Perks Of Living In A College Town

Perks Of Living In A College Town

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Admit it, you know when you've ended up in a college town fairly quickly. Whether you're on or off campus people look fairly young and most of the time are representing your school's colors. You also have people spending the night at your place religiously as they always want to come up/down to visit or attend games. You've become the "place to crash" for many people and you don't mind it one bit. The more people that get to experience what you get to every day the better right?

I live in a college town and I have never been more happy.


1. The university is the town.

I don't think a day goes by that I don't see Garnet and Gold all over the town. Even off campus, you'll find apparel, utilities, and more decked out with your school's colors. You know nothing pleases you more than seeing them and feeling a sense of pride in where you attend.

2. School work revolves around game days.

Our professors know game days just as well as when they know it's Homecoming. If your teacher is just as supportive of the school as most of the students are, you'll probably have less school work on rival weekends and exams will be distributed in enough time to prepare for game day as well. Our professors will often times cut us some slack these busy weeks as they're celebrating just as much as we are (or so they've told us).

3. Game days are a holiday every weekend.

Whether you go to the college or not, when it's game day it becomes a celebration for the whole town. If working on game day (sometimes we just can't escape it), you'll still see colors flying all over and every channel will be on for the game. Whether it's an away game or not, you can expect to see the TVs turned to the correct station and people tailgating from dusk to dawn. It's not just football, it's a way of life for your town.

4. Everything is walking distance.

If your college is smack dab in the center of town, you never have to walk more than a few minutes to grab food or even clothes. With the boutiques and millions of food locations, it's never difficult to find clothes you need or food to fuel your night out. For our college town, Tennessee St. is the easiest road to find food choices on. From Chipotle, Panera, Yogurt Mountain, and Tropical Smoothie, it's difficult to find food that's not in a reasonable price range.

5. You recognize someone everywhere you go.

*Goes to Walmart looking like a scrub* You end up seeing half your class. Being involved with campus activities and working a part time job, it's difficult to not see someone you know. You're making friends left and right, literally! Whether it's the girl you met in the bathroom complimenting your shirt, or the boy you met at the IM fields, you'll have a friend wherever you end up. Even your waiter can have a full conversation with you about classes and you'll end up seeing them religiously. It's a town that never stops growing.

I believe that living in a college town has shaped me for the better. I know Florida State is in a larger city than others; however, it still gives one of the best college experiences a student could ask for. I find it hard to know that one day I'll have to leave such a thrilling and spirit-filled area. Thank you State, for making these last two years unforgettable. Go Noles!

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An Open Letter To My Youngest Self

From, the young adult finding comfort in the past while lost in the present.

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Dear future big person,

Speaking from experience, the world is a crazy place. It's sad, yet exciting to know what the future holds for you. The world has been taken over by devices and electronics most never thought were possible.

If you're wondering why I'm writing to you, it's because I care a lot more now than I did back when I was you. I'm your Marty McFly, here to tell you how to prepare for the future. (Don't ask me what that reference is –you figure it out!).

For starters, let's talk about this technology thing. Gameboys, Nintendo DS', Wiis, Xboxes –don't mess with them. Television is fine –if the people from the Cold War survived it, we can, too. I want you to spend time enjoying the real world, not the electronic, fake one.

I want you to go outside and sit in the grass, pick those dandelions and mash them up into "paint." Paint mom something nice and maybe go for a bike ride with dad. Catch lightning bugs at dusk and bottle them all up in a mason jar. Eventually, let them free, all together.

Your brother is gross and weird, but he actually turns out to be a pretty cool kid. You don't have to be all mushy with him, but be sure he knows you love him. After all, he is family.

Make friends in the neighborhood, even if they are boys. So what? Challenge them. Race them on your bike with awesome purple and white streamers drifting from the handlebars. Push hard, through the soles of your Sketchers covered feet.

Pick up a piece of chalk and create a world of your own world with 3,000 Toys R Us stores, one police station, and only a few stop signs. Create and color your own flowers, whether they actually exist or not. Let your imagination run wild!

Turn on the radio and dance like crazy! Scream the lyrics to Smashmouth's "All Star" and Gwen Stefani's "Sweet Escape." Change the station every now and then to hear something new; it's always interesting to see your reactions to these interesting creations.

I want you to wear what you feel like and don't care what the others say about you. If you want to wear your purple dress-up shoes with your matching purse and hat, then do it. If you want to wear a Hula skirt in the dead of winter, do it (but please bring some leggings so mom doesn't flip out). If you want to wear those bedazzled jeans, then rock 'em.

If you're wondering why I'm telling you to do these silly things, it's only because we lost these traits along the way. I don't want you to miss the experiences that only come from the natural world because you had your head stuck in a tablet; it will all pass you in the blink of an eye.

I don't want you to ever feel trapped inside your house, no matter the weather. There is always a way out.

Don't let other people stop you from getting something you want. Don't let them intimidate you or talk you out of something you are passionate about.

Your friends will be the people you escape to when the house seems inescapable. Treat them the way you would like to be treated.

Your imagination is one of the greatest gifts you'll ever have. It drives you –your hopes and dreams, your wishes in the fountain and your kisses to the dandelions. Don't ever stop chasing them.

Always, always do what you want to do. You sing karaoke to that super catchy song because you know you'll kill it. Wear what you want however you want because you know that you look good in some strange way. (As long as you're not naked, that is). Stubbornness is good.

Your family will always be your family. What they do affects you, and vice versa. Bring them good, positive news. They don't need any more trouble.

Stand up for yourself, for your friends and family, for your beliefs and wishes. Be proud of the work you do and the life you live. Many people around you wish they could have lived like you did.

Most importantly, do not let your past define your future. A lot of things will happen, some of which may or may not go horribly wrong. There is nothing you can do to stop these things, except hope. You can always change for the better as long as you don't look back. Be proud of your past, but be known for your future –whatever you want that to be.

Please, promise me these things. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to never lose these traits –hold them tightly and never release them. I can't tell you how this life is going to go, because that simply isn't the way this world works. Just breathe through it and listen to your gut –that's the future guiding you.

I, and many others, love you –your character, your curls, your studded jeans,your pink Power Ranger costume, your Hello Kitty backpack, and your goofy smile.

Don't ever forget that.

With love,

The Girl Who Is Lost And Trying To Turn Back Time.

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