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You're Undoubtedly From Central Pennsylvania If You Relate To These 12 Things

"Did you go to the farm show yet?"


Here in "Pennsyltucky" as some call it, we have lots of unique traditions, quirks, and slang! If you relate to any of the following, you definitely grew up here.

1. Know what “the swattie” is.

Lovingly nicknamed "the swattie", Swatara Creek is a Summer staple. Sure, maybe the water could be cleaner, and it floods at least once a year, but where else would we kayak, tube, and swim?

2. Have eaten pork and sauerkraut, whoopie pies, shoo fly pie, Dieffenbach's chips, dippy eggs, and “pot pie”.

It still amazes me that most of the general population doesn't eat pork and 'kruat on New Year's Day, doesn't know what shoo fly pie is, and thinks that chicken pot pie is actually a pie sans thick noodles.

3. Graduated with a high school class of 300 people or less

Kirstin Ortiz

This isn't necessarily true for every central Pennsylvanian school, but I graduated with a class of 165 and most of the other schools around mine had similar numbers. Knowing almost everyone in your class was both a blessing and a curse.

4. Have witnessed escaped barnyard animals (cows, chickens, etc.) on the road while driving

I'll never forget the first time I was driving and saw a cow chilling on the other side of the road, nowhere near a farm. I just hope it got home safely.

5. Have been to Hershey and Lancaster so many times it’s not exciting anymore.

After working in Hershey for four and a half years, it baffles me how people spend a week-long family vacation there. I also find people's fascination with Amish people me they're just neighbors and people who I buy delicious food from at local markets. At least once a week at work tourists will ask me "where the Amish are" like they're some sort of mysterious, lost-civilization waiting to be discovered. I get it...but I also don't.

6. Have been to the THE farm show (even if it was just for the milkshakes).

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an event held every year in a ridiculously large complex guessed it… "The Farm Show complex". Even if you aren't a farmer there's something for everyone to enjoy: blessedly greasy food, famously delicious milkshakes, a butterfly exhibit, the butter sculpture, and of course lots of cute animals. Kids here often miss school for the occasion whether they'd showing animals with their family or visiting for an "educational field trip".

7. Prefer Sheetz over Wawa.

Even if you're like me and see virtually no difference in quality between these two gas station/convenience store chains, it's a regional obligation to prefer Sheetz (no matter what your Philly friends say).

8. You know how to pronounce Reading, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Ephrata, Lititz, Pequea and Lebanon correctly.

If you know, you know. If you don't, we will correct you. Trust me.

9. Can properly define “rutch”, “outen”, and “scooch”.

Even if you don't come from Pennsylvania Dutch roots, the language is thoroughly intertwined into Pennsylvania slang. If you don't use these verbs yourself, you're likely to at least know what they mean. Your may have also found yourself saying "It's all", "I haven't ____ yet" , and "I'm coming with".

10. Have waited in line for a Fasnacht, or know what a Fasnacht is in the first place.

A kind of doughnut that's typically consumed the day before Lent (shrove/Fat Tuesday). Catholics and non-Catholics alike go BESERK for these.

11. You've driven through Intercourse, then over to Blue Ball, and ended your trip in Paradise.

Whoever came up with the names of these places...has given Pennsylvanians a lot of laughs.

12. Appreciate that mountains and trees are part of the view on your daily commute.

Kirstin Ortiz

No matter how much I complained about central PA growing up, no matter how desperate I was to leave, the scenery is undoubtedly beautiful. There's nothing like driving down an open road, surrounded by mountains, trees, and fresh air. I love living in Philly, but it just can't compare to the scenic beauty of my home.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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6 Ways To Save Money As A Broke College Student

Money saving tips so you can afford adult life while also paying for an expensive tuition.


It is difficult to work, attend college, and make all your payments on rent, tuition, and bills, (not to mention finding a little money to spare on yourself). These are six ways to save that have helped me in this money stressful time and that you should use too in order to reduce the expenses of adulting.

1. Saving money on rent.

Apartments are cheaper than houses because most include some of the bills in the rent cost. Make sure to check what amenities apartments offer such as free wi-fi, trash removal, or water included. When choosing roommates the more the better for cost. You should get at least one roommate because it is difficult to afford even a studio apartment living on your own. If you want pets you should choose a place that doesn't have pet rent because even if you have a large non-refundable pet fee it is cheaper in the long run then paying twenty a month per animal.

2. Saving money on bills.

If you choose to live in an apartment complex, having an apartment on a higher floor will make your electric bill cheaper in the winter because heat rises. Even though your electric bill will be higher in the summer you can afford to work more because classes won't be in session. When purchasing light bulbs get ones that are energy efficient and use lights with batteries to help save on the electric bill. Also make sure to turn off all lights when you aren't in the room. You can save water by not running the faucet when you brush your teeth. Anyway you can think to conserve water and energy use that to your advantage.

3. Saving money on food.

Your best friend is buying in bulk when you go to get groceries. I personally buy ten pound ground beef logs, cut them up, and place them in the freezer to use later. Everything is cheaper when you buy in bulk and you save time grocery shopping. If you don't know how to cook now is the time to learn because frozen and fast food eats up your money. You should also go to your local food bank if you are really struggling because everyone has to eat. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it! Going without food to pay your rent is not something anyone should have to do.

4. Saving money on furniture.

You should buy used if at all possible when finding furniture for your apartment or house. Living in a college town has its perks because people are constantly moving you can find great deals at garage sales or on craigslist. For instance I got my couch for free, I just had to move it out of a graduating students apartment. You can also check out thrift stores and consignment shops in your town.

5. Saving money on entertainment.

There are a lot of deals and discounts for college students so take advantage of that for entertainment.. For example movie theaters usually offer a student discount and if you go to a matinee showing, tickets are even cheaper. Find out when your local bar's happy hour is and use it. Also see what meal deals are offered by restaurants around you, such as 3 items for 10 or specials on Thursday nights. You can also use apps to find coupons, my personal favorite being pocket points because it rewards you for studying.

6. Saving money and side hustles.

Put back money during the summer in order to have a backup fund for when things get crazy busy during the school year. Scope out banks and find out what interests they offer on savings accounts in order to increase the amount of money you have saved over the years. If you need extra money you can get paid for donating plasma and you can sometimes find research studies that will offer participants cash for things as simple as just an opinion. There are also baby sitting and pet sitting apps you can download to get one time gigs if you are low on funds for the month.

These are all great tips that I have been taught or have learned living as a broke college student. It isn't easy living life in the adult world and pursuing a degree at the same time. I hope these tips will help you save money and keep you out of hard times.

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