Carly D'Angelo gives us a guided tour through Shippensburg University!
To me, Shippensburg University is like a hidden secret. I’ve been on about thirteen college visits over the course of my junior an senior years of high school. “Shippensburg?” I thought, “What could be so special about that school?” All I knew was that it was smack-dab in the middle of Pennsylvania, and I knew that it was part of the fourteen Pennsylvania state schools. When I signed up for a tour on one cold winter day, I was not expecting to love the school as much as I did.
When I thought about what college I would attend, I thought I would want to go to a huge, D-1 school that people from all over would come to for a Saturday football game. Boy, was I wrong. Personally, I need a medium sized school that made me feel at home. Shippensburg filled these requirements. Granted, it’s not around the corner from where I live…it is about three hours away. But the trip up there was definitely worth it! When I stepped onto the campus, I felt apart of something great. There was so much school pride. Everywhere I looked, students and faculty had smiles on their faces and
they were greeting everyone with a warm “hello”.
Just like any college tour I have attended, I sat through a very informative presentation from the president of the University and current students. The Rec center was filled with students and family members. (Side note: they call the Rec Center “The Ship Rec”. Clever, right?) After that, on my campus visit, I had the opportunity to tour the television studio, which is what I plan to be involved with next year. The current students that film and produce “SUTV” talked to me one on one about how they run their newscasts, and they even let me take a picture at the desk! The student producers gave me great advice not only about the communications
program, but also student life at Ship.
Shippensburg definitely surpassed my expectations. This university has about 8,000 students on campus, which is not too big and not too small. The one aspect that I loved most about Shippensburg was the dorms. They were beautiful, and they were built in 2014. I was really impressed by how nice the dorms were. The new suite style dorms that were just built do not have a typical community bathroom on every floor. Each room, housing between two and four people, has its own personal bathroom. (The only downfall to having your own bathroom is that you have to clean it yourself!)
I would definitely recommend visiting and checking them out.
I’m still not sure where I’ll end up next year. I do know, though, that I am highly considering Shippensburg more than I have before I visited the campus. “Ship is it!”
~ Carly D’Angelo: Central Bucks West