8 Things I Miss About University of Delaware

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A university in the first state; University of Delaware (UD), which also holds a close spot in my heart as this is where I graduated from. Never mind the fact that our less than intimidating mascot, YouDee, is essentially a buff blue hen on steroids, to us, he is perfect.

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@theryanj0nes on Instagram

At UD, every student, no matter where you come from originally, is proud to be a Blue Hen. These students bleed blue and gold 24/7. When I was a student at UD, I don’t think I realized just how lucky I was and how much I was going to miss the place I had called home during my college days. There are certain things every UD student will miss when they graduate and what I miss most:

1. The Cockpit. What the “12th Man” is to the Seattle Seahawks the “Cockpit Crazies” are to the University of Delaware. The Cockpit Crazies consist of a group of students who dress from head to toe in blue and gold for every home football game (if you went to UD you probably have every Cockpit t-shirt). They do not sit; they stand the entire time in their own special student section called the “Cockpit”, giving them a front row view of all the action. Regardless of the outcome of the game, the Cockpit Crazies join the team in the corner of the end zone, singing the Alma Mater and the Fight Song. The players then slap hands with the Cockpit Crazies letting them know they are all in this together. It was such a feeling of unity and being a part of the UD family.

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@keribetters on Instagram

2. Homecoming. This is pretty much like a national holiday at the University of Delaware. Known as “the best week of the fall semester,” homecoming week offers a variety of events, activities and celebrations on campus. Restaurants on Main Street offer homecoming specials and decorate the whole place with blue and gold everything. Students receive free giveaways as they find creative and crazy ways to truly bleed blue and gold. And don’t worry, you can find everything you need to know on Twitter and Instagram using #UDHC. If you don’t go to UD, you will wish you did during this week.

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@lucasskywalk on Instagram

3. Hugh Morris Library. Here is where students pull all-nighters, studying that is. Students refer to this sacred place as #ClubMorris (seriously, just check Instagram) and really the only place where studying actually happens. Rumor has it, that if you rub the nose on the sculpture of the formal federal District Court judge, Hugh Morris, you will ace your final!

4. Scenery. Students at the University of Delaware are very fortunate to have such an aesthetically pleasing campus. Even when the sun goes down, UD offers some truly beautiful architecture that stays lit all around campus. There was always a place to park myself outside in the sun on The Green and just disconnect from the rest of the world.

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udel.edu

5. Everything for a Cause. There was always an event that one of the student organizations, fellow students, University of Delaware faculty, and the local Newark community were invited to, to help raise money for a cause. One of my personal favorites was a 12-hour dance marathon during the spring, organized by UDance, the University of Delaware’s largest student run philanthropy. UDance is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for Childhood Cancer. Last year, UDance raised $850,376.75! Attending many of these events I always felt like I was a part of something bigger and truly making a difference.

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udel.edu

6. Techno Bus Driver. Don’t think on your bus ride home there wouldn’t be crazy dancing to techno music blasting from the speakers. Techno Bus Driver, or Nadar Azawah, always kept the spirit alive by playing electronic dance style music and wearing fun outfits. When you got on the bus you instantly looked to see if he was going to be driving. No one will ever understand the whole experience unless they were a passenger on the techno bus.

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@lovemesimply on Instagram

7. Newark Deli and Bagels (aka; NDB). Sooner or later you will end up at NBD whether it is for comfort food or a breakfast sandwich to help you recover from the night before. There is always a line out the door during breakfast and lunch hours. The chances of you running into someone you know are highly probable. Whenever I needed a quick bite to eat between classes NBD was my go-to. I miss you NBD.

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@jakezuckerr on Instagram

8. UD Winter Session (#UDWinter)- As a freshmen you may look forward to going home for winter break. You will finally be able to sleep in and not worry about that 8:00AM class you were left to sign up for. That is until you realize just how long seven weeks is. Yes that is right; seven weeks. Best advice; stay at UD for winter session. I took winter session my junior year and wish I had taken it every year. I used it as an opportunity to get ahead and get some of the “harder” classes out of the way, as it is known that winter session is considerably easier. In addition, Trabant offers free hot chocolate during the whole month of February, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a wine making class and the whole campus is a whole lot less crowded.

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@lilmisskeri93 on Instagram

Since I have graduated, that spot in my heart has acquired a bit of a hole, however it will always bleed blue and gold. Once a Blue Hen, Always a Blue Hen.

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Liz Hernandez

Liz obtained a Bachelors of Arts in English with a Business and Technical Writing concentration and a minor in journalism and communications from the University of Delaware in 2011. For the past 3 years she has been fortunate enough to be working full-time at a healthcare organization in Nursing Administration. She is currently attending Drexel University as a part-time student to obtain a Masters of Science in Project Management. When she is not working you can find her at the beach, the pool, or anywhere that the sun is shining, wearing a hat (slightly obsessed with hats). She despises the winter and snow and lets everyone know about it. She is without children, no boyfriend/husband (despite the fact all of her colleagues suggest creating multiple dating profiles for her), and living close to the town she grew up in. But, here’s the thing; she is perfectly okay with it! Liz is building the career that she wants for the long haul and hopes to inspire other twenty somethings along the way. Keep up with her on Instagram and Twitter @ejhernan.

4 Comments
  1. As the Techno bus driver, I loved the article It was like a journey back in time with a quick pause by some outstanding pillars in the structure of university memories. It was all true and right on target, no one can experience the UD life and deny the profound effect it has on the remainder of one’s life. like any artist , producing the art work is as rewarding as finishing the art work itself, every day I wanted to bring to the UD something worth talking about positively, if the UD was the Artist canvas I wanted to create a unique compositions and meaningful depth, I also viewed this canvas with endless borders and a frame with no limits. The students became my family from day one on the job and I worked twenty-four seven to keep them safe and mind stimulated during the commute. Out of the work place, on the city streets, theaters and restaurants the students showered me with love, and I treasured the cycle of giving dedication and being appreciated, no one can distort these facts even the new comers in charge of transportation, eager to reduce instead of building bringing shameful standards to the department that I couldn’t be part of, few bad apples can not sway our opinion about our beloved UD and the epic warmth and respect we harbored of one another. This article underlines the spirit of the youth during the influential college years and the honor of being part of this masterpiece we call life

  2. What fond memories of the UD and you’re right unless you experienced Nadar and the infamous Techno Bus you cannot understand the phenomena. SO FOOLISH for UD to stop something that was a rite of passage for all past, present and future UD students. Hopefully the person that made that decision was taken away too…

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