Peace and Quiet at Penn State

Photo/Video posted May 2, 2016 in News by Brandt Frye


Penn State University is home to more than 50,000 students every school year, making it one of the largest public universities in the nation. Penn State’s University Park campus, known as the main campus of the university, is located in the middle of State College, Pa., a rural town in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.

Penn State students are not unaccustomed to having fun, but finding peace? That’s a different story. The campus at University Park stretches for multiple miles, but students are hard-pressed to find a way to relax on campus. Specifically, there are only a handful of places outdoors where students can go to relax and find peace and quiet.

There are two main areas students go to find quiet space to study, think, relax, etc. The duck pond, located in the heart of campus behind the Hammond building, and the Arboretum at Penn State, located on the north end of campus.

Both areas are filled with nature, which is seldom found on campus. There might be some places to relax, or quiet areas, but they’re usually inside.

Students Ali Kendall and Carl Gore tell their stories, sharing their reasons for coming to the duck pond or the arboretum.

With all the uncertainty going on in the world right now, especially for seniors that are graduating, it’s a pretty big deal to kick back and relax.