The ABCs Of Baylor Every Bear Should Know

The ABCs Of Baylor Every Bear Should Know

Why Baylor is one of the country's most unique college campuses, expressed in the ABCs
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Baylor is one of the country’s best and most unique universities, and there are so many traditions and places that hold meaning for those attending the school. In order to explain what makes Baylor so special, here are some of the best parts of Baylor/Waco described through the alphabet!

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A is for Armstrong Browning Library - one of the country’s most historical and beautiful college libraries.

B is for Bears - the university’s mascot. Sic' em!!!

C is for Common Grounds - every student’s favorite (almost) on-campus coffee shop.

D is for Dia Del Oso - also known as “Day of the Bear!” This tradition gives every student the day off from school and is full of concerts and activities.

E is for Exploring Cameron Park - hiking, running, and hammocking in Waco’s largest park is a favorite activity for Baylor students.

F is for Farmer’s Market - the Waco Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday, and it allows students and the community to come together to support Waco’s local businesses.

G is for George’s - the popular restaurant in Waco that commonly caters Baylor events.

H is for Homecoming - Baylor Homecoming is a HUGE weekend, complete with a bonfire, parade, and football game.

I is for Independence - the city in Texas where Baylor was founded in 1845, and where every incoming student visits at Line Camp.

J is for Judge Baylor - the huge statue on campus of the man Baylor was named after. Many people take a picture with him on the first day of freshman year and at graduation.

K is for Kolaches - delicious pastries students can buy at Czech Stop, a well-known bakery in nearby West, Texas.

L is for Lady and Joy - the two live bears that students can visit at the bear habitat on campus.

M is for Magnolia Market at the Silos - the ever-popular product of Chip and Joanna Gaines as the result of HGTV’s "Fixer Upper," making Waco a national tourist destination.

N is for Ninfa’s - one of Waco’s best and most delicious Mexican restaurants.

O is for Odyssey - Baylor is one of many college campuses where students can share their opinions through writing on this platform.

P is for Pepper - as in Dr. Pepper, which was founded in Waco, and is the reason behind the weekly tradition of Dr. Pepper Hour.

Q is for Quidditch - the Baylor Quidditch team travels around the country and is often seen practicing on the lawn by Brooks.

R is for RG3 - as in Robert Griffin III, the Baylor football player who won a Heisman trophy and is still idolized on campus.

S is for Sing - one of Baylor’s most unique traditions, where all types of student groups perform elaborate singing/dancing routines and the top 8 advance to perform at the following year’s Homecoming

T is for Tree Swings - Baylor’s campus is full of friendly green and yellow swings

U is for University Chapel - a Baylor tradition and a class required for every freshman to hear speakers from Waco and beyond

V is for Vitek’s - one of Waco’s best barbecue restaurants (a local favorite!)

W is for Waco - the quirky city that Baylor students call home

X is for Xmas on Fifth Street - a Baylor tradition complete with food trucks, ice skating, a live nativity scene, and more!

Y is for Yellow Jerseys - Every Baylor student is given one as a freshman to run the Baylor Line at all home football games

Z is for Zoo - the Cameron Park Zoo is one of Waco’s best attractions

Cover Image Credit: Bridget Sjoberg

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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An Open Letter To Myself At 15

This is an open letter to myself about things I wish I had known at 15.

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Dear Hailey,

You are so loved. I know times might be hard, but it will all be okay. It's okay to ride the fence and be unsure of what you want to do with your life. You're going to change your mind 10 more times before graduation anyways. Also, don't worry about all of the things that you can't change. You can't make someone fall in love with you or make her treat you like a better friend. It's okay for people not to fit in your life. Stop bending over backward for people and live for yourself. In a few years, you will go through so much, but you come out on the better side. You are going to be successful and driven. Also, learn what the meaning of "self-care" is. You need to do a lot of that in the upcoming years. Mental health is more important than anything. Also, quit cutting your baby hairs. They will never get longer so you need to embrace and love them early on. Figure out what you can change, and what you cannot. Most importantly, accept what you cannot change. When you decide that you are ready to face the things that you can change, do it with your whole heart. That doesn't mean complete perfection. It's important to know the difference. Start by making a plan for the future. Write it down, memorize it, do whatever makes it the easiest for you. Think through your plan logically, take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses. Remember to do the hard things first once in a while, the relief is sweet in the end.

You are ready.

You are young.

You are smart.

You are beautiful.

If you ever feel that you are at your lowest point, just remember the only place that you can go is up. Find reassurance in the weakness. The best is yet to come. Don't take pity on yourself. Instead, work harder to make your situation better. Be happy. There are so many things to be thankful for. Ask when you need help. No one can read your mind. Time won't stop for you. Worrying and stressing is simply a waste of time. Be strong and know that you are in God's hands. Everything will work out. It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually, the pieces will fall into place and you will understand why things had to happen that way.

Love,

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