8 Things You'll Only Understand If You Went To High School in South Jersey

8 Things You'll Only Understand If You Went To High School in South Jersey

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  1. Wawa was the go-to spot after high school dances and parties

Going to Wawa after every party and dance was a tradition. You and your friends would walk in and see everyone who was just at the dance or the party. Sometimes you looked forward to going to Wawa after more than going to the actual party or dance.

2. You went to Disney World on senior trip

Going to Disney World on senior trip was easily the highlight of your senior year. Getting to spend 5 days with your best friends in the happiest place on earth was a dream come true. It isn’t until you started college that you realized that people not from Jersey didn’t even have a senior trip.

3. You definitely wanted to punch someone while driving on 295

295 may be the worst highway in the state of New Jersey. There is and always has been construction and you weren’t really sure why. If you had to drive to the Cherry Hill Mall to find your homecoming dress, you avoided 295 like the plague and found some other way to get there.

4. You went to BB&T Pavilion to see a concert

Formally known as Susquehanna Bank Center, you definitely went to BB&T to see a country concert. You most likely pre-gamed in the parking lot before and ended up running into so many different people you know.

5. Going to Philly was the norm for class trips

Whether it was going to one of the historical sights for your AP History class or going to Magic Gardens for Spanish class, you definitely went to Philly on a class trip. You always ended up being late for something because of the awful traffic on 76.

6. Prom was at a banquet hall or golf club, not your high school

A lot of high schools around the country have Prom at school but that is not the case in South Jersey. You definitely had prom at a off school location and loved being able to take pictures on the steps of some nice banquet hall.

7. You know what the term, “it’s bricks outside,” means

Instead of making it easier for ourselves and saying, “it’s cold outside,” we in South Jersey have adopted bricks as our word of choice. This saying is all well in good in South Jersey but saying it to someone from another state is a social experiment.

8. You observed many Twitter fights over school rivalries

Twitter. The platform to voice our opinions. You definitely saw Twitter fights between rivals before big football or basketball games.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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