35 Questions I Have For Auburn University

35 Questions I Have For Auburn University

Some thing we are all wondering and have probably all said out loud.

I have been a student at Auburn for a crisp three years. Now that I'm a junior and pretty much an expert on all things Auburn, I'm left with some questions that I wanted to share. I love you, loveliest village, but I am just curious...

1. Why is it that in any given classroom in Haley Center I can either have a heat stroke or suffer from hypothermia?

2. Speaking of Haley Center, why is it still standing?

3. Am I the only one who felt personally disrespected when Chicken Grill was closed down?

4. Parking Services, who hurt you? Why are you the way that you are?

5. Will we ever find the real Quincy?

6. Why does Biggin Hall smell like a decaying animal?

7. Is there a tell-all book somewhere with all of the tragic stories about everyone who's stepped on the seal? I'd like to send my condolences.

8. Can we just take a bulldozer to the Hill? Really, it's long overdue.

9. Why are we referred to as "The Plains"? That's false. Everywhere I go I'm walking uphill.

10. Can we never, and I mean never, switch to the plus/minus system?

11. RO Parking is pretty much the worst idea anyone has ever had. Not a question, it just needed to be said.

12. Why is a piece of bruised fruit $6 in the C-store?

13. Do you know anyone, anywhere that wants to go to a lab at 8 pm?

14. Can Netflix be included in our tuition? Asking for a friend.

15. What exactly do the "student fees" on our e-bill go toward?

16. Is it fun for professors to give three tests, a group project, a research paper, and a search and rescue mission the week before finals?

17. Can someone explain to me what "dead week" is? We wouldn't know.

18. Why is Little Italy's the best thing that's ever happened to me?

19. I've mentioned parking a lot so why not once more? Can we maybe add another lot instead of doing construction on everything else? Everything. Else.

20. Do y'all just think off campus students don't need to eat? That $300 tiger card mess is once again, disrespectful.

21. Will you really pay our tuition if we get hit by transit? What about lightly tapped?

22. Is Ukulele boy even a student?

23. Are there University counseling services offered to those who have been victims of the concourse? I'd like to book an appointment.

24. Has anyone ever really gotten an A from memorizing that quote on the Chem building?

25. Do you realize that pretty much everyone hates the new ticketing system? We all hate it. All of us.

26. Whose idea was it to get rid of Copy Cat?

27. Also, whose idea was it to install that confusing contraption in the student center masked as a printer instead?

28. Why do you have to sell your first born to pay out-of-state tuition?

29. Did we model our registration for classes based on the Hunger games? Pretty sure we did.

30. Why is it that classes we all need are only offered certain semesters, but advanced kayaking is offered year round?

31. Is there an intermediate kayaking? Does one need to own a kayak to take this course?

32. Why does Toomer's Lemonade taste better when you're sitting on Samford Lawn?

33. Can we hire a 24/7 security staff for our trees? The situation has really gotten out of hand.

34. Does Aubie do birthday parties? Like, for adults? Again, asking for a friend.

35. Why is it that every other college I've ever been to pales in comparison?

I love you Auburn, even with your quirks and terrible parking. War Eagle for now and for always!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Every girl should have one good girls trip.


In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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