1. Why is Wilson Hall so complicated to navigate? Even as a senior, I still get lost in Wilson. As a freshman, I was warned about the unnecessary complexity of the building, was laughed at by upperclassman for my confused looks on the first day of school and walked and rewalked the whole hall before finding my classroom. #annoying.
2. What is the purpose of the Noodle? Honestly, no clue. Ask an engineering student?
3. Why don't half the champ change machines work? Nothing is worse than as a freshman expecting you'll get rewarded for your time in the library with a shot at free tuition - or something significantly less extravagant - than come to find out, the machine wasn't recording those late night study sessions on the 2nd floor.
4. Why don't people understand the quiet rules of the library? If you want to talk, be on the 1st or 2nd floor....If you want silence, hang out on the 3rd or 4th floor. But for the sake of all things holy, don't complain about the noise on the 2nd floor, and PLEASE don't talk on the upper floors. It's rude.
5. Why did I spend $100 on a textbook, only to get back $4.82? Simple. Greed.
6. Why does the Union Market have limited hours? Sometimes, its 3:30 and you just really want a burger, okay?
7. Why is the coffee different at the SRO and Brewed Awakening? I am a fan of Italian Sodas - At the Brewed Awakening, they come with ice cubes, while at the SRO they come with crushed ice.....Weird.
8. Why is Greek Life so small? Anyone who's anyone has been to a frat party at Sigma Chi or PIKE, and they know there are far more people who are interested in the nightlife scene, than there are in the actual Greek system. MSU has 7 fraternities and 4 sororities - Why so small?!
9. Where are the owls that live in Montana Hall? Maybe it's just me, but I haven't seen the owls in a good year and a half. Did they leave, or am I just blind?
10. WHY ON EARTH IS THERE NO PARKING?!?!? Why the actual hell did we decide a parking garage would be a good idea? I mean, yeah the concept is great - but limiting the type of parking passes who are allowed to park in the garage is ridiculous. Maybe MSU should consider what other Universities do, and not allow freshman to bring their cars. Yeah it would piss a lot of people off, but it would certainly fix our parking problem.
Cynthia Nixon, a.k.a Miranda from Sex and the City, is running for governor of New York. I think that this would be the best decision that has been made in a while solely based off of the fact that almost no one knows New York like the cast of Sex and the City. This got me thinking about who else would be a good candidate to take over the city of dreams. Then I realized that Blair Waldorf, if she were a real person, would be my number one choice for governor. Here are five reasons why Queen B would be an excellent ruler.
1. First of Blair all doesn't mess around. She has the drive to be the best and that sort of ambition is needed in a leader. She has the focus and control to handle whatever comes her way. She works harder at everything she does than any other person on the planet.
2. She's great at banishing people, but she can also be forgiving. We wouldn't have to worry about any less than upstanding citizens wreaking havoc in the city because Blair would just banish them. Remember when Georgina was being a lunatic and Blair just sent her away. Also, when Jenny committed her unspeakable act Blair made her leave, but later allowed her to come back. She shows compassion.
3. Blair has the most impeccable style and she would without a doubt require her citizens to adopt her fashion sense. I'd give it a week before every girl in the state started matching their headbands to their handbags.
4. She is classy and poised at (pretty much) all times. When she channels her inner Grace Kelly she is the essence of sophistication. New York deserves a representative as flawless as Blair.
5. No one would be wearing tights as pants.
As much as I think Blair would be the perfect governor for New York, I also understand that she is a little crazy. So while she might not be a great fit, it's fun to think about how cool it would be for New York to have such a fabulous governor. Also, good luck to Cynthia Nixon!
We see ourselves getting further into the semester.
But while we get further into the year...we also get close to little christmas AND
BIG & LITTLE REVEAL.
Being a little is the best thing ever. I remember being so overwhelmed
when I joined my sorority last year. I
was super excited, but the whole Greek world was new to me, not to mention I
was still adjusting to college life in general.
I didn’t really know anyone in my new sorority other than the girls I met through rush. Even though I was happy with my decision and knew that
I belonged, I was still nervous to start meeting everyone and attending the events.
We started getting set
up with different buddies (usually sophomores) every week to try to find our
bigs, and I remember loving every minute I spent with my buddies. When I finally met my big, I knew right
away. She was so fun and easy to talk to
that I knew we would be really good friends, but a big is even more than a
friend. They really are like family in
the sense that they look out for you no matter what and help you adjust to
college and sorority life.
It was great
to have someone to look up to who seemed so comfortable at Clemson and was only
a year older. Seeing someone who had the
college thing all figured out and had just been there for a year made me feel
less nervous for my first year. I also
really loved getting all the canvases, shirts, and candy from her the day
before the big reveal. But bigs don’t
just shower you with presents, they introduce you to new people and
I love being a little, but all of the reasons listed below are also why I want
to be a big so badly:
- I want to help a
new girl feel comfortable and bring her to events to meet my friends.
- I really want to help my little with anything
she needs and be there whenever she needs me.
- I want to craft and craft and craft until I have a pile of presents for her
because I remember how great it felt to get all of the gifts last year.
- I would love it if someone looked up to me
the way I look up to my big and became another true friend of mine.
Now that I’m on the other side of things and
get to be an older buddy I’m trying to make all my buddies feel welcome and at
home in my sorority. When I finally do
find my little I know that it’ll be just as wonderful as when I found my big
and I can’t wait to add a new member to my family.
