I've been a California girl pretty much my entire life and choosing Baylor University in Waco, Texas brought a lot of surprises. This past month has exposed me to stereotypes that I did not think were real, and led me to discovering new quirks of Texas.
It's a thing. Everyone refers to everyone as y'all — never "you guys" or "you all." It catches on fast, y'all.
I bought new clothes for my new school year, buying nice shirts and new jeans to look presentable. To my surprise, other girls are wearing an oversized t-shirt and running shorts pretty much wherever they go. Many refer to their T-shirts as "Comfort Colors" — a popular T-shirt brand. And don't forget Chacos! They sound like chocolate but are actually sandals that everyone wears. Still keeping my Rainbows though. Last, but not least, many people do invest in cowboy/cowgirl boots and wear them to many events, including football games.
3. FAST FOOD
There may very well be a juice bar on every other street in California for those participating in a juice cleanse to stay healthy. In Texas, you will not pass a street without seeing a Whataburger or Raising Cane's. As a matter of fact, Baylor is right across the "Grease Pit" — a complex of just fast food places.
I'm so used to seeing people walk around with a resting face, no contact what so ever. But in Texas, expect everyone go out of their way to smile, wave, say hi and even hold the door for everyone. People are genuinely so nice and open, it's such a refreshing change.
Although there are many things I am still learning, the culture change does not bother me anymore. Even if I'm living in Texas, I'm a California girl at heart and that will never change.