Life At Auburn: 20 Things To Know About Game Day

20 Things To Know About Game Day for Auburn Students

A five-part series dedicated to life on the plains.


As a seasoned student at Auburn, I can tell you most of the ins and outs of life on the plains. I've been here since 2016 and, although it was a rough ride on the struggle bus my first semester here, I made it. I'll be graduating soon, and I would just like to leave some sage advice for those soon-to-be tigers on game day.

1. "War Eagle" is our war cry.

Yes, the mascot it a tiger, what's your point?

2. We celebrate everything by rolling Toomers.

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We celebrate election results even NFL victories.

3. Toilet Paper Famines are a thing.

Prior to any sports season, stock up on TP. Otherwise, the Toomer-rolling festivities will leave you with nothing more than paper towels and sadness.

4. People have passed out at football games from heat exhaustion, but it's a risk you have to take.

Gotta get the good seats. Gotta scream your head off. NO WATER BREAKS, YOU MIGHT MISS SOME OF THE GAME.

5. When Nova circles the field, get ready to feel the "WAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRR Eagle, Hey!"

You don't just hear it, you feel the rattling of the stadium.

6. You remember when we won that National Championship in 2010?

Yeah we do too, and we'll never let you forget it. A second is all we need.

7. It's easier than you think to end up on the Jumbotron.

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There's more than one way to skin a cat, as it were.

8. Auburn IS a basketball school, don't @ me.

We made it to the Final Four this year, we will never forget it.

9. Ranked basketball games are insanity.

Prepare to be part of a sea of bodies stampeding toward the door. You aren't sure you'll fit, but dear lord you're being pushed toward the doors. With your Tigercard between your teeth and a death-grip on your roommate, you will make it through the door alive, you just have to believe.

10. Volleyball games are underrated.

Volleyball games are fun. Like real fun. These girls are hardcore athletes.

11. Football Jerseys aren't just for football season.

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They're a fashion staple acceptable at any sporting event, bar, or gathering.

12. Parking lots will shut down on game weekends, and you better move your car or Auburn will move it for you.

Parking services is cut throat. They will send an email with a warning. That is all.

13. The Equestrian Team is just *blows kiss*.

These guys and gals are highly-ranked, hard-working, four-time national title holders. Plus dogs are allowed to attend equestrian meets.

14. When you see the tailgate tents, know it's about to go down.

"Look at all those chickens." I say as the sea of white tents begins taking over every available crevice of campus.

15. The Bookstore is the last place you want to be on game day.

So many outsiders, so many children.

16. The Iron Bowl.

It doesn't matter if our football team is having a sucky year or not, they will play until bones are broken and lives are ruined. It's a rival like no other. Welcome to the SEC.

17. What is parking on game day? It's nonexistent, that's what it is.

Unless, of course, you want to park at the Auburn Mall ten miles away and ride a transit to campus.

18. At football games, pledges will collect mountains of cups. Don't question it.

Just accept that they're going through a completely different brand of hell than you.

19. Up and over.

If the opposing team makes a field goal, the student section WILL steal the ball and throw it completely out of the stadium. Don't fight it, just yell "War Eagle!" and pass the ball up the rows like any good, upstanding tiger fan.

20. Drunk girls will try to steal your shakers.

*Drunk girl grasping the shaker already in my hand*: "ArE YoU UsInG ThIsSsS?"

Me, a sober tiger fan: "Yes, Becky. Yes I am."

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20 Lessons You Learn When Living In A Dorm

I never know what to do when someone is in *my* shower stall.

As a child you grow up unable to wait for college. Unable to wait for the freedom. Living with your best friend sounds like a dream come true. But living in a 10x10 cinderblock room? Not so much. You don't truly know what it is like to live in a dorm until, well, you've actually lived in a dorm. Living in a dorm is a lot of fun, but it has its downsides:

1. Fear of someone taking “your shower"

2. The fight for a washer/dryer

3. Or when someone takes your wet clothes out of the washer and puts it on a table before you get to it

4. Locking your door because you never know when someone will randomly barge in

5. Its 2 a.m. and you're dying of thirst but your roommate didn't fill the Brita

6. You've become immune to the gross hallway smell

7. Cleaning services always clean the bathroom at the most inconvenient times

8. Having killer legs because the elevators are out of order every other day

9. Cinderblock is not soundproof, so you can hear everything your neighbors do

10. Learning to make the most of your small jail-cell of a room by adding pictures and string lights

11. When someone is in "your bathroom stall"

12. Forgetting you can't walk around barefoot because the floors are disgusting

13. Trying to be quiet when you're roommate is asleep (the worst)

14. Dining hall hours are AWFUL (and the food isn't great either)

15. Or when your roommate brings someone back to the room

16. Putting stuff in your fridge is like playing Tetris

17. Having an 8 a.m. class on Friday but the Thirsty Thursday crowd comes home wasted and screaming at 3 a.m.

18. When your package says it was delivered but housing didn't send the email saying you can go pick it up

19. You have no control over the heat so in the winter if you close the window it's too hot but if it's open you freeze

20. But despite it all, living in a dorm is a right of passage and a time you'll never forget and a place you'll never want to leave

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A Special Thank-You To Tinsley Hall’s Second Floor Lounge

You were there for the late night study sessions, and you were there for the memories I was able to make with people who I will cherish forever. You were my first-year college experience.


I like to think of myself as a nostalgic individual, whether that be for the good times or the bad. When I took the image above, I had no idea I would be writing a thank you to a lounge in my first-year residence hall, but it only feels right considering it has given me so much. This, what you see pictured, was the view I would see of the world for hours each day, sitting and talking with my friends, doing seemingly minuscule things that when looking back defined our first-year college experience. This lounge was where a lot of my memories were made, so here's it's shout-out, from one graduated college freshman, to the many others that will sit in Tinsley's second-floor lounge.

Dear Tinsley Hall's second-floor lounge,

You were there for the late night study sessions, and you were there for the memories I was able to make with people who I will cherish forever. You were my first-year college experience. Thanks to you, I was able to really build community within my hall and floor. You were a meeting place for me and my friends, a place for me to do my work and studies while simultaneously laughing until I had the hiccups and couldn't feel the breath rushing so quickly out of my chest. You were a place for me to be myself, open up to my friends at four in the morning when others around us were asleep, a place for me to observe the outside world through a translucent screen, only guessing what passers-by stories were. You helped me to not feel alone as I transitioned to being a more independent adult.

I was seriously within your binds all the time, literally. They weren't kidding a freshman orientation when they said that we would be spending hours within our residence hall. Do you know how many times I was asked if I lived in your seats? All of the time I spent at Tinsley was basically with you. That's actually pretty cool when you think about it.

You saw me grow throughout my first year of college. As I sit in your green dyed chair, my feet leaned against your wood table writing this right now, in the present, I can't help but feel nostalgic about my first year at Rutgers. It is crazy to think about how many memories can be made in such a small area of such a big university in only a few short months. You allowed me to wave to friends as they came back into Tinsley, weathered down from the natural state that becomes a day, but you always allowed us to come together in the nights and enjoy each other's company.

Thank you for bringing people into my life that I will cherish forever, and thank you for giving me a community in such a large university.

You rock, dude, and I'll never forget you.

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