College — a new place with new people and a new you! You're ready to get a fresh start on a new campus; before you start, however, there are some social rules that you should know. These are suggestions that you are not required to follow, but they are highly recommended. Here are ten things you probably should not do from now on.
1. Raise your hand to use the restroom.
You're an adult now. You don't have to ask to use the restroom, go get a snack from the vending machine real quick, or go outside to take an important phone call. Just go and take care of whatever you feel is important.
2. Watch your favorite TV show... while sitting in the front row.
Going to lecture might be boring sometimes (and/or tiring, depending on when the class is). You would rather sign the attendance sheet, take out your laptop, and continue binge watching your favorite show. This is especially tempting when you have class in a big lecture hall with 200+ students; however, if you are in one of the front rows, other people can probably see your laptop screen (especially if you have a fairly large laptop). News flash: there are other people in the class trying to actually pay attention to what the professor is saying. It also defeats the purpose of going to lecture, so it's not doing you a favor either. So if you have to go to class and absolutely need to watch that last episode of "Game of Thrones", do your classmates a favor and sit in the back of the class.
3. Sit down on the bus and use the seat next to you for your backpack.
If you go to a big school like I do, we have a bus system to get from one part of the university to another. Do not be that jerk on a crowded bus who thinks their bag/backpack/whatever other stuff you have with you deserves a seat for itself. If you are on a crowded bus, place your bag on your lap, on the floor between your legs, or under your seat. You will get glares from people if you make a special seat for your [insert expensive bag here].
4. Avoid giving up your seat because you're already comfortable.
If you are able to stand on public transportation, let someone else who might have a heavier load take your seat. Included in this category would be elderly people, pregnant women, injured people, disabled people, someone holding multiple bags of groceries, and other people in situations. It's just the kind thing to do.
5. Leave your drink unattended.
There are horrible, scary people in this world. You might think that a lot cannot possibly happen in the two minutes you'll take in the bathroom or to find your friend in that crowded room, but it can. Someone could slip drugs (or something worse) in your drink while you're away. So I'm going to repeat it for those in the back of the room: NEVER LEAVE YOUR WATER/SODA/BEER/UMBRELLA COCKTAIL/ANY DRINK UNATTENDED.
6. Go into the shower without flip-flops.
Don't have your share of athlete's foot. Get a pair of shower shoes for those communal showers typical of first-year residence halls; shower floors can and will be gross when you share them with around 30 other people on your floor.
7. Register for an 8 A.M. class.
Unless it is a class needed for graduation and you have no other way around it, this is absolutely a no. You may think that you started high school at 7:30 A.M. in at least a semi-functioning status, so you'll be used to this. But you'll quickly learn this is no longer the case and regret your decision immediately. Just don't do it.
8. Avoid asking for help.
College is a tough transition for first-year students. It's normal to not earn marks as high as you did in high school. However, don't let it become a habit because your grades (and your GPA) do matter to employers. There are often resources like writing centers, tutoring, and study groups available for free through the university. This isn't limited to academics, as there are many resources through your college within your reach, such as career services, counseling centers, and health centers. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
9. Avoid office hours.
This goes along with #9. Professors hold office hours for a reason: so you can come in with your questions and seek help straight from the source. Going to office hours with prepared questions lets the professor know that you are serious about your performance in the class. Another benefit from going to office hours on a regular basis would be a higher possibility of them writing a letter of recommendation for you because they get to know you after a semester of struggle. If you have another class during your professor's office hours, ask the professor if you can meet them at another time that works for both of you.
10. Go home every weekend (unless absolutely necessary).
I know homesickness can get to you when first starting college. The first semester can be tough, and you'll be tempted to make a trip home. Unless you absolutely have to go back to your hometown, try not to. When you are home, you are missing out on chances to meet new people at school and do new things like attending football games, having Sunday brunch at the dining hall with your floormates, and getting involved in student organizations.
You will get the hang of things eventually. Good luck in the upcoming semester!
Determining which schools are the biggest party schools is often subjective, but a some statistical factors you could use to make a judgement include (1) consumption, (2) drug usage, (3) strong greek life presence, (4) campus police records etc.
When a student at Auburn was recently asked, she explained: "These schools usually have, like, a super vibrant social scene, lots of Greek life (like my amazing sorority, duh!), and tons of exciting events happening all the time. I mean, we're talking about tailgates, themed parties, mixers with fraternities, and just, like, so much fun. But don't get me wrong, we still, like, study and go to class and all that. It's just that at a party school, the social life and having a good time are, like, major priorities for students."
So here's what came at the Top-5.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: In 2021, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was ranked the number one party school by the Princeton Review. The ranking was based on a combination of factors, including student surveys and access to nightlife, among other things.
West Virginia University: West Virginia University has frequently been ranked among the top party schools in the nation. In the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's rankings, it was listed as the third top party school. The university is well-known for its vibrant Greek life and sports-related celebrations.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been consistently ranked among the top party schools. In 2020, the Princeton Review ranked it as the number one party school. The university is famous for its "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" celebration and active Greek life, contributing to its party reputation.
University of Alabama: The University of Alabama has also been recognized for its active party scene, driven by its robust Greek life, football culture, and various social events. In the 2020 Niche rankings, it was listed as the sixth top party school in America.
Indiana University Bloomington: Indiana University Bloomington is another institution frequently cited as a top party school. In the 2020 Niche rankings, it was ranked as the eighth top party school in the country. The university's Little 500 bicycle race event is a significant contributor to its party culture.
If you feel your school beats these, write a response post below.