Big Ten Network to air '1st Thirty' episodes on Dec. 4

November 14, 2008

University Park, Pa. -- “1st Thirty,” Penn State’s online video series about the first 30 days of college life, will have its Big Ten Network debut at 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and will be rerun at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

“1st Thirty” is the true story of four strangers, living together by chance, who have their life videotaped. A student camera crew from Penn State's College of Communications worked with an outside multimedia production company to record about 85 hours of real-time events of four women students, identified only by their first names. 

The episodes chronicle the milestones of the four female high school graduates who hail from Pennsylvania and three other states as they transition to college life, starting with their arrival on campus and face-to-face introduction to their roommates. The series is believed to be an innovative way for admissions officers to show, in streaming video, what it's really like to attend one of the largest and most popular universities in the United States.  Episodes launch through Penn State's Go Ahead site at, directly at

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