17 Undeniable Signs You Go To The University Of Wisconsin

17 Undeniable Signs You Go To The University Of Wisconsin

If you don't know, now you know.

1. You know that 30 degrees isn’t cold... negative 30 degrees is.

Because of this, you MUST have a jacket that goes at least to your knees.

2. On the other hand, you know that 60 degrees in April is HOT.

Even if there is still snow on the ground, people will be in shorts.

3. Walking on a frozen lake is not only acceptable, but also encouraged.

In fact, people actually place furniture on the lake each year, which makes for great Instagrams.

4. As soon as that frozen lake unfreezes, it is completely acceptable to swim in it.

Unfrozen lake=so many activities.

5. Snow days are for babies.

If anything, there should be days dedicated to it being too cold to be outside for more than 30 minutes.

6. On those days when it is too cold to be outside for an extended period of time, class will still not be cancelled.

But don’t worry, they will be handing out hot chocolate to make up for it.

7. You have had to attempt to explain what a cheese curd is on several occasions.

My go-to response is to describe it as a mini mozzarella stick but with cheddar cheese.

8. When someone says “eat shit,” you automatically respond “fuck you.”

Not really sure where this tradition comes from, but it's definitely a highlight of a Wisconsin football game.

9. Going to the farmer’s market makes you love Wisconsin even more.

There is nothing better than walking around and tasting cheese all morning.

10. You have probably cried at least once in College Library or Memorial Library.

Speaking of libraries, you are either a College or Memorial type of person.

11. You have gotten lost in Humanities.

This building was designed in order for you to be late for class.

12. The terrace is one of your favorite places on campus.

You probably have thought about the best way to steal one of these chairs.

13. Your hair has literally frozen from going outside after showering.

Yeah.. it happens.

14. You plan your second semester around the locations of the buildings.

Whatever you have to do in order to spend the least amount of time outside, the better.

15. You try to avoid having classes up Bascom.

I'm sorry, but there's no way walking up this hill only burns the calories of one Cheeto.

16. The 80 in the winter is your worst nightmare.

Props to you if you can find a way onto this ridiculously crowded bus in time for class, let alone get it to stop for you.

17. You freak out whenever "Jump Around" is played.

It doesn't matter where you are, you will start jumping.

To sum it up...

Whenever someone asks why you go to Wisconsin, you can’t even come up with a response because it is the most amazing college in the country, and you feel bad for anyone who doesn't go here.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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'Oh, You're A Vegan?'

When I tell people I'm vegan, people give me that exasperated look.


When I first decided to try and become vegan, I got a lot of mixed results. Some people were extremely for it, while other people looked at me like I had gone off the deep end. After a while and even now, I like to play a game of guessing what reaction I will get from people when I tell them about my dietary habits. Unlike a lot of other people who decided to go vegan for the ethical reasons, I kind of fell into it based on me realizing that half the stuff I was putting into my body was making me want to curl up in a ball and only come out for dollars on Wednesday nights at Taylor's. Through the last year and a half, I have learned a lot, from tips and tricks to making food taste good, to some added benefits of being on a plant free lifestyle. So for all the haters, vegan enthusiasts and people looking into making the leap, enjoy!

1. Trust me, its not all just vegetables.....there's other stuff too.

One of the biggest mistakes or misconceptions about being vegan is that all we eat are plants or vegetables. I will be the first to assure you that that piece of information is not true. There are tons of things we can eat if you are creative. Learning what you like and what you can eat will all come with practice. You might have to experiment a little before you find your groove, but it will happen. I would also put money on the fact that you might find yourself having that moment halfway through a bowl of Cornbread Cafes vegan Mac and cheese. Just saying.

2. No allergies in Eugene, too good to be true!

One of the best things that I noticed about becoming vegan didn't become obvious until a few months later. For anyone who has lived in Eugene, OR through the springtime, you know what I am referring too. Allergies are monstrously bad here as we are in the middle of a basin and many people have to shut in themselves to not like, die. I was always one of those people, but last spring and this one so far as well I have noticed a crazy change. While I still get itchy eyes and sneeze occasionally, I no longer want to live in my bed where the pollen can't reach me! The vegan diet has been proven to reduce the levels of allergy issues that people have faced so basically if you're driving people crazy with your sneezing, maybe cut out the glass of milk in the morning.

3. Happy skin, happy day! 

Another benefit to being vegan is clear skin. A lot of people who are vegan tend to have clear skin that is acne free. That is not always the case, but there is 1 key reason why shiny skin comes from veganism. Dairy and meat products are not the skins best friend according to dermatologists. Both are chock full of hormones that aren't good for our bodies. Dermatologist William Danby even calls cow's milk "nature's perfect food for the creation of acne." So you might want to kiss that ice cream goodbye.

4.  There are lots of Vegan options, you just have to look!

Like I said above, there is a gross misconception that the only things Vegans eat are vegetables. There are so many different things that are incredibly good and don't have any animal products in them. Also, vegan restaurants are popping up all over the place now so you will able to eat out in peace and rest easy knowing your environmental footprint will be smaller. Some of my personal Eugene favorites are Cornbread Cafe, Morning Glory, the Veg and surprisingly Tacovore. Their tofu tacos are to die for! If you're more of a homebody though there are a lot of different well-known brands such as Ben and Jerrys and Carls Junior that are coming out with vegan alternatives!

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