10 Questions You Hear Every Day On The University Of Alabama Campus

10 Questions You Hear Every Day On The University Of Alabama Campus

It's called "lamping" and you gotta learn it, live it, love it.

Attending college is a big change in a person's life, but even more so if that college is the University of Alabama. With tailgating all day, classes between 30 and 300 people, and the club of anyone's liking, it would be easy to say that Alabama is one of the best schools in the country.

However, there are a ton of unanswered questions that I have had just within my short time of two months here on campus and there are a plethora of questions I hear on the daily, if not twice a day.

1. "Why is it still so hot?!"

This one is SO real. I'm from North Carolina, where I thought it got hot... I was mistaken. I'm here and I wake up to check the weather... I have given up expecting it to be under 75 at 9 a.m.

2. "Is it supposed to rain today?"

For those of you who do not know, Alabama is the third rainiest state in the entire country and they made sure to drill it in my head while at orientation. Therefore, I carry an umbrella in my book bag at all times, you know, just in case.

3. "Why am I sick... AGAIN?"

The freshman flu is just as real as the freshman 15. I tried to prevent from getting sick in the most ways, but here I am again, wishing that I never took for granted all the times that I could breathe out of my nose.

4. "Wait, which bus can I take to get home?"

Good luck trying to find out which buses go where and when because, I swear, it is the hardest thing I've done to this date.

5. "Does ______ take dining dollars?"

When you are running out of money, dining dollars are your best friend. Money from UA to spend on food? Yes, please.

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6. "Which frat guy did she shag, again?"

It is nearly impossible to learn all of the 32 of the fraternities here at UA, so for clarification, you always ask which frat and which guy when talking about frat daddies with your friends.

7. "Is Roll Tide a greeting, a way of saying thank you, or words used to cheer on the football team?"

Trick question... it's all of the above. And more.

8. "Why did I take an 8 a.m?"

The worse time to take classes. The only people that take them are either, a) out of options, b) finishing their majors with the no other options for class times, or c) Satan.

9. "Does ______ check IDs?"

UA is hugely involved in Greek life, but even if you aren't, you are trying to get into those certain parties that are held at bars. Sometimes you need a fake, sometimes you don't, so this is an essential question when going out.

10. "Is that girl wearing pants?"

Yes, she is, in fact, wearing pants. You just can't see them because her shirt is so big. It's called lamping. Learn it, live it, and love it.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major


Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Saying "No" Is OK

It is okay to put yourself first and do what's best for you


It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

However, there is a part two to this no phenomenon. Continuing with my example, I now have two open hours in my week. The overachiever in me would try to find something to fill it. Maybe another club or activity. Maybe more hours at work or a place to volunteer. And while none of these are bad things to do or have in your life, you are just replacing a time taker with another. When you say no, mean it and don't fill it.

This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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