43 Precious Memories While Attending University Of North Georgia

43 Precious Memories While Attending University Of North Georgia

I met the most amazing people at this university. Thank you. I wish you the best.

My years at the University of North Georgia were transformative years for me. Anyone who knew me in 2012 will attest to this fact. In so many ways I have grown — even almost beyond recognition. I credit this to the powers of education, my relationships (friends or otherwise) and God's enduring patience.

So, here is a handful of some of my most special moments at the University of North Georgia, not in any particular order.

1. Meeting the three people, in my first day of class ever, who would become enduring friends.

Melanie, Joshua, and Alicia — You have no idea the impact that you had on a post-high school me.

Melanie, your kindness and faith always made me want to be a kinder and gentler person. You help me to see the love of Christ when other Christians do not reflect it. You are truly a ray of sunshine and light up any room you enter.

Alicia, I still miss your presence in Dahlonega although I know that you are only a text away. Your level-headed and well thought-out and reasoned advice guided me through the choppy waters of my Junior year. You taught me to expect better from people and to have higher standards in whom I call my friend. Thank you for that.

Joshua, I never see you enough, but when we see each other, we pick up like we were never apart. Thank you for being someone who is interested in the "boring things" of life. You have such a sweet and kind heart. Your students, whoever they are, are extremely lucky to have you as their teacher. I am so proud of how confident and capable you are. Keep taking on the world and making everyone in Forsyth County proud.

2. Receiving the grade from my first English paper

Everyone in the 7:25 a.m. 1102 English class would wait until they were in the hall, then flip over their papers. Good or bad, we were there for each other. Thank you, Dr. Francis, for your firm grading, excellent teaching and human compassion. You stand out as an exemplary professor.

3. Going to the gym... then eating Zaxby's

Alicia and Melanie...we tried so hard to be healthy. We are just really bad at it.

4. The psychology class, 2013 Cumming campus students know what I'm talking about.

5. Being attacked by the geese on the Oakwood campus... the first time.

6. Quitting my job at McDonald's

Hardest, most thankless job of my life. It existed as my motivation to succeed.

7. Working as a live-in nanny

8. Finishing all of my math classes — forever

9. Losing 60 pounds.

10. Meeting a lovely friend group my first year in Dahlonega (The Nuclear Unit)

Snowpocalypse forever.

11. Meeting and befriending the man who would become my fiance

12. The Crimson Moon on Wednesday nights

13. Becoming pro-life

14. Meeting other pro-life activists

15. UNG students for life! You rock, Scarlet Baasch. Joshua...well, you are very tall.

16. Having a used tampon thrown at me

17. Eating outside of Chow on crisp fall days with my friends

18. Passing geography... it was a close one. Who would have guessed there would be physics in that?

19. Re-meeting a lovely woman who spent so much time helping me learn

I was not always an apt pupil, but you were a patient and enthusiastic teacher, Cynthia Vendetti.

20. Joining the UNG theatre guild (thank you, Shae Garrett)

21. Working for Jan's Family Daycare, and meeting a wonderful friend, Kate Koehler

22. Joanna Toso

Words cannot describe your amazing-ness. You are a blessing to everyone you meet.

23. A wooden swing outside of Young Hall, a beautiful spring day, Alex watching me while I swing. We chat, and that was the first time either of us really realized that we like-liked each other...a lot.

24. Cinnamon Coffee at Einstein's

25. That one time Alex, Walker, and I went to BCM, and it was way worse than any of us could have way imagined.

Way worse.

26. Sitting in the Jeep, listening to music

27. El Jimador

28. Going to March for Life in Washington D.C.

29. When Alex and I attended a bioethics conference in Atlanta (and every academic there loved him)

30. Haley Aponte. We survived ESL!

31. English Standard Grammar being the worst four hours of my life every week

32. Spanish. Soy no bueno.

33. My best friend, who became my boyfriend, who became my fiance

34. Bear on the Square festival

It's the best festival of the year.

35. The tranquility of summer classes, and the relationships you make in those small group settings

36. The absolutely incredible teachers in the history department

37. Waiting on Gabriel Scroggs and Taylor Strayhorn

Thank you guys for the memories.

38. Sitting at Einstein's, drinking coffee, chatting with friends

It's one of my favorite memories.

39. The 2016 election

If I can survive this, I can survive anything.

40. That one pro-life event where more than 10 people changed their minds on abortion.

41. Becoming assertive, caring more, desiring more out of life and gaining confidence

42. Passing all of my classes, meeting all of my own expectations and feeling a sense of pride in hard work

43. Complaining about UNG

I have so many friends that I could not name everyone, but I want you to know that if you ever shared a table at Einstein's with me, you are special and I am very grateful to you. All of you have changed me. Thank you for that. Thank you for being in my life.

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6 Tips On Eating Healthy At The Dining Hall

It's not as hard as it seems.

I'm pretty sure every dining hall on every college campus serves pizza every hour of every day. As soon as you walk through the doors, the smell of pizza smacks you in the face. But somewhere behind all of the pizza and macaroni and cheese, there are some hidden healthy options. It's extremely hard to eat healthy in college, especially if you are still on a meal plan.

1. Take Advantage Of The Ice Machine

If your dorm looks anything like mine, the water from the water fountains is warm and there is not an ice maker to be found. Bring a water bottle with you every time you go to the dining hall to refill it with lots of ice and water!

