11 Things University Of Minnesota Students Do

11 Things University Of Minnesota Students Do

As a student here at the U of M, here are some things I've noticed that other students do that are just, well, normal to me now.

The University of Minnesota campus is pretty big, home to over 40,000 people. On the daily, there's a number of things that are said and done that really just don't take anyone by surprise anymore. The U of M is home to a variety of people full of their own spirits. As a student here at the U of M, here are some things I've noticed that other students do that are just, well, normal to me now.

1. Sleeping in Coffman

I was always one who thought falling asleep in public was a huge no and thought it was pretty weird. Not only that, but the idea also makes me super uncomfortable as I don't like the thought of other people strolling by as you sleep. Well, not here. I'm pretty sure there's not a day that goes by that someone isn't sleeping in the comfy Coffman chairs, but hey, that's just the way we roll around here.

2. Taking pictures with Goldy

I swear it's in the blood of every freshman to take the infamous "pic with Goldy." A U of M tradition, that's for sure.

3. Walking what seems like 100 miles a day

Unless it's a weekend or a day where we're just really not feeling the whole class thing, we're bound to walk at least 2-3 miles a day, if not more. The mileage is a given on this huge campus.

4. Going to PAWS

I literally haven't met a single person on campus who doesn't love this. If you're unaware, PAWS means "Pet Away Worry and Stress," and it doesn't get much better than that. I mean, why wouldn't you want to go pet the cutest pups to throw your stress away?!

5. Chilling on the grass in the mall

Okay but seriously, how do some of you people find this comfortable? Doing your homework outside even? On the ground? H.O.W.?

6. Biking around campus

You people and your bikes. There's not a day that goes by that someone isn't biking 30mph and almost hits a student. Only here, though.

7. Getting Starbucks

I swear, we literally live off of this. There hasn't been a time that I've ever gone to any of the Starbucks and they weren't insanely busy or even a time where I've walked outside and didn't see someone with a Starbucks drink in their hand.

8. Doing "The Gopher"

Ah, the Gopher. A gopher game and Welcome Week tradition. You all know it.

9. Making the "M"

It's not Welcome Week unless you're on the field of TCF squished together int the shape of an 'M' with 7,000 of your peers.

10. Drunkdonalds at 2am

Rain, wind, or snow--it doesn't matter. Literally, no natural occurrence will stop us as we've all been there.

11. Hating Wisconsin

If you don't hate Wisconsin, are you even a true Gopher? The Gopher vs. Badger games are always the best and they sure bring out the biggest rivalry there ever was.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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Instead of Telling People Their Problems Are Invalid, Try Being Supportive of Their Personal Situation

Everyone is going through something. Do not make them feel like their feelings are irrational when others in the world have it worse.


Not one person in this world has a perfect life, regardless of the picture they may paint for the rest of the world. Everyone is going through something, and whether it be big or small, it is still something they have to work through and deal with. Just because someone has a bigger problem somewhere else in the world does not make my problem less valid.

The infamous "Someone Always Has it Worse Syndrome" comes from those with an insensitive outlook point-of-view on life. These types of people love to remind when you when they feel as though they or someone they know has a problem of more severity than you. Yes, when it comes to those struggling with hunger or homelessness while you may be sitting in your bedroom with an abundance of food, there are of course people out there barely surviving with the necessities of life. But when it comes to other things like homesickness or a feeling of stress and anxiety over certain situations, my current experiences are still very real to me and still completely and 100% valid. Being insensitive to someone's feelings and expressing these opinions about their struggles does not make them go away, it only adds to the weight they already have on their shoulders.

It has been and always will be important to remember what those around the world are going through, but never tell someone that they should not feel how they feel. Feelings and emotions are what makes us human, so do not be the person who takes that away from someone's personal problems. Certain things affect people in certain ways, so while it may not be a big deal to you it could be everything to someone else.

Remember that everyone is fighting their own battle, no matter what the magnitude of it may be. Do not make others feel less, instead be the support system they need and someone to lean on. Be sensitive to their feelings, yet be able to recognize when saying things like this is actually appropriate.

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