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.

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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.

Cover Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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The Most Important Things I've Learned From Taking Philosophy

The biggest takeaways that I have collected from my time in my Philosophy class.

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When registering for classes for Fall 2018, I found myself drawn to Philosophy 126: Mind, Brain, Self & Evolution. I figured the class would give me the opportunity to perform a lot of introspection during my first semester at college while also helping me fulfill some General Education requirements, and I couldn't have been more right. I've never had the pleasure of taking a class with such a loose agenda and the freedom to discuss every aspect of the information we are learning. That said, there have been a few major takeaways from this class.

First is the idea that you are not the sum of your parts, but the sum of your parts and the parts of everyone around you. Most people have heard the overused quote "It takes a village to raise a child," but this idea couldn't be more than true. We subconsciously pull so many of our habits, preferences, etc. from the people around us that we ultimately grow to become a community within ourselves, and there is something truly beautiful about that. It takes a village to raise a child to become a village.

Second, I've learned how important it is to understand that if some big philosophical or psychological or physical problem has not been solved yet, there is rarely going to be one solution to it. Millions of years of group thought have placed us in the intellectual shoes we are in, and yet we still question every day what our "purpose" is. There are thousands of theories and possible answers to this question, but who's to say that they aren't all correct? Some aspects of life are just too subjective to be answered objectively.

Lastly is the separation between gaining knowledge and experiential learning. Both are arguably equal in their significance, but we don't truly think about how immensely different the two concepts are until we are forced to. In philosophy, there is a theory centered around this experimental design called "Mary's Room." The story is that a woman named Mary has lived in a black and white room her whole life but has grown up learning everything about color and the human reaction to it (biologically, psychologically, etc.).

Once the door to her room is opened and she sees the color red for the first time, she has just learned something new despite already knowing everything there is to know about the concept of color. Experience is the most important part of the human condition and should not be disregarded when it comes to learning.

There are so many aspects of our existence that we never consider on a daily basis simply because we don't have to. There is something unique about people who are in touch with themselves spiritually: they have a greater understanding not just of who they are, but of who they are in relation to the rest of the world. In a fast-paced, Type A world it is especially easy to lose sight of the importance of experiencing humanity, and we often take this beautiful gift for granted.

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