10 Things Every UCF Freshman Should Know

So you got into UCF? Congrats! These will be some of the best years of your life. But before you jump right in, here are some things you definitely need to know:

 

10.) Parking is literally hell.

UCF is one of the largest universities in the nation. We have about 60 thousand students currently enrolled. Unfortunately… the parking does not reflect that. If you’re a commuter, prepare to get to campus an hour early so that you can maybe make it to class on time.

 

9.) The squirrels are insane.

Almost every student has a UCF squirrel story. The squirrels are a strange mix of rabid and overly friendly, so most students just avoid them altogether.

 

8.) Don’t miss out on the school’s traditions.

Spirit Splash is one of the coolest traditions out of any college in the country. Almost every single person goes, so don’t be the one lame friend who slept through it. You’ll regret it for the rest of the year if you do.

 

7.) The shuttles take forever.

Just like the parking, if you want to have a shot at getting to your class on time, take the shuttles to campus at least an hour in advance. The shuttles are supposed to be on a strict schedule, but more often than not they come and go as they please.

 

6.) Get involved.

UCF is a big place. It’s easy to feel lost or lonely, especially if you’re new. The best way to make the big college a smaller world is to get involved with a club that interests you. Greek life, Republican or Democrats clubs, clubs for your major, or even clubs for people who love to take naps— whatever your interest is, there’s probably a club for it.

 

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College Life As Told by 90s Cartoons

If you’re currently in college, there’s a pretty good chance you grew up watching these cartoons from the 90s and early 2000s. You might be surprised at how much these cartoons, originally meant for children, are totally relatable now in your late teens and early twenties. Here is your life in college, as told by the cartoons from your childhood:

You’re more broke than you ever thought possible, and even McDonald’s is occasionally a luxury you can’t afford.

 

Meanwhile, while you’re probably gonna be in debt for a good portion of your life, you’re paying so much tuition money you’re pretty sure your college is swimming in it.

 

You make bad choices, like putting off the test you should probably be studying for to go to Happy Hour instead.

 

And then you can’t even get any work done the next day because of your killer hangover, thanks to bottom shelf liquor and cheap shots.

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Red Flags of a One Night Stand

College is all a learning experience.  Throughout your four years you will meet new people, lose old friends and develop new relationships.  For many people, a new type of relationship, and one of the shortest you will find, will form and this is the one night stand.  Whether you met him at a bar or he’s the cute guy from last semester’s history class, your relationship will only last you until the next morning when you can walk, heels in hand back to your room at 6am.  However, not everyone is always on the same page with this casual hookup.  So to keep things from ending poorly, here is a list of red flags for your next one night stand:
10. You have to be quiet because his mom is home- Now he deserves the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe he is just trying to save some money on rent but you do not want to wake up in the morning to his mom cooking you breakfast and asking what your intentions with her son are.
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9. He has a picture with his girlfriend next to his bed- Although it is just a one night stand, you really do not want to be the other woman.  While you may not owe her anything, the risk of the girlfriend calling him is enough to cause way too much stress.  You do not need that on your conscience.
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8. He tells you he is a virgin-  More power to him, he has waited to have sex and that is something most people don’t have the self control to do.  However, you do not want to be the one to take his virginity during a one night long relationship.  You don’t want the risk of making it more than it is.
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7. He takes you to his car, not a house- Maybe he is down on his luck and that is completely understandable.  But you do not want to be caught hooking up in a car with a stranger and certainly you are both too drunk to drive the car anywhere secluded.  At the end of the day, not a good idea.
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6. He has to tuck his kids into bed first- Good for him, he is clearly a very good looking older man and can pick up a younger girl.  However, he is clearly at a VERY different stage in his life than you are.  Plus you have no idea if his ex is crazy and you do not want to risk that.
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TOP 5 SIGNS YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SORORITY GIRL IN THE 80’S!

 

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(Texas A&M ’84 Tri Delt formal in picture above)

Going greek now is definitely an adventure. But we can only image what it was like to srat in the 80’s. Seems like they partied through the ice age with all of the dinosaurs. Must have been lame! WRONG! Some of us are jealous and wish we were there, partying it up with super big hair!

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5. Your favorite rush party theme is 80’s in Aspen and you prepared more for Sig Ep’s party last year than you did for your Chemistry final!

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4. Your second favorite rush party theme is highlighter because it’s kinda like 80’s in Aspen but you usually just wear anything stretchy and neon which is also super comfortable.

3.   Everyone says your hair is big but you don’t care because hairspray is your friend.

2.  You’ve admired the frat house’s composite picture wall from the 80’s on more than one occasion because they were definitely hotter back in the day.

1. And last, but definitely NOT least. You’re super jealous that the standards chair couldn’t keep tabs on them through social media!

