30 Truths Known By Anyone Who Attended Ohio State ATI

30 Truths Known By Anyone Who Attended Ohio State ATI

You wouldn't understand unless you were there.

Located in the small town of Wooster, nestled in the heart of Wayne County, sits The Ohio State Univeristy - Agricultural Technical Insitute, or as we call it, ATI. ATI was a college unlike any other, one that students and alum have a love/hate relationship with at times. But, it did hold a lot of proud agriculturalists. Here are thirty things you know to be true if you went to ATI.

1. Move in weekend = livestock trailers everywhere

What else were you supposed to use?

2. You always hoped for the slightly bigger bedroom

Nothing sucked worse than when they started assigning what room who had.

3. You had apartments instead of dorms

And it did have some benefits tbh.

4. On-campus parking sucked

Your soul died a little when you had to park in the Skou lot.

5. We practically kept the Stop N' Go in business

Seriously, we went there for everything.

6. And Ice House

For obvious reasons

7. News of off-campus parties spread like wildfire

And just about the entire student body tried showing up.

8. There's no such thing as a secret

Basically like a glorified high school.

9. Missing class for National Convention or FSR was normal

Most teachers expected this to happen and put it in their syllabus.

10. COW kids are always the worst

I'm talking about you College of Wooster

11. People still drove to class even though it was five-minute walk

Especially when it was cold out.

12. Everyone wanted to be friends with the 21-year-old

Again for obvious reasons.

13. And everyone went home on the weekends

No matter how far their drive was.

14. Because it felt like Wooster had nothing to do

Except for maybe dollar bowling.

15. You've been to the swamps

To go mudding in someone's truck normally.

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16. You've heard of Tent City

If you went to ATI while it was still there you might have been slightly creeped out.

17. Farm sizes were acceptable bragging rights.

I just want to point out that we called someone 600 Acre Sam.

18. There were some interesting nicknames.

See above. If that's not enough there was also Tractors, Rub, Rutter and Tubs to name a few.

19. Some of the faculty will never leave.

LikeElder, Linden, Hollandsworth, Hostetler, Crook, Janini, Amstutz and Mick.

20. The Guerne was the place to go after a 'rough' night

They knew.

21. There was always someone who went there way too long

I don't have to name any names, you're thinking of someone.

22. You either drove a truck or complained about the people who did

Especially when they were loud at night.

23. Designated party apartments

Long live The Glory Hole and The Goat House.

24. You played Wisconsin

And maybe hated your life the next morning because of it

25. Farm Simulator was always on the TV

That wasn't a bad thing.

26. Everyone made fun of horse girls

Sorry horse bitc... I mean equine majors.

27. White Stitch Wednesdays

Need I say more?

28. Some of those apartments were WRECKED by move out

Good thing the paint store carried ATI White.

29. We did some redneck shit

Making double-decker furniture, being pulled behind the back of a truck on God knows what, catching stuff on fire, the works.

30. Part of you will always miss it

As much as you may complain about ATI or say it sucked, the little farm school in Wooster will always have a soft spot in your heart.

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


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

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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