Summer may be in full bloom, but it isn’t hard to see people preparing for vacation to be over.
Look at a discount or department or home goods store and you will see plenty of inventory geared toward the dorm room. Penn State will soon be awash in new twin extra-long sheets, comforters, desk lamps and innovative storage solutions guaranteed to make a space the size of a walk-in closet feel as spacious as a luxury hotel suite.
But on Friday, University Park campus was not covered with incoming freshmen looking for those key supplies to make a dorm room feel like home until Thanksgiving.
Instead, it was covered with kids who still get one more year to deal with hall passes and report cards. These are the high school students who are about to start applying to colleges.
Spend a Summer Day is the Penn State program that throws open the gates to introduce these prospective Nittany Lions to a blue-and-white world.
From Abington to Wilkes-Barre, Beaver to Worthington-Scranton, the undergraduate admissions office arranges days (and the occasional nights) when students can come in, explore the campuses, find out about applying and financial aid and just try Penn State on for the day to see if it’s a good fit.
University Park and Altoona have more of the Summer Days than any other campus, and they are really just getting underway.
On Sunday, buses will bring in some would-be students from New York and Philadelphia to see what the main campus has to offer. Four more Summer Days will happen at University Park by Aug. 3.