 

NO SHAME IN THE 80’S GAME!

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Why Our Generation Is The “Robot” Generation

Look around you. Whether you’re walking through the grocery store, going to class, waiting in line, or even driving your car- you’ll see a society defined by a screen and a keyboard. I like to call this the “robot” generation. Instead of giving attention to the life in front of us, we’re constantly giving it up to social networks and telecommunications. And that, my friend, is not okay.

As the years go on, we are becoming more and more consumed by technology and the screens of our phones, tablets, and computers. It’s becoming overwhelming, the amount of time we spend on electronics. Compared to the amount of technology use there was decades ago, we have certainly set a record. Now, technology is a part of us.

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The amount of time people spend scrolling on a glass screen throughout the day can be shocking. Instead of talking to someone face to face, people are more prone to text that person- calling them would be a second option. Instead of venting to our significant other or best friend, we turn to social networks. Instead of watching the news on television, we’re sharing it on a Facebook post. We make technology such a large part of our lives when it really doesn’t have to be.

In the present day world, we give more power to technology than it truly deserves. We spend more than a majority of our day looking down at a screen. People laugh it off when the elder generation tell us we’re killing our brain cells.. well, research has proven they have a point. It’s been said that technology can worsen depression, anxiety, and can make you feel obligated. It has initiated drama, relationship problems, and influences a major issue among society- bullying.

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Our generation can’t seem to exist without phones, social media, and technology as a whole. For this reason, we lack a lot of experience that the previous generations before us excel in. We’re more vulnerable to miscommunication and bad judgement. We don’t think, and we make the same mistakes over and over again.

There’s nothing wrong with social networking or using your phone daily. Sometimes it can be good communication. For some of us, it’s part of our job and daily routine. But, it is certainly healthier to reduce the time we invest in these gadgets. We could be spending time with family, bonding with our best friends, learning something new, or going on a spontaneous adventure. This time lost is time we’ll never get back, and life is too short for that.

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So, the next time you go on a lunch date or decide to take your friend shopping, leave your phone on silent or in the car. A few hours without it won’t kill you. A break from social media and networking can honestly relieve stress and help a person feel better majority of the time.

Appreciate the life in front of you, put your cellphone down.

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An Open Letter To My Favorite Pair Of Jeans

Dear sweet babies,

I love you.

I feel as though we were a match made in heaven. With you, I feel I am unstoppable. I feel like a super model, except not really. You’ve been there for me time after time again.. even when your time should’ve been up. I can’t imagine my closet without you. I can always depend on you, and let’s be honest, you depend on me, too.

We’ve been through a lot together. You’ve walked me through dates, dinners, and family outings. You were there when I had nothing else to wear. You’ve kept me warm when I needed you to. You gave me confidence when I wore you for homecoming court pictures as well as senior pictures. I never cared if I used and abused you, because it was all out of love.

Every girl needs a good pair of jeans to help guide her through life. It’s almost a necessity to have them. You just so happened to be my missing puzzle piece. I’m so glad we’ve found each other. There’s a slight chance I’ll probably never give you up. You’ve supported me through so much, and I appreciate you for that.

One of the reasons I love you so dearly is because of how versatile you are. You get along with every piece of clothing I wear, and nothing makes me happier. Investing in you was a decision that I am so happy I made. I can’t thank you enough. You compliment the “figure” that society thinks I have. You have the ability to make me look extravagant. You keep my secret better than Victoria. For that, I hold you dear to my heart.

Sorry for not always handling you with care. Sorry for putting you through long nights and early mornings. That time I threw up on you when I was really drunk, I didn’t mean it. Those times I left you on the floor for days, I always did pick you up after. Sorry for the grass stains and the rough scratches. I know you may have felt unloved then, but no one honestly loves you like I do. I hope you know that. I’m your person, and you’re my pants. We need each other.

I’ll miss you. I’ll miss you when I lose or gain weight as time goes on. I’ll miss you when I have children. I’ll miss you when I find another pair of jeans I like. But, don’t worry, that’s not possible. We’re a team even though life goes on. Even though we’ll soon go our separate ways, there’s nothing bad that I can say about you because you’ve never let me down. You’ve forever had my back, or, in this case, my butt. Thank you for being the best at what you do. You’re irreplaceable and there could never be another like you. You’re one of a kind.

You know you love me.

Xoxo, your life-sized Barbie

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Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Breaking Stereotypes

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Mizzou is tearing down Greek prejudice one intimate photo at a time.

 

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Using honest words at their shield, these girls armed themselves with truth in order to set the record straight on the Greek community; their bravery put forth a message that spread between Greeks and non-affiliates alike, asserting that everyone who is a part of Greek life is a normal person, facing trials and tribulations like everyone else.

