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In considering their time at Allegheny, most students are very thankful for the education they received and all the great people they got to know. There are so many different kinds of people and points-of-view that students are not encouraged to do anything they truly don't want to do. Most people feel that they have really grown and changed as a result of the Allegheny experience, and in a good way.
There are students that have regrets or were in some way disappointed with their Allegheny education. Meadville does not provide the kinds of opportunities or the nightlife that a big-city university would. Succeeding at Allegheny is a lot of work. It takes a lot of time and effort, and for some, it might not be worth it. Allegheny isn't perfect, but for the majority of people, they wouldn't trade their time at Allegheny for anything. Even the people that came to Allegheny because they didn't get into their first-choice university usually find that, in the end, Allegheny was the right college for them.
Meadville is a small town, but there is more to it than one might thin at first. There are a lot of inexpensive and very good local restaurants, bars breweries, and bakeries. Make it a point to get a slice of pizza and a cookie from Creative Crust, a burger from Chipper's Pub, and a craft beer from Voodoo Brewery. Within a short distance, there are also many great places for camping and day trips, such as Conneaut Lake, and local festivities like First Fridays and the County Fair. Finally, there is a discount movie theater that has all the most popular films a few weeks late, a slightly more expensive one that gets them when they come out, an asian restaurant with very good Thai and Indian food, and Hank's Frozen Custard, praised as one of the best ice cream places in the country. The town doesn't always seem like much, but there is actually a lot to like about it, and its only an hour or two from multiple large cities.
If you don't want to party, you don't have to.
If you want to party, don't have high expectations. They're fun... but really bizarre. Really, really bizarre. That being said, I typically have a really good time when I go out. You get used to the weirdness, I guess.
I came into the school a little confused as to what I truly wanted to study. I thought I had a vague idea, but I ended up changing my mind a lot. For this reason, I'm really thankful for Allegheny's distribution requirements; I was able to take an assortment of classes from different disciplines and was therefore able to figure things out for myself. I used my freshman year to find what I want to study and I'm not behind because of that.
You have two on-campus options: McKinley's (which is a la carte), or Brooks, which is all you can eat.
McKin's tends to be a bit expensive, with a regular meal costing around $5-8. While that doesn't seem like much, compared to the quantity, quality, and price of restaurants in Meadville, it is a bit expensive.
Brooks is hit or miss. Sometimes, the food is extremely good, and other times it's not. Between the two options, McKin's is more consistant in it's food quality.
The weather is very unpredictable. The only constant is the wind. Winters are pretty cold, and we get a lot of snow. Some years (much like this one) spring can come very late. It's mid April, and the weather is just beginning to hit the 50's-70's.
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