreciate all the visuals and knowledge you dropped.

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