Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?!
This article was originally published with The Odyssey on May 8, 2017.
If there’s one thing the Pennsylvania State System schools are good at, it’s sticking together when things go south. Like last fall, when the union and the state system were fighting, we all had to come together to fight for our faculty just as if they would if it was us on the line. The cast of Stranger Things is no different; they all banded together when it was most important. Here are 11 of the Pennsylvania State schools as Stranger Things characters.
1. Bloomsburg – Hopper
2. Lock Haven – Mike Wheeler
Like Lock Haven, Mike Wheeler is not only loyal to the things he cares about, but he’s always willing to go the extra mile. He may lose sight of the bigger picture sometimes, but his heart is in the right place.
3. Millersville – Will Byers
Just like Will Byers, Millersville is also in the middle of nowhere, it’s just not quite as creepy and scary as the Upside Down. Also, Millersville is a pretty fantastic friend and always loyal to their MU family.
4. Shippensburg – Nancy
Just like Shippensburg, Nancy is still learning the ropes of independence. She doesn’t always make the best decisions and often suffers the consequences from it, like leaving Barb to die. However, both are severely loyal, resourceful, and will fight to get what they want.
5. Slippery Rock – Barb
Slippery Rock is smart and underrated, just like Barb. We don’t hear too much about them from other schools, besides the rare conference being hosted there, but we’d still care about them if something happened.
6. West Chester – Joyce Byers
On the outside, West Chester and Joyce Byers look like normal people, just trying to get by. But on the inside, they’re both a little crazy, but in the best way. Both are loyal, impulsive, and determined to achieve what they set their mind to.
7. IUP – Jonathan
Just like Jonathan, not a lot of people know IUP exists, but they’re smart, and they’re trying their best. They have a deep appreciation for the arts and student activities. Like Jonathan does for his photography, and also monster-hunting. That’s a student activity, right?
8. Edinboro – Dustin
There are little to no chain restaurants in the town surrounding Edinboro, and it’s students really dig that. It’s the perfect, quaint, and original town to surround such a small and quiet university. Dustin is a unique friend; he’s always thinking outside the box to get his friends out of trouble. There could never be another Dustin, just like there could never be another Edinboro.
9. California – Steve
Steve and California of PA have a lot of in common; they both rely on their environment to thrive, they’re well-known, and they’re close to something much greater than they realize. Without the college, the town of California wouldn’t last, just like without Steve’s mean friends, he wouldn’t survive. Both are popular for their personalities, and while California of PA is close to Pittsburgh, Steve is close to being a good boyfriend toward the end of Season 1.
10. Clarion – Eleven
Just like the students at Clarion, Eleven really loves hanging out in the woods. Also, just like the badly planned layout of Clarion, Eleven doesn’t make the best decisions. However, both Eleven and Clarion are willing to put themselves before their peers and protect what’s important to them.
11. Kutztown – Lucas
Lucas and Kutztown are the most alike because they’re unique and loyal to their families, whether that family is blood or friendship. Due to their loyal and original personalities, they’re not too sure about opening up to or teaming up with new people. They are the most cautious person in group projects because they know they’ve got the best idea.