14 Things That Make All Illinois State Students Scream "Roll Birds!" And Curse Reggienet

14 Things That Make All Illinois State Students Scream "Roll Birds!" And Curse Reggienet

We live in Normal, but we're nowhere close to being normal.
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Even though Illinois State University is located in Normal, Illinois, it is nowhere close to being normal. At first, college seems very big and confusing but it doesn't take long to get used to ISU's quirks. Over the past three years, I have experienced quite a few interesting circumstances that are specific to ISU. So here are a few of them!

1. Going out when you're underage

When you're under 21 going out can be a gamble. It almost seems impossible to avoid getting a drinking ticket with parties being busted left and right.

2. When Festival ISU comes around

Literally best day of the year. So many free giveaways and free food! It's wonderful.

3. How you imagine the construction work is going at the Bone

The construction will never end!! Plus we will never even be able to see the results since we will graduate before they are even close to being finished.

4. When you have to go inside the Rec to get unhealthy food/drinks from Starbucks

It feels so wrong going into the rec to buy a sugary frappucino, but it's so worth it.

5. Everyone when it's popcorn chicken day at Watty

EVERYONE GET OUT OF MY WAY! Somehow everyone turns up at Watty Dining Center on this glorious day. Getting popcorn chicken is always a struggle.

6. When you're late for class and you have to cross Main St.


The traffic never seems to stop but you have to get to class somehow! Cars hate the pedestrians on this street because they tend to dart out in front of you. But honestly, we don't have another choice.

7. When you don't have a car but you really want McDonald's after midnight

The McDonald's near campus is luckily 24 hours, but unfortunately only the drive-thru is open past midnight. Some students without cars will have to get pretty creative in order to get their food.

8. When all the leasing companies are charging outrageous prices for mediocre apartments

Every apartment is so overpriced but you're forced to conform to the leasing company's monopoly.

9. When you're walking through the quad and social activists are trying to talk to you about serious issues

Please don't talk to me I'm just trying to get to class, thanks.

10. Trying to find a parking spot on campus

Good luck finding a parking spot. Especially in the green commuter lots during a weekday.

11. When reggienet is down

Somehow technical issues always happen right when you need to submit your homework.

12. When you get an email from tech support making you change your password AGAIN

It is hard enough remember one password and once you finally get it memorized they make you change it!!

13. Coming back to the dorms at 3 a.m. and trying to help your drunk friend make it past night ops

The sense of pride you feel after you sneak past night ops completely wasted is always amazing.

14. When you realize one day you will have to graduate and leave this wonderful place

While some of these may be annoying or frustrating, all of these things make Illinois State University home. I wouldn't change my time here at ISU for anything.

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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