The Badger's Guide To UW-Madison's Slang

The Badger's Guide To UW-Madison's Slang

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1. Sconnie

Literally, anything that relates to Wisconsin. It is typically used to describe someone who lives in Wisconsin and is an identity that people use with pride. If you are a Sconnie, you probably love the Packers and have been dreaming to be a Badger since the womb; you also probably have an excellent taste in cheese and ice cream.

Use it in a sentence: “It’s 25 degrees and snowing and that guy is wearing athletic shorts; he is definitely a Sconnie!”

2. Coastie

A term used to describe a student who attends UW-Madison that is originally from the east or west coast. You can usually identify a coastie by their intense winter jacket, beanie, and snow boots as soon as the temperature hits 35 degrees. No, they definitely are not from the Midwest, but they still love the Badgers and Madtown just as much as everyone else.

Use it in a sentence: “She is totally a coastie, she’s in snowboots and it's 50 degrees out!”

3. College

When a Badger says they’re at “college”, they are most likely not talking about the university as a self but instead College Library. College Library is located in Helen C. White Hall and is one of the hottest spots to get work done on campus. The library looks over the lake and has a view like no other.

Use it in a sentence: “I really need notecards; are you coming to college anytime soon?”

4. Memorial or ‘Mems’

Again, memorial is also a semi-confusing term for outsiders that is used to describe another one of the most popular libraries on campus. Oftentimes, it is abbreviated to ‘mem’ in texts from one Badger to another.

Use it in a sentence: “I was at memorial all night, yet still I feel so unconfident for this exam.”

5. FAC

Friday After Class. FAC is an acronym used across campus for students trying to let loose and have fun after a long stressful week of classes. If you are passing by the Kollege Klub on Friday afternoon at 3, you are guaranteed to see a line of Badgers waiting anxiously to get allowed in by the bouncers.

Use it in a sentence: “I had the longest week ever, so I'm going to FAC tomorrow.”

6. A-bar

Simply, after-the-bars. An A-bar is a slang used to describe an after-party that often takes place at a fraternity or apartment. After a wild night at the bars on State, the night is still not over for those who choose to finish off their nights at an a-bar.

Use it in a sentence: “There is actually no chance I make it to the a-bar tonight.”

7. Curds

Cheese curds. For non-Sconnies, these things are basically mini mozzarella sticks but 100x better.

Use it in a sentence: “Screw the freshman fifteen, let’s get curds!”

8. Langdon

Langdon is the capital of greek life in Madtown. Beautiful homes line the road housing fraternity and sorority chapters. On game days, you can expect Langdon to be filled with prideful Badgers in a sea of red and white. When looking back on your college experience, you are almost guaranteed to have some of your favorite and craziest college memories on this street.

Use it in a sentence: “It was 70 degrees last Saturday, so as you can imagine Langdon was filled with tons of darties!”

9. The KK

The Kollege Klub. It is not to be confused in a texting conversation as if someone is confirming what you are saying, but instead, the location where Badgers love to spend their Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and maybe even Sunday nights.

Use it in a sentence: “Last night, I kept buying everyone drinks at the KK.”

10. Insomnia

If you think someone is talking about Insomnia, they’re rarely referring to their lack of sleep. Instead, they are probably raving about their late night Insomnia Cookies.

Use it in a sentence: “I need to go to the gym today, last night I had so much Insomnia.”

11. State

When someone refers to their location as ‘State’ in Madison, they are never talking about the state of Wisconsin itself. Instead, they are talking about State Street, the cultural epicenter of all of UW-Madison. Lined with infinite bars, restaurants, apartment buildings, and shops, State Street is all any college student could ask for and more.

Use it in a sentence: “I will be there in 5 minutes, I’m on State right now.”

12. Varsity

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we unite as one when we sing Varsity. If you didn’t make your high school’s Varsity Basketball team and are still upset about it, no, this is not the same Varsity we are talking about. Instead, it is the alma mater for all Badgers that is sung at special events such as commencement.

Use it in a sentence: “I shadily love singing Varsity.”

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Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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