2. Check The Vegan Section

This might not sound appetizing to many since the word "vegan" is enough to make people turn the other way. However, you may be surprised with what this section has to offer!

3. Skip The Dessert

It is always so tempting to grab a cupcake or cookie as you're walking past the dessert section but I promise you'll feel better if you don't! Grab an apple or banana on your way out instead. This might not sound appetizing at the moment but your body will thank you.

4. Load Up On Veggies!

I would recommend getting a salad every time you go to the dining hall! No matter what you get for your entree, pairing it with a fresh salad is never a bad idea. Take advantage of the raw veggies and try to make them a part of your meal every chance you get!

5. Try The Breakfast

Whether you're going to the dining hall the morning after going out with your friends or you're trying to grab a bite before your 10 a.m., always try to start your day as healthy as you can. The eggs might not always look appetizing but try making a special request for egg whites or however you would like your eggs and they will be made fresh for you!

6. Don't Get Sucked In By The Fountain Drink Machine

This goes back to number one. Always, always, always drink water when you go to the dining hall! It is extremely tempting to drink some pop/soda with your lunch but drinking water is 100 times better for you and you will notice that. Go crazy with your water consumption while you're at the dining hall and your body will thank you!!!

In order to eat healthy at the dining hall, you have to try. Healthy options aren't going to be available for you right as you walk in the door. But if you look around, the healthy options are there! It might be hard to transition but there's nothing better you could do for your body than filling it with nutritious foods!!!

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You Know You Go To Rowan When You Can Relate To These 20 Things

7. Parking does NOT exist.

Rowan University: the place I get to call my second home. It really is a great place to be but, like all places, it has some flaws we all notice. Some of these things are bothersome and annoying. Attention Rowan students: this one is for you. When you relate to these 20 things, you know you're a Rowan student/alumni for sure.

1. It's never sunny, ever.

There is only a very rare time when the sun is out in Glassboro, let's be honest here. Any other time, it's raining/hailing/storming/snowing.

2. The SCCA hosts the best events on campus.

As an employee and member of the SCCA, I can tell you this is 100% true. Weekends are never boring for anyone here at Rowan.

3. Noah Weinstein greets you at least once every single day.

He's the best and he can make your day! Can we make Noah the mascot of Rowan and retire the Prof? What is a Prof, anyway?

4. The campus food tastes crappy and leaves your stomach in knots.

Stomach bug? Rowan plague? No, it's probably just the cafeteria food. It'll pass. Be strong, young ones.

5. It's also windy... VERY WINDY.

Forget about doing your hair. It's going to get whirled around in the Rowan wind tunnel. Also, in the winter, the wind is almost impossible to cope with. You will legit freeze your butt off and your face will hurt.

6. The fire alarms are neverending.

When I lived in an apartment last year, the fire alarm went off every day at odd hours. Ever since I've lived in an actual house, the fire alarm rarely goes off. So it depends on your fate, sorry. You're either lucky or you're not.

7. Parking does NOT exist.

Talking about you, commuters. Even in the biggest lot on campus, you can never find a spot. Instead of making space for parking, we build buildings!

8. You hear Bunce clocktower sing every day, so you always know what time it is.

I don't know how I'd survive, really.

9. Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, and Cookie Munchers save you, even at the oddest hour.

I crave warm giant cookies at 2 A.M. Yes, I have a problem. Why does pizza taste better when the sun goes down? These places understand us; they get it. They're our heroes.

10. Landmark is your party destination.

The party people go there to hang at the bar every weekend... I just love their burgers. Define "party".

11. Trains... all the time.

There is a railroad that runs alongside the outskirts of Rowan's campus, and a train steams by every once in a while. Loud and shaky, so Spongebob describes you right now. PLUS it holds up the already busy traffic.

12. Classes are never canceled unless it's the zombie apocalypse.

A foot of snow? That's nothing. The sky is falling? We still have class.

13. Why is everything so expensive?

How is a tiny container of mac 'n cheese nearly $7? Why is a tiny box of cereal close to $6? Why is that okay? If you do not have a meal plan, STAY AWAY from on-campus anything, unless you have Rowan Bucks.

14. Traffic, traffic, TRAFFIC!

The best time to get anywhere is before 8 A.M. and after 8 P.M. I hate to break it to you. 322 is full of standstills and angry drivers; you don't win in this situation.

15. The WiFi crashes every day.

Be prepared to use some of your cellular data because Rowan's internet is never reliable. Don't expect to get work done, either. Remember the blackout last year?

16. You survive off of your Rowan Bucks.

Only if you have a meal plan! Take advantage of your Rowan Bucks because they go quicker than you think!

17. The laundry rooms are SO far away from your dorm/apartment.

No need to go to the gym because you have to walk a thousand miles to get to a washer and dryer. Not to mention that your 2 months worth of laundry is a hundred pounds.

18. Every building is a sauna, whether it's hot or cold outside.

The heat is on ALL YEAR, I swear. There is no such thing as air conditioning.

19. 322 does NOT scare you.

Nah, you can play hopscotch in the crosswalks and still not get hit by a car.

20. You pay WAY too much for housing when the housing is less than decently kept.

I can't tell you the exact amount of work orders my roommates and I have submitted for our house. It's painful.


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