11 Words With Different Meanings To Elon Students

11 Words With Different Meanings To Elon Students


In the small town of Elon, North Carolina, one would never expect for such a mediocre place to contain such a complex vernacular. But, thanks to the population of Elon University, words that are just as average as the surrounding town take on a whole new meaning.

1. Acorn

To most: The fruit of the oak.

To Elon students: Our 2015 claim to fame when Ellen featured our favorite local sandwich shop.

2. Global

To most: An adjective describing something with worldly qualities.

To Elon students: The most desirable living location for underclassmen and only the most elite students. Some say the dorms are paved in gold. Also, have you seen the Great Hall? Weddings can be held in that place.

3. The Boobs

To most: A woman's breast.

To Elon students: The most central quad on campus, a prime location for studying, playing frisbee, or catching some Springtime rays. Or a place that is totally deserted when it is below 60 degrees on our campus.

4. High Point University

To most: A respected university.

To Elon students: Rock bottom.

5. Root

To most: The part of a plant that attaches it to the ground for support.

To Elon students: Truffle fries and foodie grilled cheese. Life changing experience for all.

6. Bucket

To most: A plastic container often used for storage or to carry things in.

To Elon students: Your favorite drink Saturday night, your worst enemy Sunday morning. You may find yourself wondering why your mouth is stained blue by the end of the night?

7. Phoenix

To most: A mythological bird that rose from the ashes.

To Elon students: Rumor has it, it's our masot.

8. Oaks

To most: A temperate tree that offers shade on hot summer days.

To Elon students: The only conveniently located dorm for upperclassmen.

9. Late night

To most: Midnight, a general time when most people are sleeping.

To Elon students: Tater tots, greasy food, and most dependable post-game. Most frequented by freshmen and sophomores.

10. Snow Day

To most: A designated day off of school due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

To Elon students: One inch of snow and a couple yaks about possible flurries. Thank you, Smith Jackson, for all the emails.

11. Leo

To most: The lion.

To Elon students: The president of our university, the best host of the annual Christmas party, and our favorite person to receive a wave from when walking through campus. In a nutshell, he is a celebrity.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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It's the little things that count.


Today, and every day, it's important to incorporate self-love into our lives. Each day, we can do something little that adds up to something big to benefit ourselves and our mental health. Loving yourself comes in many forms and activities.

1. Remind yourself that you, and your feelings, are valid.

2. Be true to yourself.

3. Do not let others take away your uniqueness.

4. List 10 things that you love about yourself.

5. Read your favorite book.

6. Take a walk alone and reflect on what makes you happy.

7. Do yoga.

8. Watch a movie that makes you laugh (or cry).

9. Paint your nails.

10. Buy your favorite drink from your favorite coffee shop.

11. Take a nap.

12. Eat your favorite food.

13. Start exercising.

14. Write down how you are feeling.

15. Identify a challenge in your life, and develop a plan to overcome it.

16. Get a massage or a facial.

17. Talk on the phone with someone you love.

18. Cry if you need to.

19. Pet a dog.

20. Go get your hair done.

21. Buy a new outfit that you feel confident wearing.

22. Log off of social media for one day.

23. Drink lots of water.

24. Talk about your life journey with someone else.

25. Color a picture.

26. Try a new hobby.

27. Go outside, and find five beautiful things to take pictures of.

28. Think about what has made you grateful today.

29. Let go of something that is bothering you.

30. Look up inspiring quotes.

31. Engage in uplifting self-talk.

32. Light your favorite candle.

33. Go on a drive to a place where you feel at peace.

34. Think about how much you have grown.

35. Take note of your accomplishments for the day.

36. Recognize your feelings and know that you are allowed to feel.

37. Take the leap of faith to get the help or assistance that you need.

38. Be kind to others.

39. Write a letter to your younger or future self, and read it over.

40. Start a gratitude journal.

41. Put on your favorite face mask.

42. Clean out your closet or room of clothes you no longer wear.

43. Understand how important self-love is.

44. Write small, encouraging notes to yourself on post-its, and put them around your room or home.

45. Take a bubble bath.

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47. Try meditating for 10 minutes in the morning.

48. Do something that is truly relaxing to you.

49. Go to a park.

50. Do what makes you the happiest.

Every single person is worthy is self-love. The ways of engaging in self-love are infinite, so you are able to find what works best for you. Do not doubt yourself! When you start to love yourself, it seems like life makes a lot more sense.

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