8 Things Only Small Town Hoosiers Know

8 Things Only Small Town Hoosiers Know

There is more than corn in Indiana.

Growing up a Hoosier is a great experience. However, Indiana gets some gossip spread about it. Here are 7 things only small town Hoosiers know to be true.

1. There is MORE than corn in Indiana.

There are a plethora of other crops here in Indiana. There are soybeans, pickles (Which are commonly known as cucumbers), tomatoes, sweet corn, popcorn, and even radish fields. Crops bring in a lot of revenue for our state but yes corn seems to be the leader.

2. Dirt roads are the best.

You can go a lot of places in Indiana. Cruising through various counties and streets, you know that a dirt road isn't too far. Making some dirt fly seems to be a good way to pass the time.

3. Going out of state is like traveling to another planet.

Not everyone says the same sayings or waves back at you. It is quite the adjustment when you are used to every farmer raising his hat at you.

4. The Internet is a blessing and a curse.

It is nice to be connected to the world but small towns never get good reception so you spend half of your time waiting for the internet to load. I guess that's why we spend so much time out in the fresh air.

5. Mowing your yard is at least a 2-hour job.

It is great to have a big yard and neighbors that are easily a mile away. However, when you have a nice big space like that, you know you have to make time in your day to mow. It has to be scheduled.

6. You run into everyone, everywhere.

The post office, gas station, bank, and library are all very convenient places to see people that you saw this morning. It's hard not to miss anyone when there is only one big intersection.

7. If you want anything more than a gallon of milk or a tank of gas, you'll have to drive at least 20 minutes to the closest town bigger than yours.

Need a new outfit for your date? Need meat for a big dinner? Plan on adding at least a 20-minute time slot to that just to get to the store. Who knows how bad traffic could be, especially if you get stuck behind a tractor.

8. The corn on the corner of the fields is always in the way when going through an intersection.

Stop sign is ahead but every corner is a corn field? My best advice is to pull out as slowly as possible until you can make sure there is no traffic about to danger your life. Good luck.

I hope all the small town Hoosiers got a good laugh at this.

Cover Image Credit: Lillyanne King

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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As An Original Northeasterner, I Grew To Love The South And You Can, Too

Where the tea is sweet, and the accents are sweeter.


I'm not Southern-born. I'll come right out and say it. I was born in Connecticut and moved to Atlanta when I was 9 years old. I didn't know a single thing about the South, so I came without any expectations. When I got here, I remember that the very first thing I saw was a Waffle House. I thought it was so rare to see whatever a waffle house was but little did I know there was a WaHo (how southerners refer to Waffle House) every two miles down the street.

There is such a thing as "southern hospitality," and it's very pleasant for a newcomer to see. Southerners are raised with such a refreshing sense of politeness, and their accents are beautifully unique. It brings a smile to my face when I hear a southern accent because it's such a strong accent and one of my favorites. They answer your questions with "Yes, ma'am" or "No, ma'am" in the most respectful tone. I remember feeling so grown and empowered just because I got called ma'am. Southerners' vocabulary and phrases really have its ways of integrating into your own vernacular.

Before I came to Georgia, I never really said words like "Y'all" and "Fixin' to" but it's definitely in much of what I say now. I can tell when I go back up north to visit family that some of what I say may sound a little off because the dialect is very different. I find no shame in it, though, and neither should any southerner.

The weather in the South isn't so bad, in my opinion. Sure, there is very high humidity, but after living here for 10+ years, you learn how to deal with it. However, there's nothing like the summer thunderstorms. I love stormy, rainy weather and it rains quite often in the south, so when my birthday in July rolls around, I look forward to seeing that rain. It's the most peaceful weather to me and inspires me to write even more.

I could go on and on about the amazing fried foods here or the iconic yet insane Atlanta traffic, but those aren't what make me love the South. The people of the south are so different from up north but in the best ways. Everyone is so expressive and creative, as well as their own unique self. Southerners aren't the shaming kinds of people, but instead the kind who embrace who you are from the start. There's a fierce loyalty and a strong sense of appreciation that is just unmatched by any other place. No matter where I go, I always find comfort in knowing that I'll be coming back to this place I'm proud to call home.

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