17 Things You Immediately Start Doing When You Become A BGSU Falcon

17 Things You Immediately Start Doing When You Become A BGSU Falcon

Apparently hockey is your new favorite sport. Surprise!
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BGSU Falcons are their own breed. This is partly because it is the most amazing university in the world and only attracts top people, but it is also because Falcons assimilate to their surroundings upon stepping foot on our very flat campus. If you don't do any of these things already, be prepared to do so.

1. You'll start to regularly watch hockey

Yeah, so what if you've never watched the sport before? Throw on your BG gear and get ready to pound on some glass because you're a hockey fan now. Surprise!

2. And begin to vehemently despise Toledo

Never been to Toledo before? Truly have no negative feelings toward Toledo? Appreciate certain aspects of the Toledo area? From Toledo? NOT ANYMORE. You now hate Toledo. If you're not making that vocally clear within your first week, just leave.

3. You'll begin to appreciate the orange and brown color combo

Yeah, we know orange and brown is a hideous combination but you have to love it now. Sorry!

4. Adapting to weather conditions will become a part of your skill set

Might as well throw a snow scraper, an umbrella, sunscreen and the will power to ensure ungodly amounts of wind in your bag: You'll see it all. In one day, no less.

5. You'll eat/drink at Dunkin... Probably daily

So what if you've never liked Dunkin before? Dunkin is now your breakfast. Your after class pick-me-up. Your favorite restaurant in the entire world.

6. You'll become a local food snob after eating at one local restaurant

You will eat Polleyeyes once, and after that, even if you just had it yesterday, if someone says they've never had it you will GASP and say, "you've never had Polleyeyes?!" Works with Pisanello's, Kermit's and just about any restaurant in Bowling Green.

7. You will brag about accomplishments your university has that you had nothing to do with

"Right, but Richard Webber from Grey's Anatomy went to Bowling Green, so get back to me."

8. Chanting Ay Ziggy Zoomba will become second nature. Never mind you have no idea what it means

Clap those hands. Do those awkward arm movements. Roll along, you BG warriors.

9. You'll find a new appreciation for a finely pressed orange pantsuit

No one pulls this style off more seamlessly than President Mazey, and we appreciate it.

10. You will walk right around literally everything for the rest of time

You only have to walk right around the seal, but the muscle memory will carry over to every round walkway for the rest of your life.

11. You'll begin using "Falcon" as a curse word replacement

You better start right Falcon now.

12. You'll begin referring to buildings as their genital resemblances

Yes, we know the Metamorphosis statue looks like a vagina and that the administration building looks like a penis. That is why we call them vagina rock and the penis building, and you should, too.

13. You will laugh in the face of our "mall," but will take advantage of its ridiculous movie ticket prices

We agree, most malls do have more than a Dumham's sports store and an Elder-Beerman, and yes, most malls have more than 4 cars in their parking lots at any given time. BUT, more often than not you can probably by your movie ticket with pocket change so don't complain too much.

14. Knowing the age limit and "coolness" of a bar will become second nature

Within the first weekend, you'll be able to ace a quiz on which bars you'll be able to get into (legally) and which ones are actually worth going to.

15. You will get more excited for St. Patrick's Day than Christmas

OK, maybe not that much, but we are weirdly obsessed with St. Patricks Day and you will celebrate this holiday with as much passion (and as much alcohol) as possible.

16. Ordering Insomnia Cookies/Cookie Jar will likely become a weekly experience

WHAT? You've never had cookie jar? Well, you better order yourself a dozen piping hot cookies to your door this instant.

17. You will see going to Kroger as an outing

Wal-Mart is the main source of groceries in this town, but damn it if you don't want the fresh fruit and elegant vibe of our remodeled Kroger.

18. You will become obsessed with The Birds

Hated mascots before? Were indifferent? Too bad, you now have to love them with your entire heart and hug them every time you see them.

19. You'll let a place you've never been before become your home

The craziest thing you'll do as a Falcon is take this objectively unappealing, flat town and turn it into your home and the hot spot for some of the best memories of your life. Go Falcons.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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My Class Requirement Turned Into A Lifelong Passion For Non-Profits

"If you asked me a year ago today, I would have never expected to be in the position that I'm in right now."

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Declaring my minor in special education just a few months ago was probably one of the best decisions I've made since becoming a college student two years ago. Every single class that I took furthered my interest even more in this area of education with so many layers that I never even knew existed. As a requirement for my minor, I had to take a class titled "Service Learning" which I didn't think much of, to begin with, but grew to adore overtime. This class challenged me to find a community need in Tucson to attend to and volunteer for the semester.

While researching different non-profit organizations I came across two that caught my eye immediately. The first one was (NAMI), The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the second one was Tu Nidito for children and families dealing with bereavement and serious illness. At The National Alliance on Mental Illness, I ran a hotline to answer phone calls for people in desperate need of advocates or groups to attend. That volunteering experience truly made me realize the importance of a community need and why we all need to be active in whatever community we reside in.

After finishing up my time at NAMI, I became a part of Tu Nidito, an organization that assists families and children with grieving or serious illness. This volunteer experience started out as something temporary which shortly became permanent. Being able to speak to children who are hurting at such a young age could be extremely difficult, but seeing how they express themselves and find comfort in speaking with someone just a little bit older is such a rewarding feeling.

Last summer I took an internship with a company that treated me as if I was part of their tight-knit family which was the best feeling. We were able to excel in assisting non-profit organizations with starting up and getting funding from different types of sponsors in the community. As a marketing and social media intern, I was able to see the growth within our own company as well as the individual non-profits that would come to us for assistance. It was unbelievable to step into their organizations and be a part of something much bigger than myself.

If you asked me a year ago today, I would have never expected to be in the position that I'm in right now. This unbelievable world of growth and dedication never even crossed my mind as a first semester sophomore in college. It wasn't until I realized that every community has a need that it became so much clearer to me this would be a decision that would change my life, and it did. No matter where I end up across the globe, I will always be involved with an organization that serves a community. It's difficult to remember a day that I didn't know about non-profits or how important they are to keep the world around us together.

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."

- John Bunyan

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