10 Things You Know If You Go To San Diego State

10 Things You Know If You Go To San Diego State

The common struggles, elements of pride, and knowledge between fellow Aztecs.​

As one of the top California State Universities and arguably the best school in San Diego, the subculture of San Diego state creates an indescribable camaraderie among students. We are all Aztecs.

1. The Aztec Mascot

Forget the sweaty mascot costumes, we’re Aztecs! The Aztec mascot is San Diego State’s own mini-celebrity, everyone always wants a picture with him. The lack of clothing he wears might initially catch you by surprise but if you see how much exercise he gets during a football game, you’d understand. Go to a San Diego State football game, I promise you’ll be cheering along with the crowd while he blows the conch shell and does push-ups for every point our football team scores.

SEE ALSO: Why You Shouldn't Become An SDSU Aztec

2. "The Show"

The division one athletic program at San Diego State is among the top in the nation. With the top teams in the league, come the top fans in the league. Our student section is named "The Show" in reference to the tremendous school spirit on display during each sporting event. #GoAztecs!

3. Stay Out of the Bike Lanes

Courtesy of San Diego State’s Environmental Business club, E3, the main walkways of campus consist of designated lanes for bikers, skateboarders, scooters, and rollerbladers. While it is implemented with intentions of separating pedestrian traffic and faster modes of transportation, crossing from one side of the bike lanes to the other can feel like having a close brush with death. The bike lanes also tend to point out those who are visiting campus, as they usually wind up walking down Campanile Walkway, in the bike lanes.

4. The Term “State”

It may not be one of the 50 in our country but we still reference it as “state”. Stemming from avoiding confusion of other schools in San Diego such as UC San Diego or San Diego City College, “state” is the delegated nickname for SDSU.

5. Shakesmart

Exclusively in San Diego and started by San Diego State University alumni, Shakesmart is the perfect post-workout treat or breakfast food to start your morning off right. Emphasizing nutritious yet delicious foods, Shakesmart prides itself in providing easily accessible and healthy food options. From an “original acai bowl” to a “perfect 10” shake to a “peanut butter and banana sandwich”, Shakesmart offers a plethora of options-- and they’re included on meal plan too!

6. Awesome Study Spots

One of the biggest motivators to study at San Diego State are the exquisite study spots. From the modern furniture and art in Love Library to the turtle pond, to the patio deck behind Storm Hall, you’re virtually guaranteed to study with a breathtaking view. And when all else fails, there’s always the beach!

7. Game Day is All Day

If the game is at 7:00 p.m. the trolley station and Qualcomm stadium parking lot is packed by 3:00 p.m. The green line trolley is filled to capacity with San Diego State students decked out in black and red, anticipating the excitement of tailgating for Game Day. Our athletics, especially football and basketball, are among the many things that we take an immense amount of pride in.

8. Trujillo’s and Señor Pancho's

One of the most commonly debated topics on campus is which taco shop is superior. Whether Trujillo’s is your go to and Pancho’s is your backup plan when the Trujillo’s line is out the door, they're both open until the odd hours of the night to satisfy all of your authentic Mexican cuisine cravings and late night junk food munchies. Among Carne Asada Fries and California Burritos, nothing could come close to being as good as Trujillo's Sigma Chi Crunch Wrap.

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9. The Bricks Outside of Love Library

It’s either happened or bound to happen to everyone at some point. You’re walking to class, slightly overwhelmed by the amount of people passing by, maybe scanning the crowd for familiar faces when BAM! You trip over one of the bricks sticking up from the ground, maybe not completely falling over but enough to instill complete embarrassment in you. Whether you’ve seen it happen to someone, or you’ve experienced it first hand those bricks never fail to humiliate at least one person a day.

10. No Other School Can Compare

As the #14 ranking for International Business, #7 most culturally diverse, and among the top 20 schools for students who graduate with the least amount of debt in the nation, it’s hard not to fall in love with this school. Playing hard and studying harder, San Diego State students have helped SDSU move up 37 spots in the overall national university ranking since 2011.

Moving from #183 to #146 in the nation, San Diego State has become one of the top California State Universities. The beautiful campus and astounding variety of programs create the perfect environment to prepare students for a successful future.

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When You Work A Job In College, You Earn Things Mom And Dad's Money Can't Buy

The appreciation I have gained is something that cannot be bought, it was earned by hard work and dedication.

As my first year of college approached, I pleaded with my parents not to make me work during my first semester. I selfishly just wanted to have as much free time as possible to hang out with my friends, go out to frat parties, and sleep the whole next day. The last thing I wanted was to have a job to worry about, I just wanted to live off of my parents' dime.

I also thought it would have been nice to have school and extracurriculars as my only responsibility, but my parents refused to let me not have a job. They were both extremely hard workers for all of their life and saw no reason I could not handle both work and school.

So, against my wishes, I went out and got myself a hostessing job at a local restaurant. I had no idea the lessons and skills I would gain from this job that I dreaded on applying for initially.

1. Time Management

One of the things I value most about simultaneously being a student and having a job is learning how to manage my time. Prior to being a working student, I was extremely lazy when it came to doing assignments and projects, I would put them off until the very last possible moment. Once I started working, I had no time to waste, I was forced to get my life together and prioritize my responsibilities. So instead of spending my free time laying around and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I was finishing my assignments before I had to go to work because I knew I had no other choice. I learned how to balance my responsibilities while still making time for myself.

2. Maturity

I learned that you cannot rely on your parents financially forever and that it is crucial to learn how to support yourself. I know my parents wanted to teach me that the real world is hard and they wanted to prepare me for it as best as they could. They did not want to shelter and enable me because they realized that it would only hinder me in the long run. My job itself taught me how to take responsibility for my actions, be on time, and to be professional. This all around gave me a more mature outlook on life and strengthened me as a person in several areas.

3. Perseverance

Being a working student is not easy and often makes it really hard to keep going when you are tired, sick, or just feeling worn out. Balancing both work and school can be extremely overwhelming and just make you want to give up at times, but you learn how to persevere because you care about your future. I had coworkers, teachers, and friends/family supporting me through every obstacle that was placed in my path and helped me get closer to achieving my goals. I knew the consequences of missing work, skipping class, and being lazy so I chose to persevere even when times were tough.

4. The Value of Money

When your parents support you financially, you never realize how much things cost. You probably never thought twice about swiping your parents' credit card for a $5 coffee or a $20 meal, but once it's your own money you start to think twice about splurging on unnecessary items. I began to realize how much things like groceries and gas cost and started to manage my money accordingly.

I also learned that money just doesn’t grow on trees and that there is a lot of hard work required in earning money. I would never have realized the true value of a dollar if my parents didn't make me get a job in college.

5. Appreciation

By having a job in college, I gained such an appreciation for things that I would have previously taken for granted. I have learned what it means to work for things and truly deserve everything that I have worked for. The appreciation I have gained is something that cannot be bought, it was earned by hard work and dedication.

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Your simple, yet silly personalities have the ability to light up any room you walk into.

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