13 Signs You Lived In Southern Illinois And Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

13 Signs You Lived In Southern Illinois And Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

We are not just corn fields.
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Illinois State University is located in Central Illinois. Although we have students from all around the country, even around the world, most ISU students are from northern Illinois (aka Chicago suburbs). Unlike most, I am from southern Illinois. Believe it or not, there are towns in southern Illinois (not just cornfields). As I try to survive the Chicagoian lifestyle, here's to those who display their southern Illinois pride loud and proud!!

1. Yes, I still live in Illinois

I live about 20 minutes outside the city of St. Louis, Missouri. When I say where I am from, I say in the St. Louis area. Many people respond, "But, that's Missouri?" I know but it's just easier to say that instead of saying, "I live in Illinois but not Chicago but it's closer to St. Louis but I actually don't live in St. Louis."

2. We are not just corn fields

There are towns here! Like actual towns with more than just a bank and one restaurant.

3. I am all things St. Louis sports

If you are southern Illinois native, such as myself, you follow St. Louis sports. I'm talking Blues, Cardinals, and even the Rams when they were here. We aren't named the best fans in baseball for nothing! We stand by our baseball fans through the thick and the thin. Even when I am going to school in Cubs country.

4. It will always be St. Louis Bread Co.

I'm sorry. I don't this "Panera" you speak of. There are plenty of tweets to prove it. All the memes that have ever trended always end up getting back to the controversy behind Panera vs. Bread Co.

5. You will never fail to be amazed by the Gateway Arch

I once had someone tell me at school that they didn't know what they Arch was. Seriously. The Gateway to the West? It's a national monument, people! And what's really cool is that you can actually go up in it! I took a field trip there in 1st grade. The saying goes that every time we cross the river, someone says, "Ope! There's the Arch!"

6. It's soda. Not pop.

I had never heard the expression "pop" until I met more people from up north.

7. Humidity is the devil

The temperature may be 75 degrees, but the humidity level is at 85% and feels like 90 degrees and super duper sticky. Don't even bother with your hair, ladies.

8. There is a difference between SIUE and SIUC

SIUE is located in Edwardsville (my hometown). SIUC is in Carbondale. No, we are not as south as Carbondale.

9. There is nothing better than toasted ravioli for dinner

Toasted ravioli is breaded ravioli stuffed with meat. In a nutshell, it's heaven. For a bonus, have it with tomato sauce! When we didn't have an idea about what to eat for dinner, just pop some toasted ravioli into the oven you are set!

10. Then having Gooey Butter Cake for dessert

Gooey Butter Cake is exactly what the title says. It's amazing! Who doesn't love dessert with lots of butter!?

11. And don't forget going to get pizza at your Imo's

It's the square beyond compare!

12. Your go-to beer is St. Louis' best

Anheuser Busch beer is where it's at

13. The best way to end the night is with Ted Drewe Frozen Custard

It's the best kind of frozen custard you can find in the St. Louis area. Unless you live in Edwardsville, then Annie's is where it's at!

Southern Illinois may seem like a wasteland of corn and farms. And it is sometimes. But when you've lived here as long as I have, you find the great things about it. It's home after all!

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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This Trump Oval Office Address Drinking Game Is NOT Fake News

Caution: You may need a DD.

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An exciting moment in our 45th President's career will be taking place tonight: he will be addressing the nation on a "current state of emergency" on national television.

Yes, that's right. Our President will be taking the night off of Twitter (hopefully) to enter living rooms across the country on our screens.

Historically, these addresses are long and boring, so let's spice it up tonight. Don't even bother with shot glasses, I have a feeling you won't have time to refill the glass in time.

Take a shot every time he says "bad"

This one seems harmless, but remember, Trump likes to repeat himself to make a point. "Bad, bad people". Two shots right there for ya.

Take a shot every time he says "hombres"

Be careful! He's been known to say things like "bad, bad hombres, very bad." Four shots right there for ya.

Take a shot every time he mispronounces something

Look, it's bound to happen, have you seen the typos in his tweets? Oh man.

Take a shot any time he lies about terrorists entering the country via Mexico

Fun fact for you: Terrorists most commonly enter the country via airplanes, in fact, last year only 6 terrorists tried to cross at the Mexican border and all got turned around. Learn more here.

Take a shot every time he says "caravan"

I don't see this one hurting you too bad, but the man is hard to read.

Take a shot every time he says "uh"

This one seems like it's harmless but because he isn't a speaking professional he actually says it a lot more than you would think.

Finish your drink every time he says "national crisis"

Do it. Take that shot.

Take a shot every time he says "wall"

But you might just get alcohol poisoning.

Take a shot every time he says "terrorists "

Fingers crossed he doesn't say this as much as I think he will.

Take a shot every time he blames the democrats for the shutdown

You're the one holding the opening of the government hostage, buddy.

Take a drink AND DON'T STOP until he is done saying the word "huge"

Sometimes he keeps this one short, other times it's a dragged out "huuuuuuuuuuuge". Don't say I didn't warn you.

Take a drink when he starts using his hands as he speaks AND DON'T STOP until he puts them back down 

Another possible alcohol poisoning situation.

Remember to always drink responsibly!

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