10 Things That You Know Are True About Connecticut

10 Things That You Know Are True About Connecticut


1. The 25 mile per hour speed limits. Everywhere.

It doesn't really matter where in Connecticut you live; everywhere you go has some odd reason to make the speed limit 25. If you live in the woods and farms areas where every curve in the roads are almost right angles, the speed limit is 25. If you live in a more populated area where the little yellow signs shaped like children holding a flag are at every other house, the speed limit is 25. Even if the road has a double yellow line, the speed limit is still probably 25. Connecticut people may make fun of Massachusetts drivers for being awful, but its probably because we aren't going fast enough to actually get into accidents. The only time people actually follow those speed limits is when it's snowing and they don't plow the roads.

2. Speaking of snow, some people love it, some hate it.

In Connecticut, there is disparity over whether snow is loved or hated. All children under 18 love a snow day, but it tends to get ridiculous when you haven't had school for a week, no one has power, and it is 25 degrees outside. We are a part of New England, so at least we don't get in 20-car-pileups on the highway when it snows an inch, but after a certain point shoveling foot after foot of snow makes you wish it weren't snowing anymore. Especially when the town gives up on plowing the roads. Has anyone else ever skied down their roads?

3. Jeeps.

If you were to visit any parking lot in Connecticut- a high school, grocery store, etc.- Every third car will most likely be a keep Wrangler or Rubicon. It's a culture.

4. Going to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard and seeing too many people you know.

Maybe it's the Jeep culture that attracts Connecticut people to a hard-to-get-to-island where you can't go in the water for more than an hour because you will have a hard time breathing. Maybe it's the vineyard vines. It doesn't matter how preppy you are on a scale from 1-10, you will see at least one person you know every single time you leave the house that looks exactly like the one next to you. One of the following words has definitely at least been an item of conversation: Siasconset, Madaket, Tom Nevers, Dionis, Surfside, or the Juice Bar.

5. Apple Orchards and Tree Farms

These are more common for Central/Northern Connecticut, but people will travel the distance to go apple picking, ride the hayride, and get the apple pie that Connecticut is famous for. We just grow a lot of apples. And then there are the tree farms. Some people tailgate at football games. We tailgate at tree farms. When the holiday season rolls around, everyone gathers together to make good food and hang out outside while picking out a home grown christmas tree to chop down. Maybe the validation of chopping down your own tree is what attracts people, or maybe it's the overabundance of trees in general.

6. New Haven Pizza

There are so many cities that argue over who has the best pizza. Chicago claims their deep-dish pizza is the best, while New York claims their thin-crust pizza is the best. Sometimes New Jersey tries to get a step in. However, all Connecticut natives are partial to New Haven. Besides having Yale, New Haven has a lot of good food from all over the world... but mostly the pizza

7. The rivalry between Greenwich, Darien, and New Canaan.

As an innocent bystander of this trio of rivals, I can honestly say that I enjoy it. I could fit every person that goes to my college in Greenwich's cafeteria. Darien has twice as many high schoolers as people that live in my entire town. New Canaan is just plain intimidating. Sit back and watch these FCIAC double L schools battle it out on the sports fields.

8. You know what Tuxedo Junction or Toad's Place is.

I hate to ruin it for everyone else, but you know the venues. You know the shows. You know that you say you never want to go back there, but you always do it anyways.

9. Sandy Hook brought us all together

On a more serious note, December 14th shook our whole state. Forget the rivalries, forget the competition. Every single person living in Connecticut mourned the loss of those 20 beautiful children and the heroic adults that tried to save them. I still remember the lockdowns and the fear, and I know that everyone else does as well. That experience left us with a state-wide community that supports each other and will never forget.

10. We like to poke fun at where we live, but we really actually like it.

People complain about Connecticut all the time. Some people don't even know where it is on a map of the United States. But we have mastered the art of knowing how to make our own fun, and how to embrace our experiences outside of where we live.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Why Passion Leads To Success

Success is based on what a person wants to accomplish and the journey they take to accomplishing their goals.


Passion is extremely important to a person's success. I think success is when a person is happy and content with their life and they have the career they have dreamed of and they make the right amount of money to live the way they want. I also think it is that a person meeting their goals and taking advantage of opportunities in their lives to better themselves is important to become successful. Success for an individual is usually based on their goals in life and the passions they have for certain subjects and career choices.

Kids always are forced into doing what their parents want and high school pressures kids to go to college way too much. I chose the path to go to college, but it is not the only option or always the right one. All people are different and they all have different interests, and that is the key point to their success. People have plenty of hobbies they enjoy, but they are always certain subjects and activities that people are passionate about. After graduation, the options are endless, because there are jobs a person can advance in to become a top employee in the company. A person can also go to all kinds of schools such as college, trade schools, tech school, beauty school, dental school, and so many more. A person can also join the military and serve their country while trying to find a career to enjoy in the military, so they have options after their service. Some people cannot handle the military, college, or trade school and there is nothing wrong with that. The journey a person takes and the goals they achieve cannot be rushed, but takes hard work on finding out what makes you happy and what makes goals achievable.

I know some people that are still trying to find their passion in their early twenties and there is nothing wrong with that. Some people are having kids or getting married, while others are achieving some goals or getting into trouble. The point is everyone is in a different place and have a different journey as they attempt to find out their passion. An important quote to me comes from Walt Payton. Payton was a running back for the Chicago Bears in the 1970s and his quote was "If you're good at something you'll tell everyone, but if you're great at something they'll tell you." This quote is important because usually if an individual is great at something and people tell you, then a person will likely fall in love with that activity. People love to be complimented and hear positive comments about themselves to boost their self-confidence. People perform their best at the subjects that they care about and have a passion for, but they also need the praise and support from the people around them to push them to be their very best. This is how I found my passion, but some people will stumble on it themselves. I started writing papers for English classes and computer classes in high school and my first year of college. I enjoyed having the freedom to write about what I wanted and being recognized for that made me feel confident so I decided to major to become a journalist. I never imagined that I would become a journalist, but that turned out to be something I loved doing and I continue working hard to improve my writing skills.

Society judges a person's every move and they peer pressure many people into feeling they have to make all the money they can or they have to go to college to be successful. I know people that have not attended college and they are making good money at their job and enjoying what they do. I know some friends who go to trade schools or are getting certificates to establish their career. The best thing America offers an individual is the ability to have the power to choose your career based on personal interests and skills a person possesses to make themselves content with their lives. People should take advantage of the opportunities around them and try to do their best in their profession. People do not live forever, but their work and impact they leave around them are important, so people should make the best of their life and find their passion.

Passion is important for every human to find, but do not rush your life or career, because people will find their passion at all different ages and periods in their lives. Young adults should enjoy their lives and have fun with their peers as they find their passion and set their goals to become the best they can be in their career. I have seen people of all ages in my college classes; Kids from high school, young adults, and even adults in their thirties to sixties. This proves people can change their current situation any time they want and find their passion at any age. People need to get more confidence in themselves and put their best effort into every aspect of their lives, so they can be happy and successful. Life is all about what a persons makes it because they are in control of their destiny, but they must find their passion and capitalize on their opportunities.

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