25 Signs That You're DEFINITELY A Marylander

25 Signs That You're DEFINITELY A Marylander

From Natty Boh to Hons... You were born and raised in the Old Line State.
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Every state has its quirks, but Maryland has some of the biggest and best telltale signs for anyone that calls the Old Line State home. Whether you're from Baltimore, Frederick, the Eastern Shore, or one of the many countrysides, you know you're a Marylander (and you embrace it) if any of the following apply to you.

1. You refer to where you live by the county.

Person A: Where are you from?

Person B: HarCo

2. Crab dinners are something your family does every summer.

And there's always copious amounts of Old Bay.

3. You've referred to Ocean City as Ocean sh***y.

But you go there every summer anyway, and love every minute of it. Unless it's raining. Everyone knows that there's absolutely nothing to do in OC if it's raining... except maybe be shocked at how fast the whole place floods.

4. You own something with the flag on it.

Whether it's a crab shaped bumper sticker or a t-shirt. Marylanders are obsessed with the flag.

5. Everyone roots for Terps basketball.

Most of us don't even go to UMD, but we still root for them during March Madness.

6. You visited Fort Mchenry on a field trip in school.

It's actually really cool, and we should boast about Baltimore's history as much as possible. We're home to the Star Spangled Banner.

7. Your parents and/or grandparents are still salty about the Colts.

It's become one of those "where were you" events for the older generation of Marylanders.

8. Wawa is life.

Nothing beats a late night Wawa stop.

9. You yell "O!" during the National Anthem.

They did this during the Olympics and Michael Phelps smiled. It was adorable.

10. You own Orioles apparel and have attended at least one student night.

We know we're not the best, and we don't care. We bleed orange and will burn any Yankee caps that cross our threshold. Also we have the best park in the country.

11. I wish I could say that you're definitely a Ravens fan, but alas... you might be a Steelers fan, Redskins fan, Eagles fan, or even a Patriots fan.

The Colts' departure kind of created a huge melting pot of football fans.

12. You're either terrified of the Bay Bridge or you love it.

Fun Fact: Our iconic Bay Bridge made a travel magazine's list of The World's Scariest Bridges. We're #11.

13. If you're over 21, you've been to Seacrets.

It's a way of life.

14. You refer to Fell's Point and Federal Hill as "Fells" and "Fed".

And you've definitely bar hopped at one or both of them.

15. You pretend to be asleep when you see or hear a Scopes person.

Your heart begins to race, and you shut your eyes as soon as you hear the jingle of keychains.

16. You've experiences four extreme, distinct seasons.

We have the hottest summers and the coldest winters. Spring and Autumn are the only normal temperatures in Maryland.

17. You've been to the National Aquarium.

And you'll go again as soon as possible.

18. You've been to DC on day trips numerous times.

Fun Fact: A large amount of the land that makes up DC used to be a part of Maryland. Virginia donated land as well.

19. You've driven past OZ.

And you may remember a time when someone had graffitied "Surrender Dorothy" on a bridge along the road. It's actually a giant mormon temple that's closed off to the public.

20. You know what a "Hon" is.

And you've probably been to HonFest.

21. You go to Miracle on 34th every year at Christmastime.

It's the best place to take a holiday instagram.

22. You love Natty Boh.

Especially when he winks at you.

23. You know that technically we're a Southern state, but not Southern at all.

The Mason-Dixon line says we're in the "south", but Maryland is the epitome of a "border state". We're basically the area between the north and south.

24. You cringe when people don't pronounce Maryland as "Marilyn".

Mary-Land is offensive, and I never want to hear that slander.

25. The Olympics are our stomping ground.

Fun Fact: On its own, Maryland would've ranked in the Top 5 for medals during the last summer olympics.

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The Negative Effects Of Working As A CNA

You know you are a CNA if you are undermined, understaffed, and emotionally and physically drained.
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I write this not as a way to deter people from wanting to be a CNA or to demean the job, but in order to outline the negatives, since some only outline the positives. With a job comes responsibility, and it is like that in any area or field. We have the good and we also have the bad. I am in a field where not many people like their job and they don't care who knows it. Others enjoy it and make the best of it. It is like that with any career. There are always both sides.

