9 Things You Can Relate To If You're From Hendersonville, Tennessee

9 Things You Can Relate To If You're From Hendersonville, Tennessee

No, I have not ever met Taylor Swift.

Hendersonville, Tennessee is a quaint city about 25 miles North of Nashville that most people have never heard of or been to. However, if you are one of the lucky residents of "The City by the Lake," then here are nine things you can probably relate to:

1. Saying you're from Nashville when on vacation.

When visiting out-of-state on vacation and someone asks where you are from, it is usually much easier to just say "Nashville" than "I'm from Hendersonville," which is typically followed by either "Oh where is that?" or "Oh yeah! I've heard of Hendersonville! That's in North Carolina, right?"

2. Friday night football is for everyone, not just the students.

Whether you're there to cheer on the Commandos, the Bison, or the Buccaneers, you can bet that a majority of the city is watching a Friday night high-school rivalry football game while the cheering and insults from the student section circulate the stands.

3. When people DO know where Hendersonville is they ask if you've ever met Taylor Swift.

No. Just no. The country/pop music star attended Hendersonville High for just two years, but left to pursue her music career. And speaking of T-Swift......

4. Taking a brief *Moment of Silence* to remember Kids Kingdom.

While the $100,000 that Taylor Swift donated to the city to rebuild and revamp our beloved playground, Kids Kingdom, after the flood of 2010 washed it away was extremely generous, our memories and childhood were taken away with the old wooden structure.

5. Trick-Or-Treating in Ballentrae.

The Ballentrae subdivision is enormous, and definitely the place to be on Halloween. The homeowners not only give out the best quality and quantity of candy, but nearly all of them also decorate, do free hay rides, and even put on their own haunted houses. So, in honor of my childhood, shout-out to the Ballentrae homeowners who spend literally hundreds of dollars on candy for the holiday (I'm talking to you, mom and dad).

6. Celebrating the Fourth of July on the Third of July.

Hendersonville's annual Freedom Festival is basically one giant high-school reunion. The entire population, or at least 99.9 percent, goes to Drakes Creek Park for vendors and music, and then crosses the street to watch the fireworks at the field of Ellis Middle. The night is concluded by everyone trying to rush out to avoid the miles and miles long of traffic.

7. The inevitable trolling on the "HIP Hendersonville" Facebook page.

When it's too cold to go out on the lake or there's not holiday celebrations, you can bet on getting some entertainment out of the community's Facebook page. The page was created as a community discussion board allowing residents to post things such as referrals and community events, but with nearly 17,000 members, the pot is sure to be stirred at least once in awhile. (FYI- the best burger joint is, as stated within the group at least a thousand times, Jumbo and Delicious.)

8. Preparing for a "chance of snow" as if an apocalypse had begun.

If the local news station reports that there is even the slightest chance of snow and you just happened to be running low on milk and bread, then you better just prepare to starve because the rest of the community has already wiped the shelves clean of all grocery stores within a 15 mile radius.

9. No matter where I am, Hendersonville will always be home.

No matter how much you claim to hate the city or talk about how boring it is, you love it. Hendersonville residents are always down to help each other in times of need, and the growth the city sees every year just shows how badly people want to be a part of it. It is a such great place to grow up, and I am thankful to call it "home".
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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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8 Things You Must Do Before Graduating From High School

You must do these before high school graduation!

Graduation can come up faster than expected. Soon, adult life will be around the corner. However, there are a few more things that you need to do before graduating from high school.

1. Enjoy prom

Maybe you got a special promposal and are excited about prom. But even if you don't have a date, go with your friends. It honestly doesn't matter who you're with as long as you have a good time. Dance and sing until your feet hurt and you've lost your voice. You can have a great time dancing and take photos. You'll remember this night, so why not enjoy it?

2. Take a road trip with friends

Chances are in a few months, your friends will be miles away from you. You'll appreciate spending some quality time with friends before heading off in separate directions.

3. Go to all kinds of sporting events

Most students in high school only go to the sport they're involved in or football games. However, there are so many other sports at your high school. Take some friends and go cheer for your team. Events are fun if you make them fun.

4. Attend a music production

Your school probably has a band, orchestra, choir, or a school play. Many people never go to a concert throughout their high school days. These groups put in a lot of hard work, and you'll find something you enjoy.

5. Take lots of photos

Senior year will be hectic, but it will also be one of the best times of your life. Take as many photos as you can to have those memories. Maybe even create a photo album.

6. Dress up

Take a day to dress up. It'll make you feel good about yourself, and will help you think positively through the amount of stress senior year brings.

7. Skip a day

OK, OK, OK. Normally, I would not encourage skipping class, but sometimes it's necessary. At my high school, we had senior skip day. I caught up on sleep studied for AP tests. It really can help relieve stress and give you a much-needed breather.

8. Be proud of what you've accomplished

Graduating from high school is a long journey, with struggles along the way. Be proud of what you've done and look towards the future.

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