do people think you're going to Penn State?

<p>this might just be an issue in pennsylvania but has anyone said this to you?</p>

<p>yes 95% do</p>

<p>Let's just say I'm more surprised when people actually recognize the school by its actual identity.</p>

<p>I have not had that problem, but it may be because I'm going to wharton, which has more name recognition.</p>

<p>^^ lol ouch. Wharton has name recognition in only the business community though. It stops bugging you after a while because you win as far as top notch employers are concerned and it's easier to socialize without the ivy league stigma associated with HYP. I mean, how often do you want a conversation to be</p>

<p>X: "Where do you go to school?"
you: "Harvard/equivalent"
X: "Oh, you must be smart."
you: <em>awkwardly smile as if guilty of a crime</em></p>

<p>funny story: My SIL referenced Penn State and when i corrected her, she says "UPenn, Penn state what's the difference?" her daughter is a morehead scholar @ UNC so i responded, "Morehead, Morehouse what's the difference?" she didn't mix them up again.</p>

<p>Well, here are a few awkward conversations about Penn that I have had:</p>

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<li>This is with an aunt </li>
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<p>Aunt: So where are you going to school (expecting to hear a HYPS school spouted out immediately by me)?</p>

<p>Me: I decided to enroll at Wharton</p>

<p>Aunt: Gives blank stare and finally manages to utter "Oh, I thought you were going to a good school"</p>

<p>Me: Well, Wharton is a good school..I turned down Yale to go here.</p>

<p>Aunt: (As she silently scoffs at my "horrific college choice") "Well, I would just tell people you got into Yale and leave it at that"</p>

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<p>Me talking with teacher from my school</p>

<p>Teacher: So, where did you decide to go to school? I hear you got into some fine colleges.</p>

<p>Me: Well thank you, I decided to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania- Wharton</p>

<p>Teacher: Just kind of looks around the room as if he didn't know what to say. Then, finally says, "Really, I heard you got into some Ivy League Schools...why didnt you go to one of them"</p>

<p>Me: Umm..UPenn is an ivy league school. </p>

<p>Teacher: "Really, that is stunning! A state school is in the ivy league?!?"</p>

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<p>This was when my brother was talking to his mother's friend about my school</p>

<p>Friend's Mom: So, where did your brother decide to go to school at?</p>

<p>Brother: He decided to go to the University of Pennsylvania.</p>

<p>Friend's Mom: Oh cool, tell me a little about it!</p>

<p>Brother: Its in Philly. Its an Ivy League school. He is in a dual degree program where he can study engineering and business. Its actually on equal footing with Harvard for business and was founded by Ben Franklin.</p>

<p>Friend's Mom: She laughs and she attempts to correct my brother. "Haha, now Penn State is a good school and all. However, it isn't Ivy League or anything. Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton are the only schools in that group!"</p>

<h2>Brother: He just sits there silently as he forms a negative opinion of his friend's mom</h2>

<p>Ok, last one. This was a friend coming up to me at a graduation party and asking me about college:</p>

<p>Friend: Hey! So, you looking forward to college?</p>

<p>Me: Ya, where did you end up enrolling?</p>

<p>Friend: Oh, I am going to Wheaton. </p>

<p>Me: (I actually spent to researching colleges so I was able to respond as follows) Wheaton! Nice, thats a great Christian school! Illinois is such a cool place. Plus, isn't Wheaton in a really nice suburb?</p>

<p>Friend: Proud of the fact that I was able to recognize her school, she smiles widely and tells me how much fun Wheaton is going to be. Then, she focuses in on where I am going. She begins by saying "So, I hear you got into like Harvard or something, right?" </p>

<p>Me: I actually only got into Stanford and Yale, but I turned them down so that I could go to Wharton. They are giving me an engineering and econ degree.</p>

<p>Friend: Growing a bit confused, she utters out, "Oh man that makes sense, your just trying to take it easy in college!"</p>

<p>Me: Umm, no Wharton's a pretty good school.</p>

<p>Friend: Gottcha, you got scholarships that made Wharton free to attend!</p>

<p>Me: Umm, no..Yale was actually a bit cheaper than Wharton. Both schools also only give need-based aid.</p>

<p>Friend: Now, she just shrugs this off and walks away no doubt thinking I made the dumbest decision of my life</p>

<p>I don't even go to the school and just telling people where I will be applying has led to these misconceptions. I don't really get it...</p>

