13 Things To Look Forward To When School Starts At FSU

13 Things To Look Forward To When School Starts At FSU

Tallanasty, I'm coming home.
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As we continue on into the month of July, fall semester seems close, but not close enough. That excitement from your new summer job is starting to dwindle, internships are growing stale, and being back in your hometown is getting too dull.

I miss Tallahassee: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I can almost taste the cheap Natty Light at tailgates. I can nearly hear the lost freshmen asking me where HCB is. Do you smell that? It's like I can smell the muggy stench of Smith Hall from here. We are in the homestretch and there's just a few more weeks standing between us and our beloved Tallahassee. So if you're like me, you need a little pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the summer. It's time to remember all the things to look forward to in Tallahassee.

1. Watching the Noles win at Doak.

We've been waiting longer than the summer to see the Noles conquer. This is something that every student has been anxiously waiting for.

2. Gumby's Pizza.

Whether it's after a long night at the Strip or at Strozier, Gumby's saves the day.

3. Landis Green.

Besides the beautiful view of Landis Hall, Landis green hosts picnics, club meetings, study sessions, sun bathers, dog owners, and just about everything at Florida State.

4. Studying at Strozier.

Yes, I said it. I miss Strozier. It's been way too long since I ended up here after procrastinating on a huge essay.

5. Osceola and Renegade.

There's nothing better than this dynamic duo.

6. The Scenery.

Whether it's looking at the Westcott fountain or admiring the nature, FSU's appearance is one you can't get anywhere else.

7. Potbelly's.

Need I say more?

8. Insomnia Cookies.

You can't get warm, fresh cookies delivered to your door during the late hours of the night in your hometown.

9. The Sweet Shop.

I miss being able to eat breakfast and every sugary food I can possibly imagine in just one place.



10. Gordo's.

Gordo's Smash, that is all.

11. Tailgates.

Any day wearing garnet and gold is a good day.

12. Yogurt Mountain.

Also known as YOMO, this place is sweet tooth central.

13. Mrs. Killings.

I've definitely been lacking some Mrs. Killings love this summer.


Cover Image Credit: Inside Florida

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23 Things That Defined Your Childhood If You Were A Late 90s/Early 00s Baby

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If you were born in the late 90s or early 00s then you grew up in the age of youtube, computer games, and Disney Channel. As we become adults, we are coming to the time what we love to reminisce on everything we played, watched, and listened to while we were growing up. We went through many stages of computer games: from Freddi Fish to PhotoBooth. If you are a millennial, you will know these 23 things as a huge part of your childhood.

1. FRED Youtube Videos

The annoyingly funny, fast-talking, youtube star, Fred, began the youtube craze that has yet to end.

2. Disney Channel Computer Games

Disney Channel's website had a plethora of games that we played for hours. Recently, BuzzFeed found links to the best of the best to let us relive our childhood.

3. The Amanda Show

Everyone's favorite show!


4. The Disney Channel Games

Our first (and best) version of the Olympics!

5. Webkinz

Let's face it. Most of us had 20+ Webkinz and spun the Wheel of WOW every day!

6. Space Jam

Classic movie turned frat theme.

7. Bon Qui Qui

"SECURITY. THIS MAN HAS GOTS TO GO."

You can follow Bon Qui Qui on Instagram @bonquiqui.

8. That’s So Sweet Life of Hannah Montanna


The crossover episode of a lifetime!

9. Razor phones

Everyone's dream phone.

10. Lizzie McGuire Movie

What could be better than Lizzie McGuire singing to Lizzie McGuire?

11. Can I Have Your Number

"The back of your head is ridiculous."

12. Neopets

Before Webkinz came around.

13. Tamagotchi

From keychain to Wii game, we had it all.

14. Bratz

The cool kids had Bratz dolls.

15. Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise

"Ron... Ron... Ron... Ron WEASLEY."

16. Charlie The Unicorn

This youtube video was oddly entertaining.

17. Club Penguin

When we weren't on Webkinz, we were on Club Penguin.

18. Guitar Hero/Rock Band

We were basically all rockstars.

19. Steve Irwin

RIP

20. Life With Derek

A forgotten treasure.

21. The Potential Breakup Song

Aly and AJ rocked it when they weren't busy working in a dairy factory.

22. The Clique

These book-turned-movies were epic.

23. Charlie Bit My Finger

OUCH CHARLIE.

Although the youtube craze hasn't ended, it sure has changed!

Cover Image Credit: @alyandaj

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I'm Halfway Through High School But Want Nothing More Than To Turn Back The Clock

I'm living the last final years of my childhood, and its sadder than I'd thought.
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As I write this, I'm currently ending the 10th grade and saying goodbye to another year of school. Most people celebrate these events with hanging out with friends or just relaxing by themselves, but every time this time of year comes around, I have this big reflection on how much I've changed.

Quite honestly, I do miss the past.

They say high school is supposed to be the "best four years of your life," and I am well aware how this saying has been shot down by high schoolers all over, stressing and cramming for their exams — definitely not having fun. But personally, I feel that this saying does hold some truth. Perhaps high school isn't the "best time of your life," but it is certainly one to cherish and remember.

Tomorrow, I have exam after exam, and finals slowly creeping behind it. I am stressed, I am extremely tired, but I find that I am also eternally grateful. I have had the opportunity to grow up in a decent area and attend a decent school so I can grow up and be decent too. I have been able to grow up in a stable family environment with both my siblings and strive to become any profession I wanted. I have been lucky. In two years, this will all essentially come crashing down.

I won't live in the same area, I won't go to the same school, and I won't have the same opportunities presented to me in Johns Creek. I'll be packing my room up instead of filling it with study materials in order to move away to an unknown college. The next time I return home, it'll always be with a suitcase.

It's the end of the year that marks being one step closer to that final day where I can stop calling myself a "kid," or a "teen," and realize I'm now an adult. Walking across that stage in gown to shake someones hand and receive a piece of paper is so much more than a "Congratulations! You've finished high school!" To me, it's a passage to becoming fully independent as you begin living away from your home.

Living that far is a hard thing to do at first. So far in my life, I've always had the continuity of being able to come "home." It's all I've known. In two years, I must leave my home, my town, my city and approach the unknown, without my constants of my friends and family.

In two years, I'll be alone.

I feel that life has so many twists and turns, its unpredictable and the only method of surviving is holding on tight. These final years are the last days of being able to go to the same school and live close to my friends, it's the final days of living in my home and being able to eat with my family every night, and the last time I'll ever get to be a kid.

SEE ALSO: Don't let The Nostalgia That Comes With Leaving Home Fade Away

So as I go through high school, sure I'm stressed out, but I also strive to remember the good aspects of it. I urge everyone to go to prom and homecoming, be spontaneous, and get your driver's license. Every year I'm forced to say goodbye to my senior friends, and every year, I'm one step closer in filling their spots.

Every year, I can only hold on a little tighter, and hopefully, enjoy the ride ahead.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash / Sharon Garcia

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