13 Reasons To Have #MDPride That You Will Miss

13 Reasons To Have #MDPride That You Will Miss

13 things I'll miss about Maryland, one for every year I have lived in this state.

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Maryland has been my home for the past 13 years of my life and now I will be leaving the nest, flying south to the sunny state of Georgia. While I am excited for the adventures at Emory, I'm going to miss Maryland.

Here are 13 things I'm going to miss about this state.

1. Our Crabs

These blue crabs are also known as "Maryland crabs."

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With our location being so close to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, our crabs are truly an experience if you visit a crab shack or all you can eat place by the beaches.

2. Our Flag

#mdpride

https://www.zazzle.com/full_leg_maryland_flag_legg...

We have so much love and pride for our flag here that it is used a print design for almost everything: clothes, cups, shoes, bags, wallets, and etc, and it's hung and waved everywhere. Do you even know what your state flag looks like?

3. The Sports Hype

Beat that, Philly.

https://947freshfm.radio.com/blogs/capitals-victor...

2018 was a big year for Maryland and sports. During the March Madness season, UMBC's unexpected win against the No.1 seed, UVA shook everyone nationwide, especially those that had brackets with UVA advancing to the Final Four (ME!). This was celebrated for the whole week after where people started to flaunt their UMBC wear more at school and even got a few Snapchat geotags and filters. While we love our Maryland sports teams, we love the Washington Wizards and more recently, the Washington Capitals with their first Stanley Cup win. If you thought Philadelphia was wild with their Superbowl win, the Caps parades are a whole 'nother story. The Metro had announced there were well over 800k riders the day of the parade.

4. Our Weather

I have never seen something more accurate.

https://www.reddit.com/r/vexillology/comments/3z9x...

The only thing more unexpectable than a teenager's mood is Maryland's weather. There was one Christmas where it was almost 70 degrees and several Aprils where, instead of being showered by the spring rain, it snowed inches. Sometimes, it would be 80 and sunny for the entire week and people would start to pack away heavier clothes, BUT the following week would drop back down to the 50s and windy.

5. Quince Orchard High School

where countless Friday nights were spent

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If you're from Moco, you know how spirited Quince Orchard is with our Red Army. The past few years, we've gone to many playoffs and state championships whether it was for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, the list goes on. Our school really fosters the saying "Work Hard, Play Hard." as many of my peers, including myself, are student-athletes who excel in both academics and extracurriculars. In recent years, the Quince Orchard community has come to several intersections with tragedies which brought everyone together as we pushed through the sorrow and grief together. I will truly miss cheering in the bleacher, chanting QO during the anthem, and singing our song after every touchdown every Friday night. This may seem biased, but I TRULY think Quince Orchard is one of the best schools in the state across all aspects whether it's our strength as a community to endure hardships, our unconditional support for the school, our rigorous excelling academics, or our renowned athletic program.

6. Our Slang

We call these "Snow Cones," not "Water Ice" @Pennsylvania

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As I visited other universities along the East Coast such as Tufts and Lehigh, I brought my DMV slang along and these were just a few that no one understood what I was saying:

"I'm hip." = I know

"You siced it" = You over-exaggerated

"Stop boofin'" = Stop playing around

"Why are you so pressed" = Why do you care so much

"I stamp that's a lie" = I swear that's a lie

"What the move" = Where is the party at?

"She's bad/thic." = She's gorgeous

"Ard." = Alright

"That's a bet" = Yay!

"This is boring, let's dip." = Let's leave

"You blow/blowing me." = You're being really annoying

"That's ratchet" = That's low

"Yea, we've been talkin" = We've been flirting but not dating

"Spill the tea!!" = What's the latest gossip/drama

"Moe/Manz/Bruh/Fool/Homeslice/My Dude" = Friends

7. S'week (aka Beach Week)

https://theseaboard.com/ocean-city-market

To celebrate our graduations from high school and a passageway to college, seniors from counties all around Maryland will drive up to Ocean City (sometimes Rehobeth, Bethany, or Delaware) with their clique, and basically party for the ENTIRE WEEK, all day every day.

