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6 Reasons I Am Fully Convinced That Elon Is Its Own Separate Universe

There's a reason we call it the 'Elon bubble.'

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I'm not kidding. Elon is truly an interesting place, and I don't mean that as a bad thing at all. It has its quirks, which is what makes the school so special for us students. However, even though we love it, we have to admit that some pretty weird occurrences happen here. I don't know if it has something to do with the South or the large population of people from all over the world gathering in one place, but Elon is weird. But again, we love it!

1. Civilization shuts down for snow.

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Before going to school down South, I had heard that entire towns shut down as a result of even the tiniest amount of snowfall. However, I didn't expect multiple snow days following only a couple inches of snow. This past January, we literally got two and a half days off from classes because it snowed 5 inches. And just this past weekend, surprisingly we got hit with about 8 to 10 inches, and for days, too many places off-campus were shut down. As a Northerner, it's certainly odd to see this kind of reaction.

2. The temperature can fluctuate 30 degrees within a single day. 

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Since beginning college, I have learned the importance of checking the weather app...constantly. Not only does the climate fluctuate rapidly between days, but it can do that within 12 hours. Fall here can somewhat be the worst when you have to dress for 35-degree weather going to your morning class, but sweating during lunchtime when it's 60 out!

3. You can find some people wearing parkas when it's 45 degrees and others wearing shorts and flip flops when it's 32.  

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Another weird thing about weather is that because the student population consists of people from all over the world, people dress very differently when it gets cold. On the walk to class on a nice 40-degree morning, you can see the Floridian wearing their winter coat and beanie, and the Canadian wearing shorts, flip-flops, and a long-sleeve. Those people worry me.

4. No one is bothered by the fact that Burlington has more fast food places than people.  

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I've heard fast food is a very Southern thing. That must explain why Burlington literally has an endless array of options when you're craving something really greasy, salty, and fattening. It certainly is not like that up North.

5. There is a dining location that charges $11...for juice. 

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Recently, our new dining hall opened with a couple more retail dining options as well. One of them is a juice company that sells smoothies, smoothie bowls, and well, juice. I have not been to pay it a visit yet, but I heard from my roommates once that a single serving size container of juice was upwards of $10. And people actually pay for that? Maybe it's just really good juice.

6. You can see more dogs on campus than in the real world on a daily basis. 

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This is easily one of the best things about Elon, period. Do you know how much better your day gets when you cross like 3 dogs on your way to class or at a party on the weekend? They are everywhere.

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20 One-Liners That You've Exchanged With Your Roommate

"We have to take out the trash today."
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God bless the soul that shares a room with me. Thank you for endless laughter, turning off the lights when I'm already in bed, and loving me so well.

“I can't think of a caption for this. Write it for me."

This happens at least once a week, especially on the night of formal.

“If I bend over wearing these leggings can you see my underwear?"

It's better for your roomie to tell you this one than someone else.

“I'm going on day three without a shower. Does my hair look greasy?"

Even when they say no, they mean that you should really use some dry shampoo.

“You really just need to get over him. You're worth so much more than a stupid boy."

It's the sweetest, most humbling reminder after a night of tears and ice cream.

“We should probably clean tomorrow."

Said, but never done.

“Hide the candles. We have room checks tomorrow."

Sometimes you forget and you get fined.

“I'm going to walk past you and I need you to tell me if I smell bad."

See, you aren't the only one who does that.

“Wake me up in 20 minutes."

A post-class nap on a Monday never hurts until you both fall asleep for three hours.

“Do you think there are any guys in the hall? I need to get my laundry, but I'm not wearing pants."

This one is self-explanatory.

“Your leftovers smelled bad, so I threw them out."

The pungent smell seeping through the refrigerator is inevitable when you leave guacamole from Chipotle in there for two weeks.

“Can you tell me if my thesis makes sense?"

Midnight paper-writing is hard.

“Can we go to the Caf earlier? I'm so hungry already."

We're all walking grandmas in college. Dinner at 5 p.m. is a must.

“Can I wear that tomorrow?"

What's mine is yours.

“What's your cat's name again?"

This is a typical example of a burning question at two in the morning.

“We're already 10 minutes late."

We say this before every chapter meeting.

“Would it be bad if I skipped class tomorrow so I can watch 'Scandal?'"

Please say no, please say no. Just go to class with your computer and watch "Scandal" there.

“Does your throat hurt too?"

Happy flu season!

“How many ibuprofen can you take in a day?"

I don't know. Google it. I took six once and I'm still alive.

“It's only Tuesday."

It's OK. You can cry about it together.

“I love you!"

The best one. Finding a roommate that loves you on days when you don't love yourself is such a blessing. The love that we feel for the people that we live with is so special and so unique.

I'm sorry for all of the times that I've annoyed you, killed one of our plants, or been insensitive because I'm too worried about myself. Thank you for still loving me.

Shout out to all of the roommates out there. You're the bomb.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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