If Huntingdon shares one—and only one—quality with New York City, it's this: After you live there a while, not much will surprise you. Whether it's flooding from a hurricane or having a town-wide trash and treasure hunt in the streets, Huntingdon has a personality all its own, and students and residents alike get used to the beauties and the oddities it willingly and often provides. Love it or hate it, the town has atmosphere. But students' reactions to this atmosphere differ. While Juniata wouldn't be Juniata without Huntingdon, that doesn't mean students don't get claustrophobic sometimes. Huntingdon has many charms, but it also has its drawbacks. The town is somewhat economically depressed and rather isolated, and it's small, small, small. However, students can usually get what they need from Giant or the various shops around town.
Some of Huntingdon's perks are that it's safe, friendly, and full of home-owned stores, including "specialty shops" and a few cozy, character-laden diners and restaurants. Route 22 has fast food and clothing stores, and students make Sheetz a regular pit stop. Few find the town's smallness oppressive enough to leave. Instead, most adjust to the rural surroundings and learn to spot the treasures of small-town life. Huntingdon has a lot of character and friendly residents; if you have a sense of humor (and a car), odds are you'll learn to love it.