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20 Awkward Things That Inevitably Happen At East Carolina University

Loyal and bold we are the purple and gold!


The school where dreams either flourish brightly or come crumbling down right before your very eyes. The good news is that here at ECU there is always extra time to form a plan b. More then half of us have fallen back on that one already. Some of us are even already on plan C, how fun is that!

Greenville is honestly a town like no other. It is a wild one, to say the least. Here are a few awkward things that I been through from my own personal experience or instead witnessed first hand as a student from East Carolina University.

1. Coughing on the third floor of the library.

Don't do it.

2. Your first encounter with the crazy cat lady on the grid who chucks beer cans at you.

Just turn around and run.


Bumping into last Friday's mistake or your ex at the gym, library, publix, downtown, you name it.

4. When you think you found a snake on the ground but its a braid from a hair weave.

Hannah Niebel

This happens all to often. Especially on college hill?

5. Walking into the wrong class.

Bate is a mysterious building that is very deceiving and full of lies. I always walk into the wrong class or show up and class is canceled. Either or might just be me but regardless it has happened way more then it should have.

6. Getting lost running the greenway after you have already ran it 50 times.

Probably just me.

7. Fighting for Parking spots.

The entire city of Greenville loves to make sure that parking spots do not exists just for the towns enjoyment. You constantly find yourself parking in strangers yards or illegal parking spots and then proceed to never pay your tickets. Jokes on you Greenville! Ha! We win!

8. Running out of Pirate Bucks or Meal Swipes.

Lets be honest, no one really tracks how much money they have left in their Pirateport account or how many meal swipes they have left. When you run out, you just gotta hope that the person behind you in line is willing to save you from having to put your meal back or having to pay with your own money. Been there.

9. Seeing an old 60 year old professor at Pitt Street Brewing Company.

The moment when they proceed to hit on you. But hold on wait, they have lives outside of teaching?

10. Driving through the grid on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Shaker city baby.

11. Stumbling back to the boundary at 3 am on a Saturday and opening the wrong apartment door.

Walking into what you thought was your bedroom. You can imagine how I felt when I thought I found two strangers in my bed. Really weird, just lock your doors people.

12. Sneaking back into Bobs.

After you had already gotten booted and chucked out the front door twice you decide for a third time to try and hop the fence. 10% chance your gonna make it, we have all tried at least once.

13. Witnessing people try to lime bike or long board through the mall on campus during 12-2 pm of classes.

Odds are at least 2 or 3 people get decked per day. I too have been a victim.

14. Meeting someone downtown and immediately becoming best friends.

And then you see them on campus and do not even remember their name. Head down.

15. Only being able to afford a loaf of bread by the end of the night at jimmy johns.

The rest of your money went to cover fees and frozen's/ vodka sodas. As much as you want that beach club, it's not gonna happen.

16. Driving past the train tracks with your windows down.

Roll the windows up, there will be wild Greenvillians on the lose.

17. Watching someone walk under the cupola.


By the time they hear me it's always to late.

18. When someone asks what Sup Dogs is?!!

You ignorant fool. Only the best bar in America.

19. Walking under the panels that play music by the library when campus is dead quiet.

Cue Beethoven, no one look at me.

20. 6 years have passed and it's time to graduate.

Wait now what?

Throughout my time at ECU I have learned how to avoid the majority of these things successfully, but even I am still working on it. I'd say that the awkward things we all have to go through in Greenville just gives that town that much more character. Greenville, as much as you scare me, you will always have a big chunk of my heart. Cheers to you.

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.


I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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10 Tips To Prepare For Your Freshman Year Of College

Tips and tricks for college freshman year.


Obviously, I am not an expert on college life yet, being that I am only a high school senior. Barely hanging on these last couple weeks of school. I have been preparing for my freshman year of college since the start of my senior year. It is an overwhelming, stressful process and it takes a lot of preparation and time to get it all done. I wanted to give some tips and advice on how I started my process and how I have gotten through it. Starting a new chapter can be really scary, especially if you have no idea what you are doing, I am the oldest sibling in my family, and I am the first to go through this crazy process called college. Though I was uncertain exactly what I needed to do and how to do it, I figured it out and here's how I did it.

1. Have a planner

This is going to be your best friend. It helps you keep your life organized (or at least it makes you feel like you do) and assures you that you meet deadlines. Since I can remember I have always used a planner and it helps me so much. I wouldn't know what to do without it. I have all the dates for when things need to be turned in- like housing and such, and also I have up to when classes start next fall. A planner is so helpful and would recommend getting one if you don't have one already.

2. Talk to friends about their experience

This has honestly been one of the top life savors. I have gotten so much advice from my friends that are in college and they give me the inside scoop and what to do and what not to do.

3. Do your research

Research the school, research clubs and activities that you may be interested in. Get familiar with what is on and off campus.

4. Visit the campus

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I am lucky enough that I am only an hour and a half away from campus and it doesn't take long to get there so I just go when I feel like it. But visiting and being on campus several times defiantly has made me feel more comfortable and more at ease than I would be if I had not visited at all.

5. Embrace times with friends and family

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This is the last summer with you In your house as a full time member. Embrace it! Be with your friends and family as much as you can. You are going to miss them just as much as you are going to miss them.

6. Start doing things on your own

I am already pretty independent but I struggled like starting to make my own dinners because I have been fortunate enough where my parent always took care of dinner. But now they are making me responsible for making my own dinner. Which was a really tough life altering thing for me. It may not seem like it but it was for me. But start doing your own laundry. making your own dinner, getting things yourself etc.

7. Make list

This and my planner have been my saving grace. If I didn't have it there was going to be no progress on the thing called college.

8. Manage your time

This is pretty self explanatory, there is a lot to do during the college process. Be sure not to procrastinate and know when things are due so you can get everything on time.

9. Take summer classes if needed

If you know you are going to be behind in a class, take some summer classes. For example, I am a little behind in math, and I have to take all the way up to college algebra in order to graduate college. Well, I knew I didn't want to take math all four years of college and I knew I was behind. So I am taking some summer courses to not only finish with math earlier but just to be ahead of the game.

10.  Gather everything you need for college!

Make sure you have everything you need for the big day. Set apart some days before move in day to take time and pack whatever you may need so you don't forget anything.

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