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.​
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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.

SEE ALSO: 25 First Date Ideas In San Diego


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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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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