17 Struggles That Will Make A Midwesterner Say ‘Ope, I Go To School In The South’

17 Struggles That Will Make A Midwesterner Say ‘Ope, I Go To School In The South’

Southern accents are kind of like a foreign language.

After moving to Georgia from Michigan, I have noticed, even after years of being here, the challenges that come with staying true to my roots down south.

1. When everyone else is wearing pants and a jacket, but you're in shorts because "it's kind of hot today."

2. Saying "y'all" comes naturally now, but it will never sound quite right.

3. No matter how long you've been in the south, you will still hear your accent come out regularly.

Conveniently at the worst possible times.

4. Having to defend the Great Lakes.

Let's be real, a day on Lake Michigan is better than a day at the beach.

5. Caramel vs "carmel" pronunciation.

I'm right, you're wrong. End of story.

6. YES, college football is just as important to us as it is to the SEC.

In fact, we do it better up north.

7. Feeling like you're the only one who knows how to drive when it flurries.

Or rains, or is cloudy, or anything other than sunny and 75 for that matter.

8. Bell's > Sweetwater.

Oberon will always be better.

9. When the Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner and no one understands your excitement.

Come on, it's the best time of year.

10. Having a hard time understanding people that have a heavy accent.

No matter how long I live here, I will always have trouble understanding someone when they start talking about "down yonder."

11. You have only, and will only, drive a Chevy.

Motor City, duh.

12. Constantly being made fun of for saying "ope." (Is that not a thing down here?)

13. Getting "snowed in" after one inch of snow when really it should be just another day.

14. Everyone wants to make small talk.

Southern hospitality is real, and it's great, but look at my RBF and tell me if you still want to talk to me. I promise I won't be offended.

15. Knowing every word to "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock.

Hearing "Summertime in Northern Michigan" really makes me miss those summers.

16. Jason Aldean's "Fly Over States" is your favorite song.

Until you've driven through Indiana, you can't possibly understand.

17. Always saying you want to move "back home"

But in all honesty, I don't know if I could leave my home here now.

Don’t get me wrong, I have loved making a home in Georgia, but I will always and forever wish I was back home. These struggles are my daily reminders of Michigan, and I know I can’t be the only one.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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10 Jonas Brother Songs That Complete The Perfect 2008 Nostalgia Playlist

My prepubescent 12-year-old self is still fangirling.


2019 is the year of the comebacks, with the most infamous one being the Jonas Brothers. My prepubescent 12-year-old self is still fangirling. I never thought the day would come where we would get another bop from the jo bros. In honor of this glorious event, I am counting down their best songs to date.

10. "When You Look Me In The Eyes"

This song is on this list only for my mother's sake. She almost fist fought someone during the burning up a tour and went on a rant because they were not going to play this. (They did for the encore)

9. "Year 3000"

This makes the list as number 9 because it was not only the first song that made me fall in love with them, but it also made me want to buy a Kelly Clarkson album.

8. "Play My Music"

Now granted, this was on the camp rock album it still is one of the best songs in their career. Every time they would play this on the Disney channel I would literally jump out of my seat to dance and pretend I was at their concert.

7. "Pom Poms"

The weak attempt at their first comeback due to creative differences gave us this gem. I will always play this at my cousin's soccer game due to the upbeat vibe and positivity it gives.

6. "Hold On"

This brought me to tears at the tender age of 9, with my imaginary boyfriend.

5. "We Got The Party" ft. Hannah Montana

Sweet Mama, this song is great for a summer day.

4. "Sucker"

This second attempt at a comeback was so much better than the first. This song is definitely the song of the summer.

3. "Lovebug"

This really put me in my bag and still does in 2019.

2. "S.O.S"

Kevin's dance to this made everything.

1. "Burning Up"

This was the first rap I memorized and is the most iconic song of 2008.

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