I write this after coming home from a meeting that we have to attend every week for 13 weeks straight. These meetings are preparing us for a new unit in our building, and they offer education so that we have the knowledge to communicate and take care of our residents. I like these meetings because I enjoy learning more in my field, however, others see it as a burden and a waste of their time. There are people who will bring in workplace drama, those that will do the bare minimum, and those that just don't care and will call in when they know their shift is short.

As a Certified Nurse Assistant, you help your residents, and you try to give them the best care that you can provide. That is the number one rule. If anything, that is the golden rule in nursing. When you step in on that floor, you are expected to give your full effort in giving the residents the care they need. Meanwhile, others step in and couldn't give a damn.

What upset me the most after the meeting was that we had to talk about abuse. We had to discuss what abuse was and why we need to treat our patients with dignity, respect, and kindness. As a CNA that is my work. I was saddened that something like this occurred, and that someone would demean a resident in a way that no one should be treated.

I'm furious, upset, and confused. The people that work in this field are there because they care, and they want to help those that cannot help themselves. So, why would they do such a thing?

It made me think of all the other negatives that I encounter in my field. The lack of appreciation from other staff and the constant undermining is tough. Nurses telling you that you are not doing your job right, or management becoming picky when you cannot chart between your residents is difficult. There is always something that you are doing wrong in someone else's eyes, and there is never a thank you when you leave your shift and everyone is clean and taken care of. There is no one to pat your back other than yourself, and you have to be your own cheerleader for a place that only looks at you as the lowest of the totem pole.

There are never enough of you. I say that because there is always a demand for CNAs, and no matter how many you have in a facility, there will never be enough. You will be short one shift or another, and you will have to scramble to reach everyone to make sure they are taken care of properly.

You come home and you have to go right back to bed because you took extra shifts. You are exhausted, and yet you still come in and put all your energy into work because you think of the residents. You consider what it would be like to not have anyone to care for you. You put them before yourself.

No one tells you any negatives as you are getting trained and go through clinicals. They only tell you that you are going into a profession that will help those that cannot help themselves, and that you should be proud of your job. It is not incorrect, but it is not fully true.

You will get called names, cursed at, abused, and you will get over-worked. No one will tell you thank you, and no one will baby you through your shift. You are a CNA. You take care of those that cannot take care of themselves. You are there to help and give care. Yes, there are negatives and you will want to quit like I've wanted to do multiple times. I will admit it. You will get upset and frustrated. This is not an easy job, and it was not intended to be, but you will get through it if you keep your heart open and honest. Do your work diligently, and do what you can to make others' lives better. That is the only reward you need to overcome the negatives.

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5 Reasons I'd Rather Stay In On A Friday Night

It's okay to not want to party over the weekend.

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In college, so many people look forward to the weekend all week long. And by so many people, I mean probably almost everyone. The weekend is a time to catch up on some much-needed rest, relaxation, homework, and you time. The weekend in college also means going out for a lot of people. While yes, going out can be a really good time, I also think that it's important to note that you don't have to go out if you don't want to. There are a ton of good reasons why you should stay home for the weekend instead of partying all night long. I have compiled a list of five solid reasons why staying in is so much better than going out, especially in the middle of winter.

1. My room is so much warmer than it is outside 

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Let's face it, in the dead of winter, no one wants to go outside in a mini skirt and crop top. I'll take my pillow and blanket any day over freezing outside.

2. I can go to sleep at a reasonable hour 

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After a long week of class, the last thing I want to do is stay up until 2 am partying. I would so much rather be wrapped up reading a book at 10 pm.

3. I'm always available if a friend needs saving 

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Staying home, sober, I'm always available to rescue a friend in need if they drink a little too much. This is so important to me to be keeping my friends safe and getting them back home at the end of the night.

4. It's the perfect time to binge watch Netflix 

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Staying home on a Friday night gives me uninterrupted hours of binge-watching my favorite shows. There's no better feeling than finally catching up on a new season of Netflix.

5. Self-care is more important than getting drunk 

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Staying home, relaxing, doing a face mask or even reading a book allows for much needed relaxation. No one wants to stress about their hair and makeup on a Friday after you've finished 5 days of classes.

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