<p>Probably 50% of the people where im from confuse it with Penn State.</p>

<p>Me: "Im going to Penn"
Them: "Oh, Penn state?"
Me: "No, UPenn. Its in Philadelphia."</p>

<p>Thats pretty much how it goes. Really doesnt matter, though. I doubt too many of us plan to work in our hometowns, or for people who dont know any colleges other than Harvard, [Your] State, and [Their Alma Mater].</p>

<p>I've got a buddy who is a Regents Scholar at Cal and we were discussing something similar the other evening. </p>

<p>Me: If you had to choose between Cornell ILR and Penn Annenberg, where would you go?
Buddy: Cornell for sure!
Me: How come, Penn is also a terrific Ivy.
Buddy: Totally, but I've met some dumbass recruiters on the West Coast that confuse it with Penn St.</p>

<p>If it's been said once, it's been said a thousand times...those who need to know, know.</p>

<p>More bad news...DD goes to Pitt and people think it is the Ivy league school. Sometimes, I don't really want to correct them.</p>

<p>I get this reaction ALL the time. So I always say "University of Pennsylvania" when I'm asked where I'm going instead of saying Penn. And EVERYBODY still says "Oh, Penn State" and when I say "No, it's not a state school it's in Philly" I still get blank and confused stares. </p>

<p>It bothers me most because my peers think I'm being snobby when I correct the Penn State confusion, but I don't think it's wrong to correct the mistake. I'm not saying I'm better than anybody at Penn State, but I don't want to claim a school that I don't attend.</p>

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<p>I prbly handle the Penn state vs. Penn thing a little poorly. I normally indicate that no, UPenn is not a state school in Pennsylvania; rather, it is an ivy league school in Philly.</p>

<p>but upenn is in pennsylvania.</p>

<p>Clerk: Love the shirt! My sister goes to Penn State.</p>

<p>Me: Yeah, it's really great. </p>

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<p>Doctor: <em>filling out insurance forms</em> You're a full time student at U of Arizona?</p>

<p>Me: No, that's my brother. I'm at the University of Pennsylvania.</p>

<p>Doctor: Is that Penn State?</p>

<p>Me: No, it's where you didn't do your residency. </p>

<p>(haha jk about the last line)</p>

<p>It's pretty obnoxious considering that part of the fun of getting into a great school is basking in the recognition. Be honest, you know it's true...we worked hard to get in! But I quote ilovebagels: "Those who need to know, know."</p>

<p>I never thought I'd say this, but I want to buy the "Not Penn State" shirt lol</p>

<p>Haha my dad always says:
"If they don't know the difference between Penn and Penn State, they don't need to know"</p>

<p>When my dentist asked me where I was going to college, I told him "the University of Pennsylvania." He said, "why are you going all the way over there?" (I'm from the west coast) or something of that nature. He looked at me like I was stupid for going so far away. I told him "it's a really good school." He still looked confused. </p>

<p>At my sister's graduation party, one of her really good friends she grew up with that I hadn't seen in a long time was there. I heard he was going to Brown next year. He came up to talk to me about college and I mentioned that it was great that he was going to Brown, and that I considered going there. He asked me where I was going. I told him "the University of Pennsylvania." He looked at me with a blank stare like he had never heard of that school before, and he was a high school senior going to Brown!? That was troubling to me. He gave this look like 'if you are going there, why do you think you would have any option of going to Brown?' LOL. He was entering a fellow Ivy League school!!</p>

<p>^^ The exact same thing happened to me with a girl going to Brown yesterday. She asked where I was going and I said "University of Pennsylvania" and she asked me what campus. And I said "Not Penn State, UPenn. Its in Philly." She just said oh and gave me a confused look. That bothered me because it was obvious she thought she was going to a better school than I was. She clearly had never heard of UPenn and had no idea that it too was Ivy League.</p>

<p>Haa I love these stories. I applied to Wharton/bought some UPenn sweatpants on a visit there. The pants just said "Penn" on them. I was wearing them at school once, and I heard some kids talking about me, they were like:</p>

<p>Kid 1: Hes wearing Penn State sweatpants
Kid 2: But I thought he was going to an Ivy League school?
Me: Its UPenn, it is an Ivy League school, I just applied there
Kid 1: Ya, but it still means Penn State right.. its just like two different campuses..
<strong>facepalm</strong></p>