17 Signs You're A University of North Georgia History Major

17 Signs You're A University of North Georgia History Major

This one is for my myopic friends studying history!
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This one is for the history majors!

1. You spend your life in Young Hall.

If you're a history major, odds are that 95 percent of your time is spent in Young Hall —the tiny building reserved for those of us damaged enough to value history.

If you spend time in this building you might wonder why the ceiling always leaks and why they think putting a trash can under it is the cure. I don't know either. You may also wonder why they only turn on two lights for the entire 2nd floor.

I guess no electricity is historic.

2. You're tired of hearing: "History is a useless major."

Niccola Machiavelli, Napoleon, Dwight D. Eisenhowr and essentially every philosopher and military leader since the written word has valued and studied history.

This is because history provides context. It teaches critical thinking, creativity and communication skills. When one graduates with a Bachelor of Arts, they come out with the ability to extrapolate and communicate data as well as the ability to assess and validate information. History is not just about the body of facts we accumulate. It is about the skill set we develop.

P.S. Don't try to take Russia.

3. You're also tired of hearing: "I like soccer, but you don't see me trying to make a career out of it."

You scored one winning goal in high school, and your girlfriend decided to let you go to second based that night. That does not mean that you are qualified to participate in NIRSA. History is a skill set and applicable to most jobs.

4. No one knows the Galileo password.

If anyone knows it, leave it in the comment section as a PSA.

5. JSTOR. It's a way of life.

6. Historiography is the history class that makes people realize history isn't an easy subject after all.

7. If we live in Young Hall, the professors live in Barnes.

Apparently, it's haunted. When Barnes was still a dormitory, it burned down, killing several cadets inside. During finals week, you can see their luminescent glow — don't go into the light, people.

Make sure to visit them during their office hours. I've yet to have a bad history professor. Also, remember they they have a lot to teach you. Listen more than you argue (history students have large egos).

8. Half an hour before an exam, the entire class conglomerates in the hallway to anxiously discuss the exam. This is how revolutions start.

9. Spring and fall break exists to give us time to work on our 10-25 page papers.

10. We will never reconcile to e-books.

Just as the South will never fully reconcile to the fact that they lost the Civil War, we will not adjust to e-books.

*Spoiler Alert* The South lost the Civil War.

11. There is always that guy that laughs out loud at subtle historical ironies just to show off that he is familiar with the era.

12. There is always that one guy who stages conversations mid-class with the professor to show off that "he's smart."

History. Egos.

13. We are occasionally assigned as many as 25 books per class to read each semester.

Making history one of the most expensive and time-consuming subjects at UNG.

14. The only reason that I will graduate is because of Java City's flavored coffees.

Cinnamon Toast coffee made my life worth living again.

15. There is a history honors fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta.

Mostly, we just argue about who our favorite president or dead monarch is.

16. Within the confines of Young Hall, it is perfectly natural to hear phrases like...

"I love Stalin."

"The Spanish Inquisition is so much fun!"

"The Korean War is my favorite!"

"Have you finished "Mein Kamf" yet?"

"Vlad the Impaler is the best!"

*Most of us are not sociopaths — except for that kid in the 5:30 p.m. lecture who brings in the (mostly) fresh Chinese food that makes everyone hungry.

17. We have strong convictions about who the best U.S. presidents are (William Howard Taft). Go to hell, Teddy Roosevelt.


If you are myopic and love to read, join us in the history department — we have fanny packs and dehumidifiers!

Cover Image Credit: Young Hall University of North Georgia

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

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22 Things Parents Should Send Their Children At College, If They Love And Miss Them

We're getting to that point in the semester, y'all.

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Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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