Pennsylvania Weekend – Allegheny
So here are my Allegheny College pictures that I took from my phone (iPhoneography wooooooo), so sorry in advance that some of them are weirdly dark. I thought I would take this post as an opportunity to tell you a little bit about the place where I spent four years of my life :] 
  • Allegheny College is one of the top 1% oldest schools in the US, having been founded in 1815. I know that’s not very old by, say, European standards, but hey. I think it’s cool :]
  • Allegheny was also one of the very first schools in the US to accept women. I recently learned that we were exactly 100 years before UVA, which didn’t start accepting until 1970 (so crazy!). That also means that some of our sororities (mine included hehe) are some of the oldest chapters in the country (which is why Kappa Kappa Gamma is not technically a sorority but a “women’s fraternity,” because it was founded before there was such a term as sorority.).
  • Allegheny was ranked #20 Most Rigorous University in the US by Daily Beast, as well as #1 Up-And-Coming Liberal Arts College by US Weekly.
  • Allegheny is the only university on earth to have expelled a US president! William McKinley, our 25th president, attended Allegheny for only one year before he was expelled for bringing a cow up into the bell tower of the main campus building! For those of you that don’t know, cows can only walk up stairs, not down…hence the prank. Who knows how much of that is actually true, but it is definitely a legend that we enjoy perpetuating :]
  • The term “wind-chill” was coined by an Allegheny alum. We like to think that it’s because of the crazy winters you get there! Story about that…one time I had to walk across campus and forgot gloves. By the time I met up with my friend on the other side (a five minute walk), my hands were so cold I put out her cigarette with my finger by mistake…and I didn’t feel it at all!

These are two of the main buildings on campus. The one on the left is Bentley Hall, the first building of the school! That tower is where McKinley supposedly brought the cow. The building on the right is Brooks Hall, which is mostly a dorm but also the biggest dining hall on the ground floor. See those windows coming out of the roof? Two of them (directly to the right of the big white triangle) are windows to the room in which I lived my sophomore year :]
This is where I learned French :]
I am hoping SO MUCH that my little brother goes here too! It’s in his top three choices so fingers crossed. It sure is beautiful, isn’t it?
  • This place is beautiful and so the history . If I could get a chance , i would be there . ASAP!
    Noor's Place

  • your school was insanely beautiful! and such a prestigious university as well, it sounds like you really enjoyed your time there 🙂

    Little Blue Backpack

  • It's sooooo pretty there! Our winters our super windy and awful as well. I HATE it! There's nothing worse than walking outside and having the ice cold wind rip right through you!

  • what incredible photos!! and such a stunning school. i'm so glad you had such a special college experience x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • Liz

    That college looks so calming and peaceful! I feel like I heard about it recently, but I can't quite remember where. 😡 Er, the thought just came up, but I think it was on a show that I heard about it.

  • I love the history, I'm so proud of it :]

  • Yes, I am so so proud of it :] I think it's a really underrated school in the US, not many people have heard of it.

  • I HATED the windchill, but I really would love to have cold winters back. I am from San Diego and that's where I'm at now and it's still 75-80 degrees mid-Novemeber. I have had ENOUGH of summer weather!

  • Thank you :] I loved it and I'm totally proud of it, in case you couldn't tell haha.

  • That's crazy! Do you you remember what show it was on? Not many people have heard of Allegheny! But yes, it was a very peaceful campus. Perfect for school.

  • Your school is so stunning and photogenic I must say! 🙂 I feel like I could live here! 😀 This is really perfect for school, I can imagine myself in a quiet afternoon sitting under a tree and reviewing for an exam. :))

  • Hehe yes it was an amazing place to study/live! Even worth the mountains of snow in the winter. I spent many times under the trees there :]