Being at a big school like Indiana University has taught me so much. It's taught me that diversity is key, parties are truly a thing and that schoolwork is piled on. But, if Indiana University specifically has taught me anything, its not only how to tailgate or what "tailgate SZN" means, but its that there is nothing like a tailgate at Indiana University! Here's why:
1. Its the only place where wearing overalls is socially acceptable in this day and age.
Because where else can you wear striped overalls and converse and call it a trend? You're basically the odd one out if you don't own a pair.
2. Tailgates start early and end late.
Not only do we start as early as 9 am, but we don't really ever stop.
3. You don't get in trouble, until you do.
It's all fun and games until you hear about one of your friends getting a big ticket because they pet a dog by the frat tents. But hey, its all fun and games in the Big Ten!
4. Not only are public bathrooms crowded, they're praised!
It's rare when you see a line to use a port-o-potty. It's also rare when you see a line of people excited to use that same form of public restroom. I don't know if its the love for the atmosphere or the actual relief, but whatever it is, it's all part of tailgating.
5. The turnout is unreal.
Yes, the turnout is actually unreal. There's a reason why video companies like I'm Schmacked come to Bloomington. What could be more special than that? The fact that school spirit is shown immensely because the turnout shows in the football stands.
6. Tailgates are the kickoff to a great year.
Touching on school spirit again: tailgate SZN gets everyone who participates in the mood to actually be at school, even though we're waiting for them all week in class.
7. Tailgates are extremely inclusive.
Although Indiana University has a large greek community, there are hundreds of tailgate plots that are rented out on a weekly basis to fans who want to have a good time. So, in other words, you can be social at frat tents, or be social with other fans of IU football. Everyone at IU is joined together by one common element: loving the school itself.
So for all of you Hoosiers returning to school: be safe, have fun and be responsible because tailgate SZN is upon us!