13 Signs You're From Michigan

13 Signs You're From Michigan

Things that only ring true to Michiganders.
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Michiganders are a whole separate breed of people--we have the most beautiful beaches but also the craziest weather. Sometimes, people from other states just don't understand our quirks and uniqueness. Whether you're a "Yooper" or a "Troll" from under the Bridge, you know these things to be true:

1. You don't need a map of Michigan; you have your hand!



When someone asks where you're from, you just point to a spot on your hand. Everyone knows Michigan looks like two hands, and they can locate a city based on which freckle it lies near.

2. You know how to pronounce "Mackinac," "Charlevoix," and "Sault Ste. Marie."

It's not "Mac-in-nack," it's "Mac-in-gnaw!"

3. You prefer freshwater to saltwater.

Michiganders have been blessed with so many freshwater beaches, from Grand Haven on Lake Michigan to the numerous smaller lakes found farther from the coastline. Plus, there are no sharks in the lakes!

4. Speaking of Lake Michigan, you know that every season is beach season.

Yes, you can pier jump in the summer, but you can also climb on the frozen-over lake in the wintertime!

5. You've also experienced every season within a single day.

It'll be 28 degrees at 6 in the morning; by 10 AM, it'll be 60 degrees. The rain at noon will turn into snow by 4 PM, but it'll be surprisingly warm in the evening. You know to prepare for Michigan's wacky weather by wearing shorts, a winter coat, and flip flops.

6. You know the hype that goes on during the Cherry Festival, Coast Guard Festival, and ArtPrize.

People flock from everywhere to Traverse City in the summer to eat their weight in cherries. Grand Haven gets way too many visitors during the week of Coast Guard. ArtPrize brings people from all over the world to look in awe at beautiful pieces of art.

7. You're surprised when you find out Meijer isn't a nationwide thing.

How could anyone live without a Meijer nearby???

8. You measure distance in minutes, not miles.

"Where do you live?"

"Oh, around 20 minutes from Detroit." Apparently, other states don't do this.

9. You can't imagine children from other states not growing up with Superman ice cream.

Superman is a mix of yellow, pink, and bright blue flavors. No one really knows what each one is actually supposed to taste like, but it's an amazing flavor nonetheless.

10. You know that Michigan Left Turns can be scary for out-of-staters.

Basically, it's there so you can turn left at intersections. You turn right at first, and then pull a U-turn across the median. You'll get used to it, I promise.

11. You pronounce your words a little differently than the rest of the country.

You drop the G's in verbs, like "going" and "running." Also, you pronounce T's like D's sometimes. "Water" is said like "wadder," just like you say "ciddy" for "city" and "liddle" rather than "little."

12. Game day can bring a house divided, especially for those parents who have multiple children who go to both U of M and MSU.

Just don't bring up Ohio State, and you might survive.

13. Every time you see this Pure Michigan sign, you know you're home.

And you secretly feel a surge of pride every time you hear one of those "Pure Michigan" ads on the radio.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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As An Original Northeasterner, I Grew To Love The South And You Can, Too

Where the tea is sweet, and the accents are sweeter.

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I'm not Southern-born. I'll come right out and say it. I was born in Connecticut and moved to Atlanta when I was 9 years old. I didn't know a single thing about the South, so I came without any expectations. When I got here, I remember that the very first thing I saw was a Waffle House. I thought it was so rare to see whatever a waffle house was but little did I know there was a WaHo (how southerners refer to Waffle House) every two miles down the street.

There is such a thing as "southern hospitality," and it's very pleasant for a newcomer to see. Southerners are raised with such a refreshing sense of politeness, and their accents are beautifully unique. It brings a smile to my face when I hear a southern accent because it's such a strong accent and one of my favorites. They answer your questions with "Yes, ma'am" or "No, ma'am" in the most respectful tone. I remember feeling so grown and empowered just because I got called ma'am. Southerners' vocabulary and phrases really have its ways of integrating into your own vernacular.

Before I came to Georgia, I never really said words like "Y'all" and "Fixin' to" but it's definitely in much of what I say now. I can tell when I go back up north to visit family that some of what I say may sound a little off because the dialect is very different. I find no shame in it, though, and neither should any southerner.

The weather in the South isn't so bad, in my opinion. Sure, there is very high humidity, but after living here for 10+ years, you learn how to deal with it. However, there's nothing like the summer thunderstorms. I love stormy, rainy weather and it rains quite often in the south, so when my birthday in July rolls around, I look forward to seeing that rain. It's the most peaceful weather to me and inspires me to write even more.

I could go on and on about the amazing fried foods here or the iconic yet insane Atlanta traffic, but those aren't what make me love the South. The people of the south are so different from up north but in the best ways. Everyone is so expressive and creative, as well as their own unique self. Southerners aren't the shaming kinds of people, but instead the kind who embrace who you are from the start. There's a fierce loyalty and a strong sense of appreciation that is just unmatched by any other place. No matter where I go, I always find comfort in knowing that I'll be coming back to this place I'm proud to call home.

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