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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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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How To Get Out Of A Traffic Ticket

Nobody Likes Being Pulled Over

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Let's be honest, you've mostly been pulled over once, especially if you are reading this. And god knows you never want to go through that again. Seeing those unmistakable, flashing red-and-blue lights makes anyone tremble in fear. Here are 5 tips to get out of that pesky ticket.

1. Be Respectful

This sounds obvious, but you would be surprised by how many people have an attitude or argue with an officer. Make sure you have your license out immediately, clearly answer every question the officer asks, and do not move suspiciously whatsoever. Sometimes comical, light conversations help humanize you, making it increasingly difficult for some officers to give you a ticket.

2. Don't try to flirt or bribe your way out 

Despite it seeming like many police officers are corrupt, very few are. They will not fall for blatant attempts at flirting or bribes. This will only encourage them to give you a ticket as it questions their integrity; therefore, is insulting.

3. Play the sad card 

Hysterically crying and hyperventilating while yelling at yourself really shows an officer how shitty of a day you might be having. Sometimes officers will pity you. This a huge advantage as it makes an officer feel like a huge asshole in making your life worse.

4. Know the law

Few people know their actual rights. Call the prosecutor that is going to present the case against you to the judge to request a pretrial conference to negotiate. Additionally, you can prove that what you got a ticket for was legally justified in the context of the situation you were in. This helps your case as your now raising a legal point instead of implying the ticketing officer was wrong.

5. Never openly confess 

Confessing to an officer that you were speeding or doing anything illegally forces them to give you a ticket. Acknowledging your guilt makes it almost impossible to prove you were innocent. You can't take back words.

6. Play the mistake of fact card

The phase "Mistake of fact" refers to an error made due to circumstances beyond one's control. Tickets can easily be dismissed if it is deemed such. For example, you could argue that you did not stop at a stop sign because something like a fallen tree obliviated your view of it.

7. Don't pay the ticket right away 

Paying immediately shows voluntary admittance of guilt, eliminating any chance of you getting out of the ticket or possibly reduced. One usually has 90 days to plead guilty or innocent; and therefore, pay. You have plenty of time to figure out an alternative solution. Plus, often times people who attend court get their fine reduced.

Getting pulled over always feels like the end of the world. However, these tricks will at least help you get out of paying that pricey fine.

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