53 Reasons To Throw Your #TalonsUp As A BGSU Student

53 Reasons To Throw Your #TalonsUp As A BGSU Student

Roll along, my fellow Falcons.

So you may know the more famous taglines for universities, ("Roll Tide," "Hotty Toddy," "Go Bucks," "Go Cats," etc.) If you are a student at bowling green state university, you know how important "talons up" is; talons up is a way of life, a bloodline for all BGSU students, THE secret handshake known by Falcons near and far. It is our mating call and a forever fight song.

These are a few reasons that BGSU students say "talons up."

1. Carillon has mac and cheese

2. You have to wear brown and orange in the same outfit

3. Your tears turned to ice

4. The line for Starbucks isn’t too bad

5. You actually found a spot in lot 12

6. Fire alarms went off again

7. I’m dying on the inside help

8. The monthly tornado drill at 10 a.m. on Saturday

9. The line for pasta is short

10. Someone on a longboard almost hit you

11. Freddy and Frieda are in the union

12. There's no parking anywhere

13. You got a parking ticket

14. You just passed a tour group for the 5th time that day

15. You needed a caption for an Instagram picture

16. Falcon Outfitters isn't selling any grey sweatshirts (they're all orange)

17. You dare step out of your hall onto the campus of swirling winds

18. SecureBG wifi isn’t working

19. You're failing Math 99

20. You shuttled with the same driver three times today

21. The water treatment plant stinks again

22. Toledo is the worst school in America

23. You're three hours away from BG but you see someone wearing brown and orange

24. There’s a shuttle close by

25. You don't know what to do with your hands in a picture

26. Its above 28 degrees

27. There's an open chair on the second floor of the union

28. The dryers are available after you wash your clothes

29. When class is canceled

30. My friends will use their meal plan on me

31. Your plans didn't fall through

32. There is a sale (anywhere)

33. Your "total fail" of a grade only turns out to be a "half fail"

34. If you agree with what someone is saying ("Aye, talons up, my dude")

35. You're literally just excited

36. You messed up the motions to Ay Ziggy Zoomba

37. You're pretending to be on the phone to walk past a campus booth

38. You tripped down the stairs at education

39. Outtakes is out of nuggets

40. Avoiding eye contact with people at union tables

41. when your roommate has a boy over

42. Bible Bob is on campus again

43. You're 53 dollars under your Falcon dollars budget

44. Outtakes has good swipe food

45. Your package said delivered 3 days ago but it still hasn't shown up

46. "hey"

47. Building hoping to avoid the cold

48. Driving to Perrysburg for chick fil a

49. When your football team loses another game

50. The spirit rock was painted again

51. Living in Kreischer

52. The simple existence of Sundial

53. Seeing a puppy for the first time in days

And remember — Roll along, my fellow Falcons.

Cover Image Credit: Erika Glover

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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It's The Most Wonderful Time For  College Students

Let's get this bread.


It's a new semester, and time to get it together. Especially if you had an okay or horrible semester for fall, whether something personal or grade-wise, it's a new start, with new classes and professors and a clean slate. So, as the people say, let's get this bread.

Spring semester, easily a little better than fall semester because we are all one step closer to summer break and some are one step closer to graduating and being released into the real world. *Que tears for all our senior friends leaving us* But probably for most, if not all, spring semester is what we need.

After a crazy fall semester, I know I needed a fresh start especially since some of my classes made me want to break down in tears every day during the fall (at my math class). With the start of a new semester and no math class for me to spend a lot of my attention on, I am hoping for a less stressful semester where I can focus evenly on each class without stressing myself out too much.

Math is one of those subjects where I have to put tons of focus and energy on it but I felt as if I have never struggled as much as I did last semester. Honestly, yes, I believe that in a lot of cases how you perform in a class is due to how you handle it individually, but in some cases, it can also be how the professor teaches it. And boy, did my math professor teaching style clash with how I learn.

BUT, with math now behind me, hopefully, spring semester will sort of just be a little bit of a breather and I can enjoy it more than I did in the fall. And I know I am not the only college student who has a struggle like I did, it's part of life and all we can do is our best.

Spring semester can be a new, clean slate for all us.

One thing I love about starting a new semester is how I can take the bad habits I had last semester, and improve them over the course of spring. I always try to improve my learning and study habits from previous semesters to continue helping me grow.

Spring is all about new and fresh beginnings, and the start of a new semester can give us hope from bad, past semesters. And sometimes what causes a bad semester isn't even our performances in the class. Sometimes, life comes at you and knocks you off your feet. Sometimes, it's more personal rather than class.

What happens on in our personal lives outside of college definitely can take a toll on our overall health. I know students who have lost family members, or just had a difficult time readjusting back to college life, or just were in a funk struggle to land on their feet throughout the semester, and I get that. I have my bad days too.

With a new semester on the horizon, we can all take a breather and work towards a less stressful and more wonderful spring semester to enjoy.

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