10 Florida State Frustrations That Every Seminole Can Relate To

10 Florida State Frustrations That Every Seminole Can Relate To

We have all been there.
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Let's face it, if you attend Florida State University, you inevitably love it. The beautiful campus, the overwhelming school spirit and the abundant opportunities to succeed here would captivate just about anyone. Although we will all proudly announce that we are Seminoles, we aren't so blind that we can't see the flaws in our favorite spot in Tallahassee. Here are 10 frustrating experiences that any FSU student has dealt with on many different occasions.

10. Fearless cross-walkers.

We get it, OK. We know you have 56 uncompleted homework assignments, you haven't slept in two weeks, and you are really hoping that if we hit you with our cars we will have to pay for your tuition. We understand these feelings, trust me.

All of us here are experiencing the same things, and the last thing we need is to have a guilty conscious for hitting you with our vehicles. With that being said, please stop trying to cross the street after our cars are halfway through the crosswalk.

9. The partying reputation.

At some moment in all of our lives, we have told someone that we attend FSU and then are immediately given that knowing side smirk, an unspoken, "Oh, I know what you're up to then." Yes, Florida State has a reputation for partying. No, that is not my priority. Let me get this stellar education without you assuming what I do with my time.

8. The uphill struggle.

As much as we love Tally, no one can deny that getting around campus some days can be serious work. Honestly, do I really need to work out if all of my classes happen to be on the top of abnormally large hills?

7. Random downpours.

You can leave your room at 11 A.M. and it will be beautiful outside, not a single cloud in the sky. The flawless weather will have you in a great mood, and you can walk to your afternoon Chemistry lecture without a worry in the world.

Everything seems fine and dandy until your teacher dismisses you and you walk outside to behold a rainstorm that is easily comparable to the great biblical flood. Do you have your umbrella or rain boots? No. Will you ever learn? Probably not.

6. Classes with few grades.

A new semester is always filled with the promises of potentially easy classes and raised GPAs. That is until your first professor of the day informs you that your only grades are based on your attendance, your midterm, and your final. No I am not stressed, it's fine, I'm fine, everything is fine.

5. Overzealous bikers.

One second you are casually strolling down Legacy Walk, and then the next moment you see your life flash before your eyes as some Lance Armstrong wannabe comes within .7 mm of running you over. Please slow down before I put my foot in front of one of your tires.

4. Getting teased about our football ranking.

Or I should I say lack of ranking. Yes, this season was subpar, but we also lost our starting quarterback during the first game and his replacement was a true freshman. Talk to me again next year.

3. People who won't shut up in Stroz.

This is a LIBRARY. I came here to STUDY. Please stop screaming about how your fraternity dream boy made eye contact with you in the hallway. If I wanted to hear noise I would have gone absolutely anywhere else on campus to look over these notes.

2. "You went to FSU because you weren't smart enough to go to UF."

Let me just stop you right there because your breathing is annoying me at this point. Many students here, including myself, got into both schools and decided to go to FSU for a myriad of different reasons. Find something else to do other than tear people down.

1. Parking.

Do you really go to FSU if you haven't circled all of the parking garages on campus for hours hunting for a parking spot? You would think that instead of adding multiple residence halls someone would consider maybe adding on to the parking garages. We risk parking tickets and getting towed every day in order to make it to class on time, and quite frankly, we are TIRED of it.

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When you give a girl a pair of cleats, you are giving her far more than a new pair of shoes. You are giving her new friends and new challenges and so many lessons and some of her best memories.

When you give a girl a pair of cleats, you are giving her a team. You are giving her a group of girls that she might not have ever talked to if it wasn’t for these common cleats. A group of girls who will teach her how to be a teammate. A group of girls who will laugh with her and yell at her and train with her and win with her and lose with her. With a pair of cleats comes a group of mismatched people with a common goal who are learning from each other and working together.

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When you give a girl a pair of cleats, you are giving her a coach. This coach is going to play an instrumental role in her love or hate for the sport. This coach will work her hard. This coach will train her and teach her and encourage her and yell at her and make her cry and hug her and cheer her on. This coach wants to see her succeed. This coach knows what these cleats mean, what this sport means. And this coach will be someone that she will watch. She will watch the way that her coach talks to her and talks to her teammates and talks to the other team and she will see her coach’s responses to games that are won and games that are lost. This pair of cleats comes with a role model, for better or for worse.

When you give a girl a pair of cleats, you are giving her team practices. You are giving her practice that will instill discipline and dedication and commitment. You are teaching her that she is on a team and she is expected to put in time. You are teaching her that her presence is important and that people are relying on her. You are teaching her how to balance her time, because, now, she has school and practice and games and teammates and friends and family. And for the first time in her life, she has to establish priorities. With this practice time comes some of the hardest conditioning and training. With this practice time comes some of her favorite memories as she bonds with her teammates and laughs with them and works hard with them. This pair of cleats comes with quite the time commitment.

When you give a girl a pair of cleats, you are giving her game days. You are giving her bus rides and warm up playlists and team matching hair ribbons and orange slices at half-time and constantly looking for your water bottle on the sidelines. You are giving her a competitiveness that can only come out on the field. You are giving her the cheers from the sidelines and the screams of her coach and the exhaustion in her legs at the end of the game. You are giving her handshakes with opponents and a winning attitude even when she loses. With a pair of cleats comes pasta dinners and game days; These will become her favorite days.

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When you give a girl a pair of cleats, you are giving her a challenge. She is going to grow and learn, and she’s going to want to quit at times, but she is going to look down at her feet and remember why she’s doing this. She’s going to remember her teammates and her coaches and the amount of time she’s poured into this sport, and she’s going to realize that it’s worth it. She’s going to be covered in bruises and her socks are going to stink, and she’s always going to be looking for a sock or needing a hair elastic. She’s going to be tired, and she’s going to get hurt. But those cleats are going to establish lessons that she’s going to remember for the rest of her life, friends that she is going to learn to love, and discipline that she is going to be thankful for. If you’re the girl with the cleats, soak it in. Love the long practices and the exhaustion and the sound of the whistle that starts the game. If you’re the girl without the cleats, go get some. Try something new. Take the risk. Sign up for the team, the musical, the club. You will regret it if you don’t. Even if you fail, few things can teach you the lessons that those cleats will.

Sincerely,

The Girl Who Hung Up Her Cleats

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