**If you want to fiend a Juul, I'd go to the beach during or after s'week.

8. LaxSzn

Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) | Twitter

Since 1971, 29 out of the 43 NCAA championships has had Maryland play in the title game, the last game of the season. Almost every school around Maryland has a lacrosse team. While lacrosse is growing fast in its popularity across the nation, it's heart is in Maryland, even the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame is located in Baltimore, MD on John Hopkins campus.

9. the Mansions of Potomac

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/37257223_zpi...,-77.125483,38.967017,-77.244101_rect/12_zm/1_fr/


On the drives from the suburbs to the cities of Maryland, you will pass through Potomac where there are endless luxury mansions sitting on top of the hills or gated residential with beautiful fountains and 6 car garages. Maybe one drive, you'll even come across Washington Wizards' athlete, John Wall's extravagant estate.

10. Washington DC

https://www.klm.com/destinations/es/es/article/str...

While driving and parking is a mission in D.C., the metro saves gas and time. There is an abundance of museums and sightseeing spots around D.C: the Washington Monument, the White House, the National Mall, Georgetown, several universities, the Zoo, you get the point. If there is one regret I have, it is not taking advantage of the Metro and our close proximity to a beautiful city.

11. CAVA!

Build It | CAVA

Some call it a healthier Chipotle. I call it a pricier alternative but well worth it. This growing Mediterranean cuisine has not yet expanded into the Georgia area so it will be a treat for when I come back to Maryland.

12. Our Counties

https://geology.com/county-map/maryland.shtml

Most times, when asked where we're from, we respond with what county we're from instead of the city.

Hi! I'm from Montgomery County, also known as "Moco" (more MD slang) ((Howard County = "Hoco")).

*Fun fact: University of Maryland College Park names their dorms after the counties of Maryland.

13. Our Definition of DMV

Prep Hoops All DMV, I-495 All Star team, (Washington, DC Suburban ...

No. Not the Department of Motor Vehicles.

DMV stands for... District of Columbia Maryland Virginia



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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.
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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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8 Reasons Your Boyfriend's Best Friend's Girl Is Sure To Be Your Best Friend, Too

They grew up together, so chances are their behavior partners are pretty similar.

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His best friends girl, but realistically, she is your new best friend.

Between the double dates and sharing hilarious "He did this.." stories, you start to grow an intimate relationship together.

1. Chances Are The Dumb Things He Is Doing, Her Guy Is Doing The Same Thing

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Just like we have similar traits like our best friends, so do guys. Chances are your boy and hers have similar traits. Whether that be the good, the bad or the inside jokes from their high school life that you will never seem to understand. She has your back and can be that person you can rely on to talk to. You both may not be able to understand why your boys do certain things, but at least you have sometime who can understand what you are going through.

2. She Is The Perfect Person To Share A Glass Of Wine, As The Boys Enter Their Fourth Round Of League Of Legends

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When the boys start nerding out for the four hour in a row over their video games, she is your girl to pop open the bottle of whine. You two can catch up on your girl talk and have someone to talk to. Since chances are, neither one of you understand their obsession.

3. She Understands Your Confusion When They Start Talking In Code

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They say girls talk in code...well this whole boy lingo is just as confusing. Between their inside jokes from high school and endless references to some famous night from Junior year, you two can exchange looks of confusion as you try for the hundredth time to understand what they are talking about.

4. She Is Your Bathroom Buddy On Double Dates

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Whether it be a lip gloss exchange, or needing an emergency tampon, she always got your back. Going to our boys homes can always be frustrating when we need a female products but they most likely do not have any in store. With her, you always got a lil extra girl power around you to help you out. As well as, always having someone to disappear to in the bathroom if the boys become too much to handle.

5. A Little Something Called Girl Code

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Boys suck...not always but sometimes, lets be realistic relationships are a hard, hot piece of mess. When things go south you always can turn to her to rant or have someone defend you.

6. She Understands Your Frustration Over The Little Things, Cause Girl Same

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Did he ever....

Yes, girl. Every. Time.

7. She Knows Your Guy Just As Well

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Between the double dates and all the times your boys talk about each other, you start to understand the way each one of them act. You always can talk to each other easily about what they do, because they will start to know them just as well.

8. Two Peas In A Dating Pool

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Just like our boys are two in a pod, changes are they share similar interest in girls. Making his girlfriend your twin and your new partner in crime on your double dates.

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