25 Things You Know If You're From Middletown, CT

25 Things You Know If You're From Middletown, CT

You'll have these memories if you grew up in this city.

Middletown, Connecticut. Population: over 47,000. Founded: 1650, under the Native American name Mattabeseck. Here are things only M-Town people will understand.

1. Our deep Italian roots.

Saint Sebastian's Church on Washington Street is an exact replica of the original one in Sicily, Italy. Middletown was a hub of Italian immigrants beginning in the 1890's.

2. Main Street is basically all restaurants.

But I'm not complaining. We've got everything from Mexican to fancy Italian to the good old American diner.

3. Someone painted a weird mural on our movie theater?

Remember when it used to be Destinta Theater? Now it's Metro Movies. Lame.

4. Wesleyan University students.

Driving through Wesleyan campus is just a giant game of dodging obstacles, AKA students crossing the street.

5. You grew up sledding at Foss Hill.

6. You either went to Middletown High, Xavier, Mercy, or Vinal.

And if you went to Vinal, you were called a "redneck."

7. And you probably went to UCONN.

Or at least own enough UCONN apparel to make it seem that way.

8. MHS versus Xavier rivalry.

And the annual Thanksgiving Day football game, which Xavier has won every year in the history of ever.

9. You spent your summers swimming at Crystal Lake.

10. And going to the Memorial Day parade on Main Street.

11. You drive past this frat house all the time.

12. And the Russell House.

13. And this awesome mural downtown.

14. Seeing this inn all the time, but you've never been inside.

15. Going North of Rapollo Avenue for cupcakes.

Get it? NORA Cupcakes?

16. Remember Javapalooza?

Now it's Sweet Harmony. I haven't been there since.

17. The iconic Amatos sign.

18. Rest in peace this fountain.

19. No matter where you go in town, you can see this building.

20. And most of the time, you can see Connecticut Valley Hospital too.

CVH is the one with the numbered, not named, graves. Creepy.

21. Our famous bridges.

Sometimes you can catch the swing bridge closed to allow a train to cross.

22. Grand Street Parking Lot was sadly replaced with the new Community Health Center.

It's a beautiful building though.

23. We have eight elementary schools, but only one school for sixth grade...

Yeah, I don't get it, either. For elementary school, we have Lawrence, Farm Hill, Snow, Moody, Spencer, Bielefield, Macdonough, Wesley. And for sixth grade, we have Keigwin. And that's it.

24. We have a restaurant called Asian Restaurant.

It's so when tourists and new Wesleyan students Google "Asian restaurants near me," it's the first result. Talk about genius.

25. Lin-Manuel Miranda went to Wesleyan.

And wrote a play at the Athenian Diner on Washington Street.

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Thoughts About A 21st Birthday

Turning twenty-one has its pros and cons.

In life, we all have the "useless" birthdays. These birthdays are nothing but a celebration of turning another year older. This is kind of how I felt last year when, in February, I became twenty. But twenty-one is considered a milestone, especially for American youth. In the long run, how unique is gaining another responsibility?

I only question this, and slightly dread it, because there is more that comes with being twenty-one. For myself, a female, being this old means I am required to receive Pap smears in South Carolina, a procedure I do not like in the least. If you don't know what this is, well, they put a plastic thing inside you to open the region up and check the cervix for cancer. It isn't pleasant for me for multiple reasons.

But, back to what everyone knows about this age: drinking and the ability to purchase whatever kind you like.

I will probably enjoy being able to drink here. Thing is: I've had alcohol before. In Europe and Mexico, everything is a bit more relaxed, and it is indeed an excellent experience to learn what wine tastes like, or alcohol in general, and how to be a responsible drinker. Have I snuck some vodka in a tea before while on a trip? Yeah, and it was good. So, in hindsight, I've already had a taste of that part. But I'm celebrating regardless of experience.

Also, I'm going to be happy to be twenty for the next little bit. Do I know what I'm doing with my life? Not necessarily. And it will be a while until I do. But that is the point of being at this stage. And another year won't change that.

Yeah, I'm happy it is coming up, and that I get to see my friends and family, but I have only lived a short part of my life. More milestones will top this one, and they might not even be birthdays. But I'm still glad to be able to celebrate with those I love.

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10 Thoughts A College Senior Will Have In An All-Freshman Class

Why do they look 25 and I look 12?

Being 22 and sitting next to 18 year olds is an interesting feeling when it comes to being in a freshman level class. While you're questioning your sanity, so are the little freshman around you as they ask you what you are even doing there. Here is a list of 10 things a college senior thinks to themselves as they sit in a sea of freshman.

1. What am I doing here?

Still not sure why I chose to take this class.

2. Why did I wait this long to take this class?

Why didn't i just take this class freshman year like a normal student? Oh yeah, procrastination.

3. Why does my advisor hate me?

Why didn't my advisor tell me I needed this class to graduate? Do they really hate me that much? LMK

4. Is my TA the same age as me?

I'd bet $10 my teaching assistant and I are the same age. Hell, I might even be older.

5. Why do the freshman look scared of me?

When they look like you like you have 9 heads or snakes for hair.

6. Why do these freshman look older than me?

Why do I look 12 and they look 25?

7. If I don’t get an A, I’ll cry.

I'm a senior taking a 1,000 level class. If I cant pass this class i needed to drop out like yesterday.

8. I need a drink.

I need a drink and guess what i'm the only one who can legally have a drink in the room.

9. I can’t even think the boys in my class are cute because they're so young.

The fact that there is a 4 year age difference is like me dating my little brother and that's just weird.

10. This is the only class keeping me from graduating; let’s ride.

Maybe i'll just pack wine in my swell bottle to make it through the year. Graduation here I come.

These are thoughts I have everyday as i sit in my freshman baby biology class. Two weeks down, a hell of a lot more to go. Wish me luck people.

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