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.
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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.

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin Pastor

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On November 8th, I woke up with a voicemail from my mom. It went a little like this,

"Hey, it's Momma. I'm sorry it's really early your time, but I wanted to have you hear from me before you got the news on. There was a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks last night at a country bar about ten minutes from where our house was in Moorpark. There are 12 people dead, the shooter is dead, and a cop. It was college night at the bar, so anyone over 18 could go in. There were students from multiple colleges there, that's all they know so far. It's just horrible." And so on. I made it about halfway through the voicemail before I pulled out my laptop.

A thousand thoughts ran through my mind. This is what is referred to as one of the safest towns in America. This town was a short drive away from my home in Moorpark. These people are mostly my age. Then, the worst one occurred to me. What if when they display the victims' pictures, I recognize a face?

According to USAToday, the Thousand Oaks shooting is the 307th shooting on the 311th day of 2018. Are we supposed to allow ourselves to be desensitized to this gun violence? I sure hope not. I'll save you the agony of listening to how the rest of my day went. Long story short, I watched the news and cried more than I'd like to admit.

As the day carried on, I watched the pictures come up on my computer screen. I scrolled through social media and looked at my friend's posts of their friends being safe. Somehow, that did not calm me down. I watched the victim's faces pop up one by one on my laptop, and I listened to the stories.

All country music lovers, all college students, all heroes who helped save the lives of others before they lost their own. It was not until Friday that I realized I did recognize one of the faces. I logged onto my Facebook to get rid of a notification, and there it was. A picture of my childhood swim coaches, and Noel Sparks. Now, I understand that it's been years, but that doesn't make it any better. Each victim of the shooting had so much more life to be lived, and my heart breaks for each one of them. I send all of my love to the family, friends, and everyone affected by the Borderline shooting.

Not even a day later, there was news of a fire that is rapidly spreading. According to CBS News, The Woolsey fire has burned 98,362 acres of land and is only about 57% contained. While this fire has only 3 confirmed fatalities, the second fire that is burning in California has taken the lives of 56 people and burned 140,000 acres of land. I can spit out as many facts as my fingers can research, but it doesn't change the fact that my heart aches for my former home. When all of this tragedy happens and I'm 1,835 miles away, I have never felt so helpless. I donated to the victim's families, but I have not found a way to make sense of this in my mind. Why do these things happen? There's no concrete answer to this question, so am I going to wonder it forever?

If you would like to find a place to donate to the Borderline victims' families, click here. If you would like to find a place to donate to the victims' of the fires, click here.

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