There is a preconceived notion that paints sorority girls as ditzy, spoiled, shallow or vapid. On more than one occasion, I’ve personally had a complete stranger make a rude comment about Greek life and furthermore, an assumption about my friends and I because of the letters we wear.

 

The photoset that Mizzou’s Kappa Kappa Gamma’s portrayed Greek women as intelligent…

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The Different Types of Students (College Edition)

Ah yes, we’re all back at campus. It’s been what? A few weeks now? It seems pretty good so far. Of course since we’re all back at campus now we get to come across the many different types of students as well. Here are just some of the few notable types of college students you may have encountered every now and then:

 

8. The “I like to shout so then everyone can hear me.”

This person is usually noticeable on a Friday or Saturday night. They get so drunk from a party to the point where they just start shouting everything they say. You could be peacefully sleeping with your windows open, but then all of a sudden hear some drunken idiot shouting out from your window and all you want to do is throw a rock at them.

 

 

7. The Quiet One

This person is in one of your classes. They are the ones that come to class, set their backpack down, sit, and…Well, that’s about pretty much it. They don’t talk. They never raise their hands, nor do they say anything. They just stare at the professor, stare at their paper, or just stare at the wall…OR maybe they’re secretly plotting an evil way of ruling the world because they are THAT evil!….Nahh.

 

 

6. The “I like to go to class 30 mins early. Just because.”

Okay, maybe this person doesn’t exactly go to class a half and hour early. All you know is that each time you walk in the classroom they’re already there. Even on those days when you’re just having a good ass morning and decide to be a good student and go there early. Well guess what. They’re already there. They beat you to the punch…You then start to seriously consider if they slept there overnight.

 

 

5. The “Mr./Mrs. Popular”

This specific person just seems to know everybody and everybody knows them back. Their names get whispered a lot and you happen to hear stories about them. Basically, this person is sorta “famous” and is known by everyone.

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4. The “I like to do things last minute.”

This person is seen staying up all night because of a paper that is due the next morning. It does not matter if that paper was written on the syllabus since day 1. They are just always cramming to get their work done the night before that assignment is due.

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3. The “Hermit.”

Where is this person? You may ask. Well. They’re exactly where you think they might be: their room. They don’t like to go to parties, hang out, or be seen around campus..The social life is just not for them and they just like to be alone.

 

 

2. The “I’m on a tight schedule.”

This specific person basically has their s*** together. They are a super human being that runs on a tight schedule all day everyday and STILL manages to get perfect grades and attend their sports or extracurricular activities. Let’s be honest, we’re super envious of this person.

 

1. The “I can’t hang.”

This person is seen tripping over him or herself at college parties. They’ve had one drink too many and now you have the enjoyment of snapchatting the crap out of them. Maybe this person just had a rough day. Maybe they just wanted a good old time. We are not sure what their reason is for always being super drunk. All we know is that they just can’t hang. (This could possibly be the same person as stated in #8)

 

 

 

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20 Things Only NAU Students Will Understand

With school coming up right around the corner, I opened a discussion on the Northern Arizona University Class of 2018 page and asked what some things that only NAU students would understand were. In random order, this is what we’ve put together.

20. The Weather

Flagstaff, AZ is known for getting all four seasons in the year, but NAU students know it’s possible to get them all in one day.

“Dressing in layers that prepare you for snow, thunderstorms, light rain, and the warm sun all in the same day.”

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“When you go to class and it’s sunny and 75 and then leave and it’s snowing.”

Dress wisely, Lumberjacks.

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19. Snow Days?

WHAT ARE THOOOSEEE?! Too much? But honestly, snow days don’t exist. During my first year it snowed, a lot, and how many snow days did we have? One, but it didn’t start until 2:00pm. Can someone please explain to me what the point of a half snow day is?

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18. The Wind

Yes it actually needs to get its own point. The wind out there is ridiculous. To quote a student, “The wind is so intense that even though it’s 75 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the spring it feels like 40.”

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17. ResNet

For the most part, ResNet is a good internet service and it will get you through your Netflix marathon. However, when it comes time for the more important things like class registration, online tests and quizzes, your housing application, you can expect it to be very, very slow. However, it works really well during long-lecture, boring classes, if you know what I mean.

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16. NAU Account Passwords

For security reasons, NAU requires you to change the password to your accounts every couple months, but because it happens so often it gets you thinking, “Didn’t I just change my password last week?”

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Why College Reminds You That You Still Are Failing At Life

Guess what’s creeping around the corner? That’s right! College! Time to go back to being the independent, sassy young adult you are being away from your parents. Also, don’t forget your basic college friends! Ya’ll can once again be weirdos together and enjoy endless pizza nights. Although there are many benefits to going back to college there are a few things college likes to kindly remind us (here comes reality). College likes to kindly…

6. Remind you that you’re poor.

That’s right. No more mommy and daddy for the next few months to help pay for your needs. Your needs that include: food, food…and more food. It’s time to go back to maybe working on campus? I mean, who else is going to order you those sexy shoes you saw on the web? Who else is going to order you pizza? Who else is going to buy your groceries and tampons? Who else is going to order those new textbooks the professors randomly add to the class lecture? Not Jesus. You. Let’s just all face the fact that college can get pretty pricy.

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5. Remind you that you’re in prison.

No more freedom and prancing around wearing flower headbands at a music festival like it’s Summer, because it is school time. You my friend, have officially landed on college grounds. It’s time to make yourself feel at home again. There is NO escape and NO way you can disappear by booking yourself a first class ticket to Paris because you plan on never coming back…Well. Actually, you could escape and do that but then your a** would be in deep doo-doo trouble.

 

 

4. Remind you that you “can’t hang.”

That’s right, missy. You had one too many from the night before and now you’re totally over it. Your friends then tell you how crazy or obnoxious you were last night and it all only happened to begin with because you pre-gamed. Hard..Before the pre-game. But it’s okay! Everyone has those nights at least once anyways so just brush it off your shoulder and move on.

 

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20 Things You Learn In Your First Apartment

20 Things You Learn In Your First Apartment

One of the biggest milestones of becoming a real adult is getting your own place. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED living in the dorms, but my first apartment really was a different experience. Whether you live alone or with a roommate having your own place for the first time will really teach you some life lessons. Here are 20 things you’ll learn in your first apartment.

20. Even though the dining hall food wasn’t always the best, sometimes it beats cooking all your own meals.

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19. That gourmet looking dish you saw on Pinterest may not have been as easy to recreate as you thought.

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18. Eating out all the time can really add up.

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17. Budgeting, aka I can’t buy or do anything that costs money until I pay my rent.

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16. Eating junk food and going through the drive through gets the job done but you start to feel gross after a few days.

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15. Grocery shopping kind of sucks. Especially without a car.

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14. A lease is a legally binding contract. You have to keep up your end of the bargain.

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13. The week before your rent is due will cause a mild heart attack each month.

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12. Depending on your budget, your apartment might not be the most fancy place out there.

11. You can hear what EVERYONE is doing. I can hear my neighbor peeing right now.

10. Everything costs money from dish soap to toilet paper, and your apartment will require a lot of stuff so you can function.

9. You will seriously think about everything you buy now. Now, will I get the 5$ combo meal or just the 2$ sandwich and call it a day?

8. If you don’t clean your apartments gets dirty, and unfortunately cleaning is kind of necessary. Unless you like being disgusting.

7. If you have to pay for laundry you’ll learn to stretch your wash days. You can wear jeans like five times before you have to wash them. Not that I would know or anything.

6.  Despite the money troubles, you’ll feel good that you are capable of living on your own and surviving.

5. Being able to have as many people over as you want, whenever you want without having to check them in at the dorms or ask Mom and Dad is seriously the best feeling.

4. Your friends will probably use your place as the number one crash spot. Invest in a futon.

3. Even though you pay the rent you still have to obey the rules of the complex or building where you live, so if you do have a wild party make sure it’s a quiet wild party to avoid having angry neighbors.

2. Living in the dorms really isn’t living on your own. Once you get a house or apartment you’ll understand what it means to really live independently without a safety net.

1. Everything you move into your apartment you have to move out. Anyone know of a cheap moving company?

 

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“Wear Your Letters on Your Heart” International Badge Day

What is International Badge Day?

Newly initiated members may not know what International Badge Day even is, so here is a quick overview of what it is! International Badge Day was introduced in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference to set aside a day or an event for women everywhere to wear their sorority badges or letters in celebration of sisterhood.

 

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Why should this day mean something to you?

Even though we may have some type of stigma against a certain sorority, at the end of the day we are all sisters. We all went through rush together when we didn’t even know what house we would end up in so why should our persona change about each other. There’s one to help you when you’re hurting and another who’s always there to have a good time. There is one who will pray for you, and one who will cry with you. Some will fight for you, and others will put you in your place when you’re out of line and need a reminder. There is one who understands your roommate issues or your family problems. There is one who will sympathize with you and another who confronts you with all your faults, but every one of them love you, because they are your sisters. By wearing your badge over your heart we remind ourselves of our traditions, ideals, values and principles. We also wear our badges to show respect and appreciation for our Founders.

You are always wearing your letters!

We don’t only wear our letters when we have to or want to, we are always wearing our letters. Our letters will always be a part of who we are as women. No matter where you are or what you are doing you are ALWAYS representing your sorority. You choose how you want your sorority to be perceived, so be mindful of that.

You can take the sisters out of the sorority, but you can’t take the sisterhood out of the sisters!

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