Moving From The Midwest To The South For College

10 Culture Shock Moments You'll Definitely Have When You Move From The Midwest To The South

No, I don't have an accent.


Last year, I left the suburbs of Chicago for the bayou country of Louisiana. Moving 14 hours away gave me some insight on the switch from city to country life. The following are 10 things that might hit a little close to home. If you are new to the Southern culture like me, some, if not all, of these scenarios are bound to happen to you at some point or another.

1.  Alien vocabulary 

Taylor Kellogg

Once you move to the South, a whole new language starts being spoken by those around you. Shopping carts become "buggies," snow cones become "snowballs," and backpacks become "book sacks." There are some weird words you'll encounter, and people will give you crap about your NORMAL words that you say; which leads me to my next point...

2.  People telling you that you have an "accent"

No matter what you say, people will look at you strangely and tell you that "you must not be from here." If I had a dollar for every time one of my Louisiana friends told me to repeat a word so they can make fun of me for it, I'd be able to pay all my LSU parking tickets. Don't even get me started on names of cities or families.

3.  Delicious food

Taylor Kellogg

OK, so the freshman 15 was definitely real. Perhaps I could've avoided this if I stayed in Illinois for college, but being around the comfort foods of Louisiana really did me dirty. From jambalaya to beignets, you will taste some of the most delicious food of your life. Even Sonic tastes better in the South...

4.  Bad drivers

I thought people in the city of Chicago were psychopaths, but the top spot definitely goes to those with a drivers license in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Driving in Baton Rouge by itself scares the crap out of me: people go either 20 under or 50 over the speed limit, people stop/park in the middle of the road, and not to mention nobody pulls to the middle of the intersection when turning left on a green light.


Prepare to die, that's all. And don't ever bother straightening/curling your hair.

6.  People LOVE college football

Taylor Kellogg

If you go to an SEC school like I do, you know how seriously people take their football. Nothing beats a Saturday night in Death Valley, and the school spirit is like nothing you've ever seen before. Also, go shopping: girls dress up to the 9's on game day and you don't wanna be caught slacking.

7.  First time at Mardi Gras

Taylor Kellogg

This is an experience you'll never forget. My best friend/roommate Claire let me stay with her and her family during Mardi Gras, and they showed the Chicago girls how it's done. This is one of the most fun memories of my life and you have to have the experience for yourself. LSU even gives us a break from school to partake in the festivities!!!

8.  Southern Hospitality

EVERYONE HERE IS SO NICE — teachers, servers, old ladies in the supermarket, random passersby on the street. This one is very refreshing, especially coming from the mean streets of Chicago. For example, last week I was with my friend when her tire blew, and two random men came to help us on the side of the road. If that were to happen to me in the city, people would probably just honk at me for blocking the freeway.

8.  Time moves slower

Taylor Kellogg

People in the South generally just take their time to do things, so you have to learn to be patient. Except to stand in line at the store for a few more minutes, wait for your meal a little longer than usual, and most of the time waiting includes small talk and making new friends.

10.  Infinite amount of Gordon McKernan billboards

You'd think after seeing one of his billboards every quarter mile down I-10, I'd actually know what they were advertising. All I know is Gordon McKernan's name, face, and that I've blocked these signs from my consciousness.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

Hulu is slept on


I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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