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“It makes sense to be on campus.”

Phil Shank, a junior majoring in management information systems at Penn State Behrend, says he “fell in love with the campus” the first time he visited. Now that he lives on campus, he’s discovered a lot more to love.

“It makes so much sense to be on campus,” Shank says. “All the resources are so close by, I have a stable Internet connection, and I don’t have to worry about paying bills—it’s all taken care of in my housing and food service contract. And living on campus is cheaper than living in an off-campus apartment.” Shank adds that he appreciates being able to choose his roommates.

An avid baker, Shank enjoys the convenience of a kitchen in his apartment. “Every day we bake something or cook something for ourselves, and it’s fantastic,” he says. “I have a bread stone so we’ve been baking our own bread, and we make a lot of desserts.”

Shank also enjoys socializing with other resident students through game nights, pizza parties, or volleyball games. “I pay attention to emails from my RA about upcoming events, and I work it into my schedule,” he says. “You never know who you’ll meet. I made a lot of connections my first year, and we keep